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

  • Matthew Bengtson, piano

    Matthew Bengtson, piano

    Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

    New UM piano faculty and critically acclaimed pianist, Matthew Bengtson, performs. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of Ann Arbor’s newest artists!

    Click here for biographical information and more.

    Program to be announced






  • Formal Meeting

    Thursday, January 26th, 2017

    January 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.

    Witty Haydn, Elegant Mozart, Tempestuous Beethoven

    An examination of the differences of style and sound in the music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, with excursionary tangents into Classic Performance Practice, as understood and performed by pianist Christopher Harding.

      Christopher Harding, Associate Professor of Piano Performance and Chamber Music, and Chair of the Piano Department, University of Michigan School of Music Theater and Dance.

    Refreshments: Elena Tsai, Faith Coffer, Renée Robbins


  • UMS concert: Clarinet, Piano and Cello Trio

    Sunday, January 29th, 2017

    This powerhouse trio brings together some familiar faces — Inon Barnatan was the featured piano soloist with the New York Philharmonic last fall, Anthony McGill is the New York Philharmonic’s principal clarinetist, and MacArthur “Genius” Grant winner Alisa Weilerstein has performed on both the Choral Union Series and the Chamber Arts Series in recent years
    This concert of beloved clarinet trios includes a new work by Joseph Hallman, a prolific young composer based in Philadelphia, which was co-commissioned by UMS as part of the Music Accord commissioning consortium. The performance also includes Beethoven’s playful Clarinet Trio in B-flat and Brahms’s Clarinet Trio, written near the end of his career and prompting a musicologist friend to proclaim that “it is as though the instruments are in love with each other.”


    Beethoven Clarinet Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11
    Hallman short stories (UMS co-commission)
    Brahms Clarinet Trio in a minor, Op. 114

  • AAAPTG Foundation Awards auditions application due

    Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

    Download application from

  • Teachers Work Day

    Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

    All teachers who have students participating in the SATD must help prepare for the event.

    A lot needs to be accomplished on the Teachers Work Day!

    Contact SAT Chair, Gail Davis Barnes.

  • Technique and Sight Reading judging meeting

    Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

    All SAT technique judges are invited to this meeting, to review judging guidelines for each level. Renée Robbins will lead this meeting.

  • 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