TAMIU Piano Students Return to Adam’s!

It was wonderful to have Fritz Gechter return with students from TAMIU in Laredo for the third time for a master class with Dr. Tobin. Tatiana Gorbunova also came and brought students and we all had a great time, starting with lunch at Cenote.

Joe Bratcher, founder of Adam’s, stopped by for the first half of the class which included a Schubert Impromptu, the Scriabin 5th Sonata, a piece by Janacek, Rondo Capriccio of Mendelssohn, the first Debussy Prelude, and other works.

After the class Dr. Tobin joined everyone for dinner at Hanks Road House and a very nice concert given by the Austin Symphony in the Long Center. Symphony Fantastique was played with gusto and the soloist in the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto was very sensitive.

Enrique Rangel Returns!

We were very pleased to have Enrique return to play solo and 4 hand piano with Dr. Tobin for a warm and appreciative crowd.

Enrique is in medical school but his playing has really matured since he last played at Adam’s December 20th, 2019. The Medtner Opus 38 was well controlled, played with more color and depth than before. Enrique took full advantages of the colors and sounds available on our 7’4″ Bosendorfer 225.

After a break, Enrique returned with Dr. Anthony Tobin to perform one of the masterpieces of the 4-hand piano repertoire, the Schubert f minor Fantasy. For this intimate piece they chose our smaller instrument, the 6’7″ Bosendorfer 200. This mellow instrument served the colors of the Schubert and, as a piano built in Austria, closely relates with Schubert’s Austrian identity.

We wish Enrique well with his medical studies and hope he will continue with the piano. We plan to invite him to return for another program!

Student Recitals

We were very pleased to have 2 of Sheryl Stack’s students perform 2 weekends in September. Jason Preece performed Saturday September 15th and Havilah Kirsch performed Saturday September 22nd. Both played very well, attracted great audiences, and are welcome to return anytime!

Jacob played:

Friedrich Kuhlau – Allegro Burlesco, Op. 88 No. 3
Reinhold Glière – Album Leaf, Op. 31 No. 11
Georg Philipp Telemann – Fantasia in D minor, TWV 33:2
Ludwig Van Beethoven – Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor, WoO 59 “Für Elise” J.S.Bach – Prelude and Fugue in B-flat Major, BWV 866 No. 21 J.S.Bach – Invention in F Major, BWV 779 No. 8
J.S.Bach – Invention in A Minor, BWV 784 No. 13
Edvard Grieg – 8 Lyric Pieces, op. 12
Benjamin Lees – Kaleidoscopes: Ten Pieces for Piano, No. 9
Wallingford Riegger – Three Pieces: The Augmented Triad, The Major Second, The Tritone
Béla Bartók – Bear Dance, Sz. 39:10
Claude Debussy – Rêverie
Claude Debussy – Pour Le Piano, L. 95: Prelude
Sergei Rachmaninoff – Prelude in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 32 No. 12
Sergei Rachmaninoff – Prelude in B Minor, Op. 32 No. 10

Jacob Performing

Havilah performed:

Havilah Kirsch, Violin and Piano
Sheryl Stack, Collaborative Pianist

Violin Sonata No. 4 in D Major, HWV 371 – George Frideric Handel
I Affettuoso
III Allegro
III Larghetto
IV Allegro

“Gavotte” from French Suite in G Major, BWV 816 – Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude No. 3 in C# Major from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Volume 1 – Johann Sebastian Bach

Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman (Theme and 12 Variations), KV 265 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


O Moon – Alexina Louie

The Entertainer – Scott Joplin

Vision Fugitive, Op. 22, No. 1, “Lentamente” – Sergei Prokofiev

Vision Fugitive, Op. 22, No. 10, “Ridiculosamente” – Sergei Prokofiev

Praeludium and Allegro – Fritz Kreisler

Dr. Tobin’s Concerts in Switzerland

After playing the Bach e minor Toccata, the Mozart c minor Sonata, and Book I of the Debussy Preludes at Adam’s Music House on Sunday May 12, Dr. Tobin embarked on a tour of Switzerland. He performed this program at the Musik Schule Zurcher Oberland in Wetzikon on May 18th, and Evangelisch-Methodistische Kirche in Davos on May 25th to appreciative audiences.

