Colorado State Music Teacher's Association Memorial Drive Fund

Schmitt Music Denver is proud to participate in the Colorado State Music Teacher’s Association’s 2015 Memorial Fund Drive! Shop with us from Sunday, February 1st through Saturday, February 7 – we’re donating a portion of the sale of every digital and acoustic piano to the Memorial Fund!

The CSMTA Memorial Fund is used to assist MTNA state winners and representatives with travel expenses to divisional and national MTNA auditions, for professional development/education of CSMTA teachers including assistance with teacher certification projects, and other needs as approved by the CSMTA Executive Board. Visit the CSTMA website: comusicteachers.net.

Call 303-777-1900 or email us at dnkb@schmittmusic.com for details. Click here to view our Piano Specialists page.

 

An Evening with the Artists, visual art and Cabaret Sauvignon event at Schmitt Music Denver

Join us at Schmitt Music Denver for “An Evening with the Artists” featuring the visual art work and cabaret musical stylings of Patricia Baxter Wright & Adriana Teodoro-Dier on Thursday, February 5th at 7:00 PM – FREE!

This exciting event features two talented ladies – Adriana Teodoro-Dier (pianist, educator and visual artist) and Dr. Patricia Baxter Wright (vocalist, educator and visual artist) – both will be showing their art work, and will perform as a duo in their cabaret act, Cabaret Sauvignon. Visit their website to learn more: www.cabaretsauvignon.com.

Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your spot!

Please call 303-777-1900, email dnkb@schmittmusic.com or use our online RSVP form – .

Patricia Baxter WrightPatricia Baxter Wright (Doctorate, Musical Arts, University of Colorado – Boulder) has performed cabaret, musicals, jazz, spirituals and classical music to wide acclaim in France, Germany and major US cities. She has studied with Martin Rich of the New York Metropolitan Opera and with Erika Seeger-Mueller of the Berlin and Mannheim Opera Houses. She has performed with greats such as pianist Lambert Orkis, jazz saxophonist Keith Oxman and the cabaret duo William Bolcom and Joan Morris. She has appeared as Luisa in Fantasticks at the Schnawwl Theatre in Mannheim, Germany, and at Denver’s Germinal Stage in Ogden Nash’s musical revue Progress May Have Been All Right Once But It Went On Too Long. Ms. Wright has performed cabaret at Dazzle Jazz and the Mercury Cafe and for many benefits. She can be heard on her CD “Cabaret Sauvignon.”

Learn more on her website: wrightvoicenotes.com.


Adriana Teodoro-DierAdriana Teodoro-Dier has performed in piano solo and collaborative recitals across the United States and Canada. Adriana completed a Doctorate in Collaborative Piano from the University of Miami, and holds additional degrees in Piano Performance from Cincinnati College-Conservatory and Lawrence University. A multi-faceted individual, she also completed a degree in Physics and is a visual artist with a penchant for producing bold, nature-inspired abstract pieces. A recent transplant to the Denver area, Adriana has enjoyed performing in non-traditional venues, working as a Staff Accompanist at Metro State for vocalists and instrumentalists, and maintaining a private teaching studio.

View Adriana’s artwork and learn more on her website: adrianatd.com.

 

We’d love to get your opinion about our business. Just answer a few easy questions, and you can enter to win one of three $500 Schmitt Music Gift Cards – CLICK HERE!

Schmitt Music has been helping people make music for over a century – since 1896! In the spirit of ongoing improvement, we would like to get your opinion about our business. As we examine our long history, we see that the world is changing, and it’s happening faster and faster. Your input will allow Schmitt Music to stay current in the marketplace, and offer you the best experience when you shop with us, or use one of our services.

You can choose to keep your answers anonymous, or if you’d like to be entered to win one of three $500 Schmitt Music Gift Cards, please provide your contact information at the end of this survey. Thank you very much for your valuable time!

 

UND Faculty Recital with Sugiura and Barbu

Join us for a free UND faculty recital featuring Dr. Nariaki Sugiura, piano and Dr. Simona Barbu, cello, on Monday, February 2 at 8:15PM at Schmitt Music FargoFREE PERFORMANCE!

