Community Service Project:
In an attempt to encourage piano students to share their music talent with the community HAPTA established a program by which students may choose to play at church, school, clubs, Third Thursday events, retirement facilities, family reunions and at home performances for neighbors and friends.
Kansas Cosmosphere and Discovery Center
Lets’ Fly was an appropriate title for a gala event where over fifty students performed on the second story bridge of the Kansas Cosmosphere. Two full-sized planes flew from the rafters above making it a perfect spot for music that gave voice to words like stars, space, moons, planets and comets.
Going off into the wild blue yonder was not out of the question. Original compositions written by HAPTA students were performed as well.
Third Thursday Concerts: Partnering with the Downtown City Center, HAPTA joins the community in a renaissance of Hutchinson’s Main Street with mini concerts at venues such as the Historic Fox Theatre, 1st National Bank, Studio 13, Ave A. and Pyle Park gazebos, BookEnds, Gale Wall Photography Studio and Hutchinson Art Center. Students of all ages enjoy participating in the community service project by performing fun, lively duets and solos for family and friends. The addition of two venues to the list of Third Thursday Come and Go Concerts has opened up more opportunities for students to perform.
Christmas Bells are Ringing: A yearly event, the Hutchinson Art Center provides a beautiful place to celebrate Christmas. Students enjoy playing their favorite carols arranged specifically for the keyboard.
Down on the Farm: An event especially for elementary students, the music performed is in keeping with the barn venue and the farm theme.
Potpourri of Piano Pizzazz
A potpourri of two piano teachers, three conductors, ten keyboards, 30 adult pianists from the community and sixty piano students playing duets, trios and quartets in an ensemble celebration of Flag Day….ninety-six performers in all. (A HAPTA grant from the Kansas Music Teachers’ Association helped make this possible.)
Getting Everyone Outdoors at the Nature Center
The Dillon Nature Center provides a serene setting for outdoor concerts on the deck of the educational center above the pond. Fishermen enjoy the music while birds join in tandem with cool improvisations. Children can create their own music as they play drums, bells and gongs at the Play Scape.
The Center served as host for the It’s for the Birds concerts in an afternoon and evening of wonderful music highlighted by the premiere of “On Bird’s Hill.” The piano ensemble (six hands) by composer, Mary Leaf was performed at each of the five concerts by different trios. Commissioned by the HAPTA teachers for their students the composition sings and soars in a musical setting of birds in flight. In keeping with the theme, bird seed was donated to the Center for the winter feed.