Free lesson when you buy any guitar

LIMITED-TIME FREE LESSON OFFER!

Visit a participating Schmitt Music guitar store during our “Fall Festival” and you’ll get a FREE LESSON when you buy any acoustic guitar, electric guitar or bass guitar!

Guitar selection varies by location; please contact us for availability. At the time of purchase, you can schedule your free lesson with one of our participating instructors!

Please contact your Schmitt Music store for more information, or visit us today at one of these locations:


CLICK HERE to learn more about Schmitt Music’s FALL FESTIVAL – special clinics, workshops, sales and more in October and November!

 

Music Lesson Fair

Schmitt Music has decades of experience providing music lessons – we give over 185,000 lessons each year! Our stores offer private one-on-one lessons for beginners through highly advanced players, as well as group or class lessons for all ages and abilities.

Attend a “Music Lesson Fair” to meet our instructors and find the right lessons for you on Saturday, November 1 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Plus, when you sign up for lessons at the event, there’s NO REGISTRATION FEE!

This is a unique opportunity to visit with our current in-store lesson teachers, or talk with our Lesson Coordinator, learn about lesson options, and find the perfect music education match for you or your family member! Join us at one of these sessions on Saturday, November 1 from 1pm to 4pm:

Call 763-566-4560 or for questions or to RSVP.

Call 612-238-9930 or for questions or to RSVP.

Call 402-391-5588 or for questions or to RSVP.

Call 651-636-0801 or for questions or to RSVP.

Learn more about our music education offerings – CLICK HERE to visit the “Schmitt Music University” page to search private lessons and group classes!

 


CLICK HERE to learn more about Schmitt Music’s FALL FESTIVAL – special clinics, workshops, sales and more in October and November!

 

Denis Wick showcase

Please join us for a Denis Wick Showcase and check out a great selection of their latest mouthpieces, mutes and more! Kirk Garrison, Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Composer & Educator, will demo products and help you select the best fit for your sound!

Attend one of these free sessions:

Wednesday, November 5 at 6:30 PM: Schmitt Music Rochester

Let us know you’re coming! Please call 507-288-1960 or to RSVP online.

Thursday, November 6 at 6:30 PM: Schmitt Music Edina

Let us know you’re coming! Please call 612-238-9930 or to RSVP online.
 


Kirk Garrison is in high demand as a performer, composer, teacher and arranger. As a member of the Lt. Dan Band featuring actor Gary Sinise, Kirk performs for scores of active duty military members, veterans and their families, including many charity organizations for disabled veterans. The band has toured extensively in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Other performance credits include the International Music Festival in Hue, Vietnam, the Ravinia Music Festival, the Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival and numerous other venues throughout the country.

He has received commissions from DePaul University, the Chicago String Ensemble, the Millar Brass Ensemble at Northwestern University, and most recently for internationally renowned jazz saxophonist Phil Woods.

Kirk also performs as a guest soloist and clinician/adjudicator at middle schools, high schools and colleges throughout the country. He uses Denis Wick mutes and mouthpieces and is a Denis
Wick performing artist. Check out Kirk’s Dansr/Denis Wick Artist page – CLICK HERE.


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CLICK HERE to learn more about Schmitt Music’s FALL FESTIVAL – special clinics, workshops, sales and more in October and November!

 

Doug Lawrence Clinic at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center

Join us for a clinic with saxophonist Doug Lawrence on Saturday, November 1 at 3PM at Schmitt Music Brooklyn CenterFREE!

Check out the amazing sounds of Doug Lawrence as he plays and talks about saxophones and music.  Doug is a TM Custom artist, and we will have several TM Custom saxophones to try at the event. This is a great opportunity to see an incredible saxophonist and try out some great horns! Plus, Randy Jones – the creator of the TM custom – will also be on hand with an expanded inventory of saxophones and necks to audition.  Please contact us for details and RSVP to the event!

Call 763-566-4560 or to RSVP online.

