Spring Soiree 2019

The Spring Soiree is just over 2 weeks away.  I think the attached program includes everyone who has said they are able to perform at this year’s Soiree plus their items so far.  I think this is kind of the order as well.  Please check this over and let me know any discrepancies.  I hope I have not left anyone out.

I have a couple of new students who will not be performing but it would be a great idea to try and come to see what everyone else is doing and to see what you might like to play at the Fall Soiree in December.
For new people, the Soiree is at Croasdaile Village auditorium.  I will send more detailed directions later but the easiest was to find the Village is to look at directions on the website:  https://www.croasdailevillage.org/directions-to-croasdaile-village
For new people and existing students:
The Soiree is a very relaxed occasion.  I will sit right there with inexperienced students and you just have to do your best; it is normal to feel a bit apprehensive but all your family and friends and the residents at Croasdaile just love hearing your perform so afterwards when everyone applauds you will feel so good.
I do like people to observe concert etiquette so parents, could you go over this with your student:

Flourishing Muse Soirée Etiquette

  • Please arrive 15 minutes early in order to get settled. 
  • Please dress nicely. Think Sunday best – jeans are OK if nice jeans, no holes.  Girls please wear long pants or leggings on the stage.
  • Practice stage presence and bows at home. Walk up to the piano, take your seat, make sure the bench height is right for you, take some seconds to orient yourself and then play. When you are finished, get up from the piano, move away from the bench, and bow from the waist to acknowledge the applause.This adds polish to your performance and most importantly, acknowledges the audience appreciation.
  • Please remain seated when you are not playing and plan to stay fro the whole concert. It is impolite to leave early. 
  • Talking and moving about are distracting to the performer and audience. Please be a polite listener. 
  • If an emergency makes it impossible for you to arrive on time, please wait until an item is finished before taking a seat.
  • Applause should consist of clapping only.
  • Flash photography is PROHIBITED during a performance. If you wish to take a photograph, please wait until the student has finished the performance. Only people who have the permission of the parent should take photographs of students under 18. You can video your student performance but don’t interrupt the view of others in the audience. 
  • Food and beverages are not allowed in the auditorium.
  • Cell phones, pagers, and other electronic devices should be turned off during the performance. 
I am really looking forward to the Soiree!  It is on Sunday June 2, from 3-5 pm although this one is a little shorter and should end at 4:30 pm.

Spring semester update and Summer opportunities

May news, the Soiree June 2 and summer lessons

The Spring semester is coming to a close and the Soiree is June 2 but there is another week of lessons after the soiree.  I would really like to see all students during the week of June 3-7 just to talk about the soiree and what they might play over summer if they are not taking summer lessons.

The Spring Semester ends June 7.

I am firming up the Soiree program this week and hope to have everyone decide what they are going to play.  Adult students have their own events in most cases so the Soiree will be shorter than has been in the past. I really encourage students to perform at the Soirees; it gives you a goal to work towards.  I was listening to an adult describe their feelings before, during and after a student piano recital.  This person said beforehand, they were apprehensive and during the recital they felt nervous, but after they felt very proud and pleased with themselves and so glad they were able to show family and friends what they had worked on.

Summer lessons:

I will be teaching in Summer for those students who want to continue.  The Summer schedule will run from Monday June 10 – Friday August 4 except for one week in June from Monday June 24 to Friday June 28.  I imagine many school students will be in camps or on vacation most of the summer but adults are very welcome to continue as are students who are not in camps all summer.  Please think about this and let me know your dates.  I may try to keep lessons on 3 days each week so I have two for my various neglected projects.

Fall Semester will begin Tuesday September 3 and end Friday December 20.

Adults:  The adult work-in-progress will be Friday June 7 at 7:30 at my house.  Please let me know whether you are coming and whether you will sing/play, and you are very welcome to come and support your colleagues even if you feel you cannot perform.

Happy Spring to everyone! 

Fall Soiree 2018

The Fall Soirée is coming next week, Sunday 12/2/18 from 3-5 pm at Croasdaile Village auditorium (Ponder Hall).  I will be there from 2:30 pm for tuning and warming up.

Welcome to new students and performers! I call my twice yearly concerts Soirées which is not technically quite correct (afternoon time!) but it is such a nice word!  Here is the definition: an evening party or social gathering, especially one held for a particular purpose, e.g. a musical Soirée.

