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Yvonne Rogers

Yvonne Rogers is an American pianist, composer, and multimedia artist from Penobscot, Maine. Growing up on the rural Maine coast, Yvonne began writing music that followed the meditative patterns and systems of nature before having any conventional understanding of theory or har- mony. Fascinated by the sonic landscape and acoustics of her home, she carries this influence with her no matter where she is in the world. Curious about the relationship between music, space, and human experience, Yvonne?s work interacts with and is inspired by the people and places that surround her.

A 2021 graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester, Yvonne holds two degrees: a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano Performance from the studio of Gary Versace and a Bachelor of Arts in African and African American Studies. Yvonne has performed at nu- merous venues including the Deer Isle Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Rochester Fringe Festival, the Jazz Education Network Conference, and Lincoln Center. She performs and records regularly with her trio and quartet, meanwhile creating multimedia audio- visual works which combine her passions for composition, sound art, and video art. Yvonne has been accepted to a variety of collaborative musical opportunities including the Women in Jazz Organization’s Mentorship Program, the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Mu- sic, and the Sisters in Jazz Combo in which she worked with Ingrid Jensen. Yvonne has also re- ceived numerous awards for her work: she is the 2020 Eastman Presser Scholar, the recipient of the 2021 Mary Jo Papich Women in Jazz Scholarship from the Jazz Education Network, and a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society. Yvonne hopes to expand her career as a performer and composer whose work interacts consciously and positively with the world.

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