Gail's Music Studio Holds 2008 Fall Holiday Recital
Gail's Music Studio, owned by Gail Summers of Southern Pines, had its 2008 Fall Holiday Recital Saturday, Nov. 15, at Cornerstone Baptist Church on Hoffman Road in Foxfire. Seasonal refreshments were served in the fellowship hall afterward.
Summers has been teaching piano and voice for over 30 years, with a recent return to this area three years ago. Currently her studio is located on May Street in Southern Pines. It has audio and video stations plus a computer to help in a fun way to teach about music, composers, and theory. She is also a member of the National Guild for Piano Teachers.
In addition, Summers has developed piano lessons called the "Little Maestro Program" for children, starting at age 2.
"However, they must be able to sit for 15 minutes and count to four," she says. "This program teaches music concepts as a springboard to regular piano lessons."
Two of her Little Maestros were in Saturday's recital.
Jarom Williams, 5-year-old son of Jamie and Rebecca Williams, of Pinebluff, helped Summers play "Do You Hear What I Hear," in addition to picking out and playing quarter, half and whole notes. Four-year-old Lanie Trevarrow, daughter of Paul and Heather Trevarrow, of Southern Pines, had a jingle wrist strap on as she played "Jingle Bells." Both have been in the program approximately six months.
Tyler Wilson, 6, and his dad, Ramey, participated as soloists and then played together. Tyler is also the son of Lisa Wilson, all of Southern Pines, and performed "Thanksgiving Day Parade," "Snowman," and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." Ramey did "Silent Night" and was then joined by his son for a duet of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day."
This was the first recital for 5-year-old Monica Etowski, and she played "Jolly Old St. Nicholas." She is the daughter of Wayne and Heidi Etowski, of Whispering Pines. Her sisters, Megan Etowski, 7, and Mary Etowski, 9, played "Silver Bells" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" respectively. All three played their songs solo and then as a duet with Summers.
Reagan Adams, 6, daughter of Chandler and Kelley Adams, of Pinehurst, played "The Chipmunk Song."
Also from Pinehurst is Noah Welborn, 8, son of Wayne and Melissa Welborn, who played "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and Rebecca Evans, 12, daughter of Doug and Jean Evans, who played "Great Is the Lord" and "Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella." Matthew Parker, 14, of Marston, son of Michael and Carol Parker, did "Let it Snow."
Siblings 9-year-old Glenn McDaniel and his 14-year-old sister, Jasmine McDaniel, children of Robert and Johnna McDaniel, of Aberdeen also performed.
did the left hand part to "My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice," due to an earlier wrist injury to the right hand, but after it healed he learned "Angels We Have Heard on High." Jasmine did a combination "Lullaby" and "Away in a Manger."
Matthew Rock, 16, son of Tom Rock and grandson of Dorothy Rock, all of Southern Pines, did his own arrangement of "Jingle Bell Rock." Clara Poppele, 11, daughter of Scott and Karen Poppele, also of Southern Pines, did her rendition of "Frosty the Snowman."
Also from Southern Pines is Joe Palladino, who played his arrangement of "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire." The daughter of Sharon and Chris Castelli, Katelynn Pace, 15, from Southern Pines, wrapped up the program with "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
Call (910) 783-8863 for more information about Gail's Music Studio.
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