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Piano Solo Festival

Posted by Megan Gilles on January 3, 2017 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Piano Solo Festival

University of Northwestern-St. Paul

March 12, 2016

Grades 4-12

Totino Fine Arts Center

Festival Information

Saturday Schedule

8AM-3:30PM

Preliminary round (individual times)

7:30PM-Honors Concert (finalists) in Nazareth Chapel

Awards ceremony and reception in the Nazareth Great Room following the Concert.


Preliminary Round: Performance schedules, including the time for each performer's individual preliminary performance, will be mailed to performers during the week of March 1, 201.

Performance time for the preliminary round is limited as follows for each category entered:

Grades 4-6: 5 minutes maximum

Grades 7-9: 7 minutes maximum

Grades 10-12: 9 minutes maximum

Due to time constraints, some pieces may not be heard in their entirety during the preliminary round.  Participants may not plan their own cuts to accomodate the time allotment.

Registration:  The official application form, with a non-refundable $22.00 entry fee, must be postmarked by February 22, 2017.

Make check payable to University of Northwestern.

Return application form with $22.00 entry fee to:

Piano Solo Festival

Dr. Richard Lange, F2332

University of Northwestern

3003 Snelling Avenue North

Roseville, MN 55113-1598

Eligibility: The Festival is open to all piano students, grades 4-12.

Repertoire Requirement: A solo work from the standard classical repertoire, a contest piece, or a standard gospel arangement.  Classical repertoire must be original scores only, no arrangements.  Repeats may be omitted.  All music must be memorized.  

Scores: Participants must present judges with a score of each piece to be performed.  Measures must be numbered.  No photocopies are accepted.

Previous winners: First prize winners must advance to the next age category.

First Price: $50.00 (Category 1)

First Price: Category 2-$75.00

First Prize: Category 3-$100.00

Second Prize: Categories 1, 2, 3

Gift Certificates for Schmitt Music

All participants will receive a scholarship voucher applicable to the summer Piano Institute held July 24-29, 2017


For more information call Dr. Richard Lange at 651-631-5242


Summer of 201

University of Northwestern-St. Paul

Piano Institute

July 24-29, 2017

A concentrated week of stimulating musical activities open to students ages 10-18.

Sewanee Summer Music Festival

Posted by Megan Gilles on November 17, 2016 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Sewanee Summer Music Festival

June 17-July 16, 2017

Alumni Scholarship

October 1, 2016

Application fee waived

Automatic $250 scholarship

Attend at the 2016 Festival rate.


Early Decision

December 1, 2016

$40.00 discount on application fee

Accepted students attend at the 2016 Festival rate.


Scholarship Application deadline

February 15, 2017

$40.00 discount on application fee

Priority scholarship consideration 

Leadership Scholarships available for violin, viola, cello, double bass, and horn


Final Application Deadline

March 15, 2017

Scholarship based on availability of funding

Some Sutdios Fill Quickly.

Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis.

Apply early!


SSMF.SEWANEE.EDU

931-598-1958

[email protected]


SEWANN

The University of the Sout

735 University Avenue

Sewanee, TN 37383


Winter Piano Recital

Posted by Megan Gilles on October 15, 2016 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Winter Piano Festival and Piano Competition 2017

Concordia College

Festival and Competition Schedule

Thursday, January 19th

7:30PM

Alexander Djordjevic-Solo Piano Recital


Friday, January 20th

9:30AM

Masterclass led by Alexander Djordjevic

7:30PM

Jay Hershberger and David Hamilton

Voice/Piano Recital

Saturday, January 21st

9AM-Noon

Winter Festival Piano Competition

Adjudicators: Robert Groves, Jay Hershberger, John N. Roberts

Satuday January 21st

1PM

Grigor Khachatryan-Chamber Music Recital

"Brahms Piano Quintet in F Minor Op 34

"Mozart Keyboard Concerto in E-Flat"

Saturday January 21

2:45PM

Announcement of Competition Winners

Piano Competition Prizes

1st Prize-$300.00

2nd Prize-$150.00

3rd Prize-$100.00

Awards are given in conjunction with Schmitt Music

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Prize Recipients will additionally be awarded the Following:

Hvidsten Award of $1000 renewable annual scholarship toward a degree in music at Concordia College.  This scholarship will be embedded in larger music scholarships if received in the future.