Everyone is welcome to attend this free concert, as University of North Dakota music faculty Nariaki Sugiura and Simona Barbu perform compositions by Rachmaninoff and more for solo piano and piano & cello. Seating is limited, so please let us know you plan to attend.

Please call 701-281-1828, email fargo@schmittmusic.com, or RSVP to the event online –

Watch Dr. Sugiura and Dr. Barbu perform a fragment of “Requiebros” by Gaspar Cassado:

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Nariaki Sugiura, piano

“Most Sensitive Touch on the Piano,” “Rigueur, Passion and Discipline of an Old Samurai” music critics raved about his solo performance in Europe. International concert artist Nariaki Sugiura continually gives recitals and concerto performances in the U.S., Europe and Asia. His performance was featured at the prestigious concert halls including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Shenzhen Concert Hall (China), Ferenc Liszt Music Academy Recital Hall (Hungary), Daejeon Arts and Cultural Center Hall (South Korea), Manoel Theater (Malta), Kioi Hall (Japan), Museo de Arte (Puerto Rico). As a collaborator, he has performed with world-renowned musicians including Laszlo Varga, Federico Agostini, Emilio Colón, Czaba Onczay, Astrid Schween, Thomas Robertello and many others. His arrangements for chamber ensembles and piano for 6-hands have been frequently performed, and he has conducted his large ensemble arrangements in Asia.

Devoted in teaching, Nariaki has emerged to be one of the leading piano pedagogues of his generation. He has given piano classes at numerous institutions such as Civico Instituto Musicale “V. Baravalle” (Italy), Gheorghe Dima Music Academy (Romania), Xinghai Conservatory of Music (China), Ewha Womans University and Sunhwa Arts High School, (South Korea), Universitas Pelita Harapan (Indonesia), St. Paul’s College (Hong Kong), University of Denver, and many other music institutions around the world. Currently he is assistant professor of piano and collaborative piano at University of North Dakota, meantime holding visiting faculty positions at East China Normal University, and Jiangyin Royal Piano Art in China. Previously, he has taught at DePauw University, Indiana University and Lamont Summer Pre-College Music Academy in Denver. While he was at Indiana University, he worked for legendary cellist/pedagogue Janos Starker as a staff accompanist. He has been an adjudicator for many national and international piano competitions in the US and Asia.

Nariaki is an artist featured on eight CD recordings, including Klavier Records, Eroica Classical Recordings, T. K. Music Productions. His performances have been featured on TV and radio broadcast nationally and internationally. Active as an editor, his editions of chamber music scores are published by Ludwig Masters Music Publications.

A native of Japan, Nariaki began piano study with his mother at age five. Under the tutelage of Michel Block and Shigeo Neriki, he received Masters and Doctor of Music in Piano Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Other prominent teachers include Alicia de Larrocha, Friedrich Schurr, and Leonard Hokanson. He studied chamber music with Franco Gulli, Neli Shkolnikova, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Miriam Fried, and James Campbell. Numerous national and international competitions have awarded Nariaki prizes, including the 1999 and 2000 Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition Top Prizes. He was laureate of the 1993 National Music Competition in Tokyo and of the Annual Competition of Music from Spain and Latin America in 1999.


Simona Barbu, cello

An astounding cellist and educator, Simona Barbu, began her musical studies at age seven and gained public attention as a member of the leading string quartet of the Conservatory of Timisoara in her native Romania, where she made her solo debut in Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme with the conservatory’s symphonic orchestra. She has traveled in Europe, Asia, and the United States as a soloist, a chamber musician, clinician, and most recently she held residencies at conservatories and universities in Shanghai and Guangzhou, China. Ms. Barbu has also been an active orchestra musician, performing in the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, Bismarck Symphony Orchestra, and serving as principal with both the Eroica Ensemble in Memphis and the Starkville Symphony Orchestra in Mississippi.

Ms. Barbu graduated as the valedictorian from the Music Conservatory at Lynn University in Florida, and she continued her studies in the master of music in cello performance program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas under the tutelage of Nathanel Rosen and Christopher Adkins. Subsequently, Ms. Barbu received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Memphis where she studied with cellist Leonardo Altino. Ms. Barbu has participated in festivals such as Brevard, Masterworks, and the International Academy of Music in Castelnuovo di Garfagana, Italy, and performed in master classes for Timothy Eddy, Yehuda Hanani, Lynn Harrell, Carol Ou, Amid Pales, Aldo Parisot, and Janos Starker.

