Dana Fitzgerald Maher
Dana Fitzgerald Maher is a performer, teacher, composer and arranger. As a pianist, she is a member of the faculty at both the University of Tulsa and the Barthelmes Conservatory; she has been Principal Pianist for Tulsa’s Signature Symphony since 2006 and is the Music Ministry Director at Tulsa’s Christ Presbyterian Church. In 1995, Dana founded the Amadeus Piano Festival which offered intensive training for young aspiring concert pianists; she served as the Festival’s Artistic Director for 11 years. From 1995 through 2001, she performed as a duo-pianist with Julie Goodwin. She has written numerous works for piano solo and piano four hand; her book of hymn tune arrangements for piano solo was published in 2000. She received her Bachelor of Arts in 1991 and Master of Music in Piano Performance in 1996, both from the University of Tulsa as a student of Dr. Roger Price.
As a Celtic harpist and singer, Dana performs and tours with the nationally recognized, award-winning traditional music trio, Vintage Wildflowers. Vintage Wildflowers have performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, the North Texas Irish Festival, the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts and the Clarksville TN Customs House Museum (under the auspices of the Clarksville Arts and Heritage Development Council), the Tulsa Arts and Humanities Council, and at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. In August 2011, they were featured on the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, a world-wide celebration of roots and Americana music. Vintage Wildflowers CDs, “The Upstairs Sessions” and “Lovely Madness” can be heard on radio stations from Alaska to the British Isles. Dana has studied Celtic music with Lorelei Barton and with renowned Irish musicians such as Michael Rooney, David Curley, Eithne ni Chathain and Eamonn DeBarra.
Education and Degrees Earned
- Bachelor of Arts in Music – TU 1991
- Master of Music/Piano Performance – TU 1996
- Independent Study/Workshops – Celtic music – Celtic harp with Michael Rooney, Gaelic Singing with Eithne ni Chathain, English Singing with David Curley, Irish-style arranging with Eamonn De Barra.
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Previous Teaching Experience
- Private Studio – 1993-2006
- Barthelmes Conservatory – 2003-present
- Amadeus Piano Festival – 1996-2006
Previous Relevant Work Experience
- Music Director at Christ Presbyterian Church Tulsa – 2010-present
- Amadeus Piano Festival – Artistic Director 1995-2006
- Music Director at Memorial Bible Church 2004-2009
- Music Teacher’s National Association
- Oklahoma Music Teacher’s Association
- Tulsa Accredited Music Teacher’s Association