Charles Staples

General Information

Experience

Piano and Chamber Music Instructor  - Academy of Music

Adjunct Instructor of Piano  - Virginia Commonwealth University

Adjunct Instructor of Piano  - University of Richmond

Education

piano , State University of New York at Stony Brook

Master's Degree  - 

Affiliations

Pianist  - Richmond Philharmonic Inc

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Charles Staples
Piano & Chamber Music Instructor Clarke Bustard has described Charles Staples' playing as "forceful...but unforced, as natural as breathing." A native of Alabama and an honors graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Staples received his early training under Witold Turkiewicz. Staples has held teaching and church music positions in Alabama, New York and Texas and is currently director of music ministries at Trinity United Methodist Church in Richmond. He is on the music faculty of VCU. Along with being a pianist, he is also a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Staples has performed as soloist with both the Richmond Symphony in Liszt's Totentanz and the Richmond Philharmonic in Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, Rachmaninoff's 1st and 2nd Piano Concerti and in Tchaikovsky's 1st Piano Concerto. Most recently, he was featured as soloist with the University of Richmond Orchestra in Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Grieg's Piano Concerto. "[He] proved yesterday to be fully up to the technical and expressive demands of the Rachmaninoff concerto . . . the pianist lifted more than 300 listeners out of their seats in a cheering ovation after a performance that was both bravura and lyrically sensitized. After his first recital in Richmond, Richmond News Leader music critic Francis Church wrote that Staples "is a pianist of prodigious talent, fire and thunder, blood and guts . . . this was no metronomic key-banging.

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Dr. Charles Staples, pianist
Charles Staples is one of Richmond's most in-demand pianists. "Forceful...but unforced, as natural as breathing," music critic Clarke Bustard said of his playing. He is on the music faculties of the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University and is the director of music ministries at Trinity United Methodist Church in Richmond, Va. A native of Alabama and an honors graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Charles received his early training under Witold Turkiewicz. Staples has held teaching and church music positions in Alabama, New York, and Texas. In addition to working at Trinity United Methodist church and local universities, he practices martial arts as a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Staples has performed as soloist with both the Richmond Symphony in Liszt's "Totentanz" and the Richmond Philharmonic in Beethoven's "Emperor Concerto," Rachmaninoff's "2nd Piano Concerto" and in Tchaikovsky's "1st Concerto. After his first recital in Richmond, Richmond News Leader music critic Francis Church wrote that Staples "is a pianist of prodigious talent, fire and thunder, blood and guts ... this was no metronomic key-banging.

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Charles Staples
Charles Staples Director of Music Ministries (804) 288-6057 ext. 209 cstaples@trinityumc.net

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