2020 Fellowship Recipient

Adam’s Music House is pleased to announce our 2020 Fellowship recipient, Angela Liu!

Angela is a high school student of Dr. Fritz Gechter in Laredo, TX. She will learn 15 minutes of music from our collection, give a 30 minute presentation about the composer and works in December in which she will speak for 15 minutes and perform 15 minutes of music. Upon completion she will receive $1000. Depending on timing of the Coronavirus, she will participate at a meet and greet at Adam’s Music House where she will perform music from her repertoire and meet the public. We chose a select list of repertoire from which Angela will choose a composer, we hope she and her teacher will be able to travel to Austin soon to make a selection with our Artistic Director, Dr. Anthony Tobin.She will be playing for our Wednesday Zoom concert this week at 6PM.

Originally from Nanjing, China, Angela Yanning Liu currently resides in Laredo, TX, where she is a sophomore euphonium player at John B. Alexander High School. She has been playing piano since the age of six for more than nine years and enjoys learning Chopin, Bach, and other classical works. Angela is a gold prize winner of the NOVYI Competition, first place winner of the Young Artist Competition at Texas State, second place winner of the Steinway Piano Competition at Austin, and an honorable mention winner at the Baylor/Waco Competition. She intends to pursue the Pre-Med pathway and minor in music in university.

Join us at 6PM today!

The repertoire Angela will choose from includes the composers:

Anton Arensky 1861-1906, Sir Arnold Bax 1883-1953, Feliz Blumenfeld 1863-1931, Serge Bortkiewicz 1877-1952, York Bowen 1884-1961, Ferruccio Busoni 1866-1924, Francois Couperin 1668-1733, Paul Creston 1906-1985, Vincent d’Indy 1851-1931, David Diamond 1915-2005, Ernst von Dohnányi 1877-1960, Ignaz Friedman 1882-1948, Robert Fuchs 1847-1927, Hans Gal 1890-1987, Alexander Glazunov 1865-1936, Stephen Heller 1813-1888, Joseph Holbrook 1878-1958, John Ireland 1879-1962, Cyril Scott 1879-1970, Anatoly Lyadov 1885-1914, Sergey Lyapunov 1857-1918, Max Reger 1873-1916, Nicolai Medtner, 1879-1951, Moritz Moszkowski 1854-1925, Vincent Perschetti 1915-1987, Jean-Phillipe Rameau1863-1754, Nicolai Roslavets 1881-1944, Anton Rubinstein 1829-1894, Kaikkhasru Sorabji 1892-1988, Karol Szymanowski 1882-1937, Ernest Toch 1887-1964, Julius Wessmann 1879-1950.

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.