As a gifted solo recitalist, ensemble performer and educator, Patricia Mabee has received high acclaim. Hailed regularly by audiences and critics for her virtuosity, flawless technique and outstanding performances, she has been featured frequently as a soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra where she has been Principal Keyboardist since 1976, and has appeared in more than 20 works from the concerto repertoire under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner, Christopher Hogwood, Helmuth Rilling, Nicholas McGegan, Iona Brown, and Christof Perick. Ms. Mabee is also Principal Keyboardist with the New West Symphony Orchestra and Crown City Consort. Her debut at Carnegie Hall in 1982 marked the beginning of her recital career which has spanned four continents. Pianist for the world premieres of works by John Adams, Bruce Broughton, Donald Crockett and Libby Larson, she also performs new works for harpsichord and synthesizer.
Her career as an ensemble player is equally distinguished, marked by regular appearances at many music festivals including the Casals Festival, Oregon Rilling Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Ojai Festival, and the Los Angeles Bach Festival. Specializing in Early Music practices, Ms. Mabee received a Masters Degree in Keyboard Performance from California Institute of the Arts where she is currently a faculty member. She also teaches and coaches solo and ensemble students at many music festivals and workshops.
Ms. Mabee is experienced in teaching a wide range of music courses including music appreciation, history, theory, harmony and skills. Her extensive studies and training in Early Music is reflected in her contributions to keyboard programs, broadening their scope. Piano students explore the many considerations in interpreting the vast keyboard literature written before 1820 through learning about historical performance practices, developing skills such as improvisation, ornamentation and composing in period styles. Studying works by J.S. Bach and training in accompaniment practices and figured bass become a natural foundation in Western harmony and counterpoint. Students receive experience and instruction in playing early keyboards such as harpsichord, clavichord, fortepiano, and organ. Further in-depth studies are offered to advanced students and harpsichord/early keyboard majors.
A devoted advocate of children's musical education, Patricia Mabee has worked in public and private schools as Choral Director, Music Specialist and Consultant utilizing her training in Orff-Schulwerk, Kodaly, and Dalcroze. She has participated in and developed many outreach programs designed to reach disadvantaged children with the Da Camera Society and Music for all Seasons. Ritornello, her period instrument ensemble, presents educational programs in schools and in community programs. Ms. Mabee also gives lecture-recitals at the Huntington Library, J.P. Getty Museum, and LACMA.
Active in community arts organizations, Ms. Mabee is currently Chair of Music Competitions and Scholarships Committee with the Valley Cultural Center. She maintains memberships with the Music Teachers Association, the Early Music Society, and the Valley Cultural Center.
Patricia Mabee last performed for La Jolla Music Society in SummerFest 2014.
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