One day to the Soirée! I think everyone is ready. Some important things before tomorrow:
- Dress is casual but nice – no torn jeans please or revealing clothes ( too cold anyway)
- Behaviour – please respect all the performers and let them play without interruption. Clapping at the end is of course great! Please definitely no running around in the sanctuary – it is a sanctuary. There is a small room that overlooks the sanctuary (called the Chapel Room) access from the hallway where people can go to look at the sanctuary but not be heard – great for babies if crying.
- No food or drinks in the Sanctuary except water in a water bottle.
- Performers please remember your MUSIC! I will not be bringing extra.
- I will be the page turner unless you don’t need one or have another person to do it.
- Warm up your piece before you come and do not let your hands get cold – it is hard to play with cold hands. Wear gloves.
- Acknowledge the applause. Bowing or nodding if you like, but at least smile and look at the people applauding. Don’t immediately rush to your seat.
- Below is the program. Please double check because I am prone to errors:
Mary-Russell Roberson and Lorna Collingridge: Flower Duet (from Lakmé by Delibes) arr. Nancy Lau;
Fingal’s Cave Overture (Mendelssohn) Arr. Carol Klose
Nate Seed: Curious Rhumba (Wynn-Anne Rossi)
Elijah Berenbaum: Minuet in G minor (Christian Petzold)
Cecilia Triche-Rowe: Night of the Tarantella (Faber)
Zelda McCormick: Good King Wenceslas (Trad.); Shadows (Dennis Alexander and Martha Meir)
Miles Seed: Eency Weency Spider (trad.)
Mac Jones: Gliding Goldfish (Faber); Spiderman Story (Original Composition)
Adam Hartman: Ode to Joy (Beethoven 9th symphony)
Louis Brown: Dinosaur Music (Faber)
Emily El-Tanay: Remember Me (from Coco by Lopez) arr. Faber
Oscar McCormick: The Stormy Sea (Ann Crosby Gaudet)
Marten Sipe: March of the Terrible Trolls (LInda Niamath); The Entertainer (Scott Joplin)
Ida Levy: Cossack Ride (Faber); Morning (Edvard Grieg)
Tyler Nordgren: Forest Drums (Faber)
Tessa Nayo: Sonatina in G (Beethoven anh.5 no.1) Movements 1 and 2
Andrew Hartman: Star Wars (main theme) John Williams
Louise Downs: River Flows in You (Yiruma)
Mai Dunn: Liebstraum (Liszt) arr. Faber
Lucas Bartosik: Bohemian Rhapsody (Freddie Mercury) arr. Phillip Keveren
Lydia Pollak Coy: In un’altra vida (In Another Life) Ludovico Einaudi
Jikai Sipkins-Chenn:; Allegro in E minor (José António Carlos de Seixas); Leafy Sea Dragon (Ina Dikstra)
Sam Sipe: To Zanakand (Final Fantasy X) Uematsu arr. Ben Topham; L’Orage (The Storm) Burgmüller;
- Soirée is Friday December 8, 2023
- The venue is ERUUF, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham NC 27707, the Sanctuary (there is signs)
- The Soirée will start promptly at 5:30 pm. I will be there at 5 pm and more advanced students can warm up on the grand piano. I have a lot of younger students this time so the concert will probably finish between 6:30 or 6:45 pm
- There is plenty of parking.
- There is a turning lane to enter the campus not far from the intersection of Garrett Road and 15/501. Directions are clear on the website:
Just a reminder: The Soirée is on Friday December 8 starting at 5:30 and going to 6:30-6:45 at most. The venue is ERUUF Sanctuary, the same as the last two Soirées. The best directions are on their website:
For anyone who has not played at the soirée before, it is very informal and I stay with the younger students as they perform. Mistakes are excused and stopping and starting often happens. It’s not a competition and no-one is judging the performances. Parents can video their own student(s) discreetly. No food is allowed in the Sanctuary, and no drinks other than water in a sealed bottle. No little ones running around. There is a glass front withdrawal room so anyone with toddlers or babies can sit in there and still see the concert.
I am pretty sure everyone has their pieces almost ready for December 8. At the moment there will be 23 performers! Hope everyone can come and stay warm and well.
I have sent a few invitations to friends and I include the wording on the invitation below in case you also want to invite friends and family.
Even if you are not performing please try to come and support your colleagues. The Soirées are a lovely informal time when students see each other playing for the first time, and families can meet each other.
You are Invited!
To the Flourishing Muse Studio Holiday Soirée.
Come and hear my students play pieces they have learned this year, all the way from Eency Weency Spider to a Beethoven Sonatina.
When? December 8, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Where? ERUUF Sanctuary 4907 Garrett Rd, Durham, NC 27707
Contact? Lorna Collingridge 919 599 9372
The Sanctuary at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is a lovely airy space with a grand piano and tiered seating, a perfect venue for a concert. ERUUF is a non-denominational organization where all people are welcome. It is situated on a well treed campus off Garrett Road. The best way to find directions is on their website:
Please Join us on December 8!
Hello students and parents, There are a few items so I will be short and use headings.
Soirée December 8 2023
Yesterday all my students started arriving and I am so happy to see them all. ❤️
I want to welcome two new students, Louis age 6 and Marley age 7. I hope you both love learning piano. I started learning piano in Australia age 5. My mother played the piano and sang, and I used to sit on the piano stool and watch and listen. I have been playing the piano for 73 years and teaching music in various forms for much of that time! Being able to play piano is a wonderful skill and if you stick with it when young it does not leave you, even if you don’t touch a piano for years.
My studio is now full (30 students and I cannot take any more!) I have 9 students between the ages of 6 and 9; 8 students between the ages of 10 and 12; 8 teenagers; and 5 adults. My schedule is now set at last (I hope) and you can see it on my website under “Schedule” (www.flourishingmuse.net).
First thing I am working on is what music everyone is playing. I am really keen for most older students (and some younger!) to partly work on the RCM curriculum. The Royal Conservatory of Music based in Toronto has an excellent curriculum and their repertoire books have exciting newly composed pieces, often by women and including living composers, plus Jazz influenced pieces. I am not limiting repertoire to those books but they are a great starting point for older students. In fact, I am a product of a related agency, The Australian Music Examinations Board whose exams I completed over my high school and college years. It was modeled on Trinity College of Music, London (established 1872), just like the RCM.
Next I am working on what students will play at the Holiday Soirée December 8 at 56:30 pm (make sure the date is in your diaries please!). I will be making suggestions but of course students have a say in this. Very excited about this year’s Soirée!
Please remember that I am going to be away 10/2/23 to 10/12/23 while my daughter is visiting from Australia.
Stay Cool! 🔥
Thank you always for learning music with me at Flourishing Muse Studio.
Hello everyone, I really need to know who is continuing and who might not be and who needs a different time. The Fall schedule is up to date so please check your name there. I have 3 families waiting for times so it is urgent that I sort the schedule this week. Thanks. I know it is hard with school just starting for most people. If I hear nothing I will assume you are continuing at the same time.