I am so very sad to have to tell you that one of my students, William Painter, died in an accident yesterday.  He would have been 10 years old on August 22. He was the eldest son of my neighbors, Carrie and Rusty Painter, and the brother of Ben.  He was such a funny, smart, kind boy and always thanked me at the end of every piano lesson.  He was such a responsible person  and often brought things over the road very carefully.  His parents are such wonderful people. At the Spring Soiree he played “Firefly”, the first piece in the book; he had advanced way beyond that but he sensibly wanted to play that piece because he said he “knew it so well”.  “Firefly” will always be William’s piece.

On other less sad matters:

My back door – you will all be happy to know (or not) that we have a new screen door at the back.  it was at least 3 times as expensive as the previous useless one and it springs back into place rather smartly so be cautious first time you come in.  If you are bringing a guitar or ukulele, please be careful and ask me or someone to hold the door for you.

The Holiday Soirée will be on December 10 at Croasdaile Auditorium from 3-5 pm.  I am so thankful that their renovations are not starting until January 2018 and I can still use the fantastic Ponder Hall! Everyone can start thinking about what holiday songs they might like to perform at the Soirée. All types of numbers are welcome – Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and any I have missed and including just fun holiday numbers. 

The schedule is almost set now – click on Fall Schedule and please double check your times.  It is always hard at the beginning of a semester when lots of changes are happening. I have had to move several people a number of times so thank you for being understanding everyone!

Fall is a short semester so let’a get working right away!