One day to the Soirée!  I think everyone is ready.  Some important things before tomorrow:

  1. Dress is casual but nice – no torn jeans please or revealing clothes ( too cold anyway)
  2. 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.
  3. No food or drinks in the Sanctuary except water in a water bottle.
  4. Performers please remember your MUSIC!  I will not be bringing extra.
  5. I will be the page turner unless you don’t need one or have another person to do it.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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: