6:15 PM18:15

The Trout Quintet, Governor's Mansion Chamber Series

The Trout Quintet plays again!  This time at the Governor's Mansion by the Capitol.  The concert will also include duo pianists, Ramona & Jenny, in Camille Saint-Saens "Danse Macabre"!  Tickets are required in advance and space is very limited.  H'or d'oevres & champagne reception at 6:15, concert starts at 7pm.  

Ramona Allen, piano

Jenny Edwards, piano

Holly Reeves, cello

Aaron Inglin, violin

Kate Inglin, viola

Brian Loeb, bass


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to Feb 3

Master lessons, Feb. 3 & 4

We are thrilled to have Dr. Leonard Richter (my former college professor!) here as our Master Teacher this winter.  Please let me know if you are interested in a lesson with him, he is wonderful!

Friday, 2/3, 3:30-5:30 & Saturday, 2/4, 11-1pm

Lessons are 30, 45, and 60 minutes and are $60/hr.  Fees are due Jan. 25th.

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12:00 PM12:00

WSMTA Honors Recital Competition

Location:  SMU, Arts Building

This competition is for students participating in M.A.P. who are interested in performing at the WSMTA Annual Conference.  The student winners will represent our district at the State Conference at one of the Honor Recitals, June 20-23.  For the first time in 20 years, WSMTA will combine with the Oregon MTA, so it should be an exciting time!  

Playing time is limited to 5 minutes.  

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3:15 PM15:15

Group Classes

Group Lessons will take place this week at the regular time, Tuesday 3:15-5:15.  

Music Artistry Program (formerly known as Adjudications) will be this same week, so we will have performance practice opportunities to help prepare for it.  

High School-7th:  3:15-4:15

7th-Elementary:  4:15-5:15

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to Mar 19

Music Artistry Program - M.A.P. & Group Lesson Week: Thursday, March 15!

Annual Adjudications at St. Martin's University.  Adjudications are now called "Music Artistry Program" or M.A.P.!

Each student will present two pieces for a master teacher/visiting artist.  Top students will perform at the Honors Recital on March 25.

****DATE and TIME:  Our M.A.P. date is THURSDAY, MARCH 15!  8am-2:15pm.  Students will be given 10-30 minute time slots, according to level.  Please let me know ASAP if you have a specific need, and I will see what I can do.  

We will have group lessons this week, Tuesday, March 13--a great time for performance practice for M.A.P.!


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2:00 PM14:00

Christmas Forest Performance at Red Lion Inn, 2-3pm

Christmas Forest Performance at Red Lion Inn, 2-3pm

This is an opportunity to play your favorite pieces (Holiday and other) for the community!  I encourage anyone available to participate in this annual event.  Saturday, Dec. 2 is "Kids' Day", so there will be many kid centered activities, as well as dozens of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths, and decor.  

This is Providence St. Peters Christmas Forest's 30th anniversary this year!  Over the past 29 years, Providence Christmas Forest has raised funds to support life-saving medical equipment, compassionate care, and Mission-driven programs. Providence Christmas Forest is Providence St. Peter Foundation’s largest fund-raising event, generating more than $10.2 million throughout its history.      

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8:00 AM08:00

OMTA Concerto Competition--RESULTS!

Olympia's Annual Concerto Competition

List of repertoire & concerto levels are available at olympiamusicteachers.org.

Winners of the Advanced A and Advanced B division will be featured in a concert with the Olympia Chamber Orchestra in the spring! 

RESULTS from our studio--great job!

Intermediate A:  Isabella, 2nd place

Intermediate B:  Chloe, 1st place; Sky, HM

Advanced A:  Lilia, HM

Advanced B:  Alex, 2nd; Megan, 3rd

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7:00 PM19:00

Concerto Dress Rehearsal Recital

Friday, Nov. 3 @ 7pm:  This is an opportunity for students participating in the OMTA Concerto Competition (on Nov. 11) to perform for each other, listen to great pieces, and cheer each other on!  All of these students have been working so hard.  Please bring a snack to share!

Students:  bring the shoes you will wear, and I encourage students to also wear their performance dress.  

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7:00 PM19:00

The Trout Quintet, featuring Ramona & members of the Olympia Symphony!

Performing at a Chehalis Chamber Series will be Ramona Allen (piano), Holly Reeves (cello), Aaron Inglin (violin), Kate Inglin (viola) and Brian Loeb (bass).  They will be performing the world's best known piece about a fish, The Trout Quintet!  Written by Franz Schubert when he was only 22 years old, it features the bubbling and sunny mood of a happy trout in a country stream.  That is, until a fisherman tries to catch it!  

Part of this concert will feature a harpsichord generously donated by the former president of Centralia College.  Ramona & Holly will play pieces by Rameau and Bach.  

Free and open to the public.

Location:  Chehalis SDA Church--120 Chilvers Rd, Chehalis, WA 98532

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to Oct 27

Group Lesson Week

No private lessons.

