Thanksgiving Food Drive

We’re collecting food items and we need your help!

Donate a food shelf item on Monday, December 22 through Wednesday, December 24, and you’ll get 10% OFF your printed music and/or musical accessories purchase!

Please bring non-perishable food shelf items to your Schmitt Music store, and ask a Sales Associate for details. Here are the organizations that will benefit from your generous donation:

Brooklyn Center – St. John the Baptist Food Shelf
Burnsville – Mission Outpost at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Duluth – Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Fargo – Emergency Food Pantry
Maplewood – North St. Paul Area Food Shelf
Minnetonka – ICA Food Shelf
Omaha – Omaha Food Bank
Rochester – Channel One Food Shelf
Roseville – Keystone Community Services
Sioux Falls – Feeding South Dakota
Virginia – Quad City Food Shelf

(Quad City Food Shelf serves people of Biwabik, Cotton, Eveleth, Gilbert, Mountain Iron, Virginia, and surrounding areas).


CLICK HERE to learn more about Schmitt Music’s Holiday Deals and special events!

 

Steinway Piano sale at Schmitt Music stores!

COME HEAR THE SOUND OF SAVINGS!

Save thousands on Steinway pianos at “The Steinway & Sons End-of-the-Year Savings Event” now through December 31.

Next year, rising costs will increase prices on all Steinway & Sons pianos – the finest pianos in the world!

Beat Father Time and beat the price increase!  All 2014 Steinway floor models will remain at current pricing through New Year’s Eve – Wednesday, December 31 – which means you can purchase the piano of your dreams and save thousands in the process.

Contact your Schmitt Music Piano Specialist for event details or to set up your showing today.

MAKE A LASTING INVESTMENT IN YOUR MUSICAL AND FINANCIAL FUTURE!

Effective January 1, 2015 the prices on all Steinway pianos will increase. The best time to invest in a new Steinway piano is today! When prices of new Steinway pianos increase, the value of existing Steinway pianos will also rise. Stop waiting for “the right time” to purchase your Steinway, because that time is now! Ask about our “Same as Cash” and other great financing options.

An heirloom investment. And with end-of-year savings, a priceless opportunity. Visit your Schmitt Music piano store, or contact a Schmitt Music Piano Specialist to set up your showing today!

Learn more about Schmitt Music’s holiday piano specials, or click here to check out more special savings and in-store events this season – YOUR MUSICAL HOLIDAY HEADQUARTERS!

 

Schmitt Music WINTER EXPO 2015

Schmitt Music is proud to present the 1st Annual Winter Expo – formerly Spring Recital Workshop – one day of great workshops and new music sessions! Click here for details.

Piano teachers, get ready for your spring recitals with great new music workshops, and attend the “Tax Tips for Teachers” session. Choral directors will enjoy Sacred Choral Reading Sessions focusing on Lent and Easter.

Join us for a great day of sessions on Friday, January 9, 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis North (formerly the Minneapolis Boulevard Hotel), just steps away from our Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center location.

CLICK HERE for session details and sign up today!
 

Holiday Piano sale at Schmitt Music stores!

GREAT DEALS ON ACOUSTIC & DIGITAL PIANOS!

Schmitt Music’s special holiday volume purchases mean you save on pianos from Steinway & Sons, Boston, Essex, Lyrica, Kawai, Roland, Casio & Celviano, and QRS player technology systems!
Visit your Schmitt Music store today! Ask about our “Same as Cash” and other great financing options.

Lyrica grand piano, Lyrica studio piano, Casio digital pianos

New Studio Pianos in Ebony High Polish from $2999 or just $54 per month!*

New Grand Piano in Ebony High Polish from $6299 or just $108 per month!*

*With qualified credit, assuming 7% tax, 10% down payment and 9.99% APR.

New 88-key Digital Pianos from $499.99 – Save on digitals from Casio, Celviano, Kawai and Roland – great features!

Contact a Schmitt Music Piano Specialist for sale details, or to set up your piano showing today.

