Gretchen Peery-Hewitt enjoys an active career as both a solo and collaborative pianist. She received her B.M. in solo piano from Virginia Commonwealth University, and her M.M. from the Boston Conservatory. As a soloist, she has studied with Landon Bilyeu, Sonia Vlahcevic, and Jonathan Bass, and performed in masterclasses for John Browning, Joseph Kalichstein, Emmanuel Ax, Peter Frankl, and Claude Frank.
An active interpreter of new music, Peery-Hewitt served as vocal coach for the premiere season of the experimental chamber opera group “The Guerilla Opera Project,” and has frequently performed as pianist with the Ludovico Ensemble. She most recently collaborated with the ensemble as guest vocalist, performing the Sprechstimme of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire.
Peery has appeared as guest soloist with the Boston Conservatory New Music Festival, the Charles River Wind Ensemble, the Virginia Commonwealth University Orchestra, and the Boston Conservatory Opera Department in the premiere of Rudolf Rojahn's opera Lust.
Peery currently serves on both the piano and theory faculty of the New England Conservatory School of Preparatory and Continuing Education and as vocal coach for the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Her previous faculty appointments include piano faculty of the Brookline Music School, Randolph-Macon University in Virginia, and opera coach at the Boston Conservatory.
B.M., Virginia Commonwealth University; M.M., The Boston Conservatory.