Deborah Rambo Sinn
... it is a life of rich miscellany
It has been my privilege to teach students from various countries (my last count was sixteen) and backgrounds. I have owned and operated music businesses in the US and Germany. I've loved coaching countless professional singers and instrumentalists in the art of musical interpretation. Through the Underground Conservatory, I work online with independent piano teachers from across the U.S., but never divulge who my students are—because it's a confidential service. I love being at Gonzaga University, where I teach piano classes, piano ensemble, private students, and music theory.
Playing Beyond the Notes: A Pianist's Guide to Musical Interpretation (Oxford University Press, 2013) has gained a place in independent music studios and university piano pedagogy programs across the US, Canada, and Europe and is already somewhere beyond its 10th printing. I wrote this 160-page book over three years as a labor of love and am thrilled that it has found its place among the hearts of music teachers across the globe. January 2021 saw the release of my second book, Pocket Piano Proficiency, a 250-piano skills page to be used on a phone or tablet. It's truly something unique!
I have experienced great joy playing around the globe as a soloist and chamber music partner with performances around the United States, Europe, China, and throughout Polynesia, New Zealand, and Australia on board the MS Deutschland. Additionally, I played keyboards and piano in over 500 professional musical productions in Europe. I've been fortunate to appear with a number of orchestras in the US, Europe, and Asia, and have played all five Beethoven Concerti among other repertoire. I currently serve as the Music Director for professional and community theatre groups in Idaho. And, yes, Deborah Rambo Sinn is my real name!
I have given presentations at Music Teachers National Conference (MTNA), National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP), Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC), State Conferences, and other music teacher gatherings. Yes, I speak quite a bit and I have a soft spot for encouraging independent music teachers towards imagination and excellence. I also get a kick out of talking with non-musicians on how musicians work to develop pieces for performance.