Steinway Piano sale at Schmitt Music stores!

COME HEAR THE SOUND OF SAVINGS!

Save thousands on Steinway pianos at “The Steinway & Sons End-of-Year Savings Event” now through December 31, 2014.

Next year, rising costs will increase prices on all Steinway & Sons pianos – the finest pianos in the world. But until December 31st, you can beat Father Time. All 2014 Steinway floor models will remain at current pricing through New Year’s Eve – which means you can purchase the piano of your dreams and save thousands in the process. An heirloom investment, and with end-of-year savings, a priceless opportunity.

Contact your Schmitt Music Piano Specialist today!

Casio Celviano digital piano rebates, financing

Get special interest-free, 12 month financing and great rebates up to $150 on select models of Casio & Celviano digital pianos – for limited-time only – Click here for details!

Visit your Schmitt Music store, or contact a Schmitt Music Piano Specialist to set up your showing today!
 

Holiday Open House

Do you have a student who loves to perform? This holiday season, we’re dressing up our windows with live music! Contact your Schmitt Music store and sign up for a time to play in our store during a “Holiday Open House” event!
Invite your friends, family and neighbors to watch you perform, and enjoy holiday refreshments. Not interested in performing – that’s ok, too! We’ll see you at our Holiday Open House!
Contact your Schmitt Music store for details or to sign up for performance slots! Here are the Holiday Open House dates by store:
  • Brooklyn CenterSaturday, December 20
  • BurnsvilleSaturday, Nov. 22 & Saturday, December 13
  • DuluthSaturday, December 13 from 12pm – 5pm
  • EdinaThursday, Dec. 18 at 6pm & Saturday, Dec. 20 at 12pm
  • MaplewoodMonday, December 15
  • OmahaSaturday, December 20
  • RochesterSaturday, December 13
  • RosevilleTuesday, Dec. 16 – Thursday, Dec. 18; 3pm

Learn more about Schmitt Music’s “Holiday Savings” and special events – CLICK HERE!

 

Top 100 Dealer Awards, NAMM

Schmitt Music Wins Two ‘Top 100 Dealer Awards’!

We are proud to announce that Schmitt Music is the winner of the “Best Marketing & Sales Promotion” and “Best Support Music Advocacy” as recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) at the Top 100 Dealer Awards. The awards ceremony took place on July 12, during the Summer NAMM show in Nashville, TN.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the categories we won at the Top 100 Dealer Awards!

Tom Schmitt receives an award from host Steve Wariner

Schmitt Music President, Tom Schmitt (pictured on right), receives the award for “Best Marketing & Sales Promotion” from event host, American country music star, Steve Wariner (left).

Schmitt Music was also nominated for “Dealer of the Year” at the July 12th event, and was honored as one of the Top 100 Dealers in May 2013. Learn more about Schmitt Music’s awards here: www.schmittmusic.com/nammawards

 

Orange Amps, Epiphone Guitars

Epiphone Guitars & Orange Amps at Select Stores!

Schmitt Music is proud to announce the addition of two classic brands: we welcome Orange Amplification and Epiphone to our featured guitar shops!

You’ll find a great selection of guitars and basses by Epiphone, like the classic “Les Paul” electric guitar, and we’ve got Orange products like the famous “Tiny Terror” amp head and more!

Orange and Epiphone products are now in-stock at Schmitt Music stores in Fargo, North Dakota; and Burnsville, Duluth and Rochester, Minnesota. Contact one of our guitar gurus for current inventory, or for more product details:

Call 952-435-2454 or to submit an email.
 

Call 218-727-8341 or to submit an email.
 

Call 701-281-1828 or to submit an email.
 

Call 507-288-1960 or to submit an email.
 

 

Best of 2014, Edina Magazine

Schmitt Music Edina Wins “Best Music Lessons” Award!

