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Piano Renewal Initiative

Please consider supporting our Piano Renewal Initiative. If you have a high-quality piano in good condition that you are no longer using, or if you would like to purchase or contribute towards a new piano, please contact the Department of Music Office for more information regarding our specific needs.

Metropolitan Club donates Steinway M grand piano

Katz Foundation donates new Steinway recital piano

Leon Bates Masterclass and Mini-Concert officially launches Piano Renewal Initiative.

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Paul Milesi

Piano Technician

Childers Hall, Room PR 27
(202) 806-4565

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B.Mus., Studio Music & Jazz, University of Miami, Coral Gables FL
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC

Registered Piano Technician (RPT), Piano Technicians Guild.
President, Washington DC Chapter PTG 2012-2014.
Chair, PTG College and University Technician ("CAUT") Committee, 2013-2014.

Paul Milesi received his earliest musical training and exposure to jazz in his hometown of Syracuse, New York. He went on to major in Jazz and Studio Music at the University of Miami, studying piano with Vince Maggio. It was during this time that Paul first became interested in the mechanical and tonal workings of the piano.

After college, while leading his own jazz groups in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, Paul was a visiting instructor at Duke University, where he directed jazz ensembles and taught the history of jazz.

Later, having relocated to Washington, DC to attend Georgetown University Law Center, Paul's performance engagements regularly included all the top Washington private clubs and hotels, several embassies, the Vice President's Residence, and many Washington area nightclubs.

In addition to his full schedule as a pianist, Paul was for several years during the 1990s the artistic director and frequent producer for Washington DC's Twins Lounge jazz club. He was also Secretary and Treasurer of Finas Sound Productions, Inc., a New York City jazz production company, and served as artist representative for internationally-renowned pianist James Williams.

At the 50th Annual Convention of the Piano Technicians Guild in Kansas City, MO in June 2007, Paul was the featured performer in four mini-concerts on Bechstein, Bösendorfer, Fazioli and Sauter pianos of unique design.

As the piano technician for the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival since 2007, Paul has tuned for such world renowned pianists as Cyrus Chestnut, Hank Jones, Geoffrey Keezer, Eddie Palmieri, Danilo Perez and McCoy Tyner, as well as for the many other artists appearing at the Festival.

Yamaha Corporate Artist Affairs selected Paul to tune for the 2009 U.S. Presidential Inaugural event featuring Josh Grobin & Herbie Hancock and the live TV broadcast of the Neighborhood Ball (featuring Shakira, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder). He also tuned and repaired the Blair House Mason & Hamlin Model A piano for an exclusive cocktail and dinner reception hosted by then President-Elect and Mrs. Obama the Sunday evening before the 2009 Presidential Inauguration.

Paul has tuned at NPR Studios for audio and video recordings by, among others, cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Geoffrey Burleson, jazz pianist ELEW (Eric Lewis) and R&B artist Kem, and at the Mandarin Hotel for events including three Lupus Foundation of America Annual Awards Galas (Jennifer Hudson 2007, Patti LaBelle 2008, Mary Wilson 2009); Eric Holder's wife's birthday party (solo appearance by R&B artist Kem); and the Presidential Suite piano for stays by Barbara Streisand and Diana Krall.

Paul is the piano technician at Bohemian Caverns jazz club since 2009, preparing the piano for such artists as Davell Crawford, Cyrus Chestnut, Roberta Flack, Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Pharoah Sanders, Barry Harris, Mulgrew Miller, Cedar Walton, and many others.

In addition to being on staff at Howard, Paul continues to serve a discerning private clientele and is a concert technician for Steinway & Sons, Washington DC.



On-Campus Auditions for Fall 2019 Admission
were held on January 26 and March 2, 2019. Interested students who did not audition on those dates may request a special appointment by contacting the appropriate Performance Area Coordinator ASAP.

University Academic Calendar 2018-2019 (rev. 04/06/2018)

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Event Highlights

Many of our events are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!



Jazz Ensemble ("HUJE") at Westminster
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I Street SW, WDC - Fri, April 19, 6-9pm $5 Admission

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April is Jazz Appreciation Month!
Join us in April as we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month 2019. Many events are free and open to the public!

Howard U Jazz Week 2019 Sidebar Calendar
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Arthur C. Dawkins, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Introduces HU Jazz Oral History Project
Dr. Dawkins will introduce the website that includes interviews with some of the major architects of modern jazz (Gillespie, Blakey, Roach). This work may be found in the Moorland-Spingarn Library Collection at http://library.howard.edu/jazz/.

Photo of Arthur C. Dawkins, Ph.D.Dr. Dawkins will also discuss the evolution of Jazz Education at Howard University.

Childers Recital Hall, Thu, Mar 7, 12:40pm FREE

HUJE Spring Concert feat. Special Guest Derrick Gardner
Ira Aldridge Theater, Tue, April 9, 12:40pm FREE

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Professor Chris Royal, D.M.A., Discusses the Legacy of Louis Armstrong
Childers Recital Hall, Thu, April 11, 11am - FREE

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Jazz in Class: HU Jazz Improvisation Showcase
Childers Recital Hall, Thu, April 11, 12:40pm - FREE

Vocal Jazz Ensembles at Westminster
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Fri, April 12, 6-9pm $

Flyer for Afro Blue, SAASy and HU Jazz Singers at Westminster Chiurch 4/12/19
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Symphony Orchestra & Concert Band Joint Spring Concert
Orchestral works by Handel and Beethoven. Ira Aldridge Theater, Sun, Apr 14, 4pm - FREE

Symphony Orchestra Concert Poster for 4/14/19
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2019 NEA Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim Presents Masterclass
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Childers Recital Hall, Tue, April 16, 12:40-1:30pm - FREE

Colorful Flyer for Abdullah Imbrahim Masterclass on Tue 4/16
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