Olszewski, Gail

Gail Olszewski

Lecturer of Music



D.M.A., Collaborative Piano/Coaching, University of Minnesota
M.M., Piano Performance, Boston University
B.A., Music History and Spanish, University of New Hampshire

Courses Taught:

Applied Piano and Harpsichord
Class Piano, Piano Ensemble
Accompanying Techniques


Professional Activities:

Faculty, MacPhail Center for Music, founding member of The WolfGang Ensemble

Gail Olszewski ( has been heard in solo and chamber recitals on piano, fortepiano, harpsichord, organ, harmonium, celesta and synthesizer in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America and Australia. She lives in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area where she has a varied free-lance career as a collaborative keyboardist, concertizing with members of the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra among others. She has played harpsichord and organ continuo for such groups as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Phipps Oratorio Society, Minnesota Sinfonia and Minnetonka Chorale, and has appeared as a synthesizer player with the Plymouth Music Series, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Buffalo Gal Productions. Gail is often sought out as a vocal coach and has performed in concert with many singers in the US and Canada. She has served as music director, rehearsal and show pianist for Ordway Productions, Nautilus Music Theater, Illusion Theater, Minnesota Opera and Duluth Festival Opera.

Performance highlights include soloist in the piano concerto of Clara Schumann with the Minneapolis Philharmonic, harpsichord soloist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, featured soloist on piano and celesta in Georgy Ligeti’s “Chamber Concerto” with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, solo modern piano and fortepiano recitals in Canberra, Australia, fortepiano recitals on the Frederick Collection’s concert series, for meetings of the Midwest and Southeast Historical Keyboard Societies and at the 2009 Boston Early Music Festival. In January 2009 she toured the West Coast of the US with Borealis Brass ( and has made a recording with them. Gail is a founding member of The WolfGang (, dedicated to authentic instrument performance of music of the Classic period, which released its first CD in Fall 2007. She is also a member of the chamber group, Music St. Croix (, based in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Gail has presented master classes and lecture/recitals on women musicians and their music, ornamentation, and the history of keyboard instruments to many schools, symposia and professional organizations. She has had review articles published in the journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music. Gail holds the degrees Doctor of Musical Arts in Accompanying and Coaching from the University of Minnesota, Master of Music in Piano Performance from Boston University and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Music History/Harpsichord Performance from the University of New Hampshire. She is adjunct piano faculty at the University of Wisconsin/River Falls and is on the faculty of the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis and White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Other interests include cooking, eating, reading, hiking, cross-country skiing, hitting flea markets, antique stores and garage sales and listening to any good new or vintage rock and world music.