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.
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!