Encore's September Music Notes

Monday, September 4, 2017 by Bradley Allen | Uncategorized

Dear Encore Parents and Students,

Happy Labor Day!  NO Lessons or Classes today.  Welcome back to school and cooler Autumn weather!  Expect teachers to begin assigning Recital repertoire if they haven't already.  Our Autumn Recitals are scheduled for Saturday, November 18th at 10:00 A.M., 11:30 A.M., and possibly 1:00 P.M. in the Sanctuary of The Church of the Master located at 24 N. Grove St. on the Otterbein University Campus!  This is the same location we have been graced to use for the last several Recitals thanks to Miss Kitty.   We are encouraging all students (adults too, as we have many) to participate.  It is a golden opportunity to gain experience studying a piece of music more intensely over a longer period of time to refine musical skills and expression as well as providing valuable performance acumen.  Recitals are also a great time to share with the Encore family and for students to hear various levels of ability, styles, and instruments.  Speaking of sharing social time, a big thank you once again to all the bakers in our family for the delicious treats after the Spring recitals!  We are asking once again for help in that area and there will be a place to signup to bring confections on the Autumn Recitals Signup Page when it goes live at the end of October.  Our new violin and viola teacher, Rachael Keplin, accompanied by Dr. Helen Allen, will perform Schubert's Arpeggione from his Sonata in A Minor,  at 11:15 A.M., between the 10:00 and 11:30 recitals.  Come a little early for the 11:30 recital or stay longer after the 10:00 recital for this performance!

Welcome to our new teachers starting in September: Sean Byrne, violist & violinist and Mary Daley-Moore, vocalist & pianist!  They both add to Encore as they have great musical talent and exhibit kindness and a love of students.  We're thrilled to have them both!

Please take time to review Encore's policies, particularly those referring to the tuition payment schedule.  There has been some confusion about whether Encore requires payment by the dates specified and whether a student can pay only partially depending on the the number of lessons attended.  Encore expects tuition by the 25th of the preceding month, no later than the 1st.  After the 1st, please add the required late fee.  Encore does not accept partial payments for monthly tuition unless there is a special arrangement with Brad, the Director of Encore, such as prorating the payments when a student is beginning in the middle of the month.   Thank You!

Encore has been adding new rewards to the Practice Prizes Bins.  Congratulations to many of you who are consistently practicing 5+ Days/week and earning Gold Stars!  You help yourselves and help Encore to be successful in its mission of excellence!

- Brad Allen, Director

Encore Music Studios

Encore Music Studios' July Music Notes

Sunday, July 2, 2017 by Bradley Allen | Newsletter

Dear Encore Family,

While the beginning of Summer is marked for many families by vacations, Encore continues its drive toward musical excellence, enthusiasm, and enrichment for its students!  Hot off the press is the hiring of Rachael Keplin, who will be taking Sean's former students at the beginning of August.  We will all miss Sean as he continues his musical development at Northwestern University in the graduate program!  Rachael Keplin is a violist, violinist and string pedagogue who holds a Master of Arts in string pedagogy from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Music in viola performance from Kennesaw State University. Rachael is the viola artist for Chamber Brews and performs with local orchestras such as the Central Ohio Symphony, McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra, Westerville Symphony, and Newark Granville Symphony. She is passionate about youth outreach and serves as an orchestral coach for the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra and local Columbus schools. When she is not teaching, performing or practicing she is writing on pedagogy in her blog, Raising the Bottom Line.  She will be achieving her Suzuki Certifications next summer.  She will be shadowing Sean beginning Monday, July 10th so his students and parents can get to know her better before she takes over in August.  

August brings a slight adjustment in tuition cost for just a few who were still paying the older monthly amounts.  In August, everyone will be paying $110/30 min. lessons and $155/45 min. lessons.

In Celebration of the 4th of July,  Encore will be closed this Tuesday.  This week both Studio locations have Red, White, and Blue Candies in the Hearts normally reserved for the glass practice gems!  Students may take candies numbering the days practiced for the previous week.  5 Days practiced means the students may take 5 candies for consumption.  

We are currently beginning a search for female Voice/Piano teacher as I have very few spaces left in my own studio and Encore continues to grow.  If by any chance anyone has a lead for such a teacher, please bring it to my attention as I would like to have her in place by August!

Happy Fourth of July everyone!

-Brad A.


Encore Music Studios' April Music Notes

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by Bradley Allen | Uncategorized

Dear Encore Family,

We want to welcome Ben Crowder to the faculty at Encore!  Ben teaches Trombone and beginning Piano and Guitar.  We also want to say a fond farewell to an Encore veteran Voice teacher Carol Fry who is retiring this month to spend more time with her husband.  We wish you the Very Best for you and yours!

April is an exciting time at Encore, culminating in our Spring Recitals on Saturday, April 29th at 10:00 am and 11:30 am in the Church of the Master sanctuary.  This is the same location as the November 2016 Autumn Recitals.  Thanks again to our Director Emeritus, Kitty, for securing the arrangements.  We will be regaled with the Bach - Sonata No. 2 in A Minor - Fugue by our very own Sean Klopfenstein @ 11:15am.  There will be opportunity for the consumption of confections after each Recital as well.  In fact, this year we welcome any teacher, parent, or student who would like to contribute to our refreshment table by checking a box at the bottom of the Recital Information and Signup Page.  We certainly don't need everyone to contribute in this way, but if baking is a joy for you, we certainly would be blessed through your assistance.  Sean's students and anyone else who would be benefited by piano accompaniment not already provided for the Recitals are also encouraged to check a box on the Signup Page.  We are reserving Thur. April 20th and Wed. April 26th from 4:00-7:30pm at the Westerville Studio for this purpose.  Please indicate what times you are available and we will let you know your assigned time by Monday, April 17th.  For those families utilizing this opportunity, the recommended donation for accompaniment services is $25 made out to Helen Allen.

A Special Thanks to:

Diane LaHue, former owner of Encore Music Studios, for her continued support and flexibility with the shared space at the Dublin location! 

Sean Klopfenstein for his dedication to and development of our Suzuki Violin Group Class.  I have received great feedback from our parents!

Kitty Laurich for continuing to take students as the word of mouth of her abilities with young violin students has traveled nationally! 

Ian Harrah for being a steady and integral part of Encore's growth!

Helen Allen for her undying devotion to me and the success of Encore!

Brad A.

Director, Encore Music Studios