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The titles are as follows:
Toaster Oven Tarantella
The Trashbag, the Trashcan
Salt and Pepper Serenade
Baked Potato Polonaise
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Charles Stier’s early fascination with music inspired him to play many instruments, including piano, harmonica, ukulele, guitar and the clarinet. Ultimately, his high school band director encouraged Charles to pursue a career as a clarinet soloist.
Charles earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland, where he studied clarinet performance with Norman Heim. Postdoctoral studies lead him to Chicago to study with Robert Marcellus (The Cleveland Orchestra) and Amsterdam to study with George Pieterson (Royal Amsterdam Concertgebouworkest).
Teaching at the beginner through graduate school levels, Dr. Stier was a founding clarinet faculty member of the Washington Conservatory of Music and was on the faculties of the Peabody Preparatory of Baltimore and the Catholic University of America.
After an international career as a clarinet soloist and recording artist, Dr. Stier is devoted to teaching piano, composition and guitar at Cherry Valley Music, an independent music studio in Olney, Maryland.
Life experiences, beloved master composers, and piano students inspire Charles to compose piano music that motivates creativity, expression and artistic excellence. Piano compositions include a piano quintet, piano sonatas, preludes, waltzes and character pieces.