Summer Swee-Singh is a professional pianist, keyboard player, music director, composer, film scorer, music arranger, and piano consultant based out of Orange County & Los Angeles County. In 2001, at the age of twelve, Summer became the youngest person to pass the Level 5 Yamaha Music School’s piano performance and theory examination which earned her a Yamaha Music School Teaching Credential. She went on to successfully complete the Advanced Level of the Music Teachers’ Association of California Certificate of Merit exams in 2004 with a 98% on the music theory portion and scored a 5 on her AP Music Theory examination. She was both a violinist and pianist in high school at the Vivian Webb School as a part of The Webb Schools’ Honors String Sinfonia; Summer was the official Vivian Webb Chapel pianist from 2004-2007 and was also the pit orchestra pianist for Webb’s productions of “Fiddler on the Roof” (2006) and “Company” (2007). In spring of 2007, she took first place in the Claremont Region of the Dan Stover Memorial Music Competition and second place overall in the entire Southern California Regional of the Dan Stover Music Competition, having performed Chopin’s Fantasie Impromptu. Summer then graduated from Vivian Webb in 2007 as Senior Class President and went on to attend UC Berkeley for her undergraduate degree. While at UC Berkeley, she also was the pianist and timpanist in a chamber orchestra for one semester and also took three semesters of African Drumming—two semesters of which she helped TA the class. From her sophomore undergraduate year onward, she stopped focusing on performing classical music and began working on classical arrangements of modern pop, rock, hip-hop, electronica, and other contemporary styles, all of which she transcribed by ear, as well as playing in three different bands of just as varied genres. In addition to her education and musical explorations at UC Berkeley, Summer was voted Chapter Sweetheart of TKE (TKE Nu chapter, 2009-2010), she served as a volunteer mentor for Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH, 2007-2011), and she was also very involved with both Cal Volleyball and Cal Soccer (2007-2010). She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies and a Music Minor from UC Berkeley in 2010; she also studied abroad at the University of Cambridge for the summer quarter of 2010 through the Pembroke-King’s Programme, an International Summer Programme run by the University of Cambridge.
As a professional solo pianist, Summer has performed for audiences as large as 10,000 people (Anaheim Convention Center, 2003) and has performed for two TED-sanctioned TEDx events—in a duo with a violinist under the name Dubutantes at TEDxUCSD 2013 and as a solo pianist at TEDxCambridgeUniversity 2014. Notably, Summer also performed as a solo pianist for the 2015 and 2016 Marine Corps Balls for the 13th Marine Expedition Unit, the Town & Country Committee of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County (2015), as a solo keyboard player for Nord Keyboards at NAMM 2016, as a solo keyboard player at the Project Paradigm awards ceremony held at the California Science Center’s Space Shuttle Endeavor Pavilion (2016), and as the music director and keyboard player for actress / singer-songwriter Alexandra Shipp at NAMM 2017 performing for 64 Audio, OWC, and Audix. For over two years (November 2014 – January 2017) Summer was is the resident Sunday brunch and holiday pianist at the Waterline restaurant of the Balboa Bay Resort, the luxury resort in Newport Beach that is also home to the famed Balboa Bay Club. She is currently the first substitute for resident pianist Steve Siu of the Lobby Lounge at Montage Laguna Beach and the keyboard player and music director for Alexandra Shipp. Summer has performed at a variety of high-end venues for private events including celebrity weddings and corporate events held at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Crosby National Golf Club, Omni La Costa, Lido Island Yacht Club, Mariners Church Chapel, The Grand Tradition, Rancho Magdalena, Richard Nixon Library and Museum, and many more. She has performed publicly at the following luxury resorts for holidays and other special occasions: Balboa Bay Resort, Bacara Resort & Spa, Estancia La Jolla, Montage Laguna Beach, & Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. Summer also formerly performed regularly at Rock Wall Winery, Double Barrel Wine Bar, Sliver Pizzeria, and Citrus City Grille (Orange location). In addition to performing, Summer has also dabbled in film scoring, having composed the music for two short documentaries and one tech commercial thus far; the latest of her scored short films, “Inside the Mind: Keith Matsumura”, was released by Kendama USA in September 2015.
Summer released her debut original album, titled Summer Swee-Singh & the Crazy 88, on June 21st, 2016. The album is currently available on iTunes, Amazon, Tidal, Google Play, Spotify, YouTube, and many other smaller online music services. It is also available for purchase in physical CD format (all copies are signed and can be upgraded to be personalized) on the store tab of her website which also provides album and specific song reviews. The physical CD includes four beautiful pictures of Summer by Trishography (artwork by Frank Zio), liner notes about the compositions and pianos/studios/engineers used, acknowledgements/”thank yous”, the album track listing, and artwork on the CD itself–a part of the handwritten viola melody which Summer composed for track #4, “Samina”. In March 2017, her piece “JFN” (track #3) was awarded a Silver Medal by the Global Music Awards in their “emerging artist” and “composer” categories.
Summer also runs a YouTube channel where she posts many of her musical arrangements; her channel has over 6,000 subscribers and she has amassed over 2 million total video views. The likes of multi-Grammy-winning Skrillex and Campa of The Cataracs have reposted four of her cover medley arrangements on social media. Due to her growing YouTube notoriety, in 2012, LA Weekly interviewed Summer regarding her multi-instrument musical arrangements and published the resulting article both online and in print. Aside from her work as a solo artist and as Alexandra Shipp’s music director, keyboard player, and background vocalist. Summer is also the keyboard player and music director for her friend and fellow Cal alum, Ashleigh Nickerson, a singer/songwriter. In addition, Summer is the music director and composer for “Sweets & Spices”, a play with music, written by Carmen Bordas O’Connor.
Summer joined the Nord-endorsed artist roster in December 2015, the Audix Microphones-endorsed artist roster in February 2016, and the 64 Audio-endorsed roster in January 2017. She also endorses Fields Pianos – Home of Steinway (Santa Ana). Summer plays on her Nord Stage 2 EX, Nord Electro 5HP, Steinway upright, GM-1 K. Kawai baby grand, and Korg SP170; she records using Audix’s SCX25A, i5, and F9 microphones and Earthworks’ PianoMic system, and also utilizes Logic Pro X and Sibelius (when not transcribing or composing by hand). She currently resides in Orange County with her boyfriend.