GVR Photography (Frank Van Riper and Judy Goodman) is a composer, music director, and pianist, who has achieved critical and popular success in the fields of concert music, theater music, and music for dance. He is also known for his interpretive skills as a pianist, music director and vocal coach, and is a highly regarded educator and lecturer. He has performed throughout the US and Europe, as well as in Canada and Japan.
Mr. Pace studied at the New England Conservatory of Music with Pulitzer Prize winning composer Donald Martino. He holds and M.F.A in composition from SUNY Purchase, where he was awarded the Anthony Newman prize for artistic and academic excellence.
Mr. Pace has received commissions from American Opera Projects, The Greenwich Village Orchestra, the late pianist Rebecca Labrecque, the Terpsichore Sanctuary of Art Music and Dance, as well as numerous theatrical productions – mainly in New York City.
He has served as music director and conductor with performance-artist John Kelly and Company, where he performed at the Brookyln Academy of Music’s “Next Wave Festival”, at La Mama Etc., and on tour throughout the United States. He has been pianist for many major dance companies and choreographers including the Dance Theater of Harlem, Jerome Robbins, Alvin Ailey, Suzanne Farrell, and Peter Pucci.
A highly successful educator as well, Mr. Pace directed the music program for Fordham at Lincoln Center and lectured for the New York Philharmonic. He currently teaches theory and composition at the Settlement Music School of Philadelphia.