Important Dates

  • Saturday, April 16 – Robert M Sides Piano Showcase
  • April 26/27/28 – STUDIO CLOSED (1 of 4 for 2016)
  • Friday, May 27 – Piano Guild Auditions

We have one participant in our Piano Showcase – Robert has applied for Level 2.  This is their 25th Anniversary and I would highly recommend visiting that day to check it out.  You are welcome to watch and see if it’s something you would be interested in participating in next year.  Here is the location (more information as it comes in):

Elmira College
Peterson Chapel in Cowles Hall
1 Park Place
Elmira, NY 14901

We have seven Piano Guild participants:  Emma, Caroline, Grace, Hannah, Robert, Meriah & Alyssa.  Auditions will be held on Friday, May 27 at the Cedar Arts Center in Corning, NY – 155 Cedar St.  I will give more information as it becomes available.

We’ll be ramping up for both events in the upcoming weeks. It’s going to be fun!!

Piano Guild Auditions

2015 Guild ParticipantsToday eight students performed at the Cedar Arts Center in Corning, NY before an adjudicator from the American College of Musicians for membership in the National Fraternity of Student Musicians. All did very well with scores ranging from Excellent to Superior Minus. Great job, everyone!!

For more information, please visit our 2015 Guild page.

Save the Dates!

  • Celebration Recital – Sat., February 14 – Arnot Mall, Horseheads
  • MAKEUP CLASS – Mon. March 16, 4:30 p.m. – 1 hour
  • Piano Showcase – Sat., March 21 – Arnot Mall, Horseheads
  • STUDIO CLOSED – March 24/25/26 (1 of 4 for 2015)
  • Piano Guild – Friday, May 29 – Cedar Arts Center, Corning
  • Celebration Recital – Sat., June 20 – Arnot Mall, Horseheads

Piano Guild Auditions

2014 Guild Participants

Congratulations to all those who performed for Piano Guild Auditions today! They have all earned a years membership in the National Fraternity of Student Musicians. For more details visit our website.

Please check out this week’s Free Press for photos and an article for your scrapbook.

2013 Piano Guild Auditions

All the students who attended Piano Guild Auditions this afternoon did very well – in fact, they all got a SUPERIOR, or Superior Minus rating. THAT’S AWESOME! Some really nice things were written about all the students. They all hit what Guild calls the “Citywide Circle” rating, which means that their preparation shows that her/his playing is sufficiently polished or outstanding to make them a possible selectee to represent their school in a citywide or countywide concert (sort of like our annual piano recital!)

Congratulations to Bobby, who had our HIGH SCORE – 26. For all scores, please visit our 2013 Piano Guild page.

Bobby and his sister, Hannah
Bobby and his sister, Hannah

All the students who attended were AMAZING (as are the rest of you)!

Parents of participation students – please come inside at the beginning of lessons next week so I can present the certificates, report cards and pins and explain the scoring.

Thanks, everyone – for such awesome support. It’s going to be a FUN SUMMER!!

Recital DVD & Upcoming Events

The DVD will be available in February, but I need to collect the money within the next two weeks. DVDs can now be ordered as follows:

  • 1 for $12
  • 2 for $18
  • 3 for $24
  • 4 for $30
  • each add’l, add $6

PIANO GUILD AUDITIONS memorized applications are as follows:

  • District – 4 Pieces (4) $27
  • State – 7 Pieces (5+2) $29
  • National – 10 Pieces (8+2) $31 IE $35

The +2 means that you can substitute Transposition and Sight Reading for a song in those levels. Right now we don’t necessarily have to determine WHAT we are playing, but we do have to determine HOW MANY we are playing. Applications will be going home this week. A copy has also been emailed to you all today.

PIANO SHOWCASE applications will also be going home next week to those students who have already received the copy of Level Two: “Menuet en Rondeau” several months ago.

  • Registration is $10.

All DVD orders and event applications must be turned in by the week of Jan 29/30/31, please.

Cookie Sales – Another Huge Success!!

Our participating students earned a combined total of over $200 in brand new music of their choice. The students also helped to raise money to support our 21st Anniversary Recital this January with complete success. They have collected enough funds to cover many of our show’s expenses, allowing us to open our show to the public with FREE ADMISSION for all who wish to attend.


Congratulations to our top seller, Sophie! 83 Dozen!!

Her family helped to single-handedly earn over $250 for recital expenses, at the same time earning Sophie an incredibly large pile of new books to play.

Grace’s efforts came in second place! 33.5 Dozen!

Her family was able to earn over $100 toward our upcoming recital, as well earning Grace five new books!

We would like to thank the community for their support and would also like to send a little smile to the second shift at HMAC who are going to be crawling the walls on October 23rd after digging into their 166 boxes of cookies!!

Piano Guild 2012

Everyone did a fantastic job! Scores ranged from “Excellent!” to “Superior!” That about says it all – especially for our beginners who performed for the first time today. I give you all a SUPERIOR PLUS!!

Please check out this week’s Free Press for photos and an article for your scrapbook.

For more details, please visit our Piano Guild webpage.

Piano Guild – Friday, June 1

T minus 18 and counting . . . Some quick reminders for our Piano Guild players:

  • All Songs MUST be memorized
  • Scales/Cadences are required (with the exception of EA students)
  • All measures must be numbered for the judge
  • All books must be brought for the judge
  • Be sure to count BOOKS and TAGS before leaving home
  • Attempt to arrive EARLY (please call my mobile if running late)
  • Auditions at the Drake House – 155 Cedar Street, Corning, NY
  • There are practice rooms available at the Cedar Arts Center

THREE LESSONS TO GO before Guild. See you soon!!