New piece for piano

Hi folks, I will begin learning a new piece this month by Debussy from Préludes Book 1. I’ve decided on “Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir” (“The sounds and fragrances swirl through the evening air”). I’m looking forward to playing Debussy again. 

Have a lovely Christmas, everyone!


Recital postponed

Shana and I have to postpone our recital on November 21st due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. We are planning on rescheduling the recital to sometime after Christmas and before March.

Thank you for being understanding, and stay tuned for a reschedule date!


Coaching session

Hi folks! I had a surprise coaching session today with the super duper talented Dr. Arlene Shrut. She is such a fantastic coach and was able to help me really put things together on Una Voce Poco Fa, A Charm and Non So Più. I didn’t expect for us to work on Non So Più, but the other two pieces had made such progress that we had time for it! Leave it to me to be over prepared, I wasn’t expecting to get to three pieces! However, it makes me more excited to bring Una Voce Poco Fa and A Charm to the stage in two weeks!

Time me for me to practice Bach and accompaniments for violin. Until next time.


Hymn Sing at St. Luke’s

For those of you who love hymns, you’re in luck! Or, in bless, whichever good fortune adjective you prefer. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is hosting a hymn sing on November 15th at 12 pm. Members of St. Luke’s are encouraged to list their favorite or perhaps unfamiliar hymns that they’ve been interested in hearing on a sign up sheet in the church, but anyone outside of the congregation is welcome to attend, also. Here is the information about the hymn sing from St. Luke’s November newsletter:

What happens when you have a priest who was an organist in seminary and who still loves playing hymns? You have opportunities to sing hymns! Father Josh would like to invite you to a “good ole fashioned hymn sing” on November 15th following coffee hour after the 10:15am service. There is a sign- up sheet where you can write your name and one or two of your favorite hymns. Hymns will be selected based on how much time is available for the hymn sing. Father Josh will play organ and Annette will play piano.

St. Luke’s is also taking hymn requests from the parish via their office email, which is info [at] stlukesaltoona.org. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 806 13th Street in Altoona, PA.


Not a parallel fifth fan

image Confession: not a parallel fifth fan in composition or in playing. Sorry Debussy. (This is not Debussy). Just a technique whine from me, I have a pesky tight thumb that makes passages like these which look rather simple actually become rats nest of technique work. By rats nest, I mean I have to work on these two beats for about 10 minutes to get my thumbs adjusted to the fact that they don’t need to grip on notes tightly to make them pretty. Oh the joys of piano playing.