We are proud to announce that Schmitt Music Edina is the winner of a “Best Music Lessons” Award, as recognized in Edina Magazine’s “Best of 2014 Reader’s Choice” edition. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

With 4,000 weekly music lessons, one of the best selections of saxophones and trumpets in the country and 15 stores operating in the Midwest, it’s no wonder Schmitt Music earns this top spot. “The Edina location is the largest lesson-offering store in the company,” says director of education, Michael Wright. “It’s a great store. People are very happy with the services and education they receive.”

Are you interested in music lessons?! Try Schmitt Music’s easy online lesson search to browse teachers by instrument, store, or age/skill level. You can even sign up online!   CLICK HERE to find the right music teacher today!

Check out the rest of Edina Magazine’s “Best of 2014 Reader’s Choice” list on their website: www.edinamag.com.


In 2013, Schmitt Music won two awards at the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) TOP 100 DEALER AWARDS: “Best Support Music Advocacy” and “Best Marketing & Sales Promotion.”  CLICK HERE to learn more about our NAMM recognition.

 

Martin guitar financing

INTEREST FREE FINANCING FOR 12 MONTHS!

Visit your Schmitt Music guitar shop and get 0% INTEREST, 12 MONTHS FINANCING* on Martin acoustic guitars! Don’t miss this great opportunity to get your hands on an American classic – offer valid now through December 31, 2014.

Selection varies by location, so please contact your Schmitt Music store for availability and more information. *GE Financing is available with qualifying credit; 12 months deferred interest with monthly payments. Financing offer not valid on Martin LX Series guitar models.

Special order your Martin guitar at any Schmitt Music store, or play the best selection of in-stock Martin guitars at these Schmitt Music guitar shops:

 

Casio Celviano digital piano rebates, financing

Visit your Schmitt Music store for special interest-free, 12 month financing and great rebates up to $150 on select models of Casio & Celviano digital pianos – for limited-time only!

Get a $150 INSTANT REBATE when you purchase a Celviano AP-650, or buy a Celviano AP-450 and get a $100 INSTANT REBATE!

12 MONTHS, INTEREST-FREE FINANCING: For a limited time, you can get special financing on all Casio and Celviano digital pianos $1100 or more. GE Consumer Financing is available with qualified credit, through 12/31/2014.

MATCHING BENCH & 5 YEAR WARRANTY: All Celviano pianos include a 5-year warranty covering in-home parts and labor!

Visit your Schmitt Music store today or contact a Schmitt Music Piano Specialist for details, or to set up your piano showing.

Experience the elegant design and rich resonance of the Casio Celviano piano. The Celviano line of pianos has been refined for those who demand an authentic grand piano experience. The traditional design houses new stereo grand piano sounds and redesigned keyboard action including “Ebony and Ivory textured keys.” Utilizing a new tri-sensor springless 88 note scaled hammer action, every nuance and detail of your performance is captured. A new 4 layer stereo grand piano sound is delivers a natural, expressive and dynamic piano experience.

GET INSTANT REBATES ON THESE CELVIANO MODELS!

CELVIANO AP-650

• Hammer Response, Damper & String Resonance Simulation

• 17 Track / 5 Song Recorder

• 256 Note Polyphony

• AiR Sound Source

• Interest-free, 12 Month Financing!

• 5 YEAR WARRANTY

CELVIANO AP-450

• Hammer Response, Damper & String Resonance, Piano Lid Simulators

• Ebony and Ivory Feel Keys

• 256 Note Polyphony

• AiR Sound Source

• Interest-free, 12 Month Financing!

• 5 YEAR WARRANTY


 
Click here to learn more about the CELVIANO line of digital pianos on Casio’s website, or visit your Schmitt Music store to try one today.  Shop with an expert!  Please contact a Schmitt Music Piano Specialist to schedule your showing.

Celviano digital pianos are currently not on display in our Eau Claire, WI or Virginia, MN locations, and are not available at Schmitt Music in Sioux Falls, SD.
 