Doug Lawrence is currently lead tenor with the 17-time Grammy-winning Count Basie Orchestra, the chair previously held by such greats as Lester Young, Hershel Evans, Buddy Tate, and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, among other legends. With the Basie band and his own groups, Lawrence has literally toured the world, playing on six continents and in virtually every major concert hall, jazz club, and jazz festival in the world.Doug Lawrence

Think of Coleman Hawkins, Louis Armstrong, Ben Webster, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra. They were able to touch our collective soul with their extraordinary sense of phrasing. Tenor man Doug Lawrence has got it. His phrasing is fluid, relaxed, conversational and charming, just like his easy going, seductive Southern drawl.”
- Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times Magazine

Born in Louisiana, Doug Lawrence spent 25 years as a working musician in the New York City jazz scene. The list of artists he has performed and recorded with reads like a who’s who of current and former industry heavyweights, from Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, and Rosemary Clooney, to Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, and Tony Bennett. He has appeared on over 100 recordings including four critically acclaimed recordings of his own. Learn more about Doug on his website: douglawrencejazz.com.


CLICK HERE to learn more about Schmitt Music’s FALL FESTIVAL – special clinics, workshops, sales and more in October and November!

 

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.
 

iPad iDeas: Teaching with Apps, special workshops at Schmitt Music

Teachers!  Please join us for iPad iDeas: Teaching with Apps, presented by Michelle Sisler – FREE WORKSHOP!

Discover how to easily incorporate your iPad, iPhone or Andriod phone or tablet in your teaching. Learn how teachers are creatively using mobile apps to engage their students, address multiple learning styes and make their teaching more effective, and how to easily correlate it to your lesson materials. Attendees may bring their iPads for more hands-on learning, but an iPad is not required at this workshop. Seating is limited! Please RSVP to one of these free sessions:

Thursday, October 9 at 10:00 AM: Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center

Please RSVP to save your seat! Call 763-566-4560 or to RSVP online.

Thursday, October 16 at 10:00 AM: Schmitt Music Edina

Please RSVP to save your seat! Call 612-238-9930 or to RSVP online.

Thursday, October 23 at 9:00 AM: Schmitt Music Burnsville

Please RSVP to save your seat! Call 952-435-2454 or to RSVP online.


When you attend “iPad iDeas” you can enter to win a free “Replay Pass” to MusicEdConnect.com – a $99 value – CLICK HERE for details.


Michelle SislerGet to know Michelle Sisler:

When Michelle was little, she used to sit down at her toy piano and play songs, by ear, along with the jukebox. This was how her parents discovered her talent and love for music and enrolled her in piano lessons at the age of seven.

Michelle’s use of technology and creative teaching materials have gained her national recognition and a unique place at the forefront of music education. Along with teaching private and group students in her studio, Michelle is the founder and Chief Manager of “Keys to Imagination, LLC” and “MusicEdConnect.com.” She is a favorite presenter and is frequently sought after for presentations and classes across the nation, including teaching on Crystal Cruises.

Michelle serves on the technology committee for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and has written articles for Keyboard Companion, Clavier, and American Music Teacher. She has co-authored Studio Makeover: Technology “Addition”, Double Click Curriculum, Are We There There Yet? A Musical Journey Around the Globe, Where in the World is Mr. Arpeggio, Sebstian Sharp and the Case of the Missing Manuscript, and several other programs.

Visit the “Keys to Imagination” website: keystoimagination.com.


CLICK HERE to learn more about Schmitt Music’s FALL FESTIVAL – special clinics, workshops, sales and more in October and November!

 

The Making of a Music Superhero

Teachers! Please join us for The Making of a Music Superhero, presented by Michelle Sisler – FREE WORKSHOP!

Welcome to Hero Headquarters, Keys to Imagination LLC, where we transform teachers into SUPER teachers! We have come to save the day to turn your students into SUPER musicians with improved practice and awesome theory skills through a variety of creative, easy to use motivation programs, and Whirligig theory games that can be used in private or group lessons.

