de Laski Performing Arts Bldg, A417
4400 University Drive, MS 3E3
Fairfax, VA 22030
Edward Knoeckel is a composer, pianist, music educator and conductor. He holds degrees in piano performance (B.M. University of Connecticut), composition (M.M, University of South Florida, Artist Diploma, University of Hartford) and music education (M.M.Ed., University of Bridgeport). He holds teaching certifications in both Connecticut and Virginia. He is currently working towards his doctorate in music composition at George Mason University and teaching as an adjunct faculty member in Music for Motion Pictures.
As an educator he has developed curriculum for community summer arts programs in Hartford, Connecticut, public education, as well as having held university and college faculty positions in music theory, american music history, music for dance, music for motion pictures, as well as performance practice.
As a composer his works have been performed at national music festivals along the East coast as well as by the National Guard Bands of Connecticut (102d Army Band) and Virginia (29th Division Army Band). He has received commissions for new compositions for chamber ensembles (Eighth Blackbird) as well as large ensembles in the public school sector, the National Poetry Society for a literature and music collaboration and the National Historical Institute for a new work to celebrate abolitionist and educator Prudence Crandall.
He has conducted bands for the Army National Guard as well as directing numerous music theater productions including, Little Shop of Horrors, L’il Abner (co-directed with Peter Palmer), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Jekyll and Hyde and The Boyfriend.
As a pianist he has performed with jazz greats like John Fadis, Wycliffe Gordon, and ‘Slide’ Hampton and latin greats like Ray Gonzales and Gumbi Ortiz. He is equally comfortable moving from classical, to jazz to latin and gospel. His album of original arrangements of hymns, All About Hymn, has been performed throughout New England.
After teaching and building a thriving high school music program (band, choir, music technology, general music, music theatre) at Great Path College Preparatory Academy in Connecticut he relocated with his wife, and now two children, to Fairfax to being the Doctorate of Music Arts degree at George Mason University. He is particularly interested in areas of research related to semiotics in Italian film music and best practices to getting a good night’s sleep while raising two young children.
MM, Composition, University of South Florida (2006)
Faculty Rank: Instructor