This is almost the last week of the long Spring semester although I hope to see most students at least for the first week in June.
Summer and Fall dates were sent last week and I am glad to see that quite a few students want to continue lessons even though there are unfortunately gaps when I will
be away.
The Soirée – is almost here.  This coming Friday May 31 at ERUUF Sanctuary.  We will begin at 5:30 pm but I will be there from 5 pm onwards for students to warm up and families to find places to sit in the lovely sanctuary.  The Soirée should finish no later than 6:45.  Below I will put the program as it is right now.  Most Important:  Check your entry for spelling, make sure I have included everyone, and that your piece(s) are correct. I have made an order but that can change.  I really want everyone to stay the full hour which is why I have chosen the late afternoon time but I realise there is a lot on right now as school finishes. If you need an earlier slot or a later one, let me know.  Remember no food or drink in the Sanctuary, other than water in a closed bottle.
ERUUF – The Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship – is non-denominational and all faiths (and non-faiths) are very welcome.  The address is:
4907 Garrett Rd, Durham, NC 27707
website:  https://www.eruuf.org/ (The best directions are on the website)
I really like this venue because it is large and airy with tiered seating, has good parking, is beautiful in a serene forested setting, and has a very nice grand piano.  I do not have a grand piano so I want all students to have the experience of playing a grand piano (although I know some families do have their own). ERUUF is costly to hire but having these recitals is an important part of my teaching, giving students twice yearly goals and an opportunity to see their colleagues perform.  I don’t charge a fee for the soirées but if any family feels they would like to make a small contribution I would really appreciate it.  I had free venues for many years until the pandemic but for various reasons I feel the time has come for a more professional venue.
Soirée Program Spring 2024

Mary-Russell Roberson and Lorna Collingridge:

Theme from Piano Concerto no. 21 – Mozart

Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini – Rachmaninoff

Elijah Berenbaum:

Arctic Voices – Susan Griesdale

Cecilia Triche-Rowe:

“Me!” – Taylor Swift

Marley Craig:

Come see the Parade – duet

Down by the station – Traditional

Zelda McCormick:

Pumpkin Boogie – Faber

Menuetto op 37 no 2 – James Hook

Mac Jones:

Tamborine Party – Faber

Poor Fuzzy Wuzzy – Sunny Solos

Cohen Andrews:

“Bones” – Robin Fredrickson et al

Adam Hartman:

Jumping Jazz Cat – Faber

Spanish Caballeros – Faber

Emily El-Tanany:

Reflection from Mulan – arr. Faber

Indians – Alfred

Oscar McCormick:

Sonatina in G major – Beethoven

All Too Well – Taylor Swift

Marten Sipe:

Erie Canal – Traditional American

Ida Levy:

Amazing Grace – traditional

The Great Wall of China – Faber

Tyler Nordgren:

Ode to Joy – Beethoven

Andrew Hartman:

Valhalla Calling – Gavin Dunne arr. M. Mainguy

Tessa Nayo:

Nuvole Bianche – Ludovico Einardi

Jikai Sipkins-Chenn:

Flip Flops – Gary K Thomas

Louise Downs:

Für Elise – Beethoven

Sam Sipe:

Sonata in C minor op. 17 no. 2 III movt – JC Bach

Prelude op. 28 no. 20 – Chopin

Pat Wigfall:

To a Wild Rose – Edward MacDowell

Prelude in Dd Major op 17 no 2 – Chopin

Lucas Bartosik:

Waltz in B Minor (post. No. 2) – Chopin

Thank you to all who learn piano with me.