Asher Liptack, age 7, shows his confidence with Beethoven’s “Sonatina in G major” as Dr. Paul provides a hint on playing the melody. PHOTO: Beth Peterson/Spring Grove Herald<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->
Asher Liptack, age 7, shows his confidence with Beethoven’s “Sonatina in G major” as Dr. Paul provides a hint on playing the melody. PHOTO: Beth Peterson/Spring Grove Herald

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April 24 provided a special opportunity for area piano students and their instructors. Dr. Jessica Paul, Professor of Music at Luther College as vocal coach, collaborative pianist, and teacher of accompanying, came to the Spring Grove Cinema to conduct a Master Class in Piano and share some of her insights and hints with our local young musicians.

Rachel Storlie (one of our local piano teachers) introduced Dr. Paul to a very well mannered, but excited group of young musicians from 7 to 15 years. After speaking with the students and easing their tensions about playing their musical choices for her, she and 12 of our area students each spent five to ten minutes together as the student performed their choice of musical selection from Beethoven and Handel to Lincoln Park. Dr. Paul listened and observed with great appreciation for the talent she was seeing. The kids, like little musical sponges, soaked up the ideas and hints for practicing their art that Dr. Paul generously shared with each of them. The Master class setting is unique and most beneficial for students as it allows them to see and hear input, not only on their own musical selections and abilities, but those of the other students as well.

Michael and Bonnie Jorgensen, baritone and pianist performing the music of Theodora Cormontan with visual illustrations rounded out the evening, followed by a reception at the Heritage Center next door to the Cinema for Dr. Paul, the Students, the Jorgensons and the attendees of the concert.