Greg Rice contracted Parkinson’s disease in 1993. In 2003 he discovered his gift of music composition. This remarkable musical ability emerged inexplicably. Greg had little musical training other than a few years of piano and trombone lessons as a youth. A year following his initial composition in 2003, he wrote a symphony.
Since that time, Greg’s gift of music has caught the attention of the media. In addition to articles, such as a Boston Globe story on a music video he wrote and produced, “Winter Waltz, an Afternoon at Channing Pond”, Greg has been featured in a number of diverse television programs including ABC News PrimeTime Live, a New England Cable News feature, a Middle Eastern Broadcast Network special, and a BBC documentary on creativity and the brain.
Greg grew up in Northern Virginia and graduated from Lynchburg College in Virginia. He went on to earn a Law degree from American University in Washington, D.C. Greg’s 30-year professional career focused on Labor Relations and Human Resource Management with The Continental Group, PepsiCo, and Bank of Boston. Greg retired in 2002 partly due to his Parkinson’s disease, but also to devote more time to his family and to pursue his passion for community service.
Greg served on the Town of Dover's Affordable Housing Committee, served as the Youth Baseball and Softball Commissioner, coached both sports, held several positions at The Dover Church including Chairman of Trustees, Music Committee, Social Concerns Committee, and chaired the Personnel Committee. He served on the alumni board for Lynchburg College.
Greg believes his musical talent is “God given”, but his inspiration comes from his family. He is grateful for all of the people who have come into his life to support him and his mission. He feels truly blessed.
In addition to providing music for the Greg Rice Foundation, Greg composes music for a wide variety of genres. Please visit his website, www.gregricecomposer.com, for more information about his other works.
The tulip is recognized as the worldwide symbol of Parkinson's Disease