DON SHABKIE—SOUTH CAROLINA PIANIST, COMPOSER, AND TEACHER

Don Shabkie — an active composer, and classical and jazz pianist — is a versatile musician located in Greenville, South Carolina. Traveling across the state to perform and teach, his extensive education, experience, and skills establish him as an artist who can serve many communities in a number of ways.

At present Don serves as dance musician for the ballet program at South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts, music director at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Travelers Rest, SC, and plays for a variety of events in the Greenville area.

Most recently he performed at the Greenville Chautauqua 2013 summer festival. The Greenville Chautauqua group sponsors educational interactive historical theater performances. This year Don will join the Chautauqua group again in June 2014, as he presents a workshop on Leonard Bernstein. The workshop, called "The Joy of Music", will occur three times during the week of June 15 through June 22, 2014. For more calendar details, go to the Greenville Chautauqua calendar page.

During the last week of Feburary 2014, Don served as artist-in-residence at Pelham Road Elementary School, in Greenville, SC.

Don has performed many concerts as a solo pianist. Visit his bio page on the menu. You can also listen to samples of his playing right now. Also, in February 2010 he performed in a celebration of Chopin's 200th birthday. The concert, sponsored by Carolina 1st, was at the Westin Poinsett Hotel.

On November 4th, 2011, Don traveled with Selkie Celtic band to Augusta, Georgia, where the group appeared on the Covenant Presbyterian Concert Series. In addition to the Celtic music on the program, Don performed a Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody.

On March 27, 2011 at 4 PM, Don perfomed a solo piano concert at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Travelers Rest, SC. This event raised over $750 for the Triune Mercy Center. For future concert information

Most recently, Don served as accompanist for two of the area's finest singers: Lisa Barksdale/soprano, and Lucie Svatonova Hughes, mezzo soprano. They performed a duet recital on September 30th, 2012, at the Daniel Recital Hall at Furman University, and then performed the same program on October 2, 2012 at the concert hall at Presbyterian College. Ms. Barksdale is on the voice faculty at Furman, and Ms. Svatonova Hughes is on the voice faculty at Presbyterian College.

Included in the program were works by Handel, Brahms, Dvorak, and Hensel. Also included was the premiere of an original work by Mr. Shabkie,  />
Nova Politica.Select the link to see and hear a video of this song, live from the Furman performance.</p> 
<p>As a composer he has received many commissions, and composed numerous works of church music, as well as works for  piano and 
chamber ensembles. You can <a href=listen to his compositions, or for sheet music, please visit the sheet music page, where you can purchase instrumental and choral sheet music.

Don has also written an online book, The New Urban Way. For more details, choose the link to visit the website.

In addition, he has served the upstate South Carolina region as a piano tuner.

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This site has a special feature: A tutorial on tuning a Celtic harp. If you've come here to know more about this subject, go to Tuning a Celtic Harp Without an Electronic Device.This tutorial is free to download.

If you would like to know more, please visit the links on this site that are of interest to you. You can also contact him. And please take a moment to listen to Don's original music or samples of the Celtic CD's.

Don is married to Greenville artist Julie Hughes Shabkie. Don and Julie have three children: Robert Shabkie, who is an attorney in San Diego, Leah Shabkie, a student at University of South Carolina, and Katie Hughes, also a student at USC.

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