Abigail Sanders, M.M.
Abigail Payne Sanders is an active collaborative pianist and coach. Ms. Payne Sanders graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Piano from Abilene Christian University and earned a Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied with Dr. Allison Gagnon. She has also studied with pianist/coach Dale Fundling of the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. As a student at UNCSA, Abigail performed in numerous recitals and concerts, including the UNCSA Symphony, conducted by Maestro Ransom Wilson. As an advocate of new music, Abigail was a member of the NU Contemporary Ensemble (also conducted by Maestro Wilson) and is a founding member of MAPS ensemble, which performs 20th and 21st century music. She was a performing participant at the Vancouver International Song Institute. Ms. Payne Sanders has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist in masterclasses with distinguished musicians and master teachers such as Thomas Pasatieri, Rachel Barton-Pine, Aldo Mancinelli, Cameron Stowe, Lee Thompson, Lenora Eve, Eugenia Grunwald, Mary Saunders-Barton, Anton Nel, Rudolf Rudnynstky, Joyce Farwell, et al.
Abigail was on staff at Opera Breve as pianist/coach from 2013-2015 and is currently on staff for Red River Lyric Opera. She is currently employed at Hardin-Simmons University, where she accompanies faculty, vocal and instrumental students, the opera program, and the HSU Chorale. She is married to Marc Sanders, who is also a professional pianist, and they have two cats, Ned and Gary.