IUP Music Program

Did you know that we had such a caliber of music education programs right in our own back yard? Anyone interested in studying music should certainly consider the Indiana University of Pennsyvania.

Strong Selected for Master of Music Program at Jacobs School of Music

Benjamin Strong has been offered an assistantship with full tuition waiver at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Benjamin will be pursuing a master of music in vocal performance studying under Metropolitan Opera and international bass, Peter Volpe. The Jacobs School is arguably the finest program in the country for vocal performance.

While at IUP, Benjamin garnered national acclaim when he competed at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Pittsburgh District. He won the Demareus Cooper Encouragement Award while being the youngest competitor by 10 years. Also, Benjamin placed second at the National Association of Teachers of Singing National competition held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Benjamin wishes to fulfill his professional goals by performing opera around the world.
While at IUP he studied voice with Joseph Baunoch.

Beauty and the Beast

If you are in need of something exciting to do this weekend, come experience Beth Center Drama Club’s Beauty and the Beast. Shows will be held Friday, March 13th through Sunday March 15th. 7:00 PM is the curtain call both Friday and Saturday and at 2:00 PM on Sunday. You won’t want to miss this performance! For more information, please click here.

Connellsville Middle School Presents Frozen

Save the date!  Get ready for another outstanding performance. Directed by Ben Haines, Connellsville Area Middle School Presents Frozen Jr. on March 13th, 14th, and 15th. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:00 PM. Sunday’s show starts at 2:00PM. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here or at the door one hour before each performance.

Celebration of 50 Years of Connellsville Musicals

An outstanding Celebration of 50 Years of Connellsville Musicals. Honoring Merle L. Stutzman the man who started the tradition in 1970. Also, honoring the late Mr. Henry Molinaro for his contribution and caring attitude for his students. Current director Michelle Harbaugh was also in attendance and spoke briefly about the program before racing off for the Saturday evening curtain call. The event brought our community together to celebrate a very special occasion. The afternoon was filled with performances from past cast members. A great number of these folks have advanced their careers earning bachelors, masters, and even doctorate degrees in the field of music. Teaching at high schools, colleges, and universities around the country. One former cast member has made his way to the big time and currently performing on Broadway. What a long and rich tradition Connellsville has established in supporting music and musical theater. The Saturday event drew over 300 people together for the dinner/celebration and then off to a sold out house of the performance “Little Mermaid”. At the opening of the performance Mr. Stutzman was honored and advised of the newly founded annual Merle L. Stutzman Musical Scholarship Award. What a classy celebration for some classy individuals. Many thanks to those who worked very hard over the past year to bring such a celebration for the city of Connellsville.

Very grateful and thankful to Chip Rowan, Barry Craig, Justin Teets and the entire committee that worked tirelessly to make this event a possibility. Great job folks.

Also, a big thank you to Tom and Linda Sparks, from Sparks Catering, for decorating the hall and providing the dinner. Another great job and fantastic evening.

The Addams Family

Tis the season for school musicals and here is another you won’t want to miss! Saltsburg Middle High School is presenting The Adams Family, School Edition THIS weekend, February 27, 28 and 29. All showtimes are 7:00 PM. Tickets are $7 and available at the door or in the SMHS office. Come be entertained and support your local school students.

Don Giovanni at IUP this Weekend

Presenting! Don Giovanni, Don Juan – Mozart & Da Ponte, by Indiana University’s College of Fine Arts.  Located at Waller Hall Mainstage Theater, show times are as follows: February 27, 28 and 29 at 7:30 pm then once more on March 1st at 2:00 pm. You won’t want to miss this amazing performance conducted by Alexandra Dee, directed by Oliver Lo, choreography by Joan Van Dyke and music by IUP Opera Festival Orchestra. Purchase tickets by clicking here.

Piano Moving Tip

Sometimes a client will decide to move a piano from one room to another in their home. As they go through a doorway often times they bump the front key slip portion of the case going through the doorway as illustrated in this photo. The white mark is paint from the doorway. Always favor the backside of the piano when going through a doorway to avoid this mistake. Fortunately, for the client of this $40,000 Steinway & Sons upright, Dan Alberts Piano Service was able to rub out the damage and restore the look of the cabinet finish.

Connellsville Area School District – Little Mermaid

Dan Alberts Piano proudly announces Connellsville Area School District’s 50th Anniversary of Musicals. Presenting The Little Mermaid, folks can come be entertained on February 27th, 28th, 29th and once again on March 1st. You won’t want to miss this amazing performance!

Clara Shumann Memorial Recital

Clara Schumann Memorial Recital
Celebrating the 200th Birthday of “The Queen of 19th Century Pianists”


Matt Baumer, pianist and lecturer – Jane Potter Baumer, mezzo-soprano

Henry Wong Doe, piano

Linda Jennings, cello – Casey Williams, violin

Shelby Williams, Madeline Hoover, Esjoy Wong, and Sicheng He, piano

Monday, February 10, 2020 @ 7:30 PM

Gorell Recital Hall

Free Admission

6th Annual IMTA Monster Piano Concert

Exciting day at the IUP Music Department as Dr. Henry Wong Doe leads piano students at The IUP/Musicale 2020 Monster Piano Event.

All set, ready to go!

Drum roll please!

Piano Monster Concert

February 8, 2020
2:30 PM

Cogswell Hall 121
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Henry Wong Doe
Evan Engelstad

Indiana Musicale
Indiana Chapter – Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association
presents the sixth


The Indiana County chapter of PMTA – is open to all areas of performance, especially piano and keyboard. The mission of Indiana Musicale is to:
1. Promote the professional growth and development of members by providing programs that encourage and support teaching, music performance, composition and research.
2. To provide ongoing performance and educational opportunities for members and students.
3. To promote the study, performance and creation of music endeavors in the community.
4. To promote public awareness of the benefits of lifelong learning in music.
Website: http://www.indianamusicale.com

Piano Regulation

What is piano regulation and why is it important? Read DAPS’ latest blog post to find out and to have many other questions answered concerning piano tuning. Your piano will love you for learning these facts!

Sticking Piano Keys

There are a number of things that can cause a key to stick. In this case, you might notice the hammer alignment. Notice that the first picture depicts very little to no clearance in relationship to the neighboring hammer. As the hammer travels towards the string the two hammers rub with one hammer unable to return to its normal position. This will cause a sticking key or a note that will not repeat. During a regular service call a technician can observe and correct this condition so that the player can then enjoy their play knowing that all the notes on the piano will perform properly. 

Happy 80th Birthday to Tina Turner

Hard to believe that Tina Turner is 80 Years old today. Happy Birthday Tina! Thank you for all of the years that your have entertained us. Wishing you the best this year can give.

Photo credit: Tim Zankert via Unsplash