Sunday, March 20, 2011

Midwest Young Artists: St. Louis Music School Students Visit MYA

We were very proud parents this weekend!  Our daughter, Kirby, teaches at the St. Louis School of Music. She and her husband boarded an Amtrak train early Saturday morning with 9 students from the school for Chicago.  They arrived in time for a dinner at MYA and to listen to our Music at the Fort concert featuring Rose Armbrust.  We are equally proud of our MYA daughter, Rose, a graduate of Julliard (B.M. degree), Curtis Institute of Music (Artist Diploma) and Indiana University (M.M. degree).  Rose got married and relocated back in the Chicago area and joined our chamber music coaching staff this year.  Her prodigious talents were evident in her performance of works by Shostakovich, Bach and Franck.
Sunday morning, the students participated in master classes given by Charlie Pikler and Rose.  An old pro and a kid magnet, both brought new insights to the music.  What a educational experience!  The tour Kirby arranged was a first for the school.  Chamber music is also new for the the St. Louis School of Music.  Her ensembles performed on our Sunday Soiree at Ravinia, a great opportunity for them to play at a very special place and to also hear other groups at different levels of experience.  What a great weekend!

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