Heather is an experienced pianist and accompanist who loves collaborating with new people in new situations. She loves finding just the right music for the right event. Her training is classical. Her performing, working and recording history include classical, ballet, theatre, pop, standards, and gospel. She is equally at home performing classical pieces, playing in the pit for a musical, accompanying dancers, supporting a gospel singer by ear, and sitting in with a pop band.
Heather lives in South Hadley, MA most of the year, and spends August with family in Seattle.
Heather played beautifully and was a pleasure to work with.
Response from Heather W. Reichgott, pianist:
Thanks! It was a beautiful wedding and a joy to be part of it. Heather
Initially we were hesitant about planning parts of our wedding on-line but we had no regrets at all! Using GigSalad was a snap and Heather was awesome! She responded promptly to our messages, kept in touch, had great ideas and an extensive repertoire. She made our wedding so special. The music was just what we had hoped for...it was absolutely beautiful and brought me to tears. Thank you so much Heather!
Price Range: $100 and up
Gig Length: 1 - 180 minutes
Languages: English, Spanish
What to Expect
Whether playing as a soloist or with others, Heather has an accompanist's approach to events. She strives to understand your vision for an event and enjoys finding just the right music and just the right approach to support you. In addition to her extensive classical repertoire Heather learns new music quickly both by ear and from sheet music, and can prepare new music on request.
Heather W. Reichgott is a pianist located in western Massachusetts. She works as an accompanist, church musician, teacher and performer. Initially trained in the Suzuki method, Heather went on to study with several exceptional teachers including Peter Takacs at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Alissa Leiser in Amherst, MA. Awards include the Award for Excellence in Concerto Performance at the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival, selected by Seymour Bernstein. Heather plays music from the Baroque through the present day and especially enjoys Haydn, Mozart, ballet music, piano/orchestra repertoire and new music.
Heather serves as minister of music at the United Methodist Church of South Hadley, Holyoke and Granby (MA). She is a dance accompanist for Amherst Ballet School and for the Five College Dance Department serving Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College and Hampshire College. In 2011 Heather released a CD of ballet class music, "A Musical Feast for Ballet Class," available on (link hidden) Her 2014 CD "Preludes, Problems & Prayers" features pieces written between 1983 and 2013, by well-known and emerging composers. It is available on (link hidden) iTunes and (link hidden)
Heather's favorite recent performances include full-length classical recitals, playing in the pit for musicals, being the onstage accompanist for a piano ballet set to Schumann's "Kinderszenen," and playing "Unforgettable" and one of the Goldberg Variations for a very special outdoor wedding.
Additional Booking Notes
An on-site acoustic piano, recently tuned and in good condition, is always ideal.
Heather can also perform on her portable digital piano, as long as there is an electrical outlet within 25 feet.
The digital piano can be amplified or patched in to a sound system. Acoustic pianos in most cases have their own amplification (built into the nature of the instrument) and sound best when not amplified.
If the event is outdoors, either type of piano must be protected from rain.
If Heather is performing from memory or by ear she only needs enough lighting to tell the black keys from the white keys. If from sheet music, she will bring her own stand lights, but always appreciates ample lighting in the room or onstage.
Upcoming Booked Events
|June 30, 2018 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
Past Booked Events
|October 07, 2017 • 6:30pm - 7:15pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|December 31, 2016 • 10:30am - 1:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|November 08, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Hello Dolly, Black Cat Theater, South Hadley MA|
|November 07, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Hello Dolly, Black Cat Theater, South Hadley MA|
|November 06, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Hello Dolly, Black Cat Theater, South Hadley MA|
|November 05, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Hello Dolly, Black Cat Theater, South Hadley MA|
|November 04, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Hello Dolly, Black Cat Theater, South Hadley MA|
|November 02, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Hello Dolly, Black Cat Theater, South Hadley MA|
|September 20, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Amherst MA (Chamber music performance)|
A typical classical program:
Bach - French Suite no. 4 in E flat major
Chopin - Impromptu no. 2 in F sharp major
Schubert - Sonata in A minor D. 845
Walker - Cantos for the End of Summer
Debussy - Sons et parfums tournent dans l'air du soir, and Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest, from Preludes book 1
A typical set of pieces as gathering music for a wedding:
Handel - Air and Variations from the Suite in B flat major
Armstrong - What a Wonderful World
Lennon/McCartney - All You Need Is Love
Mozart - Sonata in C major K. 330
Cole - Unforgettable
Bach - Inventions no. 1 in C major, 8 in F major and 14 in B flat major
Porter - So Easy to Love
Beethoven - Rondo from the "Pastoral" Sonata, Op. 28
Gershwin - 'S Wonderful, Someone to Watch Over Me, I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise
Influences & Inspiration
Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Gershwin, Bartok, Shostakovich, Schumann, Martinu, Higdon, Walker, Handel, Fauré, dance music, gospel and church music from many parts of the world, Gilbert & Sullivan, Cole Porter and Broadway.
Piano (On-site acoustic or my digital)