Improvising compositions at the piano was one of my earliest musical activities, and I have been creating music in this way my whole life. Each piece I create in this way captures a specific emotional moment. In 2007 I created the PianoJournals podcast, and over the course of 18 months I shared nearly 50 piano improvised piano piece. The PianoJournals album is a compilation of 'greatest hits' from the podcast, remastered but otherwise unedited. I hope you enjoy it! --Jeffrey Bernstein Known for his ability to inspire musicians and audiences alike, Jeffrey Bernstein is one of Southern California's pre-eminent choral conductors, and his choirs are numbered among the finest ensembles in the region. Bernstein specializes in the refinement of the a cappella choral sound and in the performance of major choral-orchestral repertoire. During the fifteen-year span of his career Bernstein has conducted over 30 major works and led choirs on over a dozen tours of three continents. Active as a guest conductor, he has led Bach's St. John Passion with Sanford Sylvan in Boston, Haydn's Creation with the Arad Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus in Romania, Dvorak's Czech Suite with the Naples Philharmonic in Florida, and over a dozen other orchestral performances at the Harvard Business School. A committed educator, Bernstein works regularly with students in Pasadena schools, makes public speaking appearances, and maintains a private conducting studio. Among his students is eleven-year-old piano prodigy Marc Yu. An experienced choral singer Bernstein has sung with the Harvard Glee Club, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Musica Angelica and the Los Angeles Master Chorale under such conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Roger Norrington, and Simon Rattle. Choirs under Bernstein's direction have sung for Gustavo Dudamel, Jorge Mester, Zubin Mehta, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. In 2009 Bernstein founded the Pasadena Master Chorale and serves now as it's artistic director. He is also artistic director of the Los Angeles Daiku. Bernstein was for two seasons artistic director of the Hollywood Master Chorale and recently concluded a five-year tenure as assistant conductor of the Pasadena Symphony. From 1997 to 2008 Bernstein was director of choral music at Occidental College in Los Angeles, where he rejuvenated a century-old Glee Club tradition and taught classes in music theory, counterpoint, composing and arranging, 20th-century music, and the American musical theater. Bernstein began his career in the theater, working first as a lighting designer and subsequently serving as a musical director and conductor. He led over 25 professional productions and served as associate musical director for the national touring company of CATS. The composer of over 50 concert works, Bernstein has enjoyed premieres of his music across this country and in Europe. His commissions include Circumnavigation of the World for Occidental College, Chomolungma for the Governor's School of North Carolina, Phoenix for UCLA bassoonist Melson Varsovia, Pablo Neruda in Love for The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut and over a dozen a cappella choral works and arrangements. In 2007 the Occidental Chorale under Bernstein's direction gave a full-length program of his choral-orchestral music entitled Divinity. Bernstein has contributed choral arrangements and direction to numerous commercial projects, and his choral arrangements are featured in the 2002 film Slackers. Bernstein lived the first twenty-eight years of his life in the Northeast. He holds music degrees from UCLA, Yale and Harvard, where he also served as acting associate director of choral activities and assistant conductor of the world-famous Harvard Glee Club. He studied conducting with Jorge Mester and Jameson Marvin and composition with Peter Lieberson, James Yannatos, Jacob Druckman, Roger Bourland and David Lefkowitz.