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Monday Merchant: Strike A Chord Piano Studio and Oasis Chorale

Let’s face it: it’s March, and there’s no springtime in sight. The wind chill is below zero again today, and the world is white. Our longings for springtime are not to be fulfilled quite yet. That’s why today is a fantastic day for a different kind of springtime, one we can choose.

Music.

Springtime, new life, resurrection: all these can exist in any month, with beautiful music.

Let’s talk about Strike A Chord piano studio on Laurel Street. The piano studio is just one of the aspects of my friend Sarah’s musical passion. She also teaches music at United Christian School in Nappanee and sings with Oasis Chorale in the summer months. She sang at our wedding as well; I’ve set the video below to start at her solo.

Since not everyone who reads this blog is from Northern Indiana, and therefore not local to the piano studio, I am going to give away an Oasis Chorale CD so anyone can participate.

But if you do live within driving distance of Elkhart, consider Sarah’s piano teaching studio for your child, or hey, for yourself. Imagine what music practice could do for your winter blues!

Sarah is well-qualified to give lessons. Recently, she received certification with the Royal Conservatory of Music, which is a four year degree in music. She has also just officially begun her studio, and therefore is able to take new students.

Sarah has started a Facebook Page where you can see updates or watch her students perform.

Here is Sarah’s mission statement. You can see that not only does she teach her student excellent technical skills, but also a sense of the deeper meaning of music.

As a teacher, I will help each student build a framework for thinking about and interacting with music.  Music has the potential to speak deeply when there is an awareness of its soul.  As a teacher/musician, my priority lies in my student’s ability to tap into this soul and communicate it effectively.  This inspires true musicianship while maximizing student creativity.

Message Sarah on Facebook for details and which day of the week she is available! Her monthly fees are quite reasonable, coming out to about $15 for the weekly half hour session.

During her break from teaching piano, she sings with Oasis Chorale, a Mennonite a cappella chorus comprised of auditioned singers from around the nation. Below you see them standing outside on a green lawn in front of green trees and yellow flowers…ah, doesn’t that tug at our hearts!

Check out the Oasis Chorale website to pick which CD you will choose if you win the drawing! Oasis Chorale fulfills their mission by


….inviting singer and listener to thoughtful worship through artistic choral music sung skillfully.

Just this morning, around 5:15 while I was walking on the treadmill, I listened to Angel Band. I got that shivery feeling that you get when you listen to or see something beautiful. It may be the only time in my life yet that I experienced that feeling before 6 am! They also have rousing renditions of “Lift Your Glad Voices” and “When Peace Like a River”, but I can share only so many on my blog.

To help support the chorale and get the best acoustical version of their summer program, buy a ticket for July 13 at 7pm at Sauder Hall. Here is the official statement from Oasis Chorale:

Although we have recorded albums there before, we plan to give our first ever concert in the amazing acoustic of the Sauder Concert Hall in Goshen, IN, on July 13. This will be a fundraiser event that we hope will defray tour expenses and the cost of producing a new choral album, The Glory of His Grace. Please reserve your tickets to this special event in advance and plan a trip to Goshen this summer by following this link or searching for Oasis Chorale on www.yapsody.com/events/

In the next song below, Sarah sings a solo in a beautiful African piece translated as Lead Me, Father. Even though I don’t understand the African language, I can understand the pleading and passion in the song as Sarah and the choir call out to their Father. And I can tell that when Sarah teaches her students to feel the soul of the music, she knows personally how to make that connection.

Giveaway rules to win Oasis Chorale or Hymns of the Church CD of your choice:

  • Two ways to enter:
    • Comment on this blog, being sure to include your email.
    • Go to Facebook and leave a comment on the Facebook post.
  • Do you need an idea for a comment? Write down the CD you will choose if you win and/or wish Sarah a happy birthday! That’s right, her birthday is tomorrow, Tuesday, March 5.
  • Entries accepted today only, Monday, March 4, 2019. Winner will be announced tomorrow morning.

Happy Birthday, Sarah! Thank you for bringing springtime into our winter!

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40 Responses to Monday Merchant: Strike A Chord Piano Studio and Oasis Chorale

  1. Shelah Nolt March 4, 2019 at 9:00 am #

    Yes the feeling for spring to show its face is mutual! I can hardly wait!!!

  2. Kelsie March 4, 2019 at 9:02 am #

    Happy birthday Sarah!

  3. Oneta Overholt March 4, 2019 at 9:13 am #

    So glad for the promise of spring and beautiful music to make us happy!

  4. Rhoda Snyder March 4, 2019 at 9:15 am #

    Happy Birthday Sarah! The “Favorites” CD is as far as I got so far. Beautiful and uplifting music. I’m looking forward to seeing spring, but I’m really enjoying the beautiful snow we got last night as well.

  5. Lois Reed March 4, 2019 at 9:23 am #

    I enjoy the Oasis Choir recordings
    I would choose recording Favorite hymns #3

    happy Birthday, Sarah!
    Angel Band is one of my favorite recordings as well

    Frankloisreed@gmail.com

  6. Faith March 4, 2019 at 9:37 am #

    We long for spring too! Treasures in Heaven would be our pick of the CD s Happy Birthday Sara !

  7. Melanie S. Yoder March 4, 2019 at 9:40 am #

    What beauty God has given us on a snowy morning in eastern CT. Hymns of the Church #2 would give my littles something new to listen to in the van.

  8. Sherilyn March 4, 2019 at 9:43 am #

    Beautiful music is so encouraging and a gift from God. God bless you, Sarah, as you continue to use your wonderful talent for music.

