Weekly News at PMA:  

October 16, 2017    

Week 8, Semester 1

Upcoming Closure:  

October 31 for Trick-or-Treating. 




Make a morning or evening of it!  

Add Music Theory to your schedule conveniently scheduled near Group and Performance Class.  Your Musicianship will improve greatly!



Are you attending Group and

Performance Class?

Read this (click photo):


Do you know when and where to go???

No changes as of today for this week's classes.    Should something arise, we try to send emails, make changes in the Google Calendar and post on Facebook.  Make sure you receive or subscribe to all of those.  ADVANCED STUDENTS:  Take advantage of these opportunities to try out your pieces for auditions and competitions!  


Want to wear your Halloween Costumes?

Tuesday October 24-Monday October 30 will be Costume Week in Group and Performance Class.  Get yourself decked out and you might even get a little treat... 



How are you doing with your....



Today is day 16!  If you've missed any days, you could do a double practice session on a day off from school or a weekend.  If you click on the picture, you can print your own from home.  You can also pick one up from the bulletin boards at your lesson location.  

(HAHA!  Error found!  If you have the original version, it only has only 27 ...please add 3 more!)


Complete the first 30 Day Challenge and you are invited to a Donut Party!

A second 30 Day Challenge will be offered in November and a third in December.  Complete 60 days and be invited to a Pizza Party.  Complete 90 days and receive a trophy!


What constitutes as "a practice" is up to the student, the parents, and the teacher.  Spend a minute or two at the lesson this week discussing your personalized rules and the benefits of a challenge like this.  Here's a thought:  pick something to play every day for the next 90 days.  Better yet, record yourself today and then playing the same item in 90 days.  What progress can you predict or expect?


Happy Practicing!




WOW!  Students were on the radio!  


Saturday Light Brigade featured these fine young artists and instructor Becky Keeley.  Listen Here athttps://neighborhoodvoices.org/youth-express-pittsburgh-music-academy.  





If you find this photo on our website (www.pghma.com -> NOW PLAYING tab), you will be taken to the sign ups for some of the concerts already set up for this year.  The photo is linked also for your convenience.  

Sign ups are now open!


The next solo recital will be Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2pm at PMA EAST.  Since we like your teacher to be present at those more formal concerts, he/she will sign you up for that.  Ask at your lesson this week!  


PPG Wintergarden  5 SLOTS REMAIN!

Sunday, December 3rd at 4:00pm.  This concert will be led by Margaret Hamstead.

Get into the holiday spirit at PPG Wintergarden with PMA! This year, 20 pianists will have the opportunity to play at the annual Spirits of Giving Around the World and Gingerbread House Exhibits. Sign up by November 19th.

1 PPG Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15222



Festival of the Nativity at Unity Presbyterian Church

Saturday, December 16 at 1:00pm for Flute and Piano (led by Tara Yaney and Gina Glenn) and 6:00pm for Strings and Piano (led by Lauretta Werner and Becky Keeley).

Celebrate the Holidays by providing music for this all weekend celebration.  A variety of Nativity sets are put on display as well as Nativity-themed artwork.  This is a community wide event.  Pianists will enjoy performing on the 9 foot Baldwin and other instruments blend beautifully in this space.

1146 Greentree Road Pittsburgh, PA  15220



Friendship Village  13 SLOTS REMAIN!

Sunday, December 10th at 2:00pm.  This concert will be led by Carrie Walsh Erdely.

Share your talents with the residents of Friendship Village. They enjoyed having us so much this summer, they requested a return for the holidays.  Holiday selections not required, but preferred.  All instruments welcome!  Rehearsal TBA.  Sign up by November 19th.

1290 Boyce Rd, Upper St Clair, PA 15241





Know a little person interested in cello?


them this: 









Tara Yaney sent an exciting announcement!

Recognize her?  She is the artist performing on the Revised Volume 1 CD!  Lorna McGhee is now scheduled to perform the Mozart "Concerto in C for Flute and Harp" with Gretchen Van Hoesen and the PSO on Friday, November 3 at 8:00, and Sunday, November 5 at 2:30 at Heinz Hall! This was a last minute repertoire change and Honeck is conducting. Win-Win!


And, at the same time you buy your ticket to hear Lorna play the Mozart (last time PSO played this was 1984!), you can use the same code to purchase your tickets for the PSO and Lorna McGhee for the Ibert "Concerto" on Friday, January 12 (SPECIAL LOBBY pre-concert that night with the Pittsburgh Professional Flute Orchestra at 7:15) at 8:00 and Sunday, January 14 at 2:30.


There is a significant discount available to everyone who uses the code:


to purchase their tickets. Online at http://www.pittsburghsymphony.org, at the box office, or call 412 392-4900.


There are a lot of interesting events upcoming at Unity.  Click here for the list OR visit the Facebook

 Page.  This week includes a Retirement Planning

Seminar (Tuesday) and a

Labyrinth Walking Guided Tour (Wednesday).



Faculty Features:

Dawn Posey has a number of upcoming performances of interest:

Resonance Works presents "Into the Fire/ A Poet's Love" October 20, 21

I'm especially excited to be a part of this program of chamber music and collaboration with Texture Ballet.  


CMU Opera presents "The Magic Flute" October 25-28

The best opera bang for your buck, these students always put on a fantastic show- and this is a great first opera for kids!  Saturday is an afternoon show.







Lauretta Werner and The Midas String Quartet:

Join West Virginia University's graduate string quartet, the Midas String Quartet, on Sunday, October 29 from 3:00-4:00pm at Unity Church! We will perform movements from Schubert's "Rosamunde" String Quartet in A minor, No. 13 and Debussy's String Quartet in G minor, op. 10. The recital will include activities and exercises geared toward children, as well. Follow the Midas String Quartet on Instagram for more information and updates! @midasquartet


The Midas String Quartet's members:

Phillip Ducreay and Lauretta Werner, violins

Ignacio Cuello, viola

Alec Duggan, cello



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1146 Greentree Rd.

Pittsburgh, PA 15220

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(412) 344-1159 - fax