Welcome and thank you for visiting my website!

Frances E. Schwemmer

NCTM

Private Piano Teacher - All ages



Upcoming Events

September 9, 2022

Sept. 18 -- Omega Psi Phi virtual auditions deadline for video submissions.

July 19, 2022

July 28 -- End of Summer Teaching Schedule.

August 1-4 -- No lessons.

August 8 -- Lessons resume.

September 5 -- Labor Day, No lessons.

September 6 -- Lessons resume.

May 15, 2022

May 11 -- The AMTA State Audition results were sent to the students who participated. Four students were chosen as Winners, one student was awarded the grade of Honorable Mention, nine students received the top grade of Outstanding and one student received an Excellent rating.

May 23 - June 3 -- The Studio is closed.

June 3-4 -- The AMTA State Conference will be held at UAB and four students will perform in the Winner Recitals for their Division. These recitals feature students from the entire state who were selected in audition by out-of-state college piano teachers.

June 6 -- Summer lessons begin.

April 21, 2022

May 2 -- Videos due to be uploaded to the State AMTA chairperson. All students who made Outstanding in both theory and performance are eligible to send in a video of their 3 pieces to be judged by out-of-state college judges. Sixteen students entered the audition and fifteen are eligible to enter the state AMTA audition. Students will be notified by email as soon as I receive the results of the audition.

May 4 -- Sophia and Katerina will perform for the HMSC Meeting. $400 prizes are awarded to the winners.

June 2-3-4 -- The State AMTA Conference will be held at UAB for all AMTA Teachers. The AMTA and MTNA student winners will perform for the conference. Visit almta.org to see what events are scheduled for this conference.

May 1 - 20 -- Lessons are scheduled.

May 21 - 31 - No lessons

June lessons will be scheduled and students will be notified by email.

March 27, 2022

March 26 -- Huntsville Music Study Club Audition was held Saturday at UAH, Roberts Recital Hall.

Winners:

  • 1st Place: Sophia
  • 2nd Place: Katerina

    Both students will perform for the club at their May meeting, Congratulations to all!

    April 9 -- AMTA District Piano Audition at First Baptist Church, 8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    April 16 -- Spring Piano Recitals at The Huntsville Museum of Art.

    May 2 -- State Piano Audition -- Virtual.

  • February 22, 2022

    March 14 - 18 -- Spring Break (I will be teaching).

    March 26 -- Huntsville Music Study Club Audition.

    April 9 -- AMTA District Piano Audition at First Baptist Church.

    April 16 -- Spring Piano Recitals at The Huntsville Museum of Art.

    May 2 -- State Piano Audition -- Virtual.

    January 21, 2022

    March 19 -- My deadline for AMTA District Audition registration.

    April 9 -- AMTA District Piano Audition held at First Baptist Church, Governor's Drive.

    April 16 -- My Studio Recitals held at the Huntsville Museum of Art, Church Street.

    January 3, 2022

    January 3, 2022 --- Lessons resume

    December 2, 2021

    December 12 --- Katerina and Timothy will perform several piano pieces at the Winterlude Concert at Whitesburg Baptist Church at 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. There are many musicians performing and 4 grand pianos on the stage with a trombone soloist. It may be live streamed for viewing at home.

    December 20 - 31 --- No lessons, Christmas Break.

    January 3, 2022 --- Lessons resume.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    November 7, 2021

    September 12 -- Sophia and Timothy entered the virtual District Omega Psi Phi talent audition and were awarded 1st and 2nd places for their performances.

    October 23 -- These two entered the State Audition and were awarded 2nd and 3rd places for their audition. Both received monetary prizes! Timothy is eligible to compete in the National Audition (in-person) in Atlanta on April 7th. Congratulations to both students.

    Timothy will perform several piano pieces at the Winterlude Christmas Concert at the Whitesburg Baptist Church in December.

    Thanksgiving Break -- Nov. 22-26, no lessons. Nov. 29 -- Lessons resume.

    September 16, 2021

    Sept. 12 -- Congratulations to Sophia and Timothy for entering the Omega Psi Phi event.

    Oct. 4 - 8 -- No lessons, Fall Break.

    Oct. 11 -- Lessons Resume.

    July 21, 2021

    July 29 -- End of Summer Lessons.

    August 2-6 -- Studio Closed, no lessons.

    August 9 -- Lessons Resume with Fall Schedule.

    Sept. 6 -- Labor Day, no lessons.

    Sept. 7 -- Lessons Resume.

