This story alone strikes a chord with Dan Alberts Piano, but even more so, because Dan’s father also struggled with dementia. Dan saw first hand how he could communicate/relate with his father using music when no other language would work. Confirming what Dan experienced first hand, he encourages others walking a similar road with loved ones to reach out with music to build a bridge or fill in the gap.
Interestingly this video from the Piano Technicians Guild shows how a vertical piano works. Inquisitive folks, both young and old, will truly enjoy the demonstration. Explaining the parts and their functions, one can grasp a better understanding of how a piano works and why it takes a specialized technician in order to keep it in tune. Have fun and enjoy!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
This video was taken from Piano Monster’s 2016 concert. Enjoy!
February 8, 2020
Cogswell Hall 121
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Henry Wong Doe
Indiana Chapter – Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association
presents the sixth
PIANO MONSTER CONCERT
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.
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!