The Write Notes – April 2017


St. Joseph Arts Academy
The Write Notes – April 2017
Newsletter from the SJAA

Welcome to the April newsletter from the St. Joseph Arts Academy. We call it the “Write Notes”. Seems right. Write? Right!

There is just a lot of really exciting stuff going on with music lessons in St. Joseph Missouri and the Midland Empire. Our students are working hard and being invited to perform in some really cool events, concerts and music festivals this year. We couldn’t be prouder to share their dedication with our friends and neighbors. Hopefully, they are playing for you at home too.

Evaluative Auditions – Academy students will take part in the Evaluative Auditions sponsored by the St. Joseph Area Music Teacher Association this month. Guitar students will perform two pieces in different styles, play scales and take sight-reading and music theory exams.

It’s a great way for students to test their skills and get valuable feedback from an impartial clinician on their hard work. Evaluative Auditions are on Saturday, April, 22 at MWSU.

Students with a “1” rating will be invited to perform on the SJAMTA Honor recital the following day.

Upcoming recitals – The final recital for the spring semester is Sunday, April 23 at 2pm. The recital is in the Potter Fine Arts Building, Room 112 at Missouri Western State University. Students receiving honors in the Evaluative Audition will be chosen to perform in a recital at 330pm that day (Sunday, April 23) at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown St. Joseph.

Regular recitals resume in the fall but we do have some very special performances to prepare for his summer.

Coleman Hawkins Blues Festival and Trails West!

Academy students have been invited to perform a couple of very special sets for upcoming summer music festivals in St. Joseph.

Trails West is the 3rd weekend in August annually in the civic center park behind city hall and features national and regional musical acts on 3 stages as well as many fine artists and craftsmen. It’s St. Joseph largest and longest running arts and music festival. Time TBA.

The Coleman Hawkins Blues Festival is the sister festival of the Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival. Jazz in June and Blues in September all at Coleman Hawkins Park (and gazebo) in downtown St. Joseph. We’ll be performing for the very first time as the “St. Joseph ‘Blues’ Academy Saturday, September 9 at 2pm. It will be a great day for family, friends and fun music in honor of one of St. Joseph’s most famous, musical native son.

Recent recital – Benedictine College Guitar Senior, Charles Iner just got a standing ovation at his recent senior recital. A great crowd enjoyed a diverse program of Spanish guitar master pieces, modern Russian guitar selections, guitar duos and works for renaissance lute and voice. Way to go, Charles! I think they are going to let him graduate!

College guitarists finish strong. All of our other college guitarists are prepping for finals (juries) and year end recitals. Jury finals are graded by a panel of music faculty and include performing 2 or more pieces in different styles, scale, chord and sight-reading exams. Students also write a one page research paper on a guitar related subject.

Other students will perform pieces in recital for their peers based on the hard work they have done all semester. These adjudications and performances are mandatory at the college level and bring out the very best work in each individual musician. They set the bar high which keeps their achievements very high as well.

Center for Entrepreneurship – We’ve been invited to present our business to the local small business network in St. Joseph. “Cup of Joe” is a weekly meeting of the best entrepreneurial minds in our community. There are two presenter every week that discuss their businesses and follow up with a Q&A session to the benefit of the entire group. SJAA will present our business in the fall!

Upcoming dates
April 1 – Music at the Mansion, 2pm
April 6 – Magoon’s
April 7 – Charles Iner Senior Recital, Benedictine College, 4pm
April 8 – Jowler Creek Winery, 6-9
April 9 – First Christian Church, 11am
April 14 – MtM Tv Shoot
April 22 – Riverwood Winery, 1-4
April 23 – SJAMTA music recitals
April 28/29 – Soca Jukebox at Cunningham’s Journal

Welcome Our New students
Braxtyn G.
Abby S.

Is your Teacher Sold Out?

Guitar Openings – Jason R.

Monday – 4pm and 530
Tuesday – SOLD OUT
Wednesday 4pm
Thursday – SOLD OUT
Friday – SOLD OUT

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Student of the Month
Charles Iner – Senior guitar major at Benedictine College is celebrating his senior recital this month. Congratulations on all your hard work, Charles. We are excited about your bright future in music.

Daytime Lessons Available
Having trouble finding time for music lessons in the evening. We have lots of busy professionals, retirees and home school students who prefer to take lessons during the regular business day. “Lunch Hour” lesson times are available with openings almost everyday between 11am and 2pm.

Guitar in your Home!

We’ve recently started our “in-home” music program for guitar. Many people prefer or need to take a lesson in their homes due to child care, business or even health restraints. We are here to serve the entire community of music learners. If you are interested in or need music lessons in your own home, drop us note. We’ll make arrangements to come to you!

Summer lessons – Did you see our article on Summer time music lessons? Summer is a great time to start or even dig deeper into music studies. Kids especially have a lot more free time to practice and work on specific goals. We don’t take a summer break at the Academy. Music study is year round here! We practice first and THEN we hit the pool! AND we have some very special summer time concert festivals to prepare for too.