Friday, February 20, 2015
We profit from being on both sides of the educational exchange. Here is proof that I was a beginner piano student once; my certificate of completion of my first piano method book. This is a marker of the beginning of a long (and winding) road for me, that continues to now (or to infinity and beyond). For many years, I was active in private music instruction, but not so in recent years. And I miss it. One of the roadblocks was having a viable location where I could maintain a regular teaching schedule. Thankful to have now worked out an arrangement with St. Paul's Episcopal Church, in Chestertown, MD for the use of their parish hall (and grand piano) for lessons. So I'll keep practicing, learning and growing, and continue to encourage others in the same.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
On November 23, 2014, at 3pm, I had the privilege of performing solo piano in concert at the First Wesleyan Church, in Easton MD. This one was a bit unique, in that my friend Dawn Steward arranged this especially for her piano students, to demonstrate musical improvisation. It was also open to the public. I had the privilege of participating in the worship service that morning, as well. The afternoon concert featured musical improvisation from many directions, a few of which are featured in these 4 video posts. Hope you enjoy them.
You can watch in the box above, of access the playlist page here.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
On Saturday. March 21, 2015 at 8pm, singer/songwriter Beth McDonald returns to the stage at the Garfield Center for the Arts, in Chestertown, MD for the third consecutive year. The concert; "Melody and Meaning" is an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary, featuring jazz and popular favorites across the years, as well as Beth's "new vintage" original music. I will be joined in accompanying Beth by local favorites Pres Harding - guitar and Jeff Davis -bass. John Schratwieser, former Executive Director of the Garfield Center (Prince Theatre) says: "Beth McDonald and Joe Holt are spectacular on their own and pure magic together!" Come, see for yourself. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the many sides of Beth McDonald. Visit http://garfieldcenter.org or call 410-810-2060 for tickets.