I am SOOOOOO excited to announce that I will be hosting my very first Piano Pantry reader’s dinner meet-up at the upcoming MTNA Conference in Baltimore!
The first readers’ dinner I ever attended was with Natalie Weber (then Whickham) of Music Matters Blog. I think it was in Albuquerque because I remember being in grad school at the time.
It’s the perfect chance to put faces with names and get to know you a little. In order for me have a chance to actually get-to-know-you and chat with all who attend, I have set my own personal maximum limit.
So…if you are interested in reserving your spot and attending the dinner please email me ASAP.
The dinner will be held on Monday night, March 20. Details will be sent to all attendees via email.
When I first joined MTNA, like many, I was guilty of not voting due to the feeling of not knowing any of the candidates. Making a decision based on a short printed bio is hard. Each one has solid credentials, and is a highly qualified and capable candidate, or else they wouldn’t be on the ballot of a national organization. It’s true.
My non-voting didn’t last for long though because I consider the ability to vote for anything a privilege and duty.
On this year’s ballot, Indiana is proud to have one of our own – someone I literally sat next to at our last state board meeting, and I hope I can give you a bit more personal insight into one of the candidates for President-Elect, Karen Thickstun.
In the photo below, Karen is second from the left, and I’m third from the left. On a side note, can I just say I serve on the best state board ever?! I just love these people…
One of those goals was to start this blog and my studio website by March 1 (the latter of which I accomplished this summer). This site’s first post Welcome to My Studiowas published on March 20 right before I left for the MTNA conference in San Antonio. Check!
As I am making preparations to adjudicate tomorrow at one of our Indiana districts for our state competition, Hoosier Auditions, I thought I would briefly share how I prepare.
If possible, I like to request ahead of time, a list of the repertoire entered. I find it nice to have a little heads-up so I can jump online and refresh my memory on the pieces. As I’m watching and listening, I try to think through my own thoughts about the piece and elements I may look for when the student performs. To me, this is simply being mindful of what’s to come.
I skim through some of my favorite articles I’ve found over the last few years as a reminder of what it means to be a good judge.
Marcia Vahl wrote three excellent articles on Compose Create: