The Consulting Arts

ValfamTCA1000042139The Consulting Arts spawns environments that are catalysts for creativity, focusing on piano, voice, creativity coaching, art and writing. Karen Smith-Will teaches students of all ages and with various learning styles, disabilities, and health concerns. Typically her students' ages range from 5-100, and accommodations can be made for exceptional students.

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Why music?

PXL 20220722 2157073532No doubt any student who has ever studied modern art has had some exposure to the larger-than-life sculptures of Claes Oldenburg. His death on July 18, 2022 brought to my attention how narrow my awareness of his art had been.

PXL 20211111 145851256When I started playing the autoharp this morning, I never expected to get the cats' attention. But our older, male cat, Archie was fascinated.

I've always thought it would be cool if our cats pranced on the piano like Domenico Scarlatti's Pulcinella did, inspiring his cat fugues. Or took walks with us, like Louis Wain's Peter.

Thank you to Katie for the autoharp, and to all of the other friends who have donated instruments to The Consulting Arts and our students.

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FB IMG 16163374391292John McCormick has been a The Consulting Arts (TCA) piano student since 2014. As he completes his senior year in high school, we wanted to highlight his piano repertoire, which emphasizes classical music.

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Fi's ❤️ for composition really took off when she won her 1st award in 2018. In the 2019 recital, she's sang her original song, "Robocalls." She has continued to garner awards each year since then. She plays all of her own vocals (including harmonies) + instrumentation: piano, guitar, uke, & a few percussion instruments.

Albums, EPs & Singles

The Event Horizon




2021, 1st at Hanover High, 1st in Hanover County, Award of Excellence in Richmond District (regionals)

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FB IMG 1615623613019When I saw Edvard Munch's Scream at a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' 2016 exhibit, I had no idea 1 (oil) of its 4 versions (2 oil + 2 pastel, the latter as shown at the photograph to the right) had been stolen and returned. Would-be-theologian, turned Scotland Yard "art theft detective," Charles "Charley" Hill tracked down this artwork, among many others, during his storied career, returning them to art museums and collectors, alike.