Deanna Witkowski is a New York City based pianist, composer ,and vocalist. Her 2017 trio album, “Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns,” features fourteen of her jazz hymn arrangements alongside a companion sheet music book.
As a jazz pianist, Witkowski won the 2002 Great American Jazz Piano Competition and was featured on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz. Her compositions have won the 2017 ChoralArt New England Carol Contest; the 2016 Illinois-ACDA Composition Contest; and the 2017 annual hymn search sponsored by the Hymn Society in the US and Canada.
As a 2018 Sacatar Institute Fellow, Witkowski recently spent eight weeks in Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil, doing research for her upcoming Afro-Brazilian project, the “Nossa Senhora Suite.” Her upcoming biography, Mary Lou Williams: Music for the Soul, will be published by Liturgical Press in 2020.