June 5 at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion

June 5 at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Thursday, August 17, 2017

It's been an amazing summer!

In June four of my students, Suzy, Alex, Lauren and Vincent, graduated from high school. I've had Suzy and Alex as piano and organ students since they were in kindergarten, and Lauren and Vincent as organ students all through their high school years. I look forward to hearing about all of their adventures in college!

I served as director for the Pipe Organ Encounter sponsored by the San Diego Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in July, and had a wonderful time working with the 25 students (from all over California and Nevada) who came to learn about the King of Instruments.

Right after the POE I flew to Chicago for the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy. The presenters were fantastic, and I gathered lots of new teaching ideas and materials. I brought home over thirty pounds of new music and can't wait to share it with you!

Following the NCKP, I had a few days to play and see relatives, and then led the AGO's National Nominating Committee meeting in Chicago. The leadership experience and skills I've gained through my volunteer work have been an asset in all areas of my career.

I arrived back in San Diego late one evening, and spent the next three days as an alto in San Diego Pro Arte Voices Summer Choral Festival, with amazing voice faculty from all over the U.S. and the festival's first-ever composer in residence, Shawn Kirchner. What a tremendous experience!

Some students have been taking lessons all summer, and have made terrific progress! I look forward to seeing everyone as fall lessons begin, and sharing another amazing year of making music together!

Monday, July 18, 2016

It's been a fantastic year of music!  Students performed beautifully in piano and organ recitals and in various competitions and festivals . It's so exciting to see the musical growth that happens over the course of a year! 

Concordia University Keyboard Day:
Reiley, Alex, and Vincent were awarded a total of $2,425 in scholarships at this event.

Southern California Junior Bach Festival
Sam and Lauren received bronze medals and Vincent was awarded the gold medal place in the Complete Works Auditions. All three received Regional awards. Vincent will perform in the Memorial Awards Concert in Long Beach in October.

Music Teachers’ Association of California Certificate of Merit Program

Congratulations to the following students, who all passed their Certificate of Merit evaluations with flying colors!
Emily  – Level 1
Miranda - Level 2
Trinity - Level 4
Jacob  - Level 4
Reiley  - Level 4

American Guild of Organists/Spreckels Organ Society Scholarship Auditions
Eight students were chosen by the judges to play at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion on Sunday, June 5, including:


The students chosen by the judges to receive the additional scholarships awarded by the Spreckels Organ Society include:

Advanced Division: Suzy 
Novice Division: Miranda 

Their awards will be presented at the 7:30 pm Monday evening concert at the Organ Pavilion on August 15. For the first time ever, the Advanced Division winner, Suzy, has been invited to perform on that program!

Scholarships totaling $1,625 were awarded for organ study for 2015 to the following students:

Novice Division:

Intermediate Division

Advanced Division

Choristers’ Guild Festival

Congratulations to Miranda on her beautiful performance on organ at this event!

I've been having a very musical summer! In mid-June I spent a week in Houston for the American Guild of Organists National Convention, enjoying fabulous concerts and workshops and catching up with friends from across the country. The following week I was privileged to teach at the Baylor University Organ Institute, a summer camp for students, and thoroughly enjoyed working with Dr. Isabelle Demers, Baylor professor of organ, and composer Rachel Laurin. At the end of July I'll spend a week in Salt Lake City, teaching at an AGO Pipe Organ Encounter, and the first week of August I will be participating in the San Diego Pro Arte Voices Summer Choral Academy.  On August 15, my student Suzy will be the first high school student to perform on one of the evening concerts in the 2016 International Summer Organ Festival.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The school year is off to a great start - every one is making good progress and I'm very excited to hear all of my students perform in our fall recitals!

Since the last music newsletter,

Suzy W. subbed on organ at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Encinitas.

Sam R.,Margaret C., and Miranda K. played music for worship at St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Kate M. played music for school chapel prelude at St. Paul's Lutheran School.

Keep up the great work!

Binder/Music Reminder

Remember to check your student's binder weekly for:
  • lesson assignments (progress is so much faster when practice is focused on the right things!)
  • recital forms
  • festival and competition forms
  • Piano Explorer magazine (a wonderful way to grow your family's musical knowledge and spark your student's interest!)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Off to a great start!

The music year is off to a great start! Beginners are learning their first notes and starting a musical journey that will last a lifetime. Elementary students having a wonderful time playing Happy Birthday, Jesus Loves Me, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, and other favorite tunes. Intermediate and advanced students are enjoying the challenge of new and exciting pieces and are busy preparing for a variety of festivals and competitions. I'm looking forward to our fall recitals and celebrating the musical growth that has taken place!