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Workshop with “Your Time To Shine!”


An interactive workshop on improvisation, harmony, songwriting, and more!

From 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm

At Recital Room at Fairfield School of Music

FREE for FSM students & families. $10 suggested donation for non-FSM students.


Your Time To Shine! presents

Playing Music Together: Conversations in Musical Styles

After all the practice and study on your instrument, learning to improvise and play with others can be some of the most rewarding musical experiences. Matt Oestreicher and Joe Gray from Your Time To Shine! will present an interactive workshop that focuses on these skills and more. The workshop will involve audience participation, so be prepared to play along with us if you would like.

Come and share in the joy of music making with us! We will be discussing core musical ideas like improvisation, harmony, songwriting, rhythm, and groove.

Our first workshop with Your Time To Shine! was a big hit two years ago, so don't miss out!  To attend, please RSVP below in advance.

Your Time To Shine! Workshop at Fairfield School of Music, November 2014


Matt Oestreicher is a producer, arranger, performer, writer, band leader, and educator.

He has performed/worked with many artists like Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Cee-Lo Green, Will i Am, Ray Chew, Jon Bon Jovi, The Isley Brothers, Paul Shaffer, Ben E. King, Jamie Foxx, Alicia Keys, Maya Rudolph, Weird Al, John Legend, Talib Kweli, Travie McCoy, Melvin Sparks, The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and many others.

Matt is the arranger/keyboardist/guitarist for the world famous Apollo Amateur Night Band. He is associate conductor for Smokey Joe’s Cafe which will be coming to Broadway in 2016.

As a performer he has toured the world many times and has made numerous appearances on national tv shows.

Joe Gray has a BA in music education, He has toured and performed with some of the nation’s top artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Kashif, Patti Labelle, the rock Funk group Cameo, and has recently received a Grammy certificate for his participation on the Grammy award-winning album by Stephan Marley.

Mr. Gray has also worked at the World Famous Apollo Theater for almost 30 years where he began as a truck loader and now holds the position of Head Of Stage.

Mr. Gray performs every week as the “Set It Off Man” in their iconic weekly show “Amateur Night at the Apollo.” Joe has also been featured on two live special guest performances on “It’s Showtime at the Apollo”.

Joe was a featured vocalist on an album by American Idol/Dancing with the Stars music director, Ray Chew. Gray and his crew members began a technical workshop for high school kids some 10 years ago at the theatre which has blossomed into an all out educational department for the theater and is now a major part of their funding.

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