December and May are so busy I don’t do recitals during those months. We settled for a Christmas group lesson and this year added some snowball fun!
Saturday’s recital 6.14.2020 was a winner! I wore a mask and so did most of the audience members. We had plenty of wind and plenty of variety in the music choices and sounds. I’m waiting for more photos since I didn’t have a chance to take photos, clean the piano keys between each student, and remind them to use hand sanitizer. The auction was awesome! Everyone loved being able to compete for an item and then buy things from my tables with the money they had left over. Ruby earned the most money and Elena came in second.
Everyone loved this low key recital during this COVID-19 time. I shared a quote about resilience. My students definitely showed resilience as they were able to adjust to online lessons and then perform as if nothing had changed. Way to go!
I forgot to send a message to my neighbors that I was having a recital and to hold off mowing the lawn for 45 minutes. Luckily, one of my neighbors heard clapping, performing, and super sounds coming from my backyard and waited to mow the lawn.
We had a great morning of movie and popular pieces, some crazy sound changes, and patriotic prizes!
We had students of Stephanie Stuart combine for this spring recital.
Playing harmonies on the tone chimes or performing our pieces helped bring the Christmas spirit!
Combing studios with Stephanie Stuart was a real treat! Our students played many concerto movements and Stephanie and I played William Hirtz’ Wizard of Oz Fantasy!
The lion and Easter bunny duet cracked me up. A taco, money, and shark rounded out some fun costumes.
Buster Keaton is one of my favorite comedians now! My student had the opportunity to participate in The BDAC fundraiser September 8 by performing music matching the scenes and moods of Buster Keaton’s “The Boat.” Kim Moody and Brianne Call combined with me to pull off this feat.
Ethan and I stayed for a few films afterward and laughed and laughed at “The Scarecrow.” I cant wait to do this festival again next year. Maybe we will have percussion instruments like Angela McBride’s group. Maybe we will dress differently. Maybe we will just laugh and love the experience again.
The wind was relentless today so instead of being outside, we set up in our newly painted garage. It turned out to be a great venue and we didn’t need to use insect repellent.
This evening recital started with “A Million Dreams” and ended with “Fly Me to the Moon.” Each performer selected sounds on the digital piano and I changed sounds and turned pages. Goodbye to Trevin and Damon! I’ve seen them weekly for four to five years.
Oh yes, the silent auction may have been a highlight. Students spent their music money on items each student brought as well as my patriotic themed treats: red, white, and blue Pringles, gum, licorice, etc.
The University of Utah Piano Area opened up a spot for a community group and I took it! With 15 pianos and 30 performers I needed to recruit some friends to help. We had 9 teachers and 28 performers in the end.
Our group’s piece was “Fly Me to the Moon” and our percussionist added so much to the performance! It was an “Out if this World” event. Other highlights included the ET Theme and Star Wars groups.
We have been invited back for next year and I can hardly wait! Thank you Ben, Elena, Drew and Damon for taking extra time to be part of this exclusive experience.