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Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by Hannah Violette | Uncategorized

Well, that holiday season went fast! First, we were on Christmas break, and now it's time to start thinking about getting started with the new year! Have you made your resolutions, thought about your intentions, or determined your goals for 2019?  By next Christmas, I will have finished my Master of Music in Music Education, a goal I've been chipping away at for a very long time!  The road has been long, but the finish line is in sight and the prize is so worth it!

Lessons will start right off the bat on January 2nd. Please note, students who are usually scheduled on Tuesday will have their first lesson on Thursday, January 3rd. After that, it's business as usual.

Syllabus fees will be added to your February invoice.  Please note that if for any reason your student does not participate in Syllabus (Friday, March 15), the fee is non-refundable. This fee covers a full-length evaluation by a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music plus a significant amount of time for coaching and instruction outside of a normal lesson. Additionally, each student will receive written notes and a beautiful certificate, suitable for framing.  Completion of the Syllabus program, for which Oregon is nationally recognized, will put your student in good stead to continue their studies at the collegiate level and is evidence of growing discipline and musical accomplishment.

Whatever 2019 holds for you, I wish you the very best! There will be joy and there will be struggle , but isn't amazing how resilient we are?  So here's to growth and victory and increased blessing and happiness for all of us.

I found a surprisingly appropriate poem, written in 1921 by William Carlos Williams:


Again I reply to the triple winds
running chromatic fifths of derision
outside my window:
                                  Play louder.

You will not succeed. I am
bound more to my sentences
the more you batter at me
to follow you.

                                  And the wind,
as before, fingers perfectly
  its derisive music.

Happy New Year!


Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by Hannah Violette | Uncategorized

November News and Events

Friday, October 26, 2018 by Hannah Violette | Uncategorized


As I type this, it's not even Halloween (and we will be having lessons that night...), yet I know if I don't get this out now, it won't get out. I will be striving to send a quick note like this at the end of every month just to keep all of you informed about what's happening in the studio and in our area as far as performing and learning opportunities.

November 14 Lessons Rescheduled

We are coming into the holiday season, which means my responsibilities as the high school choir director are reaching a fevered pitch. On Wednesday, November 14, the choir will be singing at the National Christmas Tree celebration and so those lessons will be held on Thursday, November 15 (same time). This is already reflected on the calendar and your November invoice. And speaking of invoices...if your student had a lesson on Thursday, October 26, that tuition is reflected on the November invoice. If you are at all confused about any charges, please check your family account on the website. If that doesn't help, shoot me an email.

Contemporary/Impressionist Festival

This year's fall piano festival will be held at First United Methodist Church in La Grande on Saturday, November 17, at 1:00 pm. Level Four student Cadence Penning will be performing Midnight Prayer, a very challenging contemporary piece. There is no charge to attend the festival.  The next festival coming up is the Baroque Festival on February 23; please let me know if you wish for your student to participate.

Thanksgiving Week

As the studio calendar generally follows the school calendar, there will be no lessons on Wednesday, November 21. 

Christmas Recital

Students are already off and running in preparation for this year's Christmas recital, which will be Saturday, December 15, at 11:00 am. The library has already been reserved for that day. Please bring a small plate of something to share; I will provide Scot's holiday wassail (spiced cider) and plenty of cups, plates, and other necessary items.

OMTA Website  

The Blue Mountain District of the Oregon Music Teachers Association has a fantastic little website, on which you can find festival and syllabus dates in advance: I encourage you to check it out!

2018 is very nearly wrapped up and in the's to a chaos-free, peaceful holiday season!

Musically yours,