Dr. Lynne Haeseler

When I was 5 years old, I sat in the living room watching my father play the piano. At that moment an inner desire arose, coupled with conviction: “I want to play the piano!” My first piano lessons began 2 years later in Appalachin, New York. My family lived in the last house on top of a hill. The neighborhood piano teacher, Mrs Fischthal, lived near the bottom of the hill. Once a week, I happily walked to my lessons. She instilled a love for music by making the lessons fun. By age 10 I had learned my first classical piece, a Bach Minuet, which required more discipline and accuracy, and an intensity demanding focus.

Joy and love for music was my foundation and I still use this guiding principal in my teaching and performing career: Joy is foremost, the music follows.

The Story:

My life in music has been a relentless unfoldment of adapting. As Stanley Kunitz writes in his poem “Layers,“

“I have walked through many lives,
some of them my own,
and I am not who I was,
though some principle of being
abides, from which I struggle
not to stray.”

A life full of changes led me to be the pianist and collaborative artist I am today. A first change occurred through my work in dance theater, when I realized that the concert pianist world of recitals was limiting, confining and conventional. It was one way to express beautiful classical music, but after observing dancers in their multisensory platform, I entertained the idea of incorporating other elements into my solo performances to enhance the experience of classical music.

To describe these integrated art performances, I coined the word “metaformance,” Metaformances are a sequence of unfolding parts interwoven to make a meaningful whole. The focus of this form is not on the doing, as in per-formance, (to do the form) but on what can be perceived “beyond” the form, an understanding of the essence of form. This was a turning point for my programs to become holistic events. I have since woven audience participation, sunset, solstice and even a 7-course dinner into my integrative performances.

I am happy now to be part of this Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation. I hope to co-create with everyone here to make a dynamic, loving community, open and receptive to unexpected potential, and to develop a music program with creativity and sacredness, to bring rich connections and experiences with the arts. I am grateful for my new appointment as Music Director and I look forward to meeting you all as we venture together.

The Facts:

Lynne hails from Binghamton, New York, where her piano studies began at age 7 and continued unabated through her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona, Tucson. She is active as a recitalist, recording artist, and concert producer, having created a continuing series of collaborative monthly salons,  Evensong - a sunset contemplative music program , as well as a cycle of interactive events at Arcosanti, Arizona, Paolo Soleri's inventive urban laboratory and art center.

She is currently staff dance pianist for Ballet Arizona Company and School and has been staff accompanist for Arizona State University Dance Department and the Vail International Dance Festival. Dr. Haeseler has recorded four CDs for ballet with Brio Recordings: Italian Masters (2015), From Charleston to Waltz (2008), Classics for Pointe (2007) and Classics for Ballet Class (1999)(www.briorecordings.com). Her solo piano recordings include Chase the Moon, French Spirit and The Band Played On. She performs regularly for Senior communities with interactive singing programs and classical music programs.