During her doctorate studies, Ms. Barbu was a faculty member at the Mississippi State University, where she taught strings, coached string ensembles, and conducted the orchestra. Currently Ms. Barbu is assistant professor of cello and Burgum Endowed Chair at University of North Dakota, and the director of Crescendo Chamber Music Program at the Northern Valley Youth Orchestra. She plays on the modern cello made by Andrew Carruth in 2003.


 

Piano Master Class with Grigor Khachatryan

Join us for a free “Piano Master Class” featuring Concordia College piano instructor, Dr. Grigor Khachatryan on Saturday, January 24 at 5:15PM at Schmitt Music FargoFREE!

Dr. Grigor Khachatryan will perform solo piano pieces, and will listen to area piano students and offer instructive comments to improve their performance. Everyone is welcome to attend and listen to this fascinating process! Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your spot.

Please call 701-281-1828, email fargo@schmittmusic.com, or RSVP to the event online –

Born in 1986 in Yerevan, Armenia, Grigor Khachatryan began playing the piano at the age of 9. In addition to public school, he attended Barsej Kanachyan’s Music School of Yerevan and graduated with honors in 2002. In the summer of 2002, Grigor left his family and moved to the United States to pursue his dreams. Bedford, Ind., became his new home where he lived with a host family for two years. During this time, he also began to pursue his musical studies at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of distinguished professor of piano Luba Edlina-Dubinsky.

In 2004, Grigor began his collegiate career at Indiana University with the prestigious dean’s scholarship award. The Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music awarded Grigor a full scholarship and piano assistantship during his master, performer diploma and doctorate degrees. Grigor is currently on track to earn his doctorate degree by December 2014. Along with studies in Piano Performance, Grigor has earned his composition and music theory minors.

Grigor is a Silver Medalist of the Elite Generation National Piano Competition of Armenia. During his first year in the U.S., he won the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra Competition and later performed several concerts with them as a soloist. He is a prize winner in numerous state chamber music competitions as well as a prize winner in international competitions, among them the Cincinnati World Piano Competition and the International Russian Piano Competition.

Grigor finds it important to be involved in activities outside of music. He finds time to play soccer, paint, bike ride and build computers. He loves the company of close friends and family, appreciates good food, and loves spending time in nature.

 

MusicLink Playathon at MOA, sponsored by Schmitt Music

“Kids Helping Kids” – MusicLink Playathon Event!

Join us for the MusicLink PlayathonSaturday, February 7 through Sunday, February 8 – a great opportunity for students to perform at the Mall of America, while helping children in need! All instrumental and voice students are invited to participate.

Schmitt Music, in partnership with the Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA), is proud to sponsor this “Benefit Playathon” to help raise funds for the Minnesota MusicLink Program. The mission of MusicLink is to help children in need get the opportunity to study music.

For details, or to register for the “Playathon” event, visit mnmusicteachers.com/musiclink, or to learn more about the MusicLink Foundation, visit musiclinkfoundation.org.

On February 7 and 8, 2015, Minnesota students will be given the opportunity to show off their musical talents by participating in this exciting fundraising event. All students of MMTA members and non-members are invited to perform at this fun venue, demonstrating how their music can benefit others. All instrumental and voice students can perform solo or ensemble pieces, and all ages and levels are welcome, including adult students.

Online registration is available for MMTA teachers on the MMTA website; Postmark deadline for registration is January 26, or January 28 for online registrations.

 

Spring Recital Workshop sessions

Discover the best new music for your spring recitals at this free workshop! Join us for a “Spring Recital Workshop” on Tuesday, January 27th at 9:00AM at Schmitt Music Burnsville.

Our presenters, Barbara Ongna and Joy Ray, summarize and perform the best new material for your spring recitals. They’ll also present time savers, gifts and other merchandise for your studio. Two hours of valuable information and shopping convenience make this event a must!