    May 18, 2021

    May 12 -- AMTA State Audition judging was completed. Thirteen students entered this audition from this studio. Two students were selected Winners, six students were Honorable Mention Winners and five students were rated as Outstanding. The grades are Outstanding, Excellent, Good, Comments Only (no grade). A percentage of Winners and Honorable Mention winners are chosen from the Outstanding rated students. The Winners will submit a video to be viewed at the virtual AMTA State Conference beginning the last week of May. These videos will be available to view until Sept. 1. The judges were out-of-state college piano faculty members.

    May 24 - June 4 -- Studio closed.

    June 7 -- Lessons resume.

    May 2, 2021

    April 10 -- The District AMTA Audition was held virtually with You Tube Videos presented to the judges. Thirteen students from this studio entered and all made the double Outstanding grades and will advance to the State AMTA Audition.

    April 25 -- Timothy and Katerina won 2 of the 3 piano scholarship awards of $400 each, given annually by the Huntsville Music Study Club. Congratulations to both of them. They made a You Tube video of 2 pieces which were submitted to the Scholarship Chair. These 2 students will have their videos streamed via Zoom on May 13, at 7:30 p.m. If you want to view this HMSC program that features the Scholarship Winners -- just let me know and I'll send you the link. The students performing will be: Piano, Strings, Woodwinds/Brass, Voice, College Piano and College Voice. The high school students are in grades 9-12 and their teachers live in Madison County.

    May 1 -- The State AMTA Piano Audition date for submitting videos for a virtual audition. This audition is for those students making the grade of Outstanding in both Performance and Theory. There is no theory requirement for the State Audition. The registration fee is $30. I will add that cost to your May invoice. Check your email for further information sent by me.

    April 5, 2021

    Congratulations to Timothy for winning the 3rd place in the Omega Psi Phi Audition held in March!

    April 10 -- AMTA District Piano Audition Videos judging begins.

    April 14 -- The Annual HMSC Scholarship Awards will be held virtually. The video links are to be sent to me by this date. I have already pre-registered the students who are entering this event.

    April 26-27-28 -- The State Piano Videos are to be sent to me during this time frame. This is for all students who made an Outstanding rating in both theory and performance. The videos contain only the 3 pieces, no theory is played at the State level.

    May 1 -- Judging begins for the State AMTA Piano Auditions.

    March 1, 2021

    March 6 -- Spring Piano Recitals, The Art Museum's Great Hall, 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

    March 20 -- AMTA forms are due and the entry fee ($30.00) will be added to the monthly invoice.

    April 5-6 -- You Tube videos are due to be sent to me.

    April 10 -- AMTA District Audition.

    Congratulations to Timothy!!! He won 1st place in the recent Omega Psi Phi Talent Hunt audition.

    February 1, 2021

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Recitals -- March 6th

  • Students will sit with their family and I will clean the keys after each student's performance. We will all wear masks and stay socially distanced from each other. Details will be sent to each student by email later.

    AMTA -- Update

  • AMTA Cost is $30.00 per entry.
  • March 20 -- deadline for me to send in AMTA forms.
  • April 5 -- You Tube Video links must be sent to me.
  • April 10 -- Audition.
  • January 9, 2021

    Happy New Year!

    March 6 -- Recitals at the Huntsville Museum of Art, details will be sent at a later date.

    March 20 -- Registration is due for the AMTA virtual auditions, which I will send in for each student. Entry fee is $30. which will be added to your March monthly invoice.

    April 7 -- YouTube videos are due for you to send to me and I preview them and send to the district chair.

    April 10 -- The videos are sent to judges and we get the results back that week.

    December 5, 2020

    Merry Christmas!

    Dec. 1 - 18 -- Lessons.

    Dec. 21 - Jan. 1 -- No lessons in observance of Winter Break.

    Jan. 4, 2021 -- Lessons resume.

    AMTA District Auditions will be April 10, 2021. All auditions are virtual this year. YouTube videos must be sent to me by March 19th. State AMTA Videos are due to me 2 weeks after the District Auditions.

    November 5, 2020

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    Nov. 23 -- Monday students will have lessons.

    Nov. 24-27 -- No lessons in observance of Thanksgiving.

    Nov. 30 -- Lessons resume.

    October 9, 2020

    Oct. 5-6 -- No lessons, Fall Break.

    Oct. 12 -- Lessons resume.

    Nov. 24-27 -- No lessons, Thanksgiving Break.

    Nov. 30 -- Lessons resume.

    August 30, 2020

    Sept. 7 - No lessons, Labor Day holiday.

    No group Theory-Performance classes are scheduled at this time because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Stay Well!

    July 27, 2020

    Most summer lessons will continue to be taught online with Zoom or FaceTime for the month of August.

    August 17-21 -- The studio will be closed.

    August 24 -- Lessons resume.