Master Class with Steinway Artist Stephanie Cheng

Schmitt Music presents a free Piano Master Class conducted by Steinway Artist Stephanie Cheng at Schmitt Music Denver on Wednesday, December 10 at 10:30 AM.

Steinway Artist Stephanie Cheng, in the Denver area for three performances, will listen to three piano students, and offer instructive comments to improve their performance. Everyone is welcome to attend and listen to this fascinating process!

Call 303-777-1900, email us at dnkb@schmittmusic.com or use our online RSVP form – .

Taiwanese-American pianist Stephanie Shih-yu Cheng has performed extensively in the U.S., France, Italy, Japan, and Taiwan to great critical acclaim. Her solo and collaborative engagements have brought her to many of the world’s major music centers, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, Opera City Hall of Tokyo, National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., Kravis Center in Florida, and National Concert Hall of Taipei. She has distinguished herself in several international competitions, including first prizes in the IBLA Grand Prize Competition in Italy, Kingsville International Competition, and Association of Pianists and Piano Teachers of America International Piano Competition. She was the recipient of Prix-Ville de Fontainebleau in France, which was personally presented to her by Philippe Entremont.

Recent appearances include recitals at the New York University, University of Illinois, Coastal Carolina University, Humboldt State University, University of Arkansas, SUNY Potsdam, and Youngstown State University, as well as solo engagements with the SUNY Stony Brook Symphony under Leon Fleisher, Oakville Chamber Orchestra, and Brampton Symphony Orchestra in Toronto. Stephanie frequently appears in recitals with pianist Sara Davis Buechner, including a recent collaboration at Bargemusic in New York, and is a frequent guest artist on Aperio. She has been featured on National Public Radio, WFMT in Chicago, Chicago Loop Cable Channel 25, KUHF in Houston, Radio Video Mediterraneo in Italy, Living & Travel Section of msnbc.com, and Nippon Television in Japan. Her latest collaborative CD, titled License to Thrill, was released on the Summit label in March 2013.

Stephanie Cheng’s principal teachers have been Ann Schein and Gilbert Kalish. She was a teaching assistant for Earl Carlyss at the Peabody Conservatory, where she received the coveted Rose Marie Milholland Award in Piano. Stephanie received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Much sought-after for master classes and as an adjudicator, she has produced many award-winning students in numerous competitions, such as the Young Artists Piano Showcase, American Fine Arts Festival, and Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition; those students were consequently featured in the winner’s concerts at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Stephanie Cheng was on the faculties of City University of New York and Manhattan School of Music Precollege, and joined the faculty of American University of Kuwait as an Assistant Professor of Music in the fall of 2012. In her spare time she enjoys recreational tennis and is an avid scuba diver.

Stephanie Cheng is a Steinway Artist. Learn more on her website: stephanie-cheng.com.

 

Jackson Berkey 24 Nocturnes CD release event at Schmitt Music Omaha

Join us for Steinway Artist Jackson Berkey’s “24 Nocturnes” CD Release Event on Saturday, December 13 between 2pm and 5pm at Schmitt Music OmahaFREE!

This walk-in event features a listening party, performance by Jackson Berkey, student performances and more! Drop in any time from 2pm to 5pm for a meet & greet with the composer, and hear live performances of Nocturnes, plus enjoy performances by visiting guest artists! You can purchase the new 2-CD sets for just $13.95 each, and have them personally autographed as gifts!

Let us know you’re planning to attend the event!  Give us a call at 402-391-5588, email us at omkb@schmittmusic.com, or use our online RSVP form –


Watch Jackson Berkey perform “NOCTURNE #22 in G Minor” on his Steinway & Sons Model D Concert Grand piano:

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24 Nocturnes cdNight Pieces – Nocturnes – have inspired beauty, romanticism, and deep expression in many composers. The writing of “24 Nocturnes” was an exciting 7 year journey for Jackson Berkey, culminating in September 2014 with his Nocturne in C minor. Following a harmonic path similar to Bach, Chopin, and Shostakovich, Berkey traverses the “Circle of Fifths”, alternating between 12 major and relative minor keys, with developments often leading him into modes. From an explosion of fireworks to the last smoldering ember, there is a Nocturne for every experience.