Group Lessons this week include performance, telling a story through your piece (and telling us about yourself!), theory concepts of intervals and steps, and birthdays for avant-garde composer George Crumb and Johann Strauss, Jr, (aka "the Waltz King").  

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to Aug 16

Summer 2017 Piano Camp

Update August 18:What a fun and energetic group of piano campers! Thank you for the great memories! (Sprucy!)

I will be offering a Piano Camp again this summer for students 9-13
years of age.

Dates:August 14-16 (Mon-Wed)
Times: 10:30am-12:30pm
Theme:Royal Fireworks!
We will be listening to Handel's "Music for Royal Fireworks",
Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto, and Debussy's "Feux d'artifice"!

Bring a fun piece to play and share with others in piano camp. 
Suggestion:learn (or relearn!) a piece with a royal theme!Or about

There will be royally amazing music, theory games, crafts and awesome
snacks!Sign up soon--space will be limited!
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6:00 PM18:00

Swords and Shields Trio Recital

The Swords and Shields Trio will have their inaugural concert on July 12, 6pm, at the Olympics West Retirement Inn.  The trio is made up of siblings Isabella-piano, Jacob-cello and Ben-violin.  They are excited to present a variety of works, from classic composers to their own compositions.  All are welcome!

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to Aug 18

Summer Lessons 2017

I will be offering summer lessons these weeks, on a limited basis.  Summer lessons are highly recommended for students who wish to participate in the November Concerto Competition. It is also recommended to those who desire to use the summer months to work on a special project or piece (ie. a favorite song, a duet or trio with friends, composition, etc.)

Please contact me asap as space will be limited.

June 13, 19

July 10, 17, 24, 31

Aug. 7 & 14 (possibly)

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12:00 PM12:00

Senior Recital: Hannah!

You are all invited to a Senior Recital, featuring Hannah!  It will take place at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Olympia at noon.  We hope to see you there!




Hannah Rarick is a recent graduate of River Ridge High School and plans on attending Willamette University this fall. Hannah has studied piano since she was in kindergarten, and currently takes lessons from Dr. Ramona Allen. She has performed numerous solo and group recitals in the community and has participated in various piano events throughout Washington. These events included piano camps at Icicle Creek, a music conference in Walla Walla, and competitions in Olympia and Tacoma.  This month, she will be receiving her High School Diploma in Music from the American College of Musicians as a 10-year winner at the National level.  


In addition to piano, Hannah has enjoyed her high school years by playing competitive soccer and the cello. She has been a member of the Blackhills Football Club for four years and has served on the student body for the Orchestra Club for three years. Although Hannah will miss her life in Olympia, she is excited to start her life as an Oregonian and a Bearcat! 

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10:30 AM10:30

National Guild Exams



We have received our time assignment!  Tuesday, June 6, between 10:30am and 7pm.  Each audition will be between 20 and 35 min, depending on your level.  

Students will play 7 pieces and 3 technical phases, for a total of 10 items.  All must be memorized.  

This is a huge accomplishment, so I am very proud of all the students and the hard work they have demonstrated to learn all of these pieces and technical phases.  

Congratulations to Hannah for performing her 10th Exam at the National Level!  When she passes her exam this year, she will receive her High School Diploma in Music from the American College of Musicians.  She will also be on their 10-year National Honor Roll, and will receive the Paderewski Gold Medal.  In addition, she will receive scholarship money for being a senior in all three categories, and has the opportunity to win an additional scholarship if she is one of the top 5 scores this year.  I'm hoping many of you will also do this!  Way to go, Hannah!

10:30-12   Hannah (HS Diploma, 90 min. exam)

12:15   Alex (30)

12:45   Viveka (25)

1:10   Isabella (25)

1:35   Judson (20)

1:55   Break (15)

2:55   Lilia (35)

3:30   Eleanor (30)

4:00  Gavin (22)

4:22   Lucas (25)

4:47   Luke (25)

5:12 Break (15)

5:27 Megan (33)

6:00 Henry (20)

6:20   Chloe (20)

6:40   Chloe (20)

End 7pm


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8:15 AM08:15

Adjudications with Prof. Jeffrey Gilliam (SMU)--Thursday, March 23

We have received our studio time slot; Thursday, March 23, beginning at 8:15am.  Each student will play two songs, and will have 10-30 minutes with the adjudicator, depending on the level of the student.  You are welcome, but not required, to stay for longer than your own adjudication time, to listen to your fellow young pianists.  

Location:  St. Martin's University--Kreielsheimer Hall/Arts Building.  Please park in Lots N, O, or R which do not require permits.  


Adjudications, March 23 w/ Jeffrey Gilliam

8:15   Chloe

8:35     Gavin

8:45     Henry

8:55     Eleanor

9:11     Hannah

9:33     Viveka

9:45     Isabella

9:59     Megan

10:19   BREAK

10:39   Lilia

11:01   Lucas

11:15   Alex

11:35   Luke

11:49   Judson

11:59   Consultation

12:14   END


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