“The Piano School’s Christmas and Winter Recital took place on December 18, 2010, at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Salem. The program featured forty-six young pianists, the largest number in the school’s history, from Salem, Roanoke, Fincastle and Christiansburg. All are students of Sarah Reaser O’Brien.
Twenty students received trophies for outstanding practicing during the fall term, and the youngest performer was five-year-old Zella Kathryn Poarch who has studied piano for one semester. Paris Eve Reinhard of Salem and Sarah-Dale Mills of Roanoke played harp duets before and after the program. O’Brien is a nationally certified teacher of music who founded The Piano School in 1998. The school’s upcoming events for 2011 include the third annual Masterclass for Middle and High School students with guest teacher Dr. Lise Keiter of Mary Baldwin College. The theme for this year’s class is “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.” The school’s spring recital will take place in June at Hollins University where O’Brien is an alumna.”
Submitted by Sarah Reaser O’Brien.