Join us for this hands-on session and learn fun, “off the bench” activities you can use right away in your studio or classroom! Attend one of these free sessions:

Thursday, October 2 at 9:00 AM: Schmitt Music Burnsville

Please RSVP to save your seat! Call 952-435-2454 or to RSVP online.

Friday, October 10 at 10:00 AM: Schmitt Music Edina

Please RSVP to save your seat! Call 612-238-9930 or to RSVP online.

Friday, October 17 at 10:00 AM: Schmitt Music Minnetonka

Please RSVP to save your seat! Call 952-546-0555 or to RSVP online.
 


Michelle SislerGet to know Michelle Sisler:

When Michelle was little, she used to sit down at her toy piano and play songs, by ear, along with the jukebox. This was how her parents discovered her talent and love for music and enrolled her in piano lessons at the age of seven.

Michelle’s use of technology and creative teaching materials have gained her national recognition and a unique place at the forefront of music education. Along with teaching private and group students in her studio, Michelle is the founder and Chief Manager of “Keys to Imagination, LLC” and “MusicEdConnect.com.” She is a favorite presenter and is frequently sought after for presentations and classes across the nation, including teaching on Crystal Cruises.

Michelle serves on the technology committee for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and has written articles for Keyboard Companion, Clavier, and American Music Teacher. She has co-authored Studio Makeover: Technology “Addition”, Double Click Curriculum, Are We There There Yet? A Musical Journey Around the Globe, Where in the World is Mr. Arpeggio, Sebstian Sharp and the Case of the Missing Manuscript, and several other programs.

Visit the “Keys to Imagination” website: keystoimagination.com.


CLICK HERE to learn more about Schmitt Music’s FALL FESTIVAL – special clinics, workshops, sales and more in October and November!

 

Rico Reserve, D'Addario Showcase and Clinic

Please join us for a “Rico Reserve Mouthpiece & Reed Showcase and Clinic,” presented by Krista Weiss – FREE!

This clinic will focus on several newly released products from D’Addario Woodwinds and show how the right equipment setup can enable any clarinet or saxophone player to perform with an ease of response, even tone, and good intonation.

When it comes to mouthpieces, finding the right facing is key. This clinic will cover the concept of mouthpiece facings and demonstrate the three new Reserve clarinet mouthpieces available from D’Addario as well as the brand new Select Jazz mouthpiece for alto sax.

We’ll also include a segment on the completely redesigned Reserve clarinet and alto sax reeds and include tips on reed selection, care, and storage. A variety of other D’Addario accessories will also be featured, including ligatures, neck straps and mouthpiece patches, all of which have been designed to simplify the life of any clarinetist or saxophonist.

Seating is limited, so please contact us to RSVP:

Tuesday, October 28 at 6:30 PM: Schmitt Music Edina

Please RSVP to save your seat! Call 612-238-9930 or to RSVP online.

Wednesday, October 29 at 6:30 PM: Schmitt Music Roseville

Please RSVP to save your seat! Call 651-636-0801 or to RSVP online.

Thursday, October 30 at 6:30 PM: Schmitt Music Minnetonka

Please RSVP to save your seat! Call 952-546-0555 or to RSVP online.
 


D’Addario Clinic Product Showcase includes:

MOUTHPIECES

  • Reserve Clarinet Mouthpiece – XO
  • Reserve Clarinet Mouthpiece – X5
  • Reserve Clarinet Mouthpiece – X1O
  • Select Jazz Mouthpiece (alto) – D5M
LIGATURES

  • Rico Ligature (nickel)
  • H-Ligature (gold and silver)
  • Rico cap
REEDS

  • Reserve Reeds (Bb Clarinet)
  • Reserve Classic Reeds (Bb Clarinet)
  • Reserve Reeds (alto)
ACCESSORIES

  • Multi-instrument Reed Storage Case
  • Reed Vitalizer Kit
  • Reserve Vitalizer Single Packs
  • Mouthpiece patches
  • Padded Saxophone Neckstrap

Krista WeissKrista Weiss is freelance clarinetist and a Reserve Method Clinician for D’Addario Woodwinds. Through her work with D’Addario, Ms. Weiss has traveled to dozens of schools across the Midwest to give clinics on clarinet fundamentals and equipment. She also currently serves as principal clarinet of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and second clarinet of the Richmond Indiana Symphony. An active freelancer, Ms. Weiss has recently performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Opera, South Bend Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and New World Symphony in Miami, Florida. Ms. Weiss also enjoys a career as a studio musician and has performed in dozens of recordings for the Hal Leonard Corporation.

