I have been accompanying vocalists and instrumentalists since I was in grade school. I stepped down from the chorus risers once my teachers figured out that I could play the piano and sight read really well at age 9. This continued through grammar school, high school, college, and in the church. I spent more time on the accompanying music for juries than my own stuff! But it was a great way to get familiar with different styles and composers.
If you'd like to hear some of my work, please click this link http://www.srgsax.com/audio to hear me accompany Peabody Conservatory graduate Sharada Rao Glickman on her demo "tape".
For more information about my accompanying, please click this link https://www.pianoaccompanists.com/profile-valerie-a-higgs.