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