Gary Pearson: Piano
Gary Pearson studied piano with Harold H. Harris and Marilyn Carboni prior to receiving his bachelor's degree at Samford University. His teacher was Dr. Betty Sue Shepherd. While earning a master's degree in piano performance and studying with Dr. Maurice Hinson at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Mr. Pearson joined the Louisville Academy of Music faculty. His tenure at the school spans 50 years.
His piano students are winners in the Overstreet, MacDowell, and Louisville Youth Orchestra Concerto competitions as well as Indiana State School Music Association piano contests; and performers of solo, ensemble, and group recitals, and recipients of music scholarships to Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Manhattan School of Music in New York. He regularly has students in WUOL's Young Artist Competition and the Royal Conservatory Performance Assessment Program.
To acknowledge his distinguished career, a banquet was held at Lampton Baptist Church where he was on the music staff for 27 years. Louisville's mayor proclaimed "Gary Pearson Day", and Mr. Pearson was named a "Kentucky Colonel">
He maintains an active studio of some 55 students per week which encompasses students of all ages. One of his adult students has been studying for 26 years consecutively.