UNT Show Promo

The University of North Texas Department of Theatre and Dance profiled me in a YouTube video this week which shows video from the band rehearsal featuring Kurt Shafer on Reeds, Sam Walker on Guitar, Peggy Honea on bass and the infamous Wes Griffin on drums.

Musical Elision

On March 6th, conductor Hans Grim and sixty plus talented friends and family will present choral works of Whitacre, Lauridsen, Elgar and more. The concert will also feature a jazz combo and solo piano performing works by Adam Guettel, William Joel and David Yazbek.

The concert will take place at 7:30 in Texas Wesleyan University’s Martin Hall at 1309 Wesleyan Street, Fort Worth, TX

The forty-six voice chorus has been rehearsing since October and will be presenting these eight gorgeous choral works:

Water Night – Eric Whitacre

“False Love” from Edward Elgar’s Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands

O magnum mysterium by Morten Lauridsen

Ave verum corpus by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Give Me Jesus the Fleming arrangement

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled by Bob Burroughs

Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal, Shaw/Parker Arrangement

and premiering an arrangement of Stravinsky’s Firebird for Chorus and Timpani

Some of the choir's Headshots

An all-star jazz combo will feature an original tune by Cal Lewiston called “A Daisey for Annie” as well as some musical theatre songs by Adam Guettel, Jason Robert Brown and David Yazbek.

This will be a very special evening of wonderful music in a wide variety of styles. Please consider joining the fun at this free event.

RSVP – to see who’s coming at the facebook event page.

Christmas in August

Last summer I was asked to direct a large children’s chorus as well as an adult chorus singing a track on a Holiday CD produced by DFW Actors Give Back.  The CD was a fund raiser for Jonathan’s Place, a “home-style” emergency shelter for abused, abandoned and neglected children and a Foster & Adoptive Family Program located in Dallas.

It was a pleasure and honor to work with so many talented adults and children from around the DFW area on such a worth cause.

Here’s a video interview with me and several of the other talent from the project…

Jazz Concert in Weatherford – Guest Artist

I recieved this advance copy of the promo poster for an upcoming engagement at Weatherford College. My good friend Cal Lewiston asked me some time ago to be a guest musician with my friends in the Weatherford College Jazz Band, but I had no idea I would be recieving such top billing. I am very excited about this oppertunity to play with the cats out in Weatherford again.

Concert Info Here

1st Prize in the Sigma Alpha Iota American Music Scholarship Competition

I was hugely honored to hear today that I took first place in the Sigma Alpha Iota American Music Scholarship Competition held today.  The Fort Worth Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota (International Music Fraternity) will feature me along with second place winner Austin Snow on their 57th Annual American Music Concert  on February 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church, 4200 Camp Bowie Boulevard.

I am more comfortable behind a piano so this is a really huge surprise and honor for me.  I am very much looking forward to the concert.

Starting a Private Studio

Beginning in January 2011 – I will open a private piano studio in my home. I have been a professional pianist for 20 years and bring a wealth of experience to my teaching.  (Read my Bio)

I like to tailor lessons to each student and find a teaching method that grabs their attention. This past year I taught an overflowing piano studio at All Saints’ Episcopal School and I have decided to go ahead and offer lessons to the Aledo community from my home.  I also teach a couple of students in the Ridglea area on Wednesdays and am looking to add a couple more.

Lessons are Mondays $25/half-hour payable by the month with a recital each quarter or at your home in the Ridglea area $30/half-hour payable by the month.

If you are interested in more information, please fill out the comment form below or call 903-484-4267 and I will visit with you about the possibility of teaching you or your son or daughter how to play the piano.

CD – Selections from The Great American Trailer Park Musical ON SALE NOW!

The Trailer Park Studio Cast

This brand new CD features 6 songs from the musical, plus 4 bonus tracks of songs written for the original New york production, but previously unrecorded.

Heatherton Lays One Down
Actress Heatherton Hardy Wilson

The creators of the musical, David Nehls and Betsy Kelso have granted permission for members of the Circle Theatre cast and band to record these 6 new songs and share them for the very first time.

Listen to samples below!

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Naming a Record Label

I have a couple of projects coming up and find myself in need of a record label to release them under.  The best option for me is to create my own.  The process is surprisingly easy and the most enjoyable part of it is that I get to name it whatever I like.  So…

I’m on the prowl for a name for my new record label and I need help.  If you have a suggestion – please let me know.  Here are some thoughts I’m playing with:

Rosemadimax – (Rosemadimax Records) A conglomeration of my 3 children’s names (Rose Madi and Max)

Rosematamax – the same, but easier to spell and convey

Lurking Media – I don’t know – it just sounded cool

Grim Brothers Media – Finally cash in on the family name

Open Handed Music – OHM Records – If I explained this one – I would start sounding like a halmark commercial

Please comment if you have a suggestion/comment…