Latest Blog Entries

  • Camp 2017 Celebration

    Camp 2017 Celebration

      PIANO ENSEMBLE CAMP 17’ CELEBRATION Piano Faber Institute in Ann Arbor June 23, 2017 @ 11:45 AM Camp Director welcomes the audience and acknowledges support from the Faber Piano Institute, the Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild Foundation and …Read More »
  • Piano Ensemble Camp 2017

    Piano Ensemble Camp 2017

    From June 19 to 23, 17 campers, age 10 to 16, swarmed the Piano Faber Institute to make music together under the guidance of one director, ten teachers and four guest artists.  We did not need the results of our …Read More »
  • 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 »

Upcoming Public Events

  • SEMINAR: Follow-up Discussion to Formal Program

    Thursday, September 27th, 2018

    Come and share thoughts about Jonathan Kuuskoski’s talk on preparing students for college. Check newsletter and/or website for updates.

    Location: Westgate Library Meeting Room B

  • Chopin/Schoenhals - 1

    Chopin/Schoenhals - 1

    Friday, September 28th, 2018

    Two concerts celebrating the music of Frédéric Chopin. The first on Friday, September 28th. The second, March 22. Here is the program for September 28:

    Two Nocturnes, Op. 9
    Three Waltzes, Op. 34
    Polonaise-Fantasy, Op. 61
    Ballade in G-minor, Op. 34
    Fantasy F-minor, Op. 49
    Polonaise in C#-minor, Op. 26, No. 1
    Waltz in C#-minor, Op. 64, No. 2
    Nocturne in C#-minor, Op. Post.
    Fantasie-Impromptu, Op. 66

    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.

    You can find videos of live performances, and much more about Dr. Schoenhals at his website.

  • TEACHER SHARE: Updating or Starting Your Studio Policy

    Monday, October 15th, 2018

    Come and share your thoughts and experiences over food and drinks.  Check newsletter and/or website for updates. *Please note that this event is on a Monday evening.

    Location: TBA

  • FORMAL PROGRAM: Emily Bilek

    FORMAL PROGRAM: Emily Bilek

    Thursday, October 25th, 2018

    Addressing Anxiety and Depression in School Age Children

    This presentation will focus on these symptoms in young people, how to differentiate these concerns from age appropriate mood and behavior changes, and how to help students who may be suffering from anxiety or depression. The talk will be tailored to the context of music and piano education, and context specific examples will be given.

    Emily Bilek, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and a clinical assistant professor in the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry.

    Formal Meetings open at 9:00 with coffee, refreshments and socializing. Our business meeting follows, beginning about 9:30. Guest presenters start their presentation at 10:00 am.

  • Halloween Hoot

    Sunday, October 28th, 2018

    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, or tel:  734-994-5627

  • Sarah and Susan Wang: Masterclass and Concert

    Sarah and Susan Wang: Masterclass and Concert

    Sunday, October 28th, 2018

    Press Release:
    The Faber Piano Institute is pleased to present a masterclass and performance by Berlin-based piano duo, Sarah and Susan Wang. The event will take place on Sunday, October 28th, 2018, with the masterclass at 2:30 PM followed by a pre-performance reception at 4:30 and concert at 5:00. Please contact Amber Kao ( to participate in the masterclass. Both events are free and open to the public. Suggested donation of $15 adults/$5 students & seniors for the evening performance.

    The events will take place at 3042 Creek Drive, Ann Arbor MI, 48108. Tel: 734-975-1995

    Concert Program:
    W.A. Mozart: Two Piano Sonata K. 448
    F. Mendelssohn: Andante and Allegro Op. 92
    Sven Daigger: “su”
    M. Ravel: La Valse

    About the Artists:
    Taiwanese-American twin sisters Susan and Sarah Wang are an internationally renowned piano-duo team. They are prize winners in the 2010 ARD International Two Piano Competition in Munich and the Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition 2008. Originally from the New York City area and alumnae of the University of Michigan, they have appeared in numerous concert halls throughout the United States as well as in Europe. In 2012 the sisters released their debut album “American Crossings”. Currently the sisters are living in Germany and actively performing world-wide as a piano duo as well as teaching and performing in collaborative projects.

  • FORMAL PROGRAM: Gary Pedersen

    FORMAL PROGRAM: Gary Pedersen

    Thursday, November 15th, 2018

    Music and war: how Steinway played into WWII

    The Victory Vertical Piano Project tells, in words and music, an amazing and little- known story about the pianos built for the military during WWII. Mr. Pedersen will use descriptive vignettes accompanied by piano music in many styles to bring to life a remarkable account of courage, solidarity and the power of music.

    Gary Pedersen, Professor of Piano at Eastern Michigan University and immediate past President of the Michigan Music Teachers Association

    Formal Meetings open at 9:00 with coffee, refreshments and socializing. Our business meeting follows, beginning about 9:30. Guest presenters start their presentation at 10:00 am.