The Soirée for Fall 2018 will take place in the Croasdaile Auditorium, at Croasdaile Village.  The clearest directions are on their website.  Once you get to the main entrance, register at the desk and ask the way to the Auditorium. Thank you so much to Croasdaile for this opportunity to have my student recitals at their Village facility.  Please look around when you come and notice what a lovely place it is.

Website for directions:  http://www.croasdailevillage.com/cvhowtofindus.html

Welcome new families!  It can be a bit confusing getting to the right place at Croasdaile so leave lots of time.  Enter the campus via the gated guard box and turn left into the large double carriageway. Please make sure you park in the visitor carpark beside the American Flag, not on the divided road leading up to the entrance.  Come in the big covered entrance and register at the desk and ask directions to the Auditorium.

I would like to invite all students and friends and family to come to the Soirée.  It is a lot of work but I arrange it because I think it is the friendliest way to share musical gifts in a supportive atmosphere. I invite my new students to come to their first Soirée so they can see what happens and how their colleagues play. I also invite my adult students to come and support the students who are performing. 

Just for your information I currently have 14 adult students, 11 ukulele students, 1 guitar student and 19 younger piano students.  There is one who learns both piano and ukulele at the moment.  

Here is some information for performers:

The ukuleles and guitar performances will be first in the program, followed by a selection of piano duets. After this the pianists will perform and to finish the singers will then have their turn.  I am not planning an intermission but will have very short breaks after each section to reset. Everyone who is performing should try to get there no later than 2:40 with ukuleles in tune.  I know a couple of students have other prior engagements and are coming when they can but I would really appreciate it if people could come and stay for the whole event.  (Note: Ukulele players will be on the stage but all others will perform from \ the floor)

I will set up everything earlier in the day but would love to have a stage manager especially for the string section if anyone would like to offer?  This year the program image is by Lillie Martin – a piano with wings!

Flourishing Muse Soirée Etiquette

  • Please arrive 20 minutes early in order to get settled. 
  • Please dress nicely. Think Sunday best – jeans are OK if nice jeans, no holes.  Girls please wear long pants or leggings if they are on the stage.
  • Practice stage presence and bows at home. Walk up to the piano, take your seat, make sure the bench height is right for you, take some seconds to orient yourself and then play. When you are finished, get up from the piano, move away from the bench, and bow from the waist to acknowledge the applause.This adds polish to your performance and most importantly, acknowledges the audience appreciation. (Can you practice bowing please!)
  • Please remain seated when you are not playing and plan to stay at least for your half. It is impolite to leave early. 
  • Talking and moving about are distracting to the performer and audience. Please be a polite listener. 
  • If an emergency makes it impossible for you to arrive on time, please wait until an item is finished before taking a seat.
  • Applause should consist of clapping only.
  • Flash photography is PROHIBITED during a performance. If you wish to take a photograph, please wait until the student has finished the performance. Only people who have the permission of the parent should take photographs of students under 18. You can video your student performance but don’t interrupt the view of others in the audience. 
  • Food and beverages are not allowed in the auditorium.
  • Cell phones, pagers, and other electronic devices should be turned off during the performance. 

See you on Sunday!


Lorna Collingridge PhD
Lessons in Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Voice and Composition
www.flourishingmuse.net

Flourishing Muse LLC

DMTA Playathon October 2018

Very successful Playathon!

On Saturday 10/20/18 the students of eight members of the Durham Music Teachers Association (DMTA) performed at Northgate Mall.  The event is held regularly to raise money for scholarships to assist students struggling to pay music fees.  Over $700 was raised which is almost enough for a full scholarship. Hopper pianos always donates a grand piano for the day, giving students an opportunity to play such a lovely piano.

Ten students from my studio performed and they were all terrific, very high standard  and I think I am not being biased!

Madeline and Mai played a duet, Camptown Races, and then Madeline played “Classic Dance and Mai played Lightly Row and Forest Drums.  Lydia played the beautiful “Angel Fish” from her level 1 exam repertoire, Stella played the challenging “Gumdrops” and Mia played “Rage over a lost Penny” by Beethoven.  To finish the piano set, Kathleen played “Gavotte” by Telemann.

In the ukulele set, Ella played “I’m a little teapot” and Au Clair de Lune, a duet with me.  Sadie and I played a series of duets from her latest book: “All through the Night” “Minuet”, “Simple Gifts” and “Greensleeves”.  The twins then finished the set in style, with Leo singing and playing “Don’t Stop Believing” and Ava singing and playing “Riptide”.

Thank you so much to all the parents and families who came out on a Saturday to support this very worthwhile endeavor.

