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February 2015 Issue

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NAMM Show 2015 - The Follow Up!


There is a NAMM 2015 Show Follow Up Thread Here

I've added a bunch of pictures and some feedback about the show. A few others have also chimed in. If you were at the 2015 show, please post your observations of the show, and consider adding some pictures.

For those not familiar with the NAMM show, it is a chance for manufacturers, wholesalers, and suppliers to show off their wares to retailers, and a chance for those of us on the retail side to see all the new goodies, and hopefully take advantage of some show specials.
It's also a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, make some new ones, and hear some fantastic live music.

SRFA - Help Save the Music!

SRFA Holiday Choral Group Kathy and I belong to the Saco River Festival Association (SRFA) a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing live music to the area, and to getting children interested in and excited about music. The SRFA sponsors a series of free (donations gladly accepted) concerts at the bandstand in Cornish Maine, we also sponsor the Portland Community Chorus holiday event at the local schools, help the music departments procure instruments, send kids to summer band camp, and each year, the Festival Association sends every third grader in the Sacopee Valley area to the Portland Symphony.

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If you are from Maine, please help us win this grant by voting for us, details here. Save the Music! SRFA grant

If you'd like to know how to get involved in helping our organization, please visit our web site at

Piano Parties!
We love piano parties! If you are planning to hold one, please let us know. Piano parties are a great way to share your love of playing (and listening) and an opportunity to get non-players interested.
Past Piano Parties, Tours, & Events

The European Piano Party scheduled for 4 July, 2015 in Lucerne Switzerland is really coming together now.
You should see some of the pictures in this thread, breath taking! European Piano Party 2015
Kathy and I are really trying to find a way to attend this one, thinking perhaps we could spend a couple of days in Switzerland and then hop over to Italy for a couple of days.

Interested in a Piano Party in Singapore?
Check out this thread and join the conversation. Details - Singapore Piano Party

Time for another Denver area Piano Party?
This one seems to be well on it's way to happening. Denver Area Piano Party Details

Not sure what a piano party is? Check out the links above, and this forum Forum Members Parties, Tours, Cruises, & Meetings
Also, see this Collection of Piano Parties and Tours compiled by one of our moderators (thank you Casinitaly).

Concerts, Recitals & Competitions

International Concerto Competition 2015
Winners Concerts - Monday, May 25, 2015 (Memorial Day) at 11:30 AM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Friday, July 3, 2015 (Independence Day Weekend) at 1:00 PM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Saturday, December 19th, 2015 at 3:30 PM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Application Deadline – February 27, 2015. Visit For More Details

International Music Talent Competition Spring 2015 - Extended Repertoire Program (Classical repertoire, Folk/Traditional, Broadway/Musical Theater, Jazz.
Winners Concerts - Saturday, May 23 at 7:30PM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Additional recitals will be will be announced in March 2015
Application Deadline - March 14, 2015. Visit For More Details

International Vocal Competition 2015
Winners Concerts - at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City in November - December 2015
Application Deadline - June 10, 2015. Visit For More Details
WHAT: 10th Anniversary Season of PianoForte Foundation free concert broadcasted live on 98.7 WFMT, featuring pianist Weiwen Ma.
WHERE: 1335 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60605
WHEN: March 6, 2015 at 12 PM
WHO: Shanghai born Weiwen Ma has performed in Carnegie Hall, The Town Hall in Manhattan, the Aspen Music Festival Shanghai Concert Hall, Shanghai Great Grand Theater and currently the Tuesday Musical Association. Details - Weiwen Ma Concert
WHAT: PianoForte Foundation's 10th Anniversary Concert Series featuring Inna Faliks.
WHERE: 1335 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60605
WHEN: March 14, 2015 at 7 PM
WHO: Since her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ukrainian-born Inna Faliks has performed in Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Salle Cortot, Paris, the Orchestra Hall, Chicago, the Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow, and more. She toured extensively throughout France, Switzerland, Ukraine, China, Israel, Estonia, Japan, Russia, Italy and the United States.
The Rest of the Details - Inna Faliks

WHAT: PianoForte Foundation welcomes to their new Composer-In-The Loft series, American composer Ethan Wickman, and the acclaimed Avalon String Quartet. The program that includes Tchaikovsky's String Quartet No. 1 in D and a new quartet by Ethan Wickman. This new work entitled "Namaste" was commissioned for the Avalon String Quartet by Brigham Young University in 2009.
WHERE: 1335 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60605
WHEN: March 7, 2015 at 7 PM
WHO: Ethan Wickman studied composition as a Fulbright Fellow in Madrid Spain. He has won the Jacob Druckman Prize (Aspen Music Festival,) the Harvey Phillips Award (International Tuba Euphonium Association,) First Place at the Utah Arts Festival Chamber Commission Competition, and was a finalist at the ASCAP Rudolf Nissim Orchestral Composition Competition.
Details - Ethan Wickman & Avalon String Quartet Concert

The International Fryderyk Chopin Competition for Amateur Pianists

The third edition of the Amateur Pianists Competition, organised and held by the Chopin Society of Warsaw, is drawing near.
We are pleased to invite you to participate in the third edition of the Competition from 7-12 September 2015 at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.
Chopin Competition for Amateur Pianists - Details
8th Annual Boston Amateur Pianist Competition The Boston Piano Amateurs Association is delighted to announce that our 8th Boston International Piano Competition will take place between June 10th and 14th at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge Massachusetts, near the famous Harvard Square and a short train ride to downtown Boston.
Boston Amateur Piano Competition Details
Upcoming Concerts at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.
Follow this link to see the listings of upcoming concert events Concerts at Bates College