    June 20, 2020

    UAH 7th Annual Piano Festival Results:

    Jr. Category:

  • Second Place: Sophia
  • Honorable Mention: Timothy

    Sr. Category:

  • Honorable Mention: Noah

    Congratulations to all students who participated!

  • May 24, 2020

    AMTA Auditions were conducted with YouTube Video submissions and 19 students from this studio entered: All judges were out-of-state college piano teachers. The grades are Outstanding, Excellent, Good and Not Acceptable. The Winners and Honorable Mention Winners are selected from the Outstanding grades.

  • 3 Students were selected as Winners: Sophia, Timothy and Simon
  • 6 Students were selected as Honorable Mention Winners: John, Jenny, Austill, Katerina, Joey and Mike
  • 10 Students were selected as Outstanding: Erik, Eli, Melodie, Noah, Brandon, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Jolyn, Katelyn and Lindsey

    These students will submit a YouTube Video to be viewed at the annual AMTA State Virtual Conference in June.

    Summer Lessons begin: June 8th on line by FaceTime, Zoom or Telephone

    UAH Audition 7th Annual Piano Contest was conducted with You Tube Video submissions: The results have not been posted.

  • May 3, 2020

    May 1 -- Invoices were emailed.

    May Lessons -- May 4 - 22.

    June 8 -- Lessons resume.

    April 5, 2020

    March 21-28 -- Twenty-one AMTA District You Tube videos were submitted to the judges. Twenty students made the top grade of double Outstanding in both theory and performance and may now submit videos for the State Audition.

    April Lessons -- All lessons will be taught on line by using FaceTime or Zoom.

    April 11 -- the Spring Recital is canceled.

    April 20 -- The AMTA forms must be mailed to the Registrar.

    April 24 -- All AMTA State You Tube Videos must be submitted to the AMTA State Chairman.

    Stay Safe -- Stay home and Practice!

    March 7, 2020

    March 14 -- Group Theory Classes

    March 14 -- HMSC Scholarship Auditions at UAH, Roberts Recital Hall

    March 21 -- District AMTA (Alabama Music Teachers Association) Auditions

    March 30 - April 3 -- Spring Break, no lessons

    January 16, 2020

    Jan. 12 -- Joey won the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist Competition at UAH and will perform 4 times with the HSO at the VBC for the Young Peoples Concerts! Congratulations to all contestants, parents and teachers!

    January 7, 2020

    Jan. 6 -- Lessons begin.

    Jan. 12 -- Young Artist Audition Finalist Recital at Roberts Hall, UAH, 2:00 p.m. Joey will be competing with his Haydn Concerto!

    Jan. 25 -- Group Theory - Performance Classes at my studio.




    2021-2022 Studio Summary

    Two students entered the Omega Psi Phi Audition in 2021 and won 1st and 2nd places. They advanced to the next level and won 2nd and 3rd places in that audition. One advanced to the national level in April 2022 and did not place. It was a great all-expense paid trip plus a cash prize! Congratulations to both students!

    Two students played in the 4-piano musical for “Winterlude” which is a major Christmas production sponsored by Whitesburg Baptist Church. This year a trombone soloist was the featured guest artist!

    The HMTA sponsored a Virtual Christmas Palooza in December.

    The Studio Spring Recitals were held at the Huntsville Museum of Art’s Great Hall in April. All students took part this year, and it was great to “see and hear” the students in-person! One student was a graduating senior from Bob Jones High School! He shall be missed.

    Huntsville Music Study Club hosted their annual Scholarship Audition in-person at UAH Roberts Hall and three students entered. There were two piano scholarships available, and two students were chosen as winners from this studio. All received monetary prizes! In addition, they were asked to perform for the club at their May meeting.

    Two students were featured in the annual Huntsville Music Teachers Association’s Honors Recital held in April. One recital was for all ages of students, and one was just to honor the graduating seniors.

    Fifteen students entered the in-person AMTA District Piano Audition held in April. All made the top grade in both performance and theory and advanced to the State Audition held virtually in May. At the State audition the judges were out-of-state college piano faculty. Four students were selected as winners, one student was chosen as Honorable Mention Winner, and nine students received the grade of Outstanding.

    The State AMTA Conference was held in June at UAB in Birmingham, AL. The winners all performed in their recitals in-person this year. It was the first time in 2 years that this event was held in-person. The guest clinician declined to come because of Covid, however, the guest artist did come and presented a master class and a recital.

    Several students play the piano for church services regularly. Other students have been asked to fill in as substitute pianists or accompanists when needed. I am delighted that they can do this easily! Congratulations to all students and parents for another good year of piano study.


    For any comment or suggestion, please write to me via email at eddosch@aol.com


    September 9, 2022

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