Dr. Tobin, a Steinway Artist, visited Steinway Hall Zurich and played a few of the pianos, on this one he played Debussy’s Minstrels:

Dr. Tobin Playing Minstrels by Claude Debussy

In Wetzikon, where he has performed since 2006, Dr. Tobin played on a 1960’s Model A Steinway, this is a fugue from Bach’s e minor Toccata:

In Davos Dr. Tobin returned for the fifth time to perform in a 120-year-old church. This is the first movement of the Mozart c minor Sonata:

Dr. Tobin looks forward to his next performance at Adam’s Music House, Saturday June 29th at 4PM. This will be the first 2-piano performace at Adam’s, Debussy’s Petite Suite and the Mozart Sonata in D for Two-Pianos, with Soo-Jung Kwon, will be featured. Please join us!

Hailu Studios Recital

Adam’s Music House was thrilled to host Hailu Studios‘ Spring 2019 Piano Recital. Thank you so much to Sarah Hailu Sheerin for bringing her talented students to Adam’s Music House.

Sarah Hailu Sheerin and performing students

The young people played works ranging from “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to J. S. Bach’s first Two Part Invention. Every piece was greeted with well deserved enthusiastic applause!

Adam’s 2019 Fellowship Winner!

Adam’s Music House is pleased to announce the recipient of our 2019 Fellowship, Valerie Groh, who will study and present a lecture recital about the piano music of Max Reger in December, 2019.

The fellowship winner receives lessons with Artistic Director Dr. Anthony Tobin, guidance toward the presentation of the lecture recital, and $3000. During September 2019 we will sponsor a meet and greet where Valerie will discuss the project and perform!

Valerie Groh is a classically-trained pianist and teacher whose love affair with the piano began with her first lesson at age 7, and whose love of teaching was born more than 20-years ago when student teaching pre-college students at Vanderbilt University. 

A native Texan, Valerie was born in Spring, Texas but was raised in Fort Smith, Arkansas where she studied privately with a Russian piano teacher, Mrs. Tanya Ellezian.

She obtained a  Bachelor of Music degree in Musical Arts, with a concentration in Piano Pedagogy from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University  in 2000.  She spent one year of post-graduate study with Dr. Sandra Chucalo Turner, Chair of the Piano Department at Southern Seminary, taught piano and flute lessons for the Southern Seminary Academy of Music – now the Seminary School of the Arts, and helped manage the technology lab for a private piano studio in Louisville, Kentucky. She taught public school music and directed the honor choir at Northridge Middle School in Van Buren, Arkansas for two years before moving to Austin, Texas where she worked for the Austin Chamber Music Center and taught private and group piano lessons at Capital Music Center before branching out and establishing her own private studio, Valerie Groh’s Piano Garden.  Her studio consists of 33-students raging in age from 5 to 17.  Currently pursuing certification as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) through the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Valerie is committed to her own professional development and is delighted to be studying privately with Dr. Anthony Tobin in hopes of improving as a performing pianist as well as a teacher.

Valerie is an active member of the following local, and National teaching organizations:

Austin District Music Teachers Association (ADMTA)

Texas Music Teachers Association (TMTA)

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)

Texas Federation of Music Clubs (TFMC)

National Guild of Piano Teachers
Teacher Division of The American College of Musicians

Her students participate in informal and formal recitals during the year, take piano and theory exams offered by the Associate Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), perform in National Piano GuildAuditions, National Federation of Music Clubs Festivals, and Austin District Music Teachers Association festivals and exams.

Piano playing and teaching is very important to Valerie, but her greatest roles in life are those of wife to Matthew Groh and homeschooling mom to James, age 8 and John, age 5.