A special invitation to the annual Concordia college Music Performance Scholarship event, where among many other music scholarships an outstanding student will be granted the newly established Christianson Music Scholarship of $100,00 over four years.

Two free piano lessons at Concordia College by artist piano faculty members, to help students prepare for their auditions and future musical development.

Competition rules and Repertoire Requirements

All competitors will play a 15 minute program of their choice.

All compositions must be performed from memory.  The competition will take place in Christiansen Recital Hall and will be open to public.


Piano Competition Sign Up Instructions

Please email the following information along with any questions to Dr. Khachatryan by December 10, 2016 at [email protected]

1. Name

2. Date of Birth

3. One colored photograph

4. Mailing Address

5. Email Address

6. Telephone Number

7. Competition Repertoire

8. Brief Biography describing your musical ambitions, the number of years you studied piano, your past musical experiences and the most memorable and beloved musical compositions you have performed. 


Concordia College Winter Piano Festival and Piano Competition will take place from Thursday, January 19th through Saturday, January 21, 2017.


The festival will showcase Concordia's music faculty: pianist Jay Hershberger, pianist Grigor Khachatryan, violinist Sonja Harasim, cellist Greg Hamilton, tenor David Hamilton, and guest artists pianist Alexander Djordjevic, violinist Dina Neglia-Khachatryan and violist Tim Nelson.

The festival will also feature select student body members of The Concordia Orchestra during the final day of the festival in the performance of Mozart's E-flat Keyboard Concerto under the guidance of maestro Stephen Sulich.

The festival will present the piano in many roles: solo piano performance, chamber music, accompanimental, and concerto.

Concordia College

Music Department

901 8th St. S.

Moorhead, MN 56562

Piano Institute

Posted by Megan Gilles on April 13, 2016 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

University of Northwestern-St. Paul

Piano Institute

July 25-30, 2016

Totino Fine Arts Center

Online Application

unwsp.edu/academyofmusic


Academy of Music

3003 Snelling Avenue North

St. Paul, MN 55113-1598

651-631-5108 or 651-631-5242

[email protected]


Application Deadline: June 30, 2016

Payment Deadline: July 11, 2016

Costs:

Tuition   $365

Lodging (Opt.) $150

Lunch (Opt) $50

Application Fee $25


Refund Policy: 50% refund if withdrawn after the application deadline

Application fee is nonrefundable

Instructors:

Dr. Richard Lange

Dr. Leonard Danek

Pam Sohriakoff

Dr. Paul Wirth


Schedule

45 minute class sessions/lessons

Two scheduled practice periods per day

Daily

8:30-11:45AM-Classes/lessons

11:45AM  Lunch

12:45-3:15Pm  Classes/lessons

3:15-4PM-Master Class


Friday 

4:30PM-Ensemble Recital


Saturday

9:15AM and 11AM-Solo Recitals


Objectives

The goal of the piano institute is to provide a concentrated week of stimulating musical activities which will motivate and encourage students in their piano studies.

Who May Study

The Institute is open to serious piano students, ages 10-18, playing at an intermediate to advanced level (level 5 method book and above). Students will be grouped according to age and ability.


Activities

Daily Lessons

Ensemble experience

Classes: Music Appreciation, Music Theory, Piano Literature, Performance and Improvicsation


Lodging available for Age 13 and older only


Recitals

The Friday Ensemble Recital features duets and trios learned during the institute.  Students must prepare a memorized piece prior to the institute and will perform that piece during a Saturday Solo Recital.

10,000 Hours of Practice

Posted by Megan Gilles on February 20, 2016 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

My husband Doug shared this blog entry with me from his parent company Hormel Foods.  This can easily relate to piano practice.  Even though my students won't be hitting the 10,000 very soon it is very easy to see who practices on a regular basis and who doesn't.  Enjoy this read! 

Bob Rosburg was born on October 21, 1926 in San Francisco, California. He

attended Stanford University on a golf scholarship. In 1953 he turned

professional winning six tour events including the 1959 PGA championship.

Following retirement as a professional golfer he became a television

broadcaster and pioneered the idea of roving the fairways allowing the

viewer a birds eye view of each shot and every putt.

