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Regional Conventions,
June and July

Atlanta, July 05-10

Organ Historical Trust
of Australia
Conference 2018
Sydney, New South Wales
Tuesday 02 October --
Saturday 06

Palo Alto/Peninsula Chapter
mailing address
PO Box 582
Menlo Park, California

Our newsletter, May/June 2018, is online.


Upcoming event ---

Saturday morning 03 November, 10:00
Congregation Church of San Mateo
Workshop: Wellness at the Console

The "whole-body" approach to playing: A workshop with [pianist] Donna Stoering.

Donna Stoering ( is an award-winning, internationally-renowned recording artist, concert pianist, and artist-teacher who has been performing in public since age 5 and coaching musicians professionally since age 10. At 17 she was appointed Head of a (7-member) Piano Department at a community music school, and at 20 she became Principal Piano faculty and Performance coach at University of York (UK). A protege of the late Sir Georg Solti, Donna subsequently served for several years as Artist in Residence to Oxford University, and she has also traveled the globe, speaking, teaching and performing as an Artistic Ambassador for both the UK and the USA. Donna has been the youngest- ever judge of international piano competitions in Russia, Italy, UK, Canada, and USA, and has served as adjudicator/evaluator for several different certification programs, piano-level exams, and piano teachers' associations, both throughout America and abroad.

Donna has performed piano concerti with major conductors/orchestras worldwide, and solo recitals on the guest artist series of most major venues worldwide as well. Her teachers included Joyce Grantham, John Delevoryas, Fernando Valenti, Lili Kraus, James Dick, Sulamita Aronovsky, and Mary Sauer, who just recently retired after an astounding 57 years as principal keyboard of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Donna first met (and studied with) Mary Sauer at the age of 19, after she (Donna) had completed her B.A. and M.A. degrees in music and was touring the country under artist management. At that time, Mary Sauer was developing a completely new approach for both piano performance and pedagogy, based on the anatomy of the human body. Medical doctors and anatomy specialists were consulted in the development of this unique approach, as well, and over the next several years Donna coached intensively with Mary Sauer and became the primary proponent of this new method in her concert performances, and further developed it through her own extensive teaching. Donna's own students have gone on to win major competitions and teach this approach in private studios, music schools, and international universities, and Donna has been asked to give workshops on this performance and pedagogy technique to the piano teachers of the major music conservatories in Russia, Hong Kong, U.K. Italy, India, Republic of Georgia, Latvia, Philippines, Norway, and many more countries, as well as on both coasts of the USA.

Her presentation on Saturday 03 November 2018 will share an overview of the "whole-body" approach and pedagogy technique that she and Mary Sauer have developed, which enables pianists of all ability levels to play with more speed, physical ease, phrase continuity, and muscular freedom; and how we might apply these ideas in our own approaches to organ playing.

Position open ---
St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sunnyvale is looking for an organist. Please contact Anne Buelteman to inquire.


Chapter Officers:
Duane Soubirous, Dean
Rani Fischer, SubDean
Tom Lohmuller, Secretary
Ed Jennings, Treasurer
David Sheetz, Registrar
Duane Soubirous, Newsletter Editor
James Martin, Web Master


Executive Board
Class of 2020 -- Eric Lebel, Jin Kyung Lim
Class of 2022 -- Catha Hall, Curtis 'Fjord' Hawthorne, Jeff Kabel


Matthew Burt, Regional councillor
John Karl Hirten, District convener