Fiscal Year-End Clearance Sale

SUPER SAVINGS NOW AT YOUR SCHMITT MUSIC STORE!

Schmitt Music’s goal is to significantly lower our inventory by the end of our fiscal year on May 31, and that means “Super Savings” for you! We have scoured our inventory and generated some great savings – many of these deals are one-of-a-kind offers – HURRY IN TODAY!
Visit your Schmitt Music store today and save up to 37% OFF MSRP on closeout acoustic & digital pianos from Kawai and Roland, save thousands on Steinway pianos, up to 65% OFF MSRP on clearance guitars & amplifiers, 75% OFF on select clearance print music & accessories and more!
Fiscal Year-End Clearance Sale offers are good only while supplies last, now through May 31, 2014.  CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!
Learn more about our “Super Savings” clearance sales in Colorado and Kansas: Schmitt Music Denver and Schmitt Music Kansas City.

 

Graduate to Yamaha

OFFER VALID NOW through JUNE 30, 2014

Now is the time to GRADUATE TO YAMAHA and upgrade from a intermediate or beginner instrument to a Professional or Custom Yamaha instrument: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn, Trombone, French Horn, Alto Horn, Baritone Horn, Euphonium or Tuba.

When you purchase a qualified model, you can get a mail-in REBATE of $100 – just purchase before June 30, 2014. Call your Schmitt Music store today and make an appointment with a Band Instrument Specialist!

CLICK HERE for additional details on Yamaha.com.

 

Shell Lake Arts Center Summer Music Camp, Win a Scholarship

You Could Win a Summer Music Camp Scholarship!

Are you serious about taking your playing to the next level? Would you like to study with incredible musicians for free? Schmitt Music and McNally Smith College of Music are excited to offer a chance to WIN A FULL SCHOLARSHIP to attend your choice of a Summer Music Camp at the Shell Lake Arts Center in Wisconsin this summer – A $565 VALUE!

Get details and enter to win @ McNallySmith.edu/CAMPS
ENTER BY MAY 16th! (Must be 15-18 years old to enter)

Camps are available June 15 through August 8, including: Jazz Improvisation, Guitar & Bass Workshops, Extreme Strings, Trumpet, Trombone, and Sax Workshops, Rock Band, Show Choir and more! Click here to learn more about the Shell Lake Arts Center in Shell Lake, WI.

 

Bag sale, print music deal

Print Music BAG SALE at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center!

Visit us today at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center and take advantage of amazing savings on a huge selection of print music. You’ll get all the print music you can fit for JUST $20 – NOW through April 30th!

Our “clearance” selection includes music for band instruments and strings, piano, piano solos, piano duets, guitar, vocal/piano/guitar, as well as Instrumental Music, DVDs & more!
Here’s how it works:

• Use one of the provided plastic Schmitt Music bags and fill it with great music books and sheet music from our “clearance bins” – don’t break the bag!

• Bring the bag with your selections to the sales floor where a Sales Associate will help you check out

• To speed up your checkout, please let the Sales Associate start the process while you finish your print music or other shopping!

Questions? Contact Bonnie, Print Music Specialst at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center for details!

 

Spanos, Cunha, Piano Duo

Please join us at Schmitt Music Kansas City for “An Evening with Evangelos Spanos & Daniel Cunha, Piano Duo” – FREE CONCERTSunday, April 13 at 4:00PM.

For this concert, the piano duo offer a program of Portuguese, Spanish and Argentinian music, entitled: “A Musical Journey from the Iberian Peninsula to Argentina – from Fado to Tango.

This musical voyage starts and finishes with the most definite popular genres of the countries of Portugal and Argentina: Fado and Tango. During this journey we will visit the world of the Portuguese composers Eduardo Burnay, Armando José Fernandes, Cláudio Carneyro; the Spanish composer Manuel Infante; and the Argentinian composers Carlos Guastavino, Pablo Ziegler and Astor Piazzolla. Maurice Ravel, a French composer, appears on this program since his music is greatly influenced by Spanish music, mainly thanks to his mother, who was from the Basque region. CLICK HERE to view the evening’s program. Please join us!

