Adjunct Professor of Music – Piano
M.Mus. from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
B.M. in Performance from the University of Pretoria, South Africa
Time at PHC: Fall 2015 to present
Born in South Africa, Gaby (Kritzinger) Siegel has won numerous awards for outstanding musical performances, and has earned the highest qualifications in piano and music theory from the Royal Schools of Music (London), as well as the University of South Africa (pre-graduate qualifications). As an adult she has taught piano and music theory at several music schools, academies and conservatories in South Africa and foreign countries. Since she has been married to Nicholas, an American, she and her family have lived in Williamsburg (VA), Djibouti and Uganda (East Africa), Stuttgart and South Africa.
Ms. Siegel is a teacher, but also a very active performer – playing as organist and/or pianist for weddings, business lunches, private parties and special events.
Ms. Siegel performed as rehearsal pianist for Michael W. Smith, during his concert at the Kennedy Center in January 2014. Since 2015 she has been the pianist for the annual Easter Sunrise Service at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, and at the Easter Sunrise Service in 2015 she accompanied guest musical artist Michael Tait (“Newsboys”). In October 2015 she was the pianist for the World Premiere Performance of Ben Roundtree’s Symphony Nr.1, performing with the Worship Orchestra of Washington.
Ms. Siegel currently teaches private students from her home studio. She is also an accompanist, pianist at Capital Church (Vienna), and is part of The First Take Duo (with violinist Wayman C McCoy III). Here at Patrick Henry College she teaches piano. Her style of teaching is to incorporate music theory, ear training and improvisation into her lessons.