The next playathon will be the weekend of December 8-9 at Brightleaf Square so I hope more students will participate.  That will be the weekend after my Soiree, Sunday December 2.

Spring Soiree 2018 – Best ever!

Thanks to all students and parents and friends, it was a great soiree, and I hope everyone feels very proud of themselves.  A wonderful bunch of musicians.  Too many good things to enumerate here but hope to see all students in lessons this week, as it is my last week teaching until end of July.  Lessons recommence Monday July 30 when you can come.  I understand people are on holidays intermittently and also at camps.

I see such improvement between Soirees which is why I hold them.  I know you all appreciate the wonderful facility at Croasdaile.  They allow me to use it without cost although I go and play there when Rev.Denise Waters needs me. Thank you to Croasdaile and the residents who come to the concerts.
If anyone has a good video they could share with me I would love to post some on my website.  Send me a link if you have that facility or put the MP4 on Drop box for me and I can put it in vimeo on a private link.
Remember that the wonderful Chelsea is available for lessons while I am away in later June and July.  She played “Troubled Waters” so sensitively and of course with fabulous technique.
Here are her details:
Summer lesson opportunity

My ex-student Chelsea Daniel will be available for lessons again this summer especially while I am away for 6 weeks from June 8 to end of July.  She has taught some of my students in previous years and she has also recently given me some help with my playing to good effect (I hope!).  This is a wonderful opportunity to catch Chelsea before she travels overseas or gets on the concert tour.  Chelsea is entering her third year at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas in Austin.  Chelsea has a particular interest in woman composers especially those from the African American and Hispanic community, a much neglected group musically speaking but she is going to remedy that!  She is also composing herself so far in a modern jazz idiom.

Her phone: 919-667-8214

Email: Chels1207@gmail.com

Spring Soiree 2018 is getting close!

The Spring Soiree is getting close – Sunday June 3 at Croasdaile Village auditorium from 3-5 pm
Below is the tentative program.  Some blanks need to be filled in this week and please check your name is there.  I will use full names and full names of performance items in the real program of course:
Program Spring Soiree 2018

Ukuleles:

  • You are my Sunshine (all)
  • This little light (all)
  • This land is your land (all)
  • Safari (Hazel, Camille, and Ella)
  • On a Mountain High Top (Leo and Ava, Ian, Lucas)
  • Wild Mountain Thyme (Lucas)
  • ?  (Leo and/or Ava?)
  • March (Sadie and Lorna)
  • Elenke (Sadie and Lorna)

Guitar:

I’m on Fire (Kaitlyn)

Duets:

  • Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues (Mary-Russell and Lorna)
  • Russian Waltz or Water is Wide (Mary-Russell and Lorna)
  • Camptown Races (Madeline and Mai)
  • Eine Leine Nachtmusik (Madeline and Mai)
  • Sun Flowers in Spring (Lillie and Cynthia)

Piano:

  • Madeline – Classic Dance
  • Mai – Dancing Sea Horses
  • Oscar – 
  • Louisa – 
  • Lillie – Canoe song
  • Stella – Ode to Joy
  • Iris – haiku and Mixed up song
  • Khaleel – Firefly
  • Logan – Ode to joy
  • Andrew – Sea Chanty
  • Liam – Marche Slav 
  • Mia – Energico
  • Jesse – Gypsy and Swing low
  • Quinn – Fantasia and Monk

Voice:

  • Lucas and Mia – A Million Dreams
  • Oscar? Quinn?
  • Michelle – Never enough
  • Richard – Non piu Andrai
I will need to have a ukulele rehearsal and hope everyone can come Saturday June 2 at my place (I know it is small, but parents maybe you could do some retail therapy or go for a walk?) from say 3:30 – 3:45 pm. (that would be all 8 ukulele students)
I also need to have a rehearsal with Lucas and Mia for A Million Dreams and that would be same day after the ukuleles 3-3:30.
The Soiree is a relaxed concert.  Starting again if you make a bad start in fine. Feeling nervous is normal but you have to remind yourself that everyone there is not there to criticize but to support.  Once you sit down to play, think about your music.  Do not let thoughts like “I’ll be glad when this is over”, “what will I have for dinner?”, “what will everyone think?” take over from thinking about the music you are playing right then.  I have to do the same thing myself so I know it is hard but also possible.  You have to get what we sometimes call “The Monkey Brain” to be quiet (you know how monkeys can chatter on).
I really like affirmations like “I am a really good piano player and I know my piece well”  especially of you write them down and put them some where you can’t help reading them all the time.
Let me know any questions, changes, anything else this week.