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"I hired Cara to play piano for my Wedding at the Stimson Green Mansion in downtown Seattle, Washington. She is a consummate professional and very easy to get along with. In addition to her gracious attitude toward all the guests, she played a broad assortment of exquisite music that entertained young and old alike. She has a very warm demeanor and knows how to present herself with elegance and grace. I highly recommend her for any work of this sort - you won't be disappointed. Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity."
-Matt Warren, married at the Stimson-Green Mansion, Seattle, WA

"We wanted to let you know how appreciative we are of your help in making our day special! You were wonderful and your music enhanced our evening tremendously! Thank you so very much!"
-G. and J. Ranf, married at the Sorrento Hotel, Seattle WA

"Your performances were terrific.  Your talent was not only appreciated by the public and myself but Millstone Coffee Co. was extremely pleased, as well"
-D. Mitchell, Festivals, Inc. Bite of Seattle

"Hill's music made our visits fun"
-Bart Ripp, Restaurant Critic-The News Tribune

"Thank you again for playing for us on Easter Sunday.  The event was a complete success and your presence was the highlight of the evening"
-K. Wilson, Dining Room Manager-The Rainier Club, Seattle

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Major Influences:

Oscar Peterson, Nat King Cole, George Shearing, Art Tatum, Michel Petrucciani, Chick Corea, Russell Ferrante (of the Yellowjackets), Eliane Elias and Michel Camilo, Stevie Wonder and Felix Mendelssohn.


Early Training:

Cara began playing at the age of 4. Along the way, she memorized thousands of classics and popular song titles. She won many musical awards, including the Arion Award -- the oldest and most prestigous national award for outstanding musical achievement by promising new performers, as well as accomplished musicians who have made a significant contribution to music culture.


Higher Education (B.A. from University of Washington):

While at the University of Washington, Cara recorded an album and backed up dance companies while studying classical and jazz in its many forms. Her studies included works by Thellonius Monk, Charlie Parker, and J.S. Bach, among others. She has studied with the following well-known music professionals:
  • Dave Barduhn (former pianist with the Stan Kenton Orchestra)
  • Roy Cummings (performed with Tony Bennett and Wayne Newton)
  • Tom Collier (performed with Frank Zappa, Natalie Cole, and Diane Schuur)
  • Patricia Michaelian ("A Major Artist"-New York Times)
  • Barney McClure (performed with jazz luminaries Milt Jackson and Bud Shank)
Professional Experience:

From the age of 18, Cara played in various professional situations including:
  • A variety/show band which opened for Jerry Lee Lewis and Bill Cosby
  • Toured the Pacific Northwest, California and Alaska with critically acclaimed funk/show groups
  • Pianist for the biggest smash in Seattle theater history, "Angry Housewives"
After college, Cara moved to Los Angeles where she was the preferred pianist at many upscale establishments. She was represented by the exclusive McConkey Agency, one of Hollywood's leading talent agencies, which handles Grammy Award-winning pop superstar Tori Amos, signed big band greats Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, and discovered the Four Freshmen. She also worked with major L.A. film composers.

Cara later returned to Seattle with her husband, Steve Hill, also an accomplished musician. She is currently working as a top pianist for private parties and in Seattle's finest establishments.