Peggy Payne has a flare for communicating and has molded a style of performing that brings audiences into an enjoyment of new musical experiences and the musicians performing. Her warm congenial personality has touched the hearts of audiences across the state as harpsichordist/manager for the Go for Baroque ensemble, and across the United States, Mexico and Canada as pianist with the New American Ragtime Ensemble under the Herbert Barrett Management in New York. She was Principal Keyboard with the Oklahoma Symphony and now holds that position with the OKC Philharmonic.
Peggy Payne has been recognized as a leader in developing and implementing pilot education programs for various arts organizations, garnering her a Governor’s Arts and Education Award. As Arts Facilitator for Penn Square Mall, she helped create numerous opportunities for not-for-profit arts groups to share partnerships with the Mall, recognized by a Business in the Arts Award. Ms. Payne brings an enthusiasm for embracing new challenges with confidence and patience to her community involvement and her private students.
As a native Oklahoman, Peggy Payne holds a Masters degree in Piano Performance from Oklahoma City University, where she studied with Robert Laughlin. Past credits include OKC Chamber Players, OKC Chamber Orchestra, Quartz Mt. Summer Arts Institute, and soloist with the Oklahoma Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, Lawton Philharmonic, OKC Philharmonic, and Ballet Oklahoma. She is a member of Psi Kappa Lambda and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Although an avid exercise enthusiast, Peggy Payne’s favorite pastime is going on roadtrips with her dalmatian Dreamworks Girl on Fire "Kindle."