Ms. Weiss spent four summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where she served as both the E-Flat and B-Flat fellow and studied under Joaquin Valdepeñas and Burt Hara. In addition to her time in Aspen, Ms. Weiss has spent summers performing with the National Repertory Orchestra, Chautauqua Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, and Marrowstone Music Festival. Ms. Weiss attended Indiana University, where she received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Clarinet Performance as a student of Eli Eban. During the 2010-2011 academic year she served as the clarinet instructor at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, teaching a full studio of undergraduate and graduate students and performing with the ISU Faculty Woodwind Quintet. In addition to her college teaching experience, Ms. Weiss enjoys teaching clarinetists of all ages and abilities and maintains a private studio in the Cincinnati area.


CLICK HERE to learn more about Schmitt Music’s FALL FESTIVAL – special clinics, workshops, sales and more in October and November!

 

Vandoren Showcase at Schmitt Music

Please join us for a “Vandoren Showcase & Selection Event” with accomplished saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist and UW-River Falls Music Department Chair, David Milne!

Get a first look a Vandoren’s latest accessories for any style of playing: classical, jazz or contemporary. Professor and clinician, David Milne, will demonstrate products and help you select new mouthpieces, ligatures and reeds – try them all and find out what’s the best fit for you! Please contact your Schmitt Music store for event details or to RSVP.

Friday, October 17 at 6:30 PM: Schmitt Music Maplewood

Please RSVP to save your seat! Call 651-770-0091 or to RSVP online.

Saturday, October 18 from 10AM to 2PM: Schmitt Music Rochester

Please RSVP to save your seat! Call 507-288-1960 or to RSVP online.

Sunday, October 19 at 1:30 PM: Schmitt Music Minnetonka

Please RSVP to save your seat! Call 952-546-0555 or to RSVP online.


David MilneSaxophonist and multi-instrumentalist David Milne is an accomplished and versatile performer, composer, and arranger in musical settings ranging from creative jazz, modern big band, and progressive popular styles to symphonic/orchestral, chamber music, and contemporary classical styles. Originally from Rochester NY, he earned a DMA in Saxophone Performance at the Eastman School of Music, an MM in Woodwind Performance and a BA in Music from the Indiana University School of Music. He serves as Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Programs at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he teaches applied saxophone, directs the UW-River Falls Jazz Ensembles, and teaches jazz-related courses. David Milne is a Conn-Selmer Saxophone Artist-Clinician.

David Milne has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, JazzMN Big Band, Phil Woods, Doc Severinsen, Gordon Goodwin, Bob Florence, Rob McConnell, Bob Mintzer, Bobby McFerrin, Ray Charles, Jack McDuff, Lou Rawls, Ernestine Anderson, Terry Gibbs, Smokey Robinson, and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, among others. Dedicated to the performance of new music, he has fostered, commissioned, and premiered dozens of works for saxophone quartet and chamber music ensembles with The Ancia Saxophone Quartet, The JAZZAX Saxophone Quartet, and the contemporary music ensemble Zeitgeist. As a performer, he has received awards, grants, and commissions for new works from The American Composers Forum, The Jerome Foundation, THE Commission Project, and Downbeat jazz journal. His compositions for saxophone ensembles have been performed at the North American Saxophone Alliance and World Saxophone Congress conventions. Davidís compositions for saxophone ensemble and jazz ensemble are published by Really Good Music LLC and BIT Musikverlag, Berlin, Germany.

