Justin Fitch became a member of the CSA piano faculty in 2012. Since starting at CSA, Justin has taught piano and voice, accompanied the CSA Youth Chorus, and accompanied various other studio recitals. He recently earned a Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude) in Piano Performance from Austin Peay State University. While at APSU, he studied piano under the tutelage of Dr. Patricia Halbeck. After giving a non-required piano recital his sophomore year, Justin became the recipient of the Monday Evening Music Club Scholarship two years in a row, which is awarded to the undergraduate pianist who shows the greatest amount of improvement in skill and who most greatly contributed to the Music Department. Justin was named the 2014 Presser Scholar and is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and the academic honor society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Pianist and baritone, Justin studied voice for four years at APSU under Lisa Bishop and Dr. Jeffrey Williams. In APSU Opera, he was selected for the lead male roles of Bartley in Riders to the Sea and Peter (the father) in Hansel and Gretel. As a senior, he was the rehearsal pianist for scenes from Cosi fan tutte and served as rehearsal pianist and vocal coach for La cambiale di matrimonio.
Justin greatly enjoys not only singing and performing solos but also collaborating with other musicians. He has studied collaborative piano under Dr. Mary Alice Domenica and Anne Marie Padelford. He was honored to accompany Karen Crow’s vocal faculty recital in 2014 and has played in numerous student vocal recitals, orchestra concerts, and choir concerts. Justin has premiered works by Dr. George Mabry and is currently a pianist for his new music drama Voices which will premiere in September of 2015.
Music is not a hobby to Justin, nor is it solely a job – music is his passion. He would never push anyone to study music; however, it is his desire to aid in the work of enabling others to make, enjoy, and understand music. Of course, improvement in the student’s playing is always desired, but the enjoyment of making music is equally desired. He knows that although music often requires much effort, time, and self-discipline, it regularly gives back more than one could ask.