Steinway and a Sandwich

The public is welcome to attend a free lunchtime concert the first Friday of the each month.
Steinway and a Sandwich is a Heid Music-original series designed to feature the talents of local pianists, set in the beautiful Steinway Gallery at Heid Music Appleton (308 E. College Ave.).
The series is meant to be fun and casual, so bring your lunch! Or just stroll in for the relaxing tunes during your lunch hour — no reservations required! You’re also invited to stay after each performance to meet and greet our masterful pianists.

2018 Schedule

Our Piano Team is working diligently to secure some of the area’s finest piano performers for 2018:
January 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Benny Wollin
Benny graduated from Lawrence University (Appleton, Wis.) in 2014 with a degree in piano performance.
He is currently in the process of opening his own studio in Appleton, offering lessons in classical, contemporary, jazz, composition and digital music production. He also served as a piano teacher at Heid Music Appleton.
Always seeking to explore new areas of music, his performances frequently introduce audiences to charming character pieces by Burgmueller, demonstrating a wide range of emotions and colors.

February 2, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

SS_DecLinda Sparks
Nell Jorgensen Buchman

Well-known Fox Valley performer, teacher and adjudicator, Linda Sparks is a nationally certified teacher in the Music Teachers National Association. She maintains a private studio and is active as an accompanist with singers and instrumentalists.

Nell Jorgensen Buchman has pursued an active teaching, performing and adjudicating career at Lawrence University (Appleton, Wis.) and throughout Wisconsin. She has a private studio, teaches piano and music to the very young, and is an accompanist and manager for two girl choirs at the Lawrence Academy of Music.
March 2, 12:00-1:00 p.m.


Noah Harmon, Piano

Noah has been involved with music his entire life. He received a bachelor’s degree in music from Lawrence University (Appleton, Wis.), where he studied classical piano.

Noah also became interested in jazz piano as well as composition.

In a classical medium, he has performed with larger ensembles such as the Water City Chamber Orchestra, the Oshkosh Symphony, the Big Band Reunion and the Chaminade Women’s Choir.

Smaller ensembles he has performed with include the Electric Company (psychedelic rock), Bloodhawk and the Jazz Orgy (jazz), just to name a few.

Tyler Jones, Trumpet


Tyler grew up in Neenah, Wis., then attended Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., where he studied with Robert Levy and majored in trumpet performance.
After college, he worked as a musician for several major cruise lines, which gave him the opportunity to travel the world and perform with various entertainers, such as Julie Andrews, The Temptations, Lou Rawls and, perhaps most notably, Yakov Smirnov.
Today, Tyler works at Heid Music Appleton and performs with several local orchestras and big bands, as well as local bands Vic Ferrari and Unity the Band.
April 6, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Eli Kalman, Piano
Dr. Katherine Decker, Cello
Eli_Kalman_ChazenRomanian-born pianist Eli Kalman has performed extensively in Romania, Israel, Germany, Hungary, Japan, United States and Canada. His lifelong passion for chamber music has been featured in performances at/in:
  • Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York
  • Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington
  • “San Francisco Performances”
  • “Tuesday Evening Concert Series” in Virginia
  • Sylvia Adalman Artist Recital Series at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore
  • Emmanuel Music-Schumann Chamber Series in Boston
  • Connoisseur Series at Wichita State University
  • Myra Hess Series in Chicago
  • And many other venues 
Dr. Katherine Decker has enthralled audiences across the country with her “positively delightful” performances and “intense concentration and confidence” (Fanfare). She made her solo debut with the Valparaiso University Symphony Orchestra in 2001 and, since then, has performed extensively as a solo and chamber artist.


Since 2011, Dr. Decker has been a member of the award-winning ensemble, enhakē. This contemporary classical chamber music ensemble has received numerous awards. With enhakē, she recently released Preparense: A Piazzolla Project on the MSR Classical CD Label, which was reviewed in Gramaphone magazine as one of the best chamber music CDs of the year.
Before her time with enhakē, Dr. Decker performed at numerous music festivals and was a member of the Eppes String Quartet. Additionally, she has performed with various orchestras, including the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, Elgin Symphony and Albany Symphony Orchestra.
Currently, Dr. Decker is faculty for the Music in the Mountains Conservatory in Durango, Col., and serves as Assistant Professor of Cello at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Before 2017, she served as the Assistant Professor of Low Strings at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
May 4, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Anthony Cardella
This month's performer is a senior piano performance major and piano pedagogy minor at Lawrence University (Appleton, Wis.), studying with Michael Mizrahi.


Anthony has won the Margaret Gary Daniels Keyboard Performance Award the past two years at Lawrence University and recently won first place at the Lawrence University Concerto Competition with Samuel Barber's Piano Concerto. He also won second place at the State Division of the Music Teachers National Association's Young Artist Competition.
Anthony has performed internationally at festivals, such as the Gigon International Piano Festival in Gijon, Spain; the Porto PianoFest  in Porto, Portugal; and the Cantieri Musicali Framura festival in Framura, Italy.
June 1, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Robert Graziano
Robert is a first-year piano performance major at Lawrence University (Appleton, Wis.), studying with Anthony Padilla.
Recently, he participated in the regional Music Teachers National Association competition. While primarily interested in solo piano repertoire, he also loves to accompany other musicians, most recently flutists and saxophonists.
July 6, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
No Performance Due to July 4.
August 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Liam Mayo
September 7, 12:00-1:00 p.m.


Brian Hong
A general surgeon at ThedaCare Medical Center in New London, Wis., Brian attended the University of Wisconsin for his college, graduate and medical school studies, and did his surgical residency in Chicago.
As a musician, Brian started piano lessons as a young child and formally started singing while in college. While in school at UW-Madison, he sang with the MadHatters — the university’s premier men’s a cappella group — and also with the Madison Opera.
During medical school, Brian was the lead vocalist and keyboard player in a medical student rock band called “The Arrhythmias.” Since moving to the Fox Cities, he has performed with Doctors In Recital, which is an annual benefit that brings together doctor musicians to raise money for local programming.

October 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Fox Valley Music Teachers Association


Comprised of local teachers, the Fox Valley Music Teachers Association (FVMTA) is dedicated to supporting music educators and advancing the value of music study within the community.

To learn more about how the FVMTA supports students who cannot afford music lessons as well as to make a tax-deductible donation, visit FVMTA.org.

November 2, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
December 7, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Mark Martin, Piano
Jerry Sparkman, Bass
Erin Krebs, Vocals
Jazz and blues vocalist Erin Krebs returns for another year to perform some of her favorite holiday classics.
Joining Krebs will be two of the finest jazz musicians in the area. This wonderful trio will perform holiday classics such as:
  • "Let It Snow"
  • "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
  • "Winter Wonderland"
  • And more!

Stay tuned to this page for up-to-date information on performers and dates throughout the year. As commitments can change, we will make every effort to update this page in a timely manner. Please also stay tuned to Heid Music’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for the latest information on performance announcements and changes.