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

  • Bach & Brahms Project - Concert 2

    Bach & Brahms Project - Concert 2

    Friday, March 24th, 2017

    The second in a 2-year, 4-recital project featuring Bach’s complete Partitas and Brahms’ character works for the piano. The program for March 24th includes:

    – Bach Partita No. 3 in A Minor
    – Bach Partita No. 5 in G Major
    – Brahms Piano Pieces, Op. 76
    – Brahms Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79

    Pianist Joel Schoenhals is Professor of Piano at Eastern Michigan University and Foreign Expert at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, Hubei, China. He has performed throughout the world and has reached thousands of Michiganders through over 70 community engagements in salon atmospheres as well as in the historic Pease Auditorium. Fleur de Son Classics has released seven of his albums to critical acclaim.

    Last year, Professor Schoenhals completed a four-year performance journey of the 32 piano sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven. You can find videos of those live performances at his website.

  • Mitsuko Uchida

    Friday, March 24th, 2017

    Mitsuko Uchida has long devoted much attention to the mainstream German and Viennese repertoire, but she also takes a keen interest in the music of today.
    She opens her first UMS concert since her 1998 debut with a delicate Mozart sonata, and rounds it out with the US premiere of a new work by the German composer Jörg Widmann. Two Schumann masterpieces, including Kreisleriana, a wildly inventive set of pieces inspired by characters from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s works, and his Fantasy in C Major, penned as a love song to his future wife, complete the program.


    Mozart Sonata in C Major, K. 545
    Schumann Kreisleriana, Op. 16
    Widmann Sonatina facile (U.S. Premiere)
    Schumann Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17

  • Seminar

    Thursday, March 30th, 2017

    Guild members only:

    Program TBA


  • Formal Meeting

    Thursday, April 20th, 2017

    April 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.

    Lecture Recital on Debussy Preludes

     Professor Lori Sims will perform and discuss some of the more commonly taught Debussy Preludes.


    – Lori Sims, pianist, John T. Bernhard Professor of Music at Western Michigan University


             Refreshments: Marian Boehl, Brenda Marshall, Gaye Thomas



  • Final Payment for Piano Ensemble Camp Registration

    Friday, April 21st, 2017

    To ensure participation, the final payment for the camp must be received by April 21.

    For further information, check camp pages on the guild website: or contact Béatrice Ellis:







  • Spring Fling

    Spring Fling

    Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

    AAAPTG Foundation Benefit Recital

    Students of all ages perform light and short music pieces related to the theme of the recital. Both solos and ensembles -including with 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.

    To register, email  Chris Carlon, who is chairing the event, at and include:

    • Name of piece, key, opus and composer’s full name
    • Name of student (s), age, level and instrument
    • Name of teacher if other than piano
    • Exact duration of the piece


  • Student Recital

    Sunday, May 7th, 2017

    Students of all levels and ages will enjoy this non-competitive recital experience in a professional venue.

    Please note that memorization is required, except for ensemble pieces. To register, email Yangwei Situ at and include:

    • Name of piece, key, opus and composer’s full name
    • Name of student, age and level
    • Exact duration of the piece