At UW-River Falls, David Milne teaches Applied Saxophone, directs the UW-River Falls Jazz Ensembles, and teaches jazz-related courses. In addition, he has taught master classes and workshops at the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University School of Music, MacPhail Center for Music, McNally Smith College of Music, Shell Lake Arts Center, Norwich Center for Arts and Education (UK), Minnesota All-State Jazz Ensemble, and at high schools and colleges throughout the US. He was an artist teacher from 1996-2002 at the Frei Kunst Schule Summer Jazz Workshop in Berlin, Germany. David is a Selmer Saxophone Artist-Clinician, and his performances and educational appearances are supported in part by the Conn-Selmer Company.

Learn more about David Milne – CLICK HERE to visit the UW-River Falls website.


CLICK HERE to learn more about Schmitt Music’s FALL FESTIVAL – special clinics, workshops, sales and more in October and November!

 

MAS presents Songwriting Workshop with Mark Brinkman at Schmitt Music Roseville

The Minnesota Association of Songwriters proudly presents a “Songwriting Workshop Series” at Schmitt Music stores in the Twin Cities:

Join us at Schmitt Music Roseville for a songwriting workshop with Award-Winning Songwriter and Performer Mark Brinkman on Saturday, October 25 from 1:00PM to 5:00PM.

Mark Brinkman’s songs have been recorded over 200 times by a wide variety of artists, and many have appeared on Billboard magazine’s Top Ten list, including two number one hits. In addition, Brinkman’s songs have appeared on several Grammy-nominated albums. His workshops focus on the creative aspects of songwriting, teaching the “hot-to” of song approach, capturing emotion and imagery construction.

Admission: $25 at the door. Please RSVP to save your spot: call 651-636-0801 or to fill out the online RSVP form.

Check out Mark’s song “Grandpa’s Way of Life,” the #1 hit song recorded by The Spinney Brothers:

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Also… Don’t miss a concert with Mark Brinkman on the evening of October 25 from 7:30 – 9:30PM at The Underground Music Cafe – 1579 Hamline Ave., St. Paul, MN.


Mark BrinkmanMark “Brink” Brinkman has been writing and singing songs his entire life. Along with being an avid bluegrass picker, he enjoys writing new songs for the Bluegrass/Americana/Gospel and Country genres. Brink is an accomplished musician and is a musical utility hitter. You might find him sitting in playing piano, guitar, banjo, and mandolin with several bands in Central Ohio. Brink is one of the most sought after, respected and recorded songwriters in bluegrass/Americana and gospel having achieved over 130 “cuts” or recordings of his songs. In 2008 his song “She’s a Stranger In His Mind” was awarded the “Spirit Award” from “Strictly Country Magazine as the fan voted “Country Song of the Year”. The song was recorded by Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain. “Brink’s” song “Beyond the Rain” was nominated and voted “Best Bluegrass Gospel Song 2007” at last year’s National Gospel Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY.

“Brink”, as all his friends call him, has been a Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest finalist 5 times. He won the Merlefest Gospel songwriting competition in 2009 as well as his song “The Old Coal Mine” took the 2nd spot in the bluegrass competition. His song “Bluestone Mountain” was awarded the West Virginia “Governor’s Award” for Don Rigsby’s version of this haunting song. “Brink” has conducted workshops for many songwriting associations over the years sharing his knowledge and experience. He conducts songwriting workshops at many bluegrass and other music festivals around the country along with being an instructor the past several years at the prestigious Nashcamp Songwriting Camp near Nashville in Cumberland Furnace, TN.

