Peggy Payne has a flare for communicating and molding a performance that draws an audience into new musical experiences. 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. Peggy persists in community-building by providing culturally diverse music experiences as Music Coordinator at Channing Unitarian Church.
A native Oklahoman, Peggy Payne holds a Masters in Piano Performance from Oklahoma City University, studying with Robert Laughlin who was a student of Soulima Stravinsky. 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, Ballet Oklahoma, OKC Ballet, and Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.