Durham Music Teachers Association Playathon:

As you know, the DMTA playathons raise money for scholarships for students who otherwise could not afford music lessons.  They are a great way to practice performance in a relaxed milieu, and it will be a great way to try your Soirée piece(s) out before May 12. Students contribute $5 each to the scholarship Fund.

The playathon will be on Saturday May 6 and my studio’s allotted time is 2-3 pm. This will be an outdoor playathon under an awning in case of rain (hope not).  The venue and the wonderful pianos are provided by Dr Pitman’s studio, PANC (Piano Academy of North Carolina)

We have performed at the this venue before.

The address is 5832 Fayetteville Rd, Durham, NC 27713 (Sutton Station, in the breezeway next to Regional Pediatrics)

Parking is available in front of Duke Regional Pediatrics or around the back of Sutton Station.

Masks encouraged but not mandatory.

A few chairs will be available but I suggest bringing your own lawn chairs if possible.

Flourishing Muse Soirée:

The 2023 Spring Soirée will be held on Friday May 12 from 5:30 – 6:45 pm at ERUUF (Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship) at 4907 Garrett Rd, Durham, NC 27707, the same venue as last year.  I love this venue and the piano but it is expensive to hire.  It is an important part of my studio practice and I am prepared to pay the hire because I feel it is so important.  I really want everyone to commit to playing if at all possible.  I know some feel to nervous and I certainly understand that but it is so good to share your music with colleagues and friends and family – only twice a year!

Students, especially the more advanced students, should settle what they are going to play in the next week so you will have all April to work with me on your selection.  Younger students should be thinking about what to play but we might make the decision close to the time.  I will be making lists starting today!  I would love more students to include some of their own compositions.

I really encourage students to also come and play at the playathon as a good practice for the Soirée a week later.