ABIGAIL OLSON - ACCOMPANIST
As a musician who is passionate about the social nature of creating music, Abigail Olson has chosen to pursue a career focused on collaboration. Her love of the choral arts, instrumental sound, and drama has pushed her to seek involvement in orchestras, musical theatre, chamber music, instrumental accompanying, and opera coaching.
Abigail holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from The Master’s University, where she held the position of choral accompanist and secretary for the University Singers, accompanied the Women’s Chamber Choir, and worked with solo vocalists, instrumentalists, and musical theatre productions. She is currently working toward her Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano at California State University, Fullerton, where she teaches in the Performance Science Center, coordinates the Pianists in Performance program, coaches opera singers, performs with the orchestra, and accompanies instrumental recitals.
In addition to her career as a collaborative artist touring across America, Abigail freelances as a collaborative pianist across the broader Los Angeles and Orange County areas and works with Arpeggiate, a nonprofit organization that brings musical experiences to underserved communities. As the Worship Director and Pianist at Morningside Presbyterian Church in Fullerton, she organizes worship services, directs the Chancel Choir, and develops musical community enrichment programs.
Abigail has had the opportunity to perform at such venues as the National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy, the Colburn School in Los Angeles, and the Meng Concert Hall under the direction of Carl St. Clair, and has recorded at such prestigious locations as Capitol Records Studios in Los Angeles. She can be heard on the album, “Arise, My Soul” with The Master’s University Women’s Chamber Choir.
Because of her superior dedication, artistic achievements, and originality in developing educational opportunities for fellow students, Abigail was awarded the 2019 Keyboard Area Award of Excellence at California State University, Fullerton.