Many notable artists have recorded and/or played “Brink’s” songs including several that have charted “Top 10” in bluegrass and gospel. The list reads like a short “who’s who” in bluegrass music and includes great artists/bands like Larry Sparks, Grasstowne, Don Rigsby, Lou Reid & Carolina, Wildfire, JD Crowe & the New South, The Kruger Brothers, Valerie Smith, Pine Mountain Railroad, Dwight McCall, Darrell Webb, and Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road among others. Along with writing, Brink has his own publishing company, “BRINKSONGS” and “MARK BRINKMAN SONGS” where he publishes for several other writers. He has published songs on recordings for artists like The Lonesome River Band, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Larry Stephenson Band, JD Crowe & the New South, Lou Reid & Carolina and many others.

Learn more on Mark “Brink” Brinkman’s website: www.brinksongs.com.


MAS LogoThe Minnesota Association of Songwriters is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the art of creating original music by combining arts, education and community outreach – CELEBRATING 20 YEARS: 1994-2014!

The M.A.S. “Songwriting Workshop Series” will include an event with the “Otter Creek Duo” in November, and a final event in June, 2015. View the series informational flier – CLICK HERE.

Learn more about the Minnesota Association of SongwritersCLICK HERE.

 

Minnesota Concert Opera presents Cavalleria Rusticana

FREE ADMISSION FOR KIDS 17 & UNDER!

The Minnesota Concert Opera presents “Cavalleria Rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni, on Friday, October 24th at 7:30pm at Central Lutheran Church, downtown Minneapolis.

“Cavalleria Rusticana” is a one-act opera performed in concert in Italian with English surtitles, featuring the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Ivan, Conductor; the Minnesota Concert Opera Chorus and the singers of MacPhail’s Sonomento, Craig Fields, Chorus Master, and Metropolitan Opera soproano, Lori Phillips.

Tickets: Ages 17 & under are FREE, Students $10, General Admission $20, Reserved Seating $30. Purchase tickets online: visit mnconcertopera.org for details. To order by phone, please call 612-200-6089, or purchase tickets at the door.

Central Lutheran Church: 333 S. 12th Street, Minneapolis, MN

MCO Executive/Artistic Director, Stanford Felix
Event art: Mary Veronica Sweeney

 

Kawai Fall instant rebates are extended!

SAVE UP TO $1,000 INSTANTLY!

Kawai has EXTENDED their Fall Instant Rebates through October!

Visit your Schmitt Music store today to see and hear why Kawai pianos are the choice of those who know. Contact one of our friendly, knowledgeable Piano Specialists to set up a showing today!

Purchase a qualifying new Kawai grand or upright acoustic piano, or digital piano now through October 31, 2014, and you’ll receive an Instant Rebate up to $1,000!

Fall Instant Rebates are not valid with other offers. Rebates are good on qualifying in-stock or special order pianos. Ask your Piano Specialist for details.

 

Steinway Piano Selection Event 2014, Denver Colorado piano store

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2

Steinway & Sons has authorized Schmitt Music Denver, as its exclusive dealer in the state of Colorado, to participate in a “Steinway Factory Selection Event” – 3 DAYS ONLY!

Steinway Selection event

This “Factory Direct” event takes place on Friday, October 31 through Sunday, November 2 at Schmitt Music’s Steinway Showroom in Englewood, CO and includes new, slightly used, and pre-owned Steinway and Steinway-designed Boston and Essex pianos.

Call 303-777-1900 to schedule a private preview or email us at dnkb@schmittmusic.com.

You can also use our online contact form – .

Since 1853, Steinway pianos have been handcrafted to last for generations. A treasured possession that grows in value over the course of time, the Steinway piano is the choice of 97% of concert artists, and is quite simply the standard by which all other pianos are compared. In addition to Steinway pianos, our Boston and Essex pianos bring a level of performance that is superior to any other pianos in their price range.

Steinway pianos are rarely discounted, but during this “factory direct” event, all new Steinway & Sons, and Steinway-designed Boston and Essex upright and grand pianos will be selling well below retail price. In addition, Steinway Factory Representative, Dan Onnen, will be on hand to help with selection and factory authorized incentives during the promotion!

Beat the Price Increase! Save over 6% off of 2015 prices during the event!

• Factory authorized Instant Rebates on all new Boston grand and vertical pianos, and new Essex grand pianos!

