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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.

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

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 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

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

Rice Luncheon 2015

Posted by Megan Gilles on October 25, 2015 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The Rice Luncheon will be held-November 14th.  Students from Megan Gilles Music Studio will perform from 1-2PM.  http://ricehealthfoundation.org/news-events/holiday-gala/2015-holiday-festival/

This year's Holiday Festival will support Pediatric Rehabilitation Services.  Read below for more information.  This is a great way for students to share their gifts with their community. 

2015 Holiday Festival

 

Pediatric Rehabilitation Services

 

 

Rice Memorial Hospital is planning to add a new facility that will offer all rehabilitation and therapy services under one roof—cardiac and pulmonary rehab, physical, occupational, speech and other specialized therapies. Providing all services in a single location on the Rice campus will improve efficiency, increase access, and help patients achieve their full rehabilitation potential.

 

The goal of the 2015 Holiday Festival is to raise $200,000 to support Pediatric Rehab Services by providing a space in the new building for our youngest patients. Over the last two years, Rice Therapists logged 12,652 pediatric visits. We will be helping hundreds of children who need rehabilitation and therapy interventions to improve their lives.

 

NEWS FLASH!

 

The Foundation is launching the Restoring Health . . . Restoring Hope campaign to raise $1.5 million to make the pediatric rehab space a reality. We have received a $500k challenge gift to match by November 30th. All gifts to the 2015 Holiday Festival will count toward meeting this challenge.

 

 

Thank You!

 

Together, we will restore the health and hope for children and their families in west central Minnesota and beyond.

 

Piano Adventures Player App

Posted by Megan Gilles on October 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

This was in the October/November 2015 issue of American Music Teacher

Many of my students use Piano Adventures or the "Faber" books.  This might be a good learning resource for those of you who have these technologies.  I do not have one of these tools yet.  We will have to see how finances are by Christmas time.  Hopefully Avian Flu will not hit Jennie O Turkey Store too badly this fall or at all so they are able to finish out 2015 successfully.  Maybe there will still be a bonus??  If not, we will wait some more.  Maybe I can pick up a few more sub jobs playing at area churches or funerals to bring in a little extra money to help out.  Well until then...For those of you with this Technology-Enjoy!

Piano Adventures Player App

www.pianoadventures.com/player; Free

Nancy and Randall Faber, authors and experts in teh field of piano pedagogy, have released a new mobile app for Apple iPhone and iPad.  The app provides interactive accompaniments and play-along tracks for Piano Adventures lesson, technique and performance books, bringing an orchestra, jazz ensemble and rock band to mobile devices.  Combining decades of pedagogical testing and research with the convenience of a full MIDI player, the app is an exciting new supplement to the Piano Adventures print library.

Piano Adventures Player works like a jukebox to accompany any accoustic piano or digital keyboard.  Three screen views provide different modes of interactive learning-Keyboard view with moving highlights to reinforce the student part, Notation view highlights your place in the score and Mixer View lets you adjust the volume and balance on four different channels-left hand, right hand, accompaniment and emtronome.  State-of-the art instrumental sound samples deliver premium sound quality with a user interface that is elegantly designed and appropriate for all ages and instructional levels.

Practice tools include Loop Mode in Score view, to set repeats at desired locations to rehearse difficult sections.  Easily change tempo at any time with the pop-up Tempo Slider.  Connect to a MIDI keyboard for additional features that enhance play-along and recording.  Toggle between three different Follow Modes that intelligently adjust to track your tempo and dynamics.  Listen back to your most recent performance and use Keyboard View for assessment. 

THe app is available as a free download from the Apple app sotre and includes three free songs per level.  Four levels are currently available (Primer, 1, 2A, and 2B) with a total of 389 songs available for download.  Full song libraries may be purchased for $4.99 per level.  Plans are underway to add more levels and support for supplemntary libraries.


This is taken from the October/November 2015 American Music Teacher magazine. 

PianoFun MN Competition

Posted by Megan Gilles on October 14, 2015 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Received in an email today-10/14/2015

I love being a member of MMTA and MTNA!  We are given access to (information for) so many great piano/music activities in the state and country via email and snail mail.  It is especially nice to be in a great state like MN where we have so many piano opportunities and so many great teachers. 

If anyone is interested in this opportunity please let me know.

Dear music teachers,

 

I would like to introduce the PianoFun MN Competition that I am organizing. It is a fun piano competition for children from the age of 5 to 14. It provides a wonderful recital opportunity for students, and all participants will receive comments from our wonderful judges. This year it will be held on Feb.20th & 21st at Landmark Center. Here is our website for more information;www.pianofunmn.com. We also have a new Facebook page : www.facebook.com/pianofunmn. If you have young piano students or know any, it will be a nice opportunity for them to perform! I would appreciate if you spread the word.

 

Thank you very much and have a wonderful week!

Jazz Workshop

Posted by Megan Gilles on October 14, 2015 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Received in an email today-10/14/2015

Maybe something of interest to someone out there?


Dear Piano Teacher,

 

We wanted to make sure you knew about a fabulous event that is coming up on Saturday, October 24 and is sponsored by The Schubert Club and partner, Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education.

 

This FREE workshop is designed for middle and high school students and will include hands-on sessions for classical piano students curious about jazz, or beginning jazz students to advanced jazz pianists.

 

The workshop will feature internationally acclaimed Jazz pianist Benny Green and Twin Cities jazz piano stars, Laura Caviani and Sean Turner.

 

It will be a day full of learning, performing and FUN! Plus at the end of the day, three students will be awarded scholarships of $300 each for additional Jazz Piano lessons with one of our local piano clinicians!

 

Details:

 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

10 am - 4:30 pm (lunch will be provided)

 

McNally Smith College of Music

19 Exchange St E

Downtown Saint Paul

 

Registrations will be accepted online at through October 19.

 

https://dfjejazzpianoworkshop.eventbrite.com" target="_blank">https://dfjejazzpianoworkshop.eventbrite.com

 

Questions???

Contact Kate Cooper at [email protected] or 651-292-3266

 

 

Kate Cooper

 

Education and Museum Manager

651.292.3266

[email protected]

schubert.org

 

The Schubert Club

Sharing the finest musical arts