Virginia Hart Pike has been living in New York City for over twenty years as a working artist and educator. She worked for seven years as the music assistant for famed Broadway composer Charles Strouse (Annie; Bye, Bye Birdie), musically directing his latest works. Virginia currently has two musicals in development: a song cycle called Songs for Women, and a musical called City of Dreams, which she is writing with her collaborators, singer/songwriter/dancer/choreographer Nathan Kassas, and Director of Next Level Generation Performing Arts School in Sydney, Australia, Robyn Kassas. Songs from the latter have been featured in Cutting Edge Composers concerts at the NYMF festival, at Joe’s Pub, and on broadwayworld.com.
Other works composed by Ms. Pike have been performed at The King’s College, the Jubilee Chorus and Orchestra concerts (various NYC venues), Christ Church, St. George’s Episcopal Church, and by a dance company she co-founded in 2006 called Skylight Dance Theater. Her modern dance work, Daughters, which included her six-movement song cycle for women’s choir, First and Fairest, was performed at The Salvation Army’s Theater 315 in Times Square, New York City, featuring soprano soloist Judith Blazer and conducted by choirmaster Kamel Boutros.
As a pianist and keyboard player, Virginia has played on Broadway in James Joyce’s the Dead and Amazing Grace, the Musical. She has musically directed many concerts and readings at various venues, including 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, The New York Theater Barn, and the NYMF festival, as well as readings of musicals by Charles Strouse with performers including Montego Glover, Alice Ripley, Jennifer Damiano, and Lili Cooper. At The King’s College, Virginia co-produced and musically directed the musicals Floyd Collins, Ordinary Days, and the NYC premiere of A Pound in Your Pocket, the first musical written by famed writing team, Charles Strouse and Lee Adams (also known for Bye, Bye Birdie and Strouse’s Annie). Other regional and NYC musical directing credits include Christmas is Coming Uptown (at Medgar Evers, dir. by Ben Harney), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Fordham University), The Drowsy Chaperone (Fordham University), A Wonderful Life (Theater Virginia), The Lively Lad (NYSAF Festival), and The Night Governess (The McCarter Theater). She’s also assisted musically on the development of Amazing Grace, the Musical and on several shows at the City Center Encores! Series.
As an educator, Virginia Pike has worked with children of all ages as well as adults. She has been on adjunct faculty as a professor of musical theater at The King’s College for the past six years. She works frequently as a guest musical director at the Marymount School (K-12) on the Upper East Side of New York City with director and Terrific Talent manager, Laura Pietropinto. Virginia is a voice teacher and musical theater audition coach, with multiple students who have landed Broadway roles. She is the co-founder of Imagin8 Arts Co. which teaches the performing arts to students of all ages and develops new works of music, dance and theater. She and her collaborator, Nathan Kassas, lead and conduct workshops in vocal technique and dance. Their roster of guest teachers come from a diverse set of backgrounds including Broadway, American Ballet Theater, the Ailey School, and Broadway Dance Center.
Other venues where she has been invited as a guest artist include the Calhoun School (NYC), The Salvation Army’s Theater 315 (NYC), and Next Level Generation (Sydney, Australia). She has also been invited as a guest lecturer for P.E.O. International and Molloy College, speaking on the topic of how musical theater influences cultural mindsets.
Virginia has written and directed choral music for The King’s College, The Jubilee Chorus, Christ Church of New York, and St. George’s Episcopal Church. She has held the position of Musical Director at St. George’s Episcopal Church, Grace Church of Greenwich, and Christ Church of New York. She currently serves as the Musical Director at Times of Refreshing Christian Center (TORCC-NY) under the leadership of the Worship and Creative Pastor, Nathan Kassas, as well as pastors Dr. Robyn Kassas and Tony Kassas. She also serves on the board of directors at TORCC-NY.
Virginia holds a M.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in Musical Theater Writing, where she studied under acclaimed opera composer Ricky Ian Gordon. She also holds a B.S. from Duke University in Mathematics and Music.