St. George's Music Director, Eliza Garth, is a graduate of the Juilliard School, and member of the music faculty at St. Mary's College of Maryland. In addition to enjoying an international career as a concert pianist, Eliza has for many years worked with faith communities in exploring music as a form of worship. She is a longtime resident of St. Mary's County with her husband, composer David Froom, and their two daughters.
Ms. Garth has achieved international distinction as a performer of contemporary music and the standard repertoire, through her recordings and through her concert appearances in major cities in the US, Europe, and Asia. Widely regarded as an artist with a passionate voice and an adventurous spirit, she has championed some of the most demanding works in the repertoire. Among these are the complete solo piano works of the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Donald Martino, which she has recorded on two widely acclaimed CDs for the Centaur label. The first of these recordings was listed in a New York Times survey of its own critics' favorite recordings of music written since 1945.
Her other recordings are available on the Centaur, CRI, Opus One, and Arabesque labels, and her performances have been heard on the BBC Radio 3, WQXR and WNYC in New York, Radio de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, and WGUC in Cincinnati. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at St. Mary's College of Maryland, Ms. Garth is the Director of the Piano Festival by the River, an annual retreat for pianists. She has been recognized twice by the Maryland State Arts Council with the Individual Artist Award, most recently in 2010.