  9. Lori March 4, 2019 at 9:48 am #

    Happy birthday Sarah!! I wish I’d live closer, I’d bring my daughter over for lessons in a heartbeat…I have not been satisfied w what I have here in our area:( I’m a big fan of your music,
    I Love hearing Sarah sing!! And play!! I saw her passion when she played at Inspire 2018… and I also am a big fan of Oasis chorale! I hope tour brings them through here soon! Maybe we’ll see you at music camp?
    Now our son is just starting out a degree in music education and I’d love for him to chat w Sarah!

  10. Jane March 4, 2019 at 9:53 am #

    Happy birthday Sarah!

  11. John Kulp March 4, 2019 at 9:53 am #

    I’d love to have another Mennonite choral music cd! Please enter me.

  12. Alma March 4, 2019 at 9:58 am #

    I love listening to singing….and am also looking forward to spring!

  13. Krista March 4, 2019 at 10:25 am #

    Either Treasures in Heaven or Healing River would be my choice. I’ll make a final decision if I have to!

  14. Beth Wagenius March 4, 2019 at 10:32 am #

    Happy Birthday Sarah!

    I’d love to have the CD Journey The Road Home.

    You know one of the things I appreciate so much about acapella music is it allows you to learn and sing the songs yourself. Although I also listen to other styles of Christian music I find that often you can’t really sing the song by yourself. At least that has been my experience.

  15. Loveda Schrock March 4, 2019 at 10:35 am #

    Longing for spring, but thankful we can always experience the new life in Jesus! Love the music!

  16. Pam March 4, 2019 at 10:49 am #

    Happy Birthday Sarah!

  17. Sherri March 4, 2019 at 11:01 am #

    Happy birthday, Sarah!

  18. Yesenia March 4, 2019 at 11:42 am #

    Happy Birthday Sara! She is one person I really look up to. I don’t have a degree in music but I’m still teaching piano to 13 children this winter. They’re starting to put me to the test and I wish I could come over and take lessons from her myself!
    Blessings,
    Yesenia

  19. Wanda March 4, 2019 at 12:31 pm #

    Well Happy Birthday Sarah! 🙂 I love Oasis Chorale CDs!

  20. Laura Martin March 4, 2019 at 12:46 pm #

    I never heard Oasis Chorale, but maybe I should, we have had people from our church sing in it already.

  21. Cris March 4, 2019 at 1:09 pm #

    I would love to bring my children to Sarah for piano lessons, but I think 5 hours might be a bit far to drive. I guess I’ll have to settle for a CD!

  22. David Yoder March 4, 2019 at 1:14 pm #

    Sarah is doing a great job as our Music teacher!

  23. Rosanna March 4, 2019 at 1:17 pm #

    Happy birthday Sarah!! Hymns of the Church 3 is still missing from our CD rack…

  24. Courtney March 4, 2019 at 1:18 pm #

    I’d probably pick Hymns of the Church #3. And happy birthday to Sarah! We always enjoy listening to Oasis Chorale; I think it would be fun to be in the choir myself!

  25. Anita March 4, 2019 at 1:25 pm #

    Oh Come Angel Band is our family favorite… I know so well the shivery thrill you talked about when listening to that song!

    Happy birthday Sara!

  26. Joy Yoder March 4, 2019 at 1:31 pm #

    I’d welcome Spring with Hymns of the Church number 3.
    Happy Birthday Sarah!

  27. Elaine March 4, 2019 at 1:38 pm #

    I have one Oasis Chorale recording, and if I was choosing another, it would probably be one of the Hymns of the Church recordings.

  28. Mary H March 4, 2019 at 2:43 pm #

    I enjoy listening to the Oasis Chorale and Angel Band is definitely a favorite! Happy Birthday Sarah!

  29. Crystal March 4, 2019 at 3:34 pm #

    I’d love to get a Hymns of the Church CD. Or any Oasis Chorale for that matter!

  30. Treva March 4, 2019 at 3:40 pm #

    I like all the ones you chose, so if I win, you get to choose my CD!! What a nice way to honor a friend!

  31. Violet Miller March 4, 2019 at 7:20 pm #

    I enjoy listening to Oasis Chorale! And the album Eternal Mercies looks like it would be a wonderful choice! I like how the choral music has a calming effect and you almost seem to float away with it!

  32. Heather March 4, 2019 at 7:27 pm #

    I would love an Oasis Chorale CD! Happy Birthday Sarah!!

  33. Debra March 4, 2019 at 8:26 pm #

    The “Favorites” CD would be my choice. Happy birthday, Sarah!

  34. Karen H March 4, 2019 at 8:29 pm #

    An Oasis Chorale CD would bless our home.

  35. Kerra March 4, 2019 at 9:43 pm #

    Happy Birthday Sarah!

  36. Sara Nisly March 4, 2019 at 10:21 pm #

    I’d like the Journey home. Happy birthday, Sarah!

  37. Julie March 4, 2019 at 10:23 pm #

    I enjoy Oasis Chorale and especially more with close relation in it. So the latest Hymns of the Church would be great. Happy Birthday Sarah!

  38. Becky Wadel March 4, 2019 at 10:42 pm #

    Our family would enjoy another Oasis CD. We can never have too many! As for me, I look forward to spring but not with a lot of impatience! I still have winter projects to finish!!

  39. Rachel March 4, 2019 at 11:06 pm #

    Best wishes to Sarah on her piano studio!! And happy birthday wishes as well! N thanks, Katrina, for the chance at another give away😊

  40. Ruth March 5, 2019 at 2:46 am #

    Sarah sounds like an amazing teacher. I’d love to win the FavoritesCD.
    I hope I’m not too late – it’s 11:46 pm in California where I’m vacationing.

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