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

Watch Cunha & Spanos perform “Muerte del Angel” by Astor Piazzolla at the Lied Center in Lawrence, Kansas on August 27, 2011:

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Daniel Cunha is a pianist from Porto, Portugal. His studies include a Doctorate and Master’s degree in Piano Performance at the University of Kansas, where he studied with the renowned pianist and pedagogue Distinguished Professor Sequeira Costa, now retired. In his native country, Cunha obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance at Superior School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE), Porto, where he studied with Prof. Luís Filipe Sá. Cunha was a prizewinner at the XVI edition of the prestigious Vianna da Motta International Competition (2007). Daniel Cunha has a regular and multifaceted concert activity. He has been performing in prestigious venues and festivals in Europe and in the United States, in solo recitals, chamber music and concerti, many of them being broadcast by radio and television.

Cunha has recently made his debut at the National Opera Theatre of S. Carlos, in Lisbon, Portugal, where he performed Poulenc’s Two Piano Concerto with the Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra (September 2013). Daniel Cunha has a piano duo with Evangelos Spanos since 2009. In April 2014 they will give a series of concerts in Kansas, California and Oklahoma. Cunha is a Piano Professor at the Music Academy of Espinho (Portugal).

 

Evangelos Spanos is a highly talented and educated international performer whose work crosses over geographical, stylistic and temporal boundaries. Conferred with a doctorate with honors by the University of Kansas (D.M.A. 2011), Spanos has dedicated his career to nurturing and advancing music through performance, creation, scholarly inquiry and pedagogy. He continuously performs, teaches and promotes a wide repertoire of classical music as well as piano music by Greek composers. His teacher and mentor, Sequeira Costa, a Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of Kansas, has had a long, distinguished career as a concert performer on the World stage. Costa himself was a child prodigy and student of the surviving pupil of Franz Liszt, Jose Vianna Da Motta. Sequeira Costa later studied with the renowned Marguerite Long, Jacques Février and Edwin Fischer. Today, both Costa and Spanos continue in the tradition influenced by Liszt. Professor Dinos Mastroyiannis of Volos, Greece (student of Brazilian maestro Roberto Szidon, himself a pupil of Claudio Arrau) is another distinguished musician who is more than willing to lend Evangelos support in launching his career.

Born in Larissa, Greece, Spanos holds degrees from the University of Kansas (Doctorate of Musical Arts, Honors, 2011 and Master of Music 2005), the Music Conservatory of Volos, Greece (Piano Diploma, Highest Distinction, 2002) and Music Conservatory of Larissa, Greece (Degree in Music Harmony, 1998).


Here, Cunha & Spanos perform Manuel Infante’s “Gracia: El Vito” (from Danses Andalouses) at the Lied Center:

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Kawai piano instant rebates in April

Get Instant Rebates from Kawai this month!

Visit your Schmitt Music store today and get INSTANT FACTORY REBATES on a wide selection of new Kawai acoustic and digital pianos! Purchase an eligible Kawai grand or upright acoustic piano, or digital piano before April 30, 2014, and you’ll get UP TO A $1,000 INSTANT REBATE!

Contact your Schmitt Music Piano Specialist today and set up a personal showing. You’ll see and hear why Kawai pianos and the choice of those who know!

CLICK HERE to find your Schmitt Music Piano Specialist online!

 

Schmitt Music Denver Spring Art Show

Join us for “An Evening of Art and Piano Music” on Thursday, April 3 from 6PM – 9PM at Schmitt Music Denver!

Six of Denver’s most unique visual artists are displaying their art on the piano showroom with local musician Mike Kraus improvising Jazz to Blues as you browse!

Visual Artists include: Garrett Suydam, Kyle Bannister, Lea Wells, Robert Baca, Sharon Gattell Meriash, Steve Valdeck.

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

Steinway Artist Lei Weng

Join us for “An Evening with Steinway Artist Dr. Lei Weng” at Schmitt Music Denver – Saturday, April 5 at 6PM.

Steinway Artist Dr. Lei Weng was hailed as “the exceptionally brilliant Chinese pianist” in his Seattle debut performing Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto with the Northwest Mahler Festival Orchestra. New York Concert Review acclaimed Lei Weng at his Carnegie Hall sold-out debut as “a colorist of exemplary control.”

A dedicated educator, Dr. Weng is an Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Northern Colorado, where he teaches talented students from around the world. Dr. Weng is the Founder and Director of the Colorado International Piano Academy and Competition, the Founder and Director (2008-2011) of the Colorado Piano Festival, and is a featured artist of the Arts Global Foundation.

