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 readings of his lesser-known gems.
Virginia's original songs have been heard in many venues throughout NYC including the NYMF Festival, Joe's Pub, TORCC-NY, The King's College, and NYU. Her choral works 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 musically directed the musicals [Title of Show]; Songs for a New World; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 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 (of Bye, Bye Birdie fame). Other regional and NYC musical directing credits include Christmas is Coming Uptown (at Medgar Evers, dir. by Ben Harney), 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 Lecturer in Musical Theater at The King’s College for the past eight years, where she founded the TKC Musical Theater department, and has been producing musicals there since 2016. Virginia is a voice teacher and musical theater audition coach for children and adults of all ages. Her students have landed leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera, and multiple Broadway shows including The Lion King, Anastasia, and Amelie. She is the founder of Regeneration Arts (regaarts.com), a new faith-based company whose mission is to help young performers become the artist they were created to be in an uplifting environment, and to develop new works within a supportive community of fellow artists and journey-takers.
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 is honored to serve as a worship leader of 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. One of the founding members of TORCC-NY, she also serves on the church's board of directors.
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.