Bethany Brooks is a freelance pianist and piano teacher in the greater Philadelphia area. She holds the BMus in piano performance from Houghton College, the MMus in piano performance from the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the MMus in collaborative piano and chamber music from Temple University, where she studied with Lambert Orkis. Bethany was a prizewinner in the 2001 Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition, where she performed for György Sándor.
Among other places, Bethany has performed as a soloist and collaborative artist in New York, Nashville, London, Mexico City, Odessa, and Istanbul. She has accompanied performances of oboist József Kiss, violinist Stephen Clapp, cellist Anne Martindale Williams, and the Crossing Choir and has served as staff pianist for the Crescendo Summer Institute in eastern Hungary since 2008. With violinist Samuel Nebyu, she recorded a collection of works by composers of African descent, released in 2017 by BCM&D Records. Bethany is principal pianist for the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and a faculty member at the Csehy Summer School of Music.
Her musical interests vary widely. She became active in the Philadelphia folk and rock music scene in 2006 and has drawn from this experience in her role as Director of Musical Worship at City Church, a congregation in West Philadelphia, and in her solo recording project, Quarry Street Hymnal. A current collaboration,color as time, features compositions by Joshua Stamper, whose work blurs lines between classical, jazz, folk, and experimental textures.
After volunteering for many years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for a child in Philadelphia’s foster care system, Bethany currently volunteers as a reading tutor for local elementary school children.