Recital Season

My students just had their annual recital on June 3, and the music they made is still dancing in my head!

I am not a fan of formal recitals. It is already nerve-racking to perform and I believe that recital time should be a celebration of music instead of a test or competition. Students get the chance to share their hard work and get immediate feedback from glorious applause. They also get the opportunity to see where they will be in future years as they listen to others play.

Last night, about 45 people–musicians, family members and friends–gathered at the beautiful home of 3 of my students. The potluck of snacks and desserts left a sweet taste in everyone’s mouths. My newest students appeared shy at the start, but a jumping session on the trampoline and an impromptu basketball game gave them the chance to meet new friends. (And also provided them with a release from pre-concert jitters!)

Piano Party night is my favorite event all year. I relish the growth that each student demonstrates. It gives me a chance to see how each student is musically unique, with their own set of challenges and strengths. It is always a night full of joy!


Songs about Science

In April 2018, two of my science-themed children’s songs were performed in the  Cambridge Science Festival.

At the same performances, there will be a short science-themed opera composed and written by 2nd-5th grade students enrolled in a composition workshop that I co-teach under the auspices of a Boston Lyric Opera/North Cambridge Family Opera partnership.

Sunday April 15 at 5:30pm at the Museum of Science

Saturday April 21 at 3:00pm at the Cambridge Public Library (main library)

Sunday April 22 at 3:00pm at the Peabody School


Here is a clip of me playing on Emily Grogan’s album, IoHere is Paddy Saul’s recording from The Way the Blood Flows with me on keys.

This vintage performance is with my band, Red Chord.