Sammy Mishkin is considered by his colleagues to be a promising and versatile collaborative pianist in the Metro Atlanta area. He became the first student at Kennesaw State University’s Dr. Bobbie Bailey School of Music to be hired as a Collaborative Pianist/Accompanist in over a decade. He has performed for professional music theater companies, universities, and grade schools all across Georgia. These places include Kennesaw State University, University of Georgia, The Holly Theater, South Forsyth High School, and Denmark High School.
Mr. Mishkin has amassed numerous accolades and accomplishments over the past several years. Most notably, he became the second pianist to win the Kennesaw State University (KSU) Concerto Competition in the competition’s 15+ year history. In addition, he is currently the recipient of the KSU Annual Music Scholarship, KSU Music Clinic Scholarship, and the J. David Watkins Scholarship in Piano Performance. Other accomplishments include being a three-time Piano State Champion for the Georgia Independent Schools Association’s Literary Festival, and being State Runner-up for Best Orchestra for the Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards.
Mr. Mishkin is passionate about collaborating and inspiring the next generation of musicians. He frequently works with grade schools in Forsyth, Cobb, and Fulton counties, in which educators praise Mr. Mishkin for his dedication to their students as well as his craft. “Last year, we had a really phenomenal professional pianist, had a masters and everything, and played really great, but wasn’t able to do what Mr. Mishkin has done for me and my students, and HE’S A SOPHOMORE working on his undergrad degree, with his whole career beginning to unfold. I feel very privileged and honored to work with him,” said Dr. Anthony Bernard, chorus director at Eastvalley Elementary School. Educators have also applauded him for his adaptability during rehearsals and performances, as well as his sight reading abilities.
Mr. Mishkin is currently studying Piano Performance and Choral Music Education at Kennesaw State University. He is projected to graduate with both degrees in the spring of 2023. His current projects include presenting original research on Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at the 2021 National Conference of Undergraduate Research and preparing for graduate school auditions and collaborative piano festival auditions (such as the Collaborative Piano Institute at LSU, Brevard Music Festival, and the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria).
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