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Atlanta Staff and Teachers

Our Atlanta Staff

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Alex Merlo - Manager

Hi, my name is Alex Merlo and I’m the Regional/ Institutional sales manager for the Atlanta area. I have been in sales all my adult life ranging from health and fitness to real estate and now currently the piano business. I started selling pianos for a local Steinway dealer in 2014 but have definitely found my home here at Piano Distributors. I love helping people find the right piano for their situations and goals. Whether you’re an accomplished player, aspiring artist, educator or a beginner, I honestly believe that we have the right piano to make you happy and fit your budget. My goal is to treat each customer as if you were my mom or dad. I promise to help you, educate you, guide you, inspire you and hopefully make you laugh en route to a stress free purchase. Music is by far my biggest passion and I would like to share that passion with you. I also am a singer/ songwriter and have had multiple songs placed in different independent film projects here in Atlanta. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to start your journey into finding your next piano! Sincerely yours, Alex.

Timothy Wilson - Sales

I couldn’t imagine a world without music, and I’m so glad I don’t have to!  My name is Timothy Wilson and it’s a joy to introduce & educate customers on new products that we offer at Piano Distributors.

With over 15 years of experience as a pianist/keyboardist, I’m able to demonstrate the depth and wonder of our instruments through real-time playing & performance.  It’s a joy to see the look of amazement on the face of a customer as I demonstrate the great features & dynamics offered by any one of our great products.  I believe that music has the ability to change & enrich lives, and I strive to continually be a vehicle of that change.

Our Atlanta Teachers

Julian Duncan

Julian Duncan is a pianist and music teacher from Atlanta, Georgia with more than ten years experience in private and group piano instruction. In 2016, Julian completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Shorter University where he studied with Dr. Jerico Vasquez. During his time at Shorter, Julian was nominated for the Lilybelle L. Smith award for Piano Pedagogy, was named outstanding senior in music performance, and was inducted into the prestigious Pi Kappa Lambda honor’s society for musicians.

During his program of study, Julian took numerous courses in piano pedagogy and conducted supervised teaching, including individual and group piano instruction for children, as well as for non-keyboard music majors.

Upon graduation, Julian attended the competitive Opera Viva! study abroad program in Verona, Italy, where he studied accompanying and vocal coaching with Joyce Fieldsend, a collaborative pianist at La Fenice opera house in Venice.

In 2018, Julian completed a Master of Music degree in Musicology at Florida State University where he studied piano with Dr. Heidi Williams, worked as a teaching assistant for a variety of music courses, and completed an interdisciplinary Master’s thesis entitled Behind the Red Curtain: Nationalism and Satie’s Parade under the supervision of Dr. Michael Broyles.

In addition to teaching and scholarship, Julian has been an active vocal accompanist and church musician. He worked as a student accompanist at Shorter University, accompanied vocalists privately in Tallahassee, Florida, and has performed as a pianist and organist at many churches, including Rush Chapel United Methodist Church in Adairsville, GA, First Baptist Church in Camilla, GA, St. Augustine Catholic Church in Thomasville, GA, and First Presbyterian Church in Rome, Ga. Julian is a passionate teacher and is dedicated to providing his students with the tools to achieve success and enjoyment in music.

MEREDITH GASTON

Meredith Gaston, soprano, is currently working on her Master of Music with a concentration in voice performance at Georgia State University, where she studies with Richard Clement. She also holds a Bachelor of Music in voice performance from Shorter University. She most recently performed the role of Geraldine in A Hand of Bridge at Georgia State and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro at the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop. Her major roles include Patience in Patience, Julie in Show Boat, Romilda in Serse, Mother in Hansel and Gretel, and Nora in Riders to the Sea. Miss Shorter University 2016, Gaston won a talent award at Miss Georgia for performing “O mio babbino caro.” She placed first in Shorter’s William and Mary Knight scholarship competition, and received the Most Outstanding Senior in Vocal Performance award.

Yamaha Trained Tuner Technician

Jeff Gatto

Jeff Gatto has been servicing pianos in the Atlanta Metro area since 2002. Atlanta, Vinings, Smyrna, Mableton, Marietta, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Kennesaw, Alpharetta, Milton, Woodstock and more......

Read more about Jeff on his website: https://www.gattopiano.com/

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We seek to bring the joy of music to individuals, families, and institutions and to be an advocate for music in the communities we serve so as to enrich lives and fulfill dreams.