Summertime 2014

Steamy summer has arrived, and another school year of lessons is complete. Recital was held on June 9 this year–and what a great time we had! This recital was student-centered, meaning that they all chose their own pieces. What a variety–everything from Meet the Flintstones to Clementi Sonatinas, from a Beatles medley to the theme from Love Story.  I even heard a couple of audience members humming along during some of the pieces. I think everyone had a good time, even the students who performed. Brava!

Students receiving special awards at the recital were Kate Hendricks (100 days of practice in a row), Tiffanie Descadres (100 days, Community Recital, HCMTA Annual Spring Recital), Corinne Tousley (100 days), Kyle Thompson (Community Recital, HCMTA Annual Spring Recital) Mackenzie Thompson (Community Recital, HCMTA Annual Spring Recital, BachFest), and Jordan Thompson (Community Recital).  The students who practiced 100 days in a row were honored with their names published in the magazine Piano Explorer.

The summer schedule is set, though I will not post it on this site since it is such a short time. Basically I am teaching Mondays and Wednesdays this summer, with interruptions, of course. I plan to have a very flexible schedule this summer, and hope you don’t mind changes made on my end, too.  Also, invoices went out yesterday for June lessons. Lessons in July and August will be invoiced together, so if you are a summer student, plan to get your next invoice the first of September for July and August lessons.  Thanks!

Looking forward to fall, the first performance opportunity with be the annual HCMTA Music Festival Auditions held at SUNY New Paltz on November 14-15. This is a most ambitious festival, falling shortly after school starts. Students who want to participate should let me know at the first lesson in September. Or sooner.

It’s never too early to reserve lesson times for the upcoming school year. Each year I start with a blank slate, so when you know your preferred time, please let me know. I’ll do my best to keep the schedule updated for fall on this website. I am accepting new students this year (graduations and move-outs have created some open times) so feel free to refer your friends and neighbors to my studio. I appreciate that–thanks!

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