Please contact us for details or to RSVP to the workshop. Call Print Music Specialist, Barbara Ongna at 952-435-2454, or use our online RSVP form – CLICK HERE.

All solo and duet sheet music showcased is available for purchase at the workshop. You can also place an order by contacting the Print Music Specialist at your Schmitt Music store.


Barbara Ongna

Barbara Ogna

Born and raised in Eastern Wisconsin, Barbara Ongna loved her piano lessons from the get-go, thanks to skilled and insightful instructors. As soon as she was old enough she was set on the church’s piano bench and assigned the assorted joys of church pianists, including hymn-playing, plunking out choir parts, and following wayward soloists around their time signatures of choice.

Barbara attended Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa where she learned that “if ya ain’t Dutch, ya ain’t much.” After earning a degree in Music Education with Piano Emphasis, Barb started the journey into finding her “perfect job”. On the way she worked as a college recruiter for Northwestern, and taught music in Christian schools in Sioux Falls and Edina (with additional responsibilities as cheerleading sponsor and Kindergarten PE teacher to keep her humble).

Barbara loves ‘all things piano,’ and is thrilled to have her days filled with learning about pianos and assisting customers in the selection process. Her motto is: “A Piano Makes a House a Home.” Barbara has been a part of Schmitt Music’s Keyboard Team for over 15 years and has worked at all of the Metro Stores (NOT because she ‘doesn’t work well with others’).

Passions outside of work include Church Worship – the great hymns of the church as well as contemporary praise and worship. She also began studying jazz piano and theory a few years back, and keeps stretching at that, playing with ensembles whenever work permits. To have a life filled with music and to pass that on is, to Barbara, ‘truly a gift.’

Joy Ray

Joy Ray

Joy has 8 years of teaching experience. She works with students to help achieve goals, and enjoys working with children of all ages. Joy has a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Pensacola Christian College, and has attended Master Classes and Workshops at the University of Minnesota.

 

Music Makes Us Whole is supported by Schmitt Music

Every child can reap the benefits of music when communities and schools support a complete music learning framework. Schmitt Music is a proud sponsor of “Music Makes Us Whole” – a great new resource for Minnesota’s school music programs!

Music Makes Us Whole is the initiative of several dozen Minnesota non-profit and for-profit organizations that believe every child deserves a rich music education. We advocate for this because of music’s intrinsic value in the human experience, and also for the whole-brain and whole-life benefits to the child as well as his or her community.

Visit musicmakesuswhole.org to learn more, and get involved. Call your local Principal or Superintendent and ask how music is doing in your school.

Principals and superintendents value input from community members. Have a conversation, focus on students, and share why music is important for a child’s success.Music learning is proven to support students. That can only happen when your school has a strong music program. Make sure every child in your community receives the boost that music learning provides.


Schmitt Music is deeply involved in advocating on behalf of music education. In addition to donations of volunteer time and in-kind gifts, for over 45 years the Schmitt Foundation has donated 5% of pre-tax income to music-oriented charities.

“Our vision is to be our customers’ preferred resource for everything they need to accomplish their musical goals,” said Tom Schmitt. “We want to help people become music makers for life, and we strive to make a quality musical education available for every kid in our service area!”

As a long-standing and ongoing corporate commitment, Schmitt Music has taken direct action to help needy students receive the benefits of a musical education. For nearly 30 years, the company has organized, promoted and conducted numerous used instrument drives to put quality instruments into the hands of needy children – and Schmitt Music supports the similar work of “Music for All Children” and “Vega Productions” through instrument donations, referrals and the use of our stores as drop-off points. Tens of thousands of instruments have been put into the hands of disadvantages students through those efforts.

Please help Schmitt Music realize our mission… help make a quality musical education available for every child in Minnesota. Learn more about the benefits of music education, and get involved – CLICK HERE to visit the Music Makes Us Whole website.

 

Amadeus Flutes by Wm. S. Haynes at Schmitt Music

Haynes Amadeus Performance Flutes Now Available!

Visit your Schmitt Music store today and experience the new “Amadeus” line of flutes from Wm. S. Haynes Co. Stop in to play an Amadeus and enter to win a $500 Schmitt Music Gift Card!