Many of Berkey’s Nocturnes emulate existing keyboard works from some of his favorite composers of the last four centuries. Out of this fondness for numerous works of the masters came eight Homages to composers. Several are referenced within the music as a point of direction. Jackson’s reach for meaningful poetry is shown in two homages to poets. One Nocturne was originally written for the harpsichord. One is a tour de force for the left hand alone. Emotions run the gamut from effervescent joy to gentle peace to fierce and dynamic rhythmic themes to sweeping and passionate melodies.

A life’s study of drawing a myriad of colors from the pianoforte is evident in these solos. Berkey achieves much through careful notation – stemming and beaming; extensive pedalling notations; meticulous, if infrequent, fingerings; occasional extra staves for structural clarity; and the visual impact of meter. What pianists have had to decipher for themselves among historic publications, Jackson has clarified in the beauty and detail of his scores.

Whether it be elegant introspection or soaring expressionism, the range of compositional temperament in “24 Nocturnes” is an obvious pianistic challenge offering great rewards in technique, color, energy, and piano resonance in performance. Learn more on Jackson Berkey’s website: www.berkey.com.

 

Thanksgiving Food Drive

We’re collecting food items and we need your help!

Donate a food shelf item on Monday, November 24 through Wednesday, November 26, and you’ll get 10% OFF your printed music and/or musical accessories purchase!

Please bring non-perishable food shelf items to your Schmitt Music store, and ask a Sales Associate for details. Here are the organizations that will benefit from your generous donation:

Brooklyn Center – St. John the Baptist Food Shelf
Burnsville – Mission Outpost at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Duluth – Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Fargo – Emergency Food Pantry
Maplewood – North St. Paul Area Food Shelf
Minnetonka – ICA Food Shelf
Omaha – Omaha Food Bank
Rochester – Channel One Food Shelf
Roseville – Keystone Community Services
Sioux Falls – Feeding South Dakota
Virginia – Quad City Food Shelf

(Quad City Food Shelf serves people of Biwabik, Cotton, Eveleth, Gilbert, Mountain Iron, Virginia, and surrounding areas).


CLICK HERE to learn more about Schmitt Music’s Holiday Deals and special events!

 

Free Performance & Clinics with Yamaha Artist Wayne Bergeron

The Trumpet Shop is proud to present a clinic with Yamaha Performing Artist Wayne Bergeron on Thursday, December 4 from 6PM to 8PM at Schmitt Music Brooklyn CenterFREE!

Wayne Bergeron is enjoying a career as one of the most active players on the Los Angeles scene. With studio dates, International touring, jazz concerts, guest soloist appearances and clinics he has no intention of slowing down.

Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your spot!  Give us a call at 763-398-5018, email us at trumpetshop@schmittmusic.com, or use our online RSVP form – .


Check out this video featuring Wayne Bergeron and Arturo Sandoval performing “Maynard and Waynard” at the Catalina Jazz Club in 2013:

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Born in 1958 in Hartford, Conneticut, Wayne Bergeron grew up in Southern California where he started on French horn before switching to trumpet in the 7th grade. Although a difficult instrument to play, Bergeron took to the trumpet quickly. “I found I had natural ability for playing the trumpet in the upper register at an early age.” Bergeron credits his junior high school band director and first trumpet teacher, Ron Savitt, for molding his natural abilities into practical working skills.

In 1986, Bergeron landed the lead trumpet position with the Maynard Ferguson Band. He can be heard on such Maynard Ferguson recordings as “Body & Soul,” “Big Bop Nouveau,” “Brass Attitude” and “The One & Only Maynard Ferguson.” Remarking on the talented trumpet player, Maynard Ferguson had this to say during a radio interview: “Wayne is the most musical lead trumpet player I’ve ever had in my band.”

