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

  • First Day of Piano Ensemble Camp Registration

    Friday, February 24th, 2017 - Friday, March 17th, 2017

    The 2017 Summer Piano Ensemble Camp will be hosted at the Faber Piano Institute, June 19-23.

    Pre-registration is from February 24 till March 17.

    For further information, check camp pages on the guild


  • SATD

    Saturday, February 25th, 2017

    As last year, the SATD will be conducted on one day only and only from 8AM to 5PM.

    We need many volunteers for this event and all participating teachers will be scheduled to work that day or provide a very reliable substitute if necessary.

    For more information, contact Gail Davis Barnes, SATD Chair, at

  • AAAPTG Foundation Awards Auditions

    Saturday, March 11th, 2017

    Students of AAAPTG members may compete for monetary awards at elementary, intermediate and high school levels.

    Registrations must be postmarked by Jan. 31, 2017.

    Contact: Mary Sue Moore 428-8687 or

  • AAAPTG Foundation Awards Honor Recital

    Sunday, March 12th, 2017

    After the auditions, winners are selected and invited to participate in a public recital at Kerrytown Concert House.

    Contact: Mary Sue Moore 428-8687 or

  • Formal Meeting

    Thursday, March 16th, 2017

    March 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.


    The Art of Teaching Composition: Teaching creativity is in some ways an oxymoron – how can we instruct someone to create something that is absolutely brand new? Jeremy Siskind, author of eight Hal Leonard publications and award winning composer, explores ways to teach the art of composition in your studio without simply telling your student what to write.

     – Jeremy Siskind, Composer and Chair of the Keyboard area at Western Michigan University.


    Refreshments: Sarah Albright, Nancy Klein, Judith Waller


  • Student Ensemble Recital

    Sunday, March 19th, 2017

    AAAPTG Student Recitals:

    Held three times a year: a non-competitive recital experience open to any student of AAAPTG members. Memorization is required except for ensemble pieces. All ages through grade 12 and all levels are eligible.

    Please contact Christopher Carlon: Carlon, no later than a week before the event, and send the following information in this order:

    • Name of piece, key, opus and composer’s full name
    • Name of students and the instruments they play (if applicable), age and level
    • Exact duration of the piece

    Thank you!

  • Jane Magrath - Lecture and Masterclass

    Jane Magrath - Lecture and Masterclass

    Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

    Author of the now-standard reference book, The Pianist’s Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature, Jane Magrath (Chair of Piano Pedagogy, University of Oklahoma) is a well-known pianist and clinician.  She will come to the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance for an 11:30am lecture and a 12:30pm masterclass.

    Both events are free and open to the public.

    Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall (in the Earl V. Moore Building)