Gay Lyn Capitano
Gay Lyn Capitano’s degrees include a Bachelor and Master of Music along with doctoral studies in piano performance from the Florida State University, under Dr. Carolyn Bridger and Leonard Mastrogiacomo. Mrs. Capitano holds a Certificate of Performance from the International Institute of Chamber Music held at the Munich Conservatory. She has studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music under Clifford Curzban and under James Smolko. Joerg Demus and the Alban Berg Quartet have been among her coaches. Performances have included solo and chamber works for piano and for harp. As a piano soloist, she has performed with the Florida Orchestra and the Central Florida Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Capitano has served as principal keyboardist for the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and Choir since 1989. She has played in the University Symphony Orchestra at the University of Florida and is the pianist for the Central Florida Master Choir. Gay Lyn is currently a vocal and instrumental accompanist for The College of Central Florida and an adjunct piano professor. She frequently serves as worship pianist for Grace Presbyterian Church in Ocala. Active memberships include the Florida State Music Teachers Association, Federation of Music Clubs, and the National Piano Guild. Mrs. Capitano has had thirty-one years of teaching experience and has presented a piano master class at the University of Florida.
As a zealous educator and performer, Mrs. Capitano has directed piano and pedagogy studies at the Capitano Music Studio in Ocala for over twenty-four years. Her students have been recognized nationally and traveled internationally to perform. Their compositions have been published and they have received scholarships to Florida State University, Liberty University, Pensacola Christian College, University of Tennessee, Bob Jones University, Baylor University, and the University of Florida. Gay Lyn is a frequent judge at the local, state, and national levels. She holds a permanent professional certification in piano teaching from the Music Teachers National Association. Gay Lyn is married to Greg Capitano and has three children. She home-schooled from 1991-2010 and enjoys performing with her children, Kirsten, Ben, and Anna, who play the violin, cello, and piano.