Local musical talent is abundant in our surrounding communities, and Heid Music Appleton has set out to display such artistry in our Steinway Piano Gallery located at 308 E. College Ave.
The first Friday of each month, Heid Music Appleton invites the public to attend a free lunchtime concert featuring local pianists, instrumentalist and vocal artists alike. 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! Feel free to stick around after each performance to meet our guest performers, browse our piano gallery and page through our vast collection of print music.
Friday, April 5 | 12pm-1pm | Heid Music Appleton
We are excited to announce that this month's Steinway and Sandwich will have not one, but two performers playing back-to-back for your listening pleasure!
Stacey Kraus has been performing and an active accompanist within our community for the past 20 years. She earned a B.A. in music and psychology from UW Stevens Point. During college she received a scholarship from WMTA and continues as an active member of the FVMTA. Stacey is currently a piano teacher at St. Paul Lutheran School in Appleton.
Leo Van Asten has been an active teacher, composer and pianist since 1998. Leo graduated from UW Stevens Point in 2002 with an emphasis in composition and then from the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg Germany with a degree in harpsichord performance. Leo currently teaches under Erudite Music LLC in Madison where he lives with his wife, Wendy.
March 1, 2019 | 12:00-1:00pm
John Harmon had been a prolific composer and jazz musician for more than decades. His career has taken him to New York City where he worked as a pianist and arranger, to touring the world with his trio. Harmon eventually returned to his alma mater, Lawrence University, where he founded a jazz-studies program. He served as the director of that program for the next three years. In 1974, Harmon co-founded a nine-piece band called Matrix. The group's original music, most of it composed and arranged by Harmon, was at the forefront of the jazz-fusion movement and included elements of funk, rock and blues in addition to jazz. The group went on to record five albums over the next seven years.
January 4, 2019 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Mingfei Li, born in Jiamusi, China, studied piano from the ages of five to eleven. In 2013, she began her University studies, originally admitted as a math-computer science major, and now holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University under Dr. Catherine Kautsky. Li is currently appointed as an Associate Instructor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She has performed widely as both a soloist and chamber musician. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under Dr. Karen Shaw, where she is a recipient of the Artistic Excellence Award and the Irving & Lena Lo Scholarship. Her previous mentors include Luba Poliak, Anthony Padilla and Michael Mizrahi.
December 7, 2018 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.
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, Jerry Sparkman on Bass and Mark Martin on Piano. This wonderful trio will perform holiday classics such as:
"Let It Snow"
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
November 2, 2018 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Joseph Schumann is a family medicine physician at the Ascension clinic in Greenville, WI and graduated from the now Fox Valley Medicine Residency at the Mosaic Family Health Clinic. He leads a Celtic band, the Lutheran Ceili Orchestra, that tours around the country. Joey has been a featured Celtic performer for 7 years running at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Most recently, he has been honored to tour with "The Way of the Rain," an environmental awareness project lead by Sibylle Redford, and has shared the stage with such talents as Robert Redford, Robert Mirabsa, N. Scott Mormandy, Mairead Nesbitt and Lynn Hillary of the Celtic Women, and Al Gore.
October 5, 2018 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.
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.
September 7, 2018 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Brian Hong is 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.
August 2018 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Daniel Kuzuhara studied at Lawrence University under Anthony Padilla where he received his Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance. He later went on to receive his Masters from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying under Karen Shaw.
July 6, 2018 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.
No Performance Due to July 4 Weekend Festivities.
June 1, 2018 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Lawrence University's Conservatory of Music piano Professor Anthony Padilla proudly presents award-winning piano students from his studio. Several are laureates of the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association, Schubert Club, Oshkosh Discovery Artists and other competitions. Their program will preview works to be performed on the upcoming Commencement Concert at Lawrence later this month.
May 4, 2018 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Anthony Cardella 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 Gijon International Piano Festival in Gijon, Spain; the Porto PianoFest in Porto, Portugal; and the Cantieri Musicali Framura festival in Framura, Italy.
April 6, 2018 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Romanian-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.
March 2, 2018 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Noah Harmon 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 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.
February 2, 2018 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.
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.
January 5, 2018 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Benny Wollin 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.