As a sideman, Bergeron’s list of CD credits reads like a who’s who in contemporary jazz and pop, running the stylistic gamut from Ray Charles to Green Day. Other stellar names include Beyoncé, Michael Buble, Josh Groban and many more. He has also worked on 300 plus TV & motion picture soundtracks. A partial list of film credits include Toy Story 3, Despicable Me and Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Wayne’s featured trumpet solos can be heard on the motion pictures Duplicity, Rocky Balboa, The Incredibles, Leatherheads, The Princess & the Frog, The Perfect Game, High Crimes, Rounders, Fled, Hey Arnold (the movie), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Rat Pack, Childstar, Illegal Tender, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Foolproof, and 2 Days in the Valley.

After being behind the scenes for so many years, Bergeron stepped out on his own with his first solo effort “You Call This a Living?” This debut project earned him a Grammy nomination in 2004 for Best Large Jazz Ensemble as well as rave reviews from fans and press
worldwide. Wayne’s latest recording “Plays Well With Others” was released on the Concord Jazz label in 2007 is being met with the same acclaim.

Bergeron’s passion for big bands has led to his inclusion in some of Los Angeles’ most well respected bands. He has recorded with Quincy Jones, Gordon Goodwin, Arturo Sandoval, Pat Williams, Sammy Nestico, Jack Sheldon, Chris Walden, Tom Kubis, John La Barbera, Andy Martin, Ralph Carmichael, Bob Florence, Frank Capp, Matt Catingub, Bill Liston, Kim Richmond, Ray Anthony, Buddy Childers, Roger Neumann, Bill Perkins, Bill Elliott, Gary Irwin, Bill Watrous, Bob Curnow and Phil Kelly.

Bergeron is a National Artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America and is co-designer of the YTR-8335LA trumpet and YFH-8315G Flugelhorn. Bergeron enjoys his work as a clinician/educator and feels it’s important to give back by mentoring young musicians. He has no intention of slowing down. Learn more on Wayne’s website: www.waynebergeron.com.

 

BRAVO! Step Up

GIVE THE GIFT OF A LIFETIME!

Your son or daughter may be ready for a performance quality instrument – the perfect gift that can be enjoyed for many years to come! Schmitt Music’s “Bravo! Step Up” Instrument Program was developed especially for customers currently participating in our “Better Than Rent” Instrument Trial Purchase program, and introduces a new line of performance instruments designed just for advancing players.
Bravo instruments
If you currently have a contract with us for a beginner band or orchestra instrument, the holiday season is a great time for you to take advantage of the equity credit you have accrued – UP TO $450 toward the purchase of a new instrument!

Join us for a “Preferred Customer Weekend Selection Event” and get double rebates – UP TO $200 – from manufacturers including Eastman, Conn-Selmer, P. Mauriat, and Yamaha!

Bring your student in to play and compare “Bravo! Step Up” instruments, or surprise them with the perfect holiday gift! Let us help you choose the perfect instrument.

Join us on Friday, December 12 or Saturday, December 13 and get an exclusive look at our expanded inventory selection, and save with sale prices and double rebates – 2 DAYS ONLY!

Get selection advice from Manufacturer Reps, and shop the largest inventory selection in one location all year – over 400 performance and professional instruments on site – at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center’s metro-wide event.

Call 763-566-4560, email bcrsvp@schmittmusic.com, or RSVP to the event online –
Call 701-281-1828, email fargo@schmittmusic.com, or RSVP to the event online –

Now is the time… A superior quality instrument can help your student learn faster, play longer, and inspire them to stretch to the limit of their talent. There is no finer gift for a student, or one that promises more joy and pleasure, than a lifetime of incomparable music.

With our special BRAVO! package offer, it’s a great time to upgrade from a beginner instrument to a BRAVO! “Performance Level” instrument.

Contact your nearest Schmitt Music store to make your selection appointment during our Preferred Customer events! Click here to learn more about the “BRAVO! Step Up” program.

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