FACTORY AUTHORIZED PLAYER PIANO DISCOUNTS on state-of-the-art player technology systems from QRS!

12-Month No-Interest Financing is available on any new Steinway & Sons, or Steinway-designed Boston or Essex piano!

Trade-ins welcome!

Contact a Piano Specialist today and set up a personal showing!

Call 303-777-1900, email us at dnkb@schmittmusic.com, or find all of Schmitt Music Denver’s Piano Specialists online – click here to get contact info, read bios, or even schedule an appointment!


Proudly Made in America for 160 Years!

Schmitt Music is the exclusive dealer for Steinway pianos in every market where we do business. We have proudly represented Steinway & Sons since 1961 – over 50 years!

Steinway & Sons, founded by Henry Engelhard Steinway in 1853, developed the modern piano with revolutionary designs and 127 patented inventions. Visit us today and our piano experts will show you all about the innovative designs, attention to detail, and craftsmanship that established Steinway pianos as the world’s finest.

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Schmitt Music Denver, Art Show

Join us for “An Evening with the Artists” featuring the art work of Kyle Banister and the piano sounds of Mike Kraus on Thursday, November 6 at 7PM at Schmitt Music Denver!

During this exciting event, Colorado visual artist Kyle Banister displays his work in the piano showroom, while local musician Mike Kraus improvises jazz, blues and more as you browse!

Please let us know if you plan to attend! Call 303-777-1900 or to use our online RSVP form.

Kyle Banister is a multi-media visual artist, focusing much of his artistic attention on baseball. He also enjoys creating art featuring all sports, women and history. Click here to visit Kyle’s “Baseball Art” Facebook page, or click here to read a story on Kyle’s work from “Denver Westword” blog.

Mike Kraus has been playing piano and singing in Colorado for the last 25 years, and has performed in a variety of settings including night clubs, hotels, corporate parties and country clubs.

 

Halloween Bash with Nick Busheff

Join us for Nick Busheff’s 1st Annual “Halloween Bash” on Saturday, November 1 at 7PM at Schmitt Music DenverFREE!

Nick and his lounge band Kinky Mink will be performing “haunting classics, featuring an “appearance” from very special guest (224 year-old) Ludwig van Beethoven, performing his “new piano concerto” and more surprises!

RSVP to save your seat! Please call 303-777-1900, email us at dnkb@schmittmusic.com, or RSVP online –

Nick Busheff is a prolific performer, composer and director. After years of classical training, degrees from leading conservatories, and numerous awards as a concert pianist, he ventured into popular music. His original creations and collaborations have brought him to hundreds of venues from coast to coast.

His music has been featured in the film Angel on Fire, which won the York Entertainment Award at the Moondance Film Festival, and The One Who Loves You (premiering at the 2013 Denver Film Festival). His first official music video, The Party’s Over, co-created and shot on location with jazz vocalist Nancy Stohlman, was released this spring.

Musical directing and performing credits include Brecht on Brecht (Kurt Weill), An Event You Can’t Refuse (Italian opera and Sinatra) and Stohlman’s The Monster Opera. His current concert creations include Legends of the Piano (from Bach to Billy Joel) and Dueling Pianos (A Steinway sponsored event). Learn more about Nick at nickbusheff.wordpress.com.

 

Win a

Attend one of our free “Fall Festival” workshops for music teachers and enter to WIN A PASS to MusicEdConnect.com 2015!

Michelle Sisler, founder of “Keys to Imagination, LLC” and “MusicEdConnect.com,” is presenting two great workshops at Schmitt Music stores. Simply join us at one of these events and enter to win a “Replay Pass” for the 2015 MusicEdConnect.com Conference – A $99 VALUE!

MusicEdConnect.com is a national conference that comes to you and takes place entirely on-line, saving time and travel costs. The events feature a fantastic lineup of nationally-known presenters with awesome ideas to share. Learn more at musicedconnect.com.

