Anna DeProspero-Smith, lead instructor for Sterry Piano Company is an appreciated performer in the southeast playing for events ranging from classical, contemporary, classic rock to jazz/fusion genre. Her performing career began at The Hilton Hotel, Gainesville, Florida as the mainline dinner pianist. Relocating to St. Augustine, Florida from 1984-1988 she soloed improvisational works and played with a chamber trio at the St. Augustine Festival of Music, a festival she helped to implement and organize that continues to this day.
Performing as lead pianist at First Baptist Woodstock, Georgia, accompanist at Morningside Baptist Church Orchestra, Columbus, Georgia and pianist/keyboardist for Cascade Hills Praise Band, Columbus Georgia her service is sought as a substitute pianist and accompanist for churches and individuals as her schedule allows. An avid performer, she played in The St. Augustine Players Theater Ragtime Show, More Than A Man, MBCO play, Emmanuel, CHC play and performs for special events that include business promotions/expos, weddings, receptions and music festivals from coast to coast.
Earning a B.A. in music with emphasis in piano, along with a passion to perform has helped Anna build a teaching studio that has seen up to sixty students at a time. Students under her instruction develop into performing artists, piano teachers and composers. Her reputation as a classically trained performer, teacher and composer stays true to musical structure and form with an emphasis towards improvisation.
Tranquil Transitions, her upcoming solo project, is a fusion of musical influence from great pianists such as Roger Williams, Elton John and Yanni. She was invited as a featured pianist on the Emmanuel CD project, released December 2010.