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Students Bound for IFMC State!

Posted by Jennifer Derr on May 7, 2017 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations to our 2017 IFMC State Honors Recital participants!

Four of our students plus one from another studio, were adjudicated today as winners in the Evansville North chapter of the Indiana Federation of Music Clubs [IFMC] first round honors recital, held today in Jasper.

The students hale from Washington, Paoli and Jasper. The Junior class winners are:

Lexi Halter, 6th grade, who sang 'Alice Blue Gown' by Tierney

Aislinn Young, 8th grader, who sang  'Long Time Ago' by Copland

Tyler Kelly, Piano Solo, played 'Cirque' by Rollin

The Senior class winners are:

Alllison Bielawa, 9th grade at Jasper High School, singing, 'American Lullaby' by Gladys Rich

Angelena Pierce, 12 grade at Paoli High School, singing, 'Night' by Florence Price 

The final round of the 2017 IFMC Honors Recital takes place on June 3, atChristel de Haan Performing Arts Center at the University of Indianapolis. Scholarships are awarded in the following disciplines: Piano Solo, Vocal Art Song and Orchestral Instruments Solo - both Junior and Senior class levels.

We are very pround of the entrants who performed today, and wish those advancing all the best!

Weather Changes Us?

Posted by Jennifer Derr on April 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

It's been Spring for a while now, however there are some hazards that Spring in all her beauty brings unexpectedly.  

Severe weather! 

When you hear a siren, look at the clouds and see if they are gray and forbidding.

The siren you hear may be a tornado warning, which means that the conditions in the atmosphere are right for a tornado to form.

You will not have time to drive anywhere and you must immediately seek shelter. Where??

Basements are best, although an interior room (like a bathroom) with no windows is a good substitute. Even better, get in the bathtub and cover yourself with a blanket to protect from flying  broken glass and debris.

Stay safe out  there and enjoy the beauty and freshness of the season.

Stay Safe in the Cold!

Posted by Jennifer Derr on December 2, 2011 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

As you work and play outside this season, here are a few tips:

Look to see - is it water or ice?

Watch your footing - no broken bones!

Cover your face/mouth with a light scarf,

to warm the air before  you breathe it in

Keep your hands and feet warm to avoid frostbite

Stay hydrated - even in winter!

Enjoy the freshness of the season

Leave some of the goodies for others. Overeating can make us feel slow - and who wants that?

Merry Christmas!

Happy New Year!


Posted by Jennifer Derr on December 2, 2011 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Take time to enjoy this refreshing season! New natural fragrances --pine needles, fresh evergreen, cinnamon, as you bake a few cookies! Bake some more and share with your neighbor for some Christmas cheer! You'll be glad you did!

Relax and Enjoy the Summer of the Year!

Posted by Jennifer Derr on May 22, 2011 at 12:04 AM Comments comments (0)

As the school year winds down, please start thinking about one thing:

How will I spend this summertime wisely?

Summer is about re-connecting with friends, our animal friends and God's creation.  Feel the warm grass tickle your bare feet, enjoy the breeze as you take your pet for a walk or take a ride with your horse through the fields. As you can see, there's something about being outside that refreshes us. 

So much of the poetry we see in the lyrics of songs are about the natural world. So take time to look, taste, smell, feel, and sense the beauty around you. ..and leave your cell home!

Spring! The Sweet Spring!

Posted by Jennifer Derr on April 21, 2011 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi Everyone!

You are busy, busy people and with that state of motion STRESS is a huge problem - even more so for singers, because, as you know, your body is your instrument. Sometimes I think it's easier to carry around a guitar or other instrument, because the maintenance is way less expensive!

Let's start with some basic nutrition to feed this marvelous "machine". You like colors, I like colors, although I may like different colors than you, we can agree that black or plain white would get to be boring once in a  while.  Same thing with our choices of FOOD!  Now that it's SPRING you may be  getting hungry for more of a variety of foods, lets FOCUS on the best for us.  As I said earlier, plain black or plain white would be extremely boring if we were painting the interior of our home - and these colors may be OK for the Chick-Fil-A cows, but we need better fuel color choices to maximize our food palette.

There's a song that goes: "RED and YELLOW and PINK and GREEN; PURPLE and ORANGE and BLUE; I can see a rainbow, see a rainbow, I can see a rainbow too!" 

Well, the same can be said for food; we need to choose many, many colors of food in order to fuel our singers instruments: the darker and more vivid the colors, the better! Now, I'm not too much of a fan of food stylists, however, the more color your food has, the better the nutrition and phyto-esssentials, which fight stress!. Think back on the last meal you had - was it beige? How exciting is that? Not very, so do something about the boring and starting getting some colors into yourself!


News About YOU!

Posted by Jennifer Derr on October 7, 2010 at 10:56 AM Comments comments (0)

Winter is in full swing and you are so, so, so busy!  I know that some of you are either getting sick or recovering, so let's talk briefly about  prevention of illness and staying healthy.

Your body is where your instrument (your voice) lives, so it's really important to know how to help it function well.

First place to start is at the end of the day!  Get into a calming pre-sleep-time routine, planning ahead to make sure you get 8-9 hours of sleep. This does NOT mean watching TV lying down or playing video games in bed! You have to decide ahead that you WILL devote a set amount of time to sleeping!

Second thing: stay away from "energy" drinks (any of them), soda with caffeine (most of them), and coffees and most teas and hot chocolate (sorry!).  Eating spicy or super sweet foods before sleep can disrupt as well. Alcohol is a subject we should not even need to address.

It's a flat out no-no!

If you start with committing to 8-9 hours of sleep a night, I promise; you will start to have more energy and your brain will work quicker and better! And who doesn't want that? 


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