Riberio earns LSU, Blitzer Award violin distinctions

Deborah Riberio is the 2016 winner of the Sidney M. Blitzer Award in Violin Performance. A native of Brazil, Riberio won the honor by earning the top violinist spot in the LSU School of Music’s annual concerto competition. The Blitzer Award in Violin Performance, a $1,500 prize, is given in memory of Sidney M. Blitzer, a music lover and violinist. It is funded by the Helene Kantrow Blitzer and Sidney M. Blitzer Family Fund at the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. Attorney Sidney M. Blitzer Jr....
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Music Tree presents Faculty Showcase

Zachary’s Music Tree Prep School will present a Faculty Showcase Sunday, March 6 at 4 p.m. in the Zachary High School Visual and Performing Arts Center, according to Dr. Thais Perkins, Music Tree founder and director. The program will include a recital by piano, string, and vocal faculty of the Music Tree Prep School ending with a performance by the Jazz Soul Band featuring faculty Ian Frazier on saxophone and Dale Harris on percussion. Other faculty participants are piano instructors Le...
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Harris sires new “Keepers of the Beat” at the Music Tree

And the beat goes on … it's got to! As a professional musician, Dale Harris is the Keeper of the Beat and his role at the Music Tree makes him the Teacher of the Beat. Music can involve several instruments and devices, but percussion is the connective backbone holding it all together. Early percussionist were the “human metronomes” providing rhythm first for primitive dancers and later for other musicians. In beginning classes, before the student drummer hits the instrument, they must le...
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Preschool music offers ‘Early Birds’ introduction

Most preschoolers love music, and it does more than entertain. Research shows that kids who are actively involved in music develop important life skills too. The Music Tree Prep School in Zachary offers music engagement to very young students. In addition to traditional vocal instruction, Nancy Hendrick specializes in early childhood music education. Her "Early Birds Preschool Music" classes are offered year-round at the Music Tree. She teaches 2 1/2 to 4-year-olds as well as a 4-6-year-old g...
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Hendrick brings depth, experience to vocal instruction

Music Tree vocal instructor and soprano Nancy Hendrick was a featured performer at Concerts at the Pointe at Americana, on April 21 at 7 p.m. The concert, sponsored by the Regional Arts Council of Zachary, also featured renowned Brazilian pianist Joao-Paulo Casarotti. Hendrick graduated from Manhattan School of Music where she studied voice with world renowned mezzo soprano, Mignon Dunn. While in New York, Ms. Hendrick performed the roles of Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, Oscar in Un Ballo in M...
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This Week at the Music Tree: Ian Frazier

Ian Frazier, a native of Long Beach, Calif., teaches guitar at the Music Tree. He studied Music Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and worked for the Long Beach Unified School District before moving his musical talents to South Louisiana. In addition to the guitar, he plays saxophone with local bands the Rakers and the Jazz Souls and performs his original music as St. Frantic. Drawing from over twenty years of performance experience, Ian's lessons are custom des...
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