In May, the studio hosted its 7th piano party, and it was rather bittersweet. As we are still on the cusp of ending this pandemic, and for the safety of everyone, I still planned the party in an online format, although we all really wanted to be together!
We made the event a little more unique this time, and instead of performing live, the students recorded their performances and the party became more of a watch party! Goodie bags were filled with popcorn, drinks, and music bingo prizes (the ever-coveted Symphony Candy bars)!
The most encouraging news is knowing that our next party in December will be in-person! I already have a facility reserved for the event, and hopefully it will feel as normal and as cozy and as fun as our pre-pandemic parties!
Last, but certainly not least, the studio is continuing its tradition of participating in a charity event. In 2020, we completed a practice-a-thon, where students practiced for pledges and we raised over $600 for the Food Bank of Iowa! This year, when the students stopped by to pick up their goodie bags, I encouraged them to drop off a canned good item for the Waukee Area Christian Services Food Pantry.
My students did not disappoint - they provided 116 pounds worth of food items for donation!