Additional Piano Concerts and Competition Listings
Have you visited the member recordings forums?
This is a great place to hear some of your fellow forums members. One is a sub forum in the Pianist Corner which features primarily classical music. Member Recordings - Pianist Corner

The other is under the Fun Stuff category and contains hundreds of recordings of all types of wonderful music. Member Recordings - General

Remember, if you know of any piano concerts, competitions, or events ... let us know!
You can post in this section of the piano forums (and/or email us). Don't forget to keep an eye on the forum below for news of upcoming concerts, competitions, and special (piano) events. Piano Concerts - Competitions - Events

Master Piano Technicians Convention 2015

The Shocks, Breaks and Mufflers of the Piano Business
From Theory to Hands On
August 6th, 7th and 8th

Hosted by
E. J. Buck & Sons Pianos
Lowell MA.

A New Forum!

I've decided to create a sub-forum under the Piano Forum specifically to have a place for posts about members getting a new (to them) piano.
I love reading the threads posted by members who have finally purchased their piano. Seeing the pictures and hearing the stories reminds me of one of the most important reasons we are here, to help each other.
Unfortunately these posts get buried quickly as new threads get created.
If you recently got a piano, or you know of a thread where someone is talking about getting their new piano, please let me know. I'd love to move the threads to this one central place for all to share in the joy of owning and playing a piano.
The new sub forum lives here , right under the primary Piano Forum.
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Fun & Interesting Stuff

I didn't realize the Street Pianos project was still going and growing. We've had a lot of fun discovering and playing the pianos placed outside for these events.

From when I played the ten pianos outdoors in Florida Playing Pianos Outside in Florida
Forums Nostalgia - From 1999. I recently had a conversation with long time member Rich Galassini (of Cunningham Piano) about our forums. Rich remembers the forums from way back when. I told him I had some archived thread from the old forums and would let him know the link(s). I decided to list it here in case anyone else is interested in checking out our forums from 15 years ago. Piano Forums Nostalgia
My Tuning Adventure Some days are more interesting than others, either because of the piano, the people, or the challenge of getting to the tuning.
In this case, it was all of the above. Frank's Excellent Tuning Adventure
Let's Talk Weddings - Robin Meloy Goldsby
Our good friend and long time member Robin Meloy Goldsby may no longer be playing at the Castle in Germany, but her ever entertaining "Let's Talk Weddings" thread lives on, now running to 65 pages of posts. And it's still poignant and fun to read, as you will see if you Read These Pages
Joyce Fessenden, 83, enjoys playing piano in front of local audiences and has no plans to stop.
HALLOWELL, ME - Joyce Fessenden has been playing piano in public for 70 years. At the age of 83, she still plays four or five times a week at area nursing homes and assisted living centers. She has no thought of quitting.
"Music has always been a very important part of my life," Fessenden said. "I'm very grateful for that. I don't plan to quit playing."
On a recent Tuesday, Fessenden played old favorites on the piano at the William S. Cohen Community Center in Hallowell. Her music blended in and enhanced the boisterous sound of lunchtime diners.
"I love it here because the food is good and the people are kind," Fessenden said. "If somebody says "play the piano," the only thing I ask is where and when."
Read The Rest of the Story About Joyce Fessenden

Do you know of a particularly good thread you think others would enjoy?
Send me an email with a link to the thread ( or send it from within the thread itself. I'll take a look and consider listing it in a future newsletter.
And if you find one that would make a really good addition to one of our FAQ areas, please let me know that too.

Posting Pictures in the Forums

We are often asked how to post pictures in the forums. There is a Picture Gallery Forum specifically here to make this easier. First, please understand that we much prefer you upload a copy of your pictures to our servers using this gallery feature, or our older uploader, rather than just linking to them hosted elsewhere.
We constantly find that pictures linked from one of the free services on the web inevitably end up with broken links.

Our picture gallery tool automatically creates three size pictures. Thumb, Medium (best for display in a forum thread) and Full (full original size of the image you uploaded).
Essentially the steps are:
1.) Upload your pictures to the gallery 2.) Copy and paste the url for each picture where you want them in your post (each picture will have the correct syntax for embedding the picture in your thread).

Full instructions for using the gallery can be found here... Posting Pictures in the Forums

Are You Taking Care of Your Piano?

Piano Need Tuning? Did you know your piano should be tuned at least twice a year?
As a piano tuner I sometimes receive calls from customers who tell me they aren't sure if their piano actually needs to be tuned. Let's think about this. Have you ever watched a violinist in an orchestra? They often tune up before every piece, and they only have four strings to contend with. The average piano has about 235 strings! And how do you make music on a piano? By whacking those strings with felt wrapped devices called hammers!
Yes, your piano needs to be tuned.

And it isn't just playing that knocks your piano out of tune, changes in temperature and humidity cause all those wood components of your piano to swell and shrink, helping to stretch and shrink the string lengths, contributing to driving the piano out of tune.
Yes, your piano needs to be tuned.

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