Haynes Amadeus Performance Flutes

The passion and craftsmanship that has been associated with Wm. S. Haynes flutes since 1888 emanates through every Amadeus flute. The master flutemakers design and work on each flute before it leaves the Boston workshop. Each flute is set-up by a professional at the Boston Haynes Shop right before it is shipped, ensuring the pads are sealed evenly and the mechanism feels crisp.

For decades, discerning flutists have chosen Haynes for “that sound” – a beautiful core with rich colors. Continuing that tradition, Amadeus flutes come standard with a professional Haynes Classic handcut headjoint. The heart of the flute is trusted to the same master headjoint maker who handcuts all Haynes professional headjoints. The Classic headjoint allows you to explore a wide range of tone colors with depth and agility.

Professional options, such as a C# trill key, D# roller and 14k gold riser, will set you and your Amadeus flute apart from the crowd. Love your sound. Play Amadeus.

ENTER THE GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY!

When you visit your Schmitt Music store and test play the new Amadeus flutes, you can enter to win a $500 gift card! Just stop in now through January 31, and fill out a short survey to let us know what you think of the flutes. One winner will be announced on Friday, February 6, 2015.

Visit your Schmitt Music store today, or contact us to set up a showing with your Schmitt Music Instrument Specialist.

Haynes Flute Co.

Click here to learn more about “Amadeus” flutes on the Wm. S. Haynes website.

 

Spring Recital Workshop sessions

Discover the best new music for your spring recitals at this free workshop! Join us at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center for a “Spring Recital Workshop” on Friday, January 9th at 9:00AM.

Our presenters, Barbara Ongna and Joy Ray, summarize and perform the best new material for your spring recitals. They’ll also present time savers, gifts and other merchandise for your studio. Two hours of valuable information and shopping convenience make this event a must!

Please contact us for details or to RSVP to the Brooklyn Center workshop. Call Print Music Specialist, Bonni McConnell at 763-566-4560, or CLICK HERE to use our online RSVP form.

All solo and duet sheet music showcased is available for purchase at each workshop. You can also place an order by contacting the Print Music Specialist at your Schmitt Music store – CLICK HERE.

Schmitt Music’s “Winter Expo” is canceled, but please join us for this free “Spring Recital Workshop” session on Friday, January 9th at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center.

“Spring Recital Workshop” events are also coming in January to Schmitt Music stores in Burnsville and Virginia, MN. Join us at Schmitt Music Burnsville on Tuesday, January 27 at 9AM. Virginia workshop date TBA.

Barbara Ongna

Barbara Ogna

Born and raised in Eastern Wisconsin, Barbara Ongna loved her piano lessons from the get-go, thanks to skilled and insightful instructors. As soon as she was old enough she was set on the church’s piano bench and assigned the assorted joys of church pianists, including hymn-playing, plunking out choir parts, and following wayward soloists around their time signatures of choice.

Barbara attended Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa where she learned that “if ya ain’t Dutch, ya ain’t much.” After earning a degree in Music Education with Piano Emphasis, Barb started the journey into finding her “perfect job”. On the way she worked as a college recruiter for Northwestern, and taught music in Christian schools in Sioux Falls and Edina (with additional responsibilities as cheerleading sponsor and Kindergarten PE teacher to keep her humble).

Barbara loves ‘all things piano,’ and is thrilled to have her days filled with learning about pianos and assisting customers in the selection process. Her motto is: “A Piano Makes a House a Home.” Barbara has been a part of Schmitt Music’s Keyboard Team for over 15 years and has worked at all of the Metro Stores (NOT because she ‘doesn’t work well with others’).

Passions outside of work include Church Worship – the great hymns of the church as well as contemporary praise and worship. She also began studying jazz piano and theory a few years back, and keeps stretching at that, playing with ensembles whenever work permits. To have a life filled with music and to pass that on is, to Barbara, ‘truly a gift.’

Joy Ray

Joy Ray

Joy has 8 years of teaching experience. She works with students to help achieve goals, and enjoys working with children of all ages. Joy has a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Pensacola Christian College, and has attended Master Classes and Workshops at the University of Minnesota.


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