Festival of Piano Trios

Jonathan Graber, violin, Margaret Thorndill, cello
Pianists from our studio – Abby Gilman, Tressa Paulson and Samantha Riggles
Saturday, February 4, 2017 | 7:00 PM
Agnus Dei Lutheran Church
10511 Peacock Hill Ave. NW
Gig Harbor, Washington 98835
Each year I have the privilege of chairing the event we call the “Festival of Piano Trios”. The Gig Harbor Chapter of the Washington State Music Teachers Association hires two professional string players to rehearse and perform with our select students. The students receive their piano part in December and then rehearse two or three times with the string players before performing their piece for the public. Our sting players are wonderful musicians and teachers, giving the students a valuable experience is collaborative music making.
I hope you can come to this free concert to hear some beautiful music and support these students.

Music Olympics is Fun!

It was a day of musical fun and friendly competition on November 19th when nearly 200 piano students from the Gig Harbor area joined together around the piano. Each student competed in the areas of scales, chords, arpeggios, rhythm, listening, speedy notes, sightreading, performance and theory. Pianists representing our studio were Dallin Halverson, Madilynn Bartlotti, Jasinia Cheever, Tressa Paulson, Abby Gilman, Samantha Riggles, and Nathaniel Gilman. Congratulations to all for their hard work and winning attitudes!
Our trophy winner this year was Abby Gilman who won the 2nd place trophy at the Intermediate level.

Ear Training Programs

2016-17 Lessons Are Underway!

It’s great to have everyone back at their piano lessons. With a few new students starting, the studio is full!

Our first order of business is to make sure everyone is registered for Music Olympics. The registration deadline is September 23 so don’t delay. Watch here for ideas on free computer programs for practicing ear training and sightreading, listening opportunities, and tips and tricks for making this the best year of lessons yet.

Register for Music Olympics

September Benefit Concert featured piano, cello, violin trios

14322184_10153956146231849_1158312573368498458_nYesterday evening (Sept. 9, 2016), I had the privilege of performing in a benefit concert with my friends, violinist Gwen Taylor and cellist Margaret Thorndill. We played several piano trios for an intimate crowd of chamber music lovers as a kick-off to the Tacoma Symphony 2016-17 Season.

Margaret has been playing with the symphony for 30 years and Gwen, who is the current Associate Concertmaster, has been with the symphony for 20 years. They are both wonderful players and I am honored to have the opportunity to perform with them in support of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra.

Concert Wednesday!

This Wednesday, Aug. 10 at Noon, I’ll be performing at the Listen Live at Lunch recital series at First Lutheran Church in downtown Tacoma. This is the sixth August that my friend and wonderful clarinetist, David Salge have presented a program together. David loves to come up with unique programming and this year we’re joined by flutist Lia Wax to perform three pieces that have been transcribed for that combination of instruments by Michael Webster.

The first is of special interest to pianists- Debussy’s Petite Suite, which was originally written for piano-4 hands. Then we’ll play a lovely transcription of the famous orchestral piece Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. The concert closes with Bizet’s Carmen Variations which I’ve played in many contests with flutists. The clarinet is a great addition and we will fly to the end!

You can eat your lunch during the concert or sit on a blanket in Wright Park and listen via the church’s sound system. I hope you can come!

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