By Jan Joslin // Marketing & Communication // 1.5.19
Holly Slice deliberated between pursuing music or medicine until she discovered the field of music therapy.
An entrepreneur, Slice owns Lowcountry Pianist & Company LLC, is an adjunct professor in CSU’s music therapy department, owns With My Song LLC, a music therapy services business, and is a music instructor. She said, “I’m grateful that my education at CSU provided the training to be both a professional musician and a licensed therapist.”
Born into a musical family, Slice began taking piano lessons at 4. “When I was 6 years old, I performed piano in front of my first audience and shortly after I began to share piano music on a monthly basis with residents at an assisted living facility,” she said. “This became my first paid position as one of the residents would faithfully give me a quarter each visit!”
She said, “From my earliest moments music has been a significant part of every day.” She even met her husband during choir at CSU. Slice said, “Music is how I express my faith, how I cope with stress, how I release creativity, how I am able to earn a living, and so much more.”
After graduating from CSU in 2014, Slice was a full-time music therapist in inpatient psychiatric care for two years. As her schedule permitted, she accepted performance opportunities. In 2016, she left her full-time position and began Lowcountry Pianist & Company LLC and pursued part-time positions in music therapy, education and worship. “Business ownership has always fascinated me due to the potential for continued growth, the opportunity to continually learn and pursue new challenges and the ability to handpick team members,” said Slice.
Lowcountry Pianist & Company is comprised of 20 musicians, some she met through CSU. The company offers piano, guitar, vocal, harp, cello and violin services and accompanists at professional performances from weddings to corporate events and more. Lowcountry Pianist & Company was honored this year as the solo and ensemble company in South Carolina chosen for The Knot Best of Weddings. Slice said, “Our clients especially love our new portable baby grand that can be used at any indoor or outdoor event.”
As an adjunct music therapy professor, she provides clinical supervision within special education and medical settings. Another recent venture is the creation of Taste of Crowfield, which provides Goose Creek area residents a fine dining experience close to home with music provided by Lowcountry Pianist & Co.
Keeping up such a pace would exhaust most people, but Slice finds it energizing because each outlet is rewarding. She shares that her faith, her husband, family, friends, a big dog, a planner and pot of coffee help her remain balanced.
Despite the hectic schedule, Slice said she wouldn’t trade it because she has such amazing opportunities and memories. She said:
Photos by Molly Lawson of E Bea Photography
Article originally published in CSU Magazine, Fall 2018