Seating is limited, so please let us know you’re coming! Call 303-777-1900 or to RSVP online.

Dr. Weng’s program will include: Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 109, Patricio De Silva’s Three Movements for Solo Piano, all three movements of Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit, and Chopin’s Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22.


Biography:

Steinway Artist Dr. Lei Weng was hailed as “the exceptionally brilliant Chinese pianist” in his Seattle debut with the Northwest Mahler Festival Symphony. The New York Concert Review acclaimed Lei Weng for his Carnegie Hall sold-out debut as “a colorist of exemplary control”. Followed by an immediate re-invitation, Lei Weng returned to Carnegie Hall two months later, when the New York Concert Review wrote: “Weng displayed a powerhouse technique and provided good contrast with delicate moments.”

Lei Weng is the laureate of many national and international competitions, including the top prizes in the Isabel Scionti International Piano Competition and the Camerata Piano Competition, Silver Medal in the Wideman International Piano Competition and 3rd prize at the Kingsville International Competition. He was also a prizewinner in the China National Piano Competition and the TCU/Cliburn Piano Competition.

Lei Weng has given recitals at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Steinway Hall in New York, the Phillips Collections in Washington D.C., Beijing Music Hall, Banff Center in Canada, Campana Theater in Italy, and the Tanglewood and Messiaen Festivals.

As a frequent orchestral soloist, Lei Weng has appeared with orchestras from Cincinnati, Seattle, Indiana, Louisiana, Fort Worth, Fort Collins, Greeley, Paducah, Beijing, Tianjin, as well as the China National Symphony and Chorus, and the UNC Symphony and Wind Ensemble. He will perform in the 2012-13 season with symphony orchestras of Longmont, Garland, Irving, Arlington, Tianjin (China) and Gimhae (Korea).

A dedicated educator, Lei Weng is an Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Northern Colorado. He is frequently invited as a guest professor by prestigious conservatories in China, Taiwan, and Korea. His students have been accepted by the Juilliard School, Eastman School, New England Conservatory, Peabody Institute, Cleveland Institute, and the Manhattan School of Music.

Lei Weng received his M.M and D.M.A degrees in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. His primary teachers include Frank Weinstock, William Black, Claude Frank, Xie Yuan, Guo Zhihong, and Zhou Guangren. He is a featured artist of the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation, and co-founder of the Colorado Piano Festival at the University of Northern Colorado, and the Founder and Director of the Colorado International Piano Academy.

Dr. Weng became a “Steinway Artist” in 2012.

Hear audio samples (including Scarbo, from Gaspard de la Nuit) and more on the University of Northern Colorado website – CLICK HERE!

 

Scott Kirby

Join us at Schmitt Music Kansas City for an evening of Ragtime music with Scott Kirby featuring a FREE workshop and live performance on Thursday, April 3 starting at 4 PM!

Pianist & Composer Scott Kirby will offer a FREE workshop for piano teachers and students on ragtime performance practice from 4:00 – 5:00 PM on April 3rd followed by a FREE concert starting at 5:30 PM. This workshop will cover issues relevant to interpretation, pedaling, tempo, dynamics, improvisation, ear-training, and obtaining sheet music. Please join us!

Seating is limited, so please let us know you’re coming! Call 913-663-4756 or to RSVP online.

• WORKSHOP begins at 4:00 PM

• CONCERT begins at 5:30 PM

Mr. Kirby, “One of today’s best interpreters of ragtime music” (CBS News Sunday Morning) has performed and taught all over the US, as well as Europe, and served as musical director for the Rocky Mountain Ragtime Festival and Institute.


Watch Scott perform “Boogie in C”:

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A native of Ohio, Scott Kirby began his study of music at the age of six, and continued formal piano instruction for seventeen years. He worked under Robert Howat of Wittenberg University of Ohio, and Sylvia Zaremba at the Ohio State University. After obtaining an English degree from Ohio State University, Kirby moved to New Orleans and began his professional music career, as a street performer. In the following four years, he recorded the complete rags of Scott Joplin, and made his debut at all of the major ragtime festivals in the United States, as well as festivals in Belgium, France, Norway, New Zealand, and Hungary.

