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

  • Menuhin 100: In Memory of a Great Artist

    Menuhin 100: In Memory of a Great Artist

    Friday, September 9th, 2016

    An event at the Detroit Institute of the Arts and sponsored by DTE Energy Foundation.

    Internationally renowned violinist and filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon journeys from Paris to Detroit to pay tribute to his lifelong friend and mentor Yehudi Menuhin, one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century. Monsaingeon joins Ukrainian rising-star cellist Aleksey Shadrin and Detroit pianist Ivan Moshchuk in a special performance of chamber music, including Tchaikovsky’s enigmatic Trio in A Minor, Op. 50, subtitled “In Memory of a Great Artist.”

    The concert will last approximately two hours with a 20 minute intermission. Please join us for a reception with the artists in Kresge Court following the performance. This is part one of a two-day centenary celebration honoring Yehudi Menuhin.

    For more information, visit the DIA website.

  • Formal Meeting

    Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

    September 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.

    Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Jazz Improvisation but Were Afraid to Ask

     The ability to improvise well over chord changes in the jazz tradition requires an understanding of harmony, melody construction, jazz theory, African rhythmic traditions and jazz history. In this presentation Ms. Rowe will point out the similarities between how classical and jazz harmony work and show how sophisticated jazz language can be analyzed in terms of tension and release. She will also explain some ways to help audience members listen to a jazz performance and understand what is taking place.

    Ellen Rowe, Jazz Pianist & Composer, Professor and Chair of the Department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation, University of Michigan School of Music Theater and Dance.


    Refreshments: Mary Bates, Linda Crooker, Marian Patin




    Thursday, September 29th, 2016

    SPECIAL SEMINAR: The Art of Improvisation and More

    9:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Studio of Gaye Thomas

    Baroque specialist Dr. Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra will share fresh ideas about adding improvisation to your group or private lessons. She will show how using devices such as ostinato, canon, modes, and variations, will allow your students to improvise in a pressure-free atmosphere. She will also offer a peek into her innovative series of “Muse” books, which teach concepts through singing and movement.

     Dr. Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, author of Bach and the Art of Improvisation and Muse at Work, Muse at School, Muse for the School, Muse in Peace.


    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.

  • 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.

     Refreshments: Heidi Cowan, Mary Sue Moore, Phyllis Howell

  • 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