A pianist, Mr. Litterst has appeared in solo recitals and chamber concerts in New England, the Midwest, and California. He has been a regular soloist with the Rockford Pops Orchestra (in Illinois) for twenty-seven summer seasons. He has also made guest appearances as a conductor. In addition, he has performed extensively as a church musician.
In addition to performing on acoustic pianos and the Disklavier, Mr. Litterst is also a MIDI musician. He has recorded music of Scott Joplin for Twelve Tone System's Romeo Music Cakewalk Series, classical favorites for MIDISoft's MIDI Library, and Dances with Wolves for Hal Leonard's Music Interactive Series. He has also scored and recorded a Disklavier piano accompaniment to the 1917 silent film, Down to Earth.
George Litterst has taught in a wide variety of musical environments: university, conservatory prep school, community music school, public school, and private studio. Academic institutions where he has taught include the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School, Northeastern University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is a member of many professional musical and educational organizations such as Music Teachers National Association. Currently he has a high-tech home studio in Rehoboth, MA.
A primary interest in the use of computers to create new opportunities for music learning and exploration has lead Mr. Litterst to become co-developer of: Home Concert 2000, an intelligent music accompanist available from TimeWarp Technologies (www.TimeWarpTech.com); Adventures in Musicland, four computer games that explore sound, pictures, and music; Music Mentor, an introduction to music history and the fundamentals of music; and Perceive®, an integrated ear training and music theory package.
Mr. Litterst's writings include educational materials, music software documentation, articles on music and computer applications in professional journals, and articles on consumer software. His publication credits include: Keyboard Companion, American Music Teacher, Electronic Musician, Piano & Keyboard, Sheet Music Magazine, JAZZIZ, Play, American Suzuki Journal, Piano Quarterly, Soundwaves, Coda Notes, Keyboard Classics, the I.S.A.M. Newsletter, and The MACazine. He is also the author of a book on music theory as well as Inside Finale: The Art and Science of Music Notation.
Since graduating cum laude from St. Paul's School (1971), Mr. Litterst has earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Vassar College (1975) and a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music (1978).