 

 

None of this meant anything to me in 1977. All I knew of Bob Rosburg was

that his name was on the set of Ram golf clubs I ordered from the Austad's

catalog. My first set of golf clubs. Turn the clock forward and I have been

playing golf for 37 years. That's a long time. It seems like I should be a

better player. If I played an average of one round a week (assuming 4 hours

per round), 20 weeks each year (remember, I live in Minnesota) for 37 years

that means I have played 2,960 hours of golf in my lifetime. Now it really

seems like I should be a better golfer. Plus, I had clubs made by Bob

Rosburg, the PGA legend.

 

 

What went wrong.

 

 

It turns out there is something called the 10,000 hour rule.

 

 

In 1992 psychologist K. Andres Ericsson studied the violinists at the

Berlin Academy of Music. The students were broken into three groups - the

stars, the merely good, and those "good enough to teach in public school".

All of the students had started playing violin around the age of five. All

practiced roughly the same amount in the first two to three years. Starting

at age eight differences began to occur in the amount of time dedicated to

practice. The study discovered that those students who would later become

stars practiced significantly more, often up to thirty hours per week. By

the age of 20 these students had accumulated 10,000 hours of practice time.

The lesser skilled students had totaled slightly more than 4,000 hours by

the same age. Interestingly, there were no students who were able to reach

star status without logging 10,000 hours of practice - in other words,

there were no "naturals" in the entire school. Likewise, there were no

students in the "good enough to teach in public school" group who were

grinders (put in 10,000 hours of practice) yet were unable to break into

the star ranks. This type of study has been repeated for hockey players,

composers, basketball players, chess players, etc. and the common

denominator is 10,000 hours of practice is required to become really,

really good.

 

 

Everyone knows someone they consider to be a natural athlete or someone who

is innately talented. Everyone seems to believe that achievement is the

combination of talent plus preparation. However, the closer psychologists

look at the careers of the gifted, the smaller the role of innate talent

seems to play and the bigger the role of preparation seems to play. In

fact, in almost every case, preparation seems to take about 10,000 hours.

 

 

I guess my questionable golf game rests in this learning. Even with the

best clubs, getting good required more time and preparation than my 4,000

hours spread over 37 years. I can no longer blame my game on sub-par

equipment or the lack of natural ability. Instead, I can say with

confidence that the only thing holding me back from becoming a better

player is the amount of hard work I put into the sport. While this is true

for golf, it is also true in my work, my parenting, the way I manage my

relationships and every other aspect of my life. Hard work and commitment

make a difference.

 

 

Time to head to the driving range.

Piano Institute

Posted by Megan Gilles on February 6, 2016 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

University of Northwestern-St. Paul

Piano Institute

July 25-30, 2016

A concentrated week of stimulating musical activities open to students

ages 10-18

For more information please contact Dr. Richard Lange at 651-631-5242


Piano Solo Festival-March 12, 2016 (Grades 4-12)

Posted by Megan Gilles on February 6, 2016 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Piano Solo Festival

March 12, 2016

Grades 4-12

Totino Fine Arts Center

University of Northwestern-St. Paul

Saturday Schedule:

8AM-3:30PM

Preliminary Round

(individual times)

7:30PM

Honors Concert (finalists) in Nazareth Chapel

Awards Ceremony and reception in the Nazareth Great Room following the concert.

Preliminary Round: Performance schedules, including the time for each performer's individual prelimnary performance will be mailed to performers during the week of March 1, 2016.  Performance time for the preliminary round is limited as follows for each category entered:

Grades 4-6: 5 minutes maximum

Grades 7-9: 7 minutes maximum

Grades 10-12: 9 minutes maximum

Due to time constraints, some pieces may not be heard in their entirety during the prelimary round.  Participants may not plan their own cuts to accomodate the time allotment.

Registration: The official application form, with a non-refundable $22 entry fee, must be postmarked by February 22, 2016. 

Eligibility: The festival is open to all piano students, grades 4-12.

Categories:

Category 1 (grades 4-6)

Category 2 (grades 7-9)

Category 3 (grades 10-12)

Repertoire requirement: A solo work from the standard classical repertoire, a contest piece, or a standard gospel arrangement.  Classical repertoire must be original scores only, no arrangements.  Repeats may be omitted.  All music must be memorized.

Scores: Participants must present judges with a score of each piece to be performed.  Measures must be numbered.  No photocopies are accepted.

Previous Winners:  First Prize Winners must advance to the next age category.

