Brett Goetz (1989) began playing the piano at the age of 7, but dropped lessons after only a year. He played on and off up till the age of 12, when he re-started his lessons with a local musician. With a little motivation and some fine instruction, his playing advanced quickly from this point and he was referred to an instructor in the nearby city of Bismarck, North Dakota (U.S.A.). These instructors encouraged Brett to play in several festivals, competitions and recitals, and allowed him the opportunities for success. During this period of time Brett won a number of awards, including the Bismarck-Mandan Music Teacher’s Association and Belle Mehus Scholarships.
While in high-school, Brett also found success with the trombone. He accredits his ‘steadiness’ and confidence in collaborative piano to his continuing participation in multiple ensembles on the trombone. From playing the lead spot in a university jazz band to the third part in a student orchestra, Brett understands the importance of realizing how individual lines work together and how playing rhythmically can help a musician communicate with both ensemble members and an audience. Brett’s participation has also allowed him several opportunities to perform publicly on piano with many of these ensembles.
As of 2010, Brett Goetz is currently entering his 4th year of a Piano Performance degree at the Queen Elizabeth School of Music at Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba. He is a recipient of the Esuke Toke and J. P. Miller Memorial Scholarships in Music and is studying with Dr. Joan Miller and Dr. Lawrence Jones. Brett is available as an instructor of piano at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Conservatory of Music in Brandon, MB.