Join us for one of these workshops presented by Michelle Sisler:

“iPad iDeas: Teaching with Apps” – LEARN MORE!

“The Making of a Music Superhero” – LEARN MORE!




Click here to download the MusicEdConnect.com 2015 brochure (2.13mb PDF).


CLICK HERE to learn more about Schmitt Music’s FALL FESTIVAL – special clinics, workshops, sales and more in October and November!

 

Ragtime Revelry with Hodges and Dowling in Kansas City

“Kansas City Ragtime Revelry” presents Frederick Hodges and Richard Dowling: “Gershwin and More for Two Pianos” at Schmitt Music Kansas City on Monday, October 20 at 7PM.

The K.C. Ragtime Revelry is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of ragtime and early jazz history and music. Please join us for an evening of music by Gershwin and more, performed by Steinway Artist Richard Dowling and Frederick Hodges. Visit Kansas City Ragtime Revelry‘s website: kcragtimerevelry.org

Tickets: $20 at the door. Children with parents and students with ID admitted free!

Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your seat! Please call 913-663-4756 or to RSVP online.

Watch Hodges and Dowling perform “Gershwin’s Variations on I Got Rhythm,” recorded in the Missouri Theatre for the Arts, June 2012:

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Hailed by the press as one of the best concert pianists in the world, Frederick Hodges is sought after by today’s foremost orchestras, festivals, conductors, and collaborative musicians. His artistry, virtuosity and charisma have brought him to the world’s most renowned stages, leaving audiences around the globe captivated.

Classically trained as a concert pianist, Frederick Hodges has established a reputation as a truly versatile artist equally sought after as soloist, singer, guest soloist with the California Pops Orchestra, and dance band pianist with Don Neely’s Royal Society Jazz Orchestra. His extensive repertoire includes all the best ragtime, stride, and novelty piano solo pieces. He has appeared on national television, radio, and in several Hollywood films. He is also a much sought-after silent film accompanist for both live performances and on DVD. He performs regularly at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum.

Frederick has participated in many prestigious festivals including in Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, the WestCoast Ragtime Festival, The Blind Boone Festival in Columbia Missouri, the Templeton Ragtime Festival at Mississippi State University, the El Segundo Ragtime Festival, and the Sedalia Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival. Learn more on Frederick Hodges’ website: www.frederickhodges.com.


Hailed by The New York Times as an “especially impressive fine young pianist,” Richard Dowling appears regularly across the United States and throughout the world in orchestral performances, solo recitals and chamber music collaborations. He has been acclaimed by audiences for his elegant and charismatic style of pianism which earns him frequent return engagements.

In the United States, Richard Dowling has received nationwide attention for recitals seen on the PBS program Debut and has been heard on NPR’s Performance Today, while in New York City, he has performed with orchestra at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Alice Tully Hall and in Central Park and presented recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, 92nd Street YM-YWHA, Steinway Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dahesh Museum, Kosciuszko Foundation, St. Bartholomew’s Church, Trinity Church, Metropolitan Club, Brooklyn Conservatory, Concordia College and The Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center.

In addition to his regular concert performances, Richard Dowling is frequently heard as a member of the artist roster of The Piatigorsky Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing live classical music to audiences across America. Since 1994, he has performed nearly 1000 recitals under its auspices. Visit Richard’s website www.richard-dowling.com for more information.

 

Joey Curtin Concert in Kansas City

Please join us for a special concert with Joey Curtin at Schmitt Music Kansas City on Friday, October 17 at 7PM.

Now living in Kansas City, Joey Curtin is a composer and keyboard artist who began her musical career in the San Francisco Bay area.   Her piano and synthesizer compositions are a fusion of jazz, new age, Americana and Celtic influences. Joey’s music has been featured on Public Radio, a PBS documentary and can be heard on Pandora Radio. Learn more on her website: www.joeycurtin.com.

Suggested donation: $10 at the door.

Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your seat! Please call 913-663-4756 or to RSVP online.

Listen to Joey’s cover of “Yellow” by Coldplay:

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