Awards for each Category

First Prize: Category 1-$50

First Prize: Category 2-$75

First Prize-Category 3-$100


Second Prize: Categories 1, 2, and 3-Gift certificate for Schmitt Music

All participants will receive a scholarship voucher applicable to the summer Piano Institute held July 25-30, 2016.

For more information call Dr. Richard Lange at 651-631-5242

Make Check payable to University of Northwestern

Return application form with $22 entry fee to:

Piano Solo Festival

Dr. Richard Lange, F2332

University of Northwestern

30003 Snelling Avenue North

Roseville, MN 55113-1598

Piano Solo Applicant:

Name

Parent's Name(s)

Parent's Email

Address

City

State

Zip

Phone

Grade

Instructor

Phone

Instructor's Email

Instructor's Address

City

State

Zip

Performance Repertoire:

Composer

Composition

Organ to be given away

Posted by Megan Gilles on January 20, 2016 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

 

The Mahoney Family of Appleton is looking for a good home for a Kimball Syntha Swinger (Model 1500) Entertainer II organ. The organ features two separate keyboards with 36 keys per keyboard. The foot pedals base is not attached, but did work when it was last attached. The cabinet is in good shape with a small, dark stain on the top, that could be covered up with something. It has a cushioned bench that opens for storage.

 

The organ features 20 solo buttons, 8 accompaniment buttons, 8 percussion buttons and 5 pedal buttons, along with 14 rhythms.

 

The Mahoneys would love to provide this organ at no charge. Do you know a young person who is learning to play organ, or start a rock band with organ, a church in need of an extra organ, or an assisted living or nursing home where a retired organist is living and could enjoy playing this nice organ?

 

Thanks much for any leads.

 

Denise Mahoney

320-394-2121

Winter Studio Recital

Posted by Megan Gilles on January 15, 2016 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Recital Reminder

 

The Winter Recital will be held:

Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 1:30PM.

 

Location: Church of the Nazarene

The address for the Church of the Nazarene, 515 12th St. SW, Willmar.

(parking lot off of Trott Ave.)

Please note the NEW LOCATION!

 

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the recital.

 

Family members and friends are invited to attend.

 

All music (piano solo) should be memorized unless student has been given approval from Megan to use music. Hymns do not need to be memorized. Students are asked to bow to the audience after they have completed their pieces.

 

Students should wear dress clothes. (No jeans or t-shirts or shirts with writing on them) Make sure shoes are appropriate for playing the pedals if they need to play the pedals for their pieces. It is helpful for students to practice leading up to performance with the shoes on that they will be using for the recital, festival, and piano contest.

 

Each family is asked to provide a treat to share after the recital. This could be one-two dozen bars/cookies, a selection of fruit (prepared to eat), a meat/cheese/cracker tray, or something else that your creative mind comes up with. Megan will provide plates, napkins, drink, and cups.

 

If you have any questions please contact Megan.

 

Viterbo University Contest Music Clinic

Posted by Megan Gilles on January 15, 2016 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

There are still spaces available for Viterbo University’s CONTEST MUSIC CLINIC on Saturday, February 6th, and we welcome pianists of all levels as they prepare for regional contests such as Solo/Ensemble and Federation auditions. Each partici­pant will receive a 20-minute coaching session, giving them a chance to perform their piece and receive suggestions for improvement from university faculty. In addition, Viterbo’s freshmen and sophomore music majors will be giving a special performance at 3:00 p.m. for those participants that wish to stay in the area for the afternoon.

 

The CONTEST MUSIC CLINIC will be held in the Fine Arts Center at Viterbo Univer­sity from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be a nominal fee of $10.00 for each student.

 

To participate, please complete and return the attached form with a check paya­ble to the Viterbo University Music Department no later than Friday, January 29, 2016. A completed form may also be submitted by email to [email protected] If sending the form by email, please have the student bring the registration fee with them to the clinic.

 

For more information about Viterbo’s Music Department, visit our website at www.viterbo.edu/music, and please do not hesitate to contact me with your ques­tions or suggestions.

 

We are happy to support the musical development of your students and look for­ward to working with them!

 

Sincerely,

 

Mark

 

Mark Tollefsen, D.M.A.

 

Assistant Professor of Music

 

Viterbo University | Fine Arts Center 423

 

900 Viterbo Drive, La Crosse, WI 54601

 

608.796.3769 | cell: 314.540.4117

 

www.marktollefsen.com


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