SCHOOL OF MUSIC
A monthly newsletter to inform
and entertain our friends
Megan Jobe competed in the National American Miss State Finals July 31st through August 2nd
at Pheasant Run Resort. The festivities/contest started late Friday afternoon and ran through Sunday evening.
Megan's contest group, the preteen division, had 98 registered contestants.
included: talent, formal wear, casual wear, actress, spokes model, photogenic, art, and more. For talent Megan performed
on the piano and earned a 1st Runner Up.
She placed highly in many other contests and won Miss Illinois
Megan is one of 6 Miss Illinois'. There is one for each division, from youngest
to oldest: Princess, Jr Preteen, Preteen, Jr Teen, Teen, and Miss. Many people wonder what a pageant queen does. Well,
for Megan her first day as queen was spent sorting boxes of school supplies for kids in need, but at least she got to do it
in a crown and sash!
Coming up she has community service work to do, some guest appearances, and then
on to Nationals at Disneyland to represent Illinois in a run for the National crown.
Over 100 recital videos are now on YouTube! Visit "Sweet Sounds for
You" to see you and your friends performing at past recitals!
Recital videos are also available on facebook!
SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PIANO MONTH
Tickle your keys for Piano Month! Celebrate an instrument that continues to be classical, contemporary and flexible
at the same time; an instrument that contributed enormously to the development of music as we know it, and continues to play
a key role in modern music.
A Piano History Timeline
1700-Harpsichord maker Bartolomeo Cristofori's
invents the "piano e forte" ("soft and loud") in Florence, Italy.
1739-Domenico del Mela builds the earliest known upright piano in
builder Gottfried Silbermann adds a precursor to the modern damper pedal, which lifts all dampers from the strings at once
to create a sustained tone.
1700s-Piano making flourished in the Viennese school. Mozart composed for these instruments, which were built with wooden
frames with two strings per note.
Early 1800s-The English firm Broadwood is the first to make sturdy pianos with a range of more than five octaves
1811-Theatrical pianist and composer Franz
Liszt was born in Hungary. He brought virtuosity and flair to piano playing and created the piano recital.
1853-The piano maker Steinway and Sons was
founded by Heinrich Engelhard Steinway. His innovations include cast-iron frames and overstringing, or placing strings vertically
overlapping and slanted.
Henri Fourneaux invents the player piano, which "plays itself" using a piano roll and mechanics.
1873-Composer, pianist, and conductor Sergei
Rachmaninoff is born in Russia. A virtuoso, his hands spanned the interval of a 13th on the keyboard. His second and third
piano concertos are among the most challenging.
Late 1800s-The modern upright piano and grand pianos that are used today first appeared.
1919-By this date, 156,000 pianos and 180,000
player pianos were being manufactured in the US.
1938-Composer John Cage "prepares" a piano, adding nuts, bolts, and pieces of rubber in the
instrument to create a wide array of percussive sounds.
1962-The first Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is held in Fort Worth, Texas. In 1958
Van Cliburn sensationally won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia at the height of the Cold War.
1980s-Digital pianos became available. They
used digital sampling to produce the sound of every piano note. Later innovations include keyboards "weighted" to
feel like a grand piano's and onboard recording technology.
2000s-With MIDI technology, internet capability, onboard learning tools, computer screens and more,
pianos enter the 21st century with hi-tech features that make them as popular as ever. In 2005, 144,000 digital pianos are
sold in the US. (courtesy of Making Music)