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.


We hope everyone stays healthy and safe during this outbreak. We have not decided what to do about the Sophia Gilmson master class April 4th or the Kiyoshi Tamagawa master class April 11th. As the time approaches and the situation with the Coronavirus becomes clearer we will make a decision.

Spring 2020 Master Classes at Adam’s

We are pleased to announce the following master classes!

All are free for participants and observers, all are welcome to watch.

Contact Dr. Anthony Tobin to perform in one of the classes:

tony at adamsmusichouse.org

Dr. Stephen Burnaman of Huston Tillotson University will give a master class Saturday February 1st from 2-4:30PM.

Dr. Fritz Gechter of Texas A&M International University will give a master class Saturday March 7th from 2-4:30PM.

Sophia Gilmson, Professor of Piano Pedagogy at UT Austin, will give a master class Saturday April 4th from 2-4:30PM.

Dr. Kiyoshi Tamagawa of Southwestern University will give a master class Saturday April 11th from 2-4:30 PM.

Austin Chamber Ensemble: Dr. Tobin

Adam’s Music House was thrilled to host the first concert of the Austin Chamber Music Ensemble’s 2019-2020 season!

Many thanks to Marti Ahern for arranging and inviting Dr. Tobin, Artistic Director at Adam’s, to play a solo recital and a lovely 4-hand piece by Clara Schumann with Marti Ahern!

We had a full house as Dr. Tobin played the late Mozart Sonata K. 570,. Estampes by Claude Debussy, the Chopin bb minor Scherzo, and a short piece Opus 15 by Clara Schumann. This concert was in honor of Chopin and Clara Schumann’s birthdays and the performers made connections among them.

Thanks for all who attended! Our next event is a master class Saturday November 16th from 2-5 with Brian Marks, Chair of the Piano Department at Baylor University.

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!