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CLAIRE SAPP SALDANA
To find out more about Claire visit her website at ClairesPianoCare.com. She is accepting new clients in the Gainsville/Warrenton area.
Katrina graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. After graduation, she became an apprentice at one of the foremost piano rebuilding shops in the Washington, D.C. area. There she developed skills in the many aspects of rebuilding pianos and preparing pianos for sale. A member of the Piano Technicians Guild, she continues learning about her craft by attending national and regional conventions, manufacturers seminars, and local Guild meetings. She has received Steinway factory training. She has worked as the full-time piano technician at George Mason University School of Music caring for over seventy Steinway & Sons pianos. She provides tuning and maintenance services for several venues such as the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, DAR Constitution Hall and Arena Stage. She also tunes and cares for pianos in many churches and private homes.
DAVID SAPP, 1942-2022
After completing his Master of Performing Arts degree from Manhattan School of Music in New York City, he pursued a career as a classical trumpet player. He performed with the Orlando Florida Symphony, was first trumpet in the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the State of Mexico in Toluca, Mexico.
He next joined the President’s Own United States Marine Band stationed at 8th and I Streets in Washington, DC. While raising a young family, he played cornet with this prestigious Band and simultaneously developed skill as a piano technician. He provided care for many private pianos and tuned for many local church congregations.
Upon retirement from the Band, he concentrated on a full time career as a concert piano technician. He tuned and maintained the pianos at The White House, Wolf Trap Center of Performing Arts, GMU Center of the Arts, Hylton Performing Arts Center and School of Music, and DAR Constitution Hall for over 25 years.
Over this time, he qualified as a Registered Piano Technician in the Piano Technicians Guild. David continued to hone his skills at the local chapter meetings and national conventions, always seeking to better serve the musical community.
David Sapp fully retired in 2018.