March 18, 2009

Piano-Playing Auditions in Round Rock

Eight local piano pupils from the Studio of Lillian Simmons in Round Rock have registered as candidates for membership in the National Fraternity of Student Musicians, sponsored by the National Guild of Piano Teachers, Teacher Division of the American College of Musicians, of which their teacher is a member.

These young pianists will perform in the National Piano-Playing Auditions, to be held at the Round Rock Audition Center, and will strive for Local and District honors. The American College of Musicians will evaluate the students' performances, based upon their presentation of modern works. Each student will perform in the presence of a professional adjudicator chosen by the National organization who will examine their repertoire.

Throughout the US and abroad, over 100,000 enthusiastic piano pupils will participate in the annual National Piano-Playing Auditions which are held in over 880 music centers. Each entrant will be given a certificate, a gold, silver or bronze embossed pin, a report card, and a year's membership in the National Fraternity of Student Musicians.

Established in 1929 by Dr. Irl Allison, the first Auditions were held at Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas. The National Headquarters is maintained in Austin, Texas. Information regarding the American College of Musicians and Guild Auditions can be obtained by contacting the organization at P.O Box 1807, Austin, IX 78767.

Join the Austin Keyboard Orchestra!

Do you want to
Use your piano skills in new and innovative ways? Play with groups of friends in fun and interesting venues? Learn how to write your own songs? Take your favorite songs and turn them into ensembles?

Then come join the Austin Keyboard Orchestra. Our last two performances were in the Capitol Rotunda and the Austin Children's Museum. We meet once a week for 50 minute sessions and all ages and abilities are welcome. We have parts for the newest beginner to Concerto level students.

Use your piano skills to become the drummer in the "Star Spangled Banner", the bass guitarist in "School House Rock" or the violinist in Beethoven's Fifth Symphony!

For information and to schedule an audition, contact Director Lisa Richards at 512-698-8263 or email