Kirby has served as Musical Director of the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, MO, and of the Rocky Mountain Ragtime and American Music Festival in Boulder, CO, as well as director of the San Juan Islands Ragtime Institute. His appearances include a segment on CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood in 1998, and at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. Kirby co-founded a record company (Viridiana Productions, L.L.C.), has made 25 recordings, and has composed over 150 original works for piano and other instruments. Admired by fellow pianists including George Winston, and hailed by Time Magazine as an “ace pianist,” CBS News’ Charles Osgood agreed that “…Critics call Scott Kirby one of the best interpreters of ragtime music on the scene today.”

Kirby’s artistic passion grew to include to visual art, and in 2005, while living in France, he completed 75 paintings and 28 piano compositions, including “The Prairie Devotionals,” The paintings (belonging to a set entitled “Visions of the Great Plains”) and the new musical works set the groundwork for his new multi-media project “Main Street Souvenirs.” Kirby now lives in Boulder, Colorado and divides his time between composing, painting, performing and teaching.

Learn more about Scott Kirby at scottkirby.net.

 

UND Concerto Concert

Join us at Schmitt Music Fargo for a FREE Concerto Concert event on Monday, April 7 at 7:00PM.

Three award-winning students of Dr. Nariaki Sugiura from the University of North Dakota will perform the following concertos:

Austin Soderstrom (Minot – Senior) is the 2013 3rd prize winner of the GGFSO concerto competition, and will be performing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto B minor, 1st movement

Matthew Lorenz (Fargo – Freshman) is a 2014 finalist of the GGFSO concerto competition, and is performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 C minor, 1st movement

Caleb Faul (Bismarck – Sophomore) is a 2014 top prize winner of the GGFSO concerto competition, and will be performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto A minor, 1st movement

Admission to this event is FREE! Seating is limited, so please let us know you’re coming! RSVP to 701-281-1828, or to RSVP online.


Austin Soderstrom, celloAustin Soderstrom, cello

Austin Soderstrom started the cello at age 9 through the Minot Public school systems. He was a member of the 2010 ASTA National Orchestra in Santa Clara, California and the 2008 Grand Prize Winner of the Minot Symphony Young Artist competition, which resulted in a solo performance with the orchestra of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations. That same year Austin went on tour with the Minot High School Orchestra to play in Disney’s Magic Music Days. Participated in summer festivals such as Bowdoin, Dakota Chamber Music, Masterworks, and Aspen. He has been principal cellist of the International Music Camp Symphony Orchestra, University of North Dakota Honors Orchestra, North Dakota All State Orchestra, and the University of North Dakota Chamber Orchestra.

Austin is also the current cellist in the UND string quartet, which he has toured with in Brazil, China, and the United States. Austin is currently working on recording a CD with the UND String Quartet. Austin has also taught at the Arioso Music Academy. Austin has studied with Dr. Simona Barbu, Dr. Erik Anderson, Yehuda Hanani, and Leonardo Altino. Along with being a cellist, Austin also plays guitar, electric bass, Double Bass, and has been guest principal for the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra.


Matthew Lorenz, pianoMatthew Lorenz, piano

Matthew Lorenz is currently a freshman at the University of North Dakota, studying piano performance with Dr. Nariaki Sugiura as well as performing on the cello in the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra and University of North Dakota Chamber Orchestra. Beginning piano lessons at the age of 9 with Susan Nagel, Matthew was a leader in musical performance throughout high school in Fargo, North Dakota. Not only playing the cello with his high school orchestra, the All-State Orchestra, Fargo-Moorhead Area Youth Symphony, and learning musical composition lessons throughout high school, he won several local and state competitions performing pieces by Rachmaninov, Ravel, Bach, and Prokofiev.

Now studying in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Matthew has performed regularly in front of public audiences and has most recently been a finalist in the GGFSO concerto competition, playing Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto in C Minor.


Caleb Faul, pianoCaleb Faul, piano

Pianist Caleb Faul is a two-time winner of the MTNA Senior Performance Competition at the state level in North Dakota. In 2011, he attended the Summer Music Academy of the International Institute for Young Musicians where he studied with John McCarthy from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has performed in numerous master-classes with such pianists as Nelita True, Stefano Greco, and Helen Sim. Currently he is an undergraduate student at the University of North Dakota pursuing a degree in philosophy while studying piano with Dr. Nariaki Sugiura. Most recently, he was the co-winner of the 2014 Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition.