Latest Blog Entries

  • Piano Ensemble Camp 2016

    Piano Ensemble Camp 2016

    June 24 marked the end of our Piano Ensemble camp and during this week long program, we all had a fantastic time. What a treat to see these 17 students, age 10 to 16, work together and improve each day. …Read More »
  • So Where Are the Lady Beethovens Anyhow?

    So Where Are the Lady Beethovens Anyhow?

    At the next formal meeting of the AAAPTG (April 21, 9:30 a.m.), Performers Group members will be highlighting a collection devoted to women composers acquired by the University of Michigan music library in the early 80’s which has recently been …Read More »
  • Chamber Masterclass with the Lincoln Trio (Recap)

    Chamber Masterclass with the Lincoln Trio (Recap)

    In cooperation with Great Lakes Performing Artists Associates (GLPAA), the Lincoln Trio visited Kerrytown last weekend (Nov. 21-22, 2015) for a Saturday afternoon performance and for a masterclass (Sunday) featuring young musicians from local studios. Listening to the students playing was …Read More »
  • Halloween Hoot Recital

    Halloween Hoot Recital

    The annual Halloween Hoot Recital took place on Sunday, November 1 at Kerrytown, and was enjoyed by an appreciative audience of parents, other relatives, friends and teachers.  There were 14 performers playing solos and/or duets with titles that fit the theme such …Read More »

Upcoming Public Events

  • Veda Kaplinsky, Chair of Juilliard School Piano Department

    Friday, September 30th, 2016

    This event is part of the Helen Mendelson Kerwin Piano Lecture Series at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance

    Professor Kaplinsky will lead a Master Class from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (EST) in the Britton Recital Hall, Moore Building, North Campus, Ann Arbor, MI.

    Professor Kaplinsky will also present a Lecture from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (EST) in the Britton Recital Hall, with a Reception in the lobby afterwards. One of Veda’s students will play for a demonstration lesson during the evening time.

    Yoheved (Veda) Kaplinsky:

    Prizewinner, J.S. Bach International Competition, Washington, D.C. Numerous appearances in recitals, chamber music, and with orchestras, as well as on radio and television in Israel and the U.S. Frequent lectures and master classes throughout the U.S., Israel, and Korea. Festivals: Bowdoin Summer Festival since 1995; Aspen Music Festival since 2004; other festivals include Pianofest in Long Island, N.Y., the Cliburn-T.C.U. Institute, Tel Hai Master Classes in Israel. Adjudicator in international competitions, including the Van Cliburn, Cleveland, Arthur Rubinstein, Dublin, and Tchaikovsky. Recipient, Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award, 2003. Former faculty, Philadelphia U. of the Arts, Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, 1989-97. Early studies with Ilona Vincze at the Tel Aviv Music Academy. B.M., M.M., D.M.A., The Juilliard School; studies with Irwin Freundlich. Further studies with Dorothy Taubman.

    The Juilliard School
    Faculty since 1993; Chair, piano department, since 1997; Susan W. Rose Chair since 2000; Pre-College faculty since 1993; Artistic director since 2007.

  • Royal Conservatory Music Development Program Workshop

    Saturday, October 1st, 2016

    The Royal Conservatory is pleased to present a new theory syllabus and supporting resources that integrate theory into every stage of a student’s musical development.

    Celebrate Theory offers:
    – a clear, step-by-step approach
    – practical activities, written exercises, and exploration of repertoire
    – a strong foundation of musicianship skills aligned with practical studies

    Learn how you can make this program a success in your studio!

    Other topics will include:

    – Examination process (criteria of assessment of repertoires, musicianship skill assessment process)
    – How to become an examiner (geared towards UM students)
    – New RCM teacher certification program (geared towards UM students and local teachers)
    – Procedure for approaching local school district to have them consider granting high-school credits for the MDP exams
    Clinician: Joe Ringhofer
    Senior Examiner
    Date & Time: Saturday, October 1, 2016
    1:00 – 4:00 pm
    Location: University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, Watkins Lecture Hall
    1100 Baits Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
    RSVP by Friday, September 30, 2016


    Sunday, October 9th, 2016 - Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

    MIDLAND, MI from October 9 to 11, 2016

    This is the annual state conference gathering members from all Michigan chapters. If you are interested, please get in touch with other members so you can join or propose a carpool. It is more fun to drive with colleagues!

    This year Chris Carlon will be recognized with a Teach of the Year award from our Chapter.

  • Denis Matsuev, pianist

    Denis Matsuev, pianist

    Sunday, October 16th, 2016

    Since his 1998 triumph in the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition, Denis Matsuev has established himself as one of the most prominent pianists of his generation. He returns for his fifth UMS appearance — and second recital — to open the 138th UMS Choral Union Series. “Even in today’s overrun piano virtuoso market, Denis Matsuev stands out…He possesses an epic technique, playing with seemingly superhuman speed, power, and agility.” (Boston Globe)


    Beethoven Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110
    Schumann Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13
    Liszt Mephisto Waltz, S. 514
    Tchaikovsky Meditation, Op. 72, No. 5
    Prokofiev Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major, Op. 83 (“Stalingrad”)


  • Formal Meeting

    Thursday, October 20th, 2016

    October Formal Meeting:

    Please note, Refreshments are served by 9:15 and the Guild’s business meeting officially convenes at 9:30. Guest presenters speak from 10:00-11:00.

    A Window into Audiation-Based Piano Study Today

    Ms. Fisher’s presentation will provide a glimpse into the world of audiation-based piano study built upon Dr. Edwin Gordon’s research of how children learn. She will share video examples, demonstrate activities and provide resources on how to teach by emphasizing sound before sight. Be prepared for moving, chanting and singing!

    Jennifer Fisher, B.A. Music Therapy, M.A. Piano Pedagogy, Certified Gordon Institute of Music Learning Teacher; Instructor at EMU’s Department of Music and Concordia University.

  • Seminar

    Thursday, October 27th, 2016

    Guild members only:

    Program TBA


  • Halloween Hoot

    Sunday, October 30th, 2016

    Just for Fun AAAPTG Foundation Benefit Recitals:

    Students of all ages perform light and short music pieces related to the theme of each recital. Both ensembles -including other instrumentalists or vocalists- chosen from a variety of styles are welcome, such as show tunes, jazz, rock, contemporary as well as classical. Memorization is not required. Two recitals are held each year–the Halloween Hoot and the Spring Fling. Registration information and forms are found on the Foundation Website.

    Halloween Hoot Chair: Mary Bates,

    Contact Mary Bates: 734-994-5627 or dexteroad@netscape