August 1st, 2014

August News

Hello everyone! Welcome to August – the end of our summer semester and the beginning of our fall semester here at NSMA! Summer lessons end August 17th and our Fall Semester begins August 18th! I am currently finalizing my fall schedule, so be on the lookout for an email to let you know you/your student’s fall lesson day/time. Below are a few reminders:

New Students: If you are a potential new student and are interested in lessons, my schedule for the fall is currently full and I have a wait list started. Please contact me at for more information on NSMA and how to sign up on the wait list for lessons.

Summer Business Hours: Saturdays 12:00-5:00pm, Sundays 12:00-7:00pm, and Mondays 11:30am-7:00pm. I will hold lessons, have meetings, answer emails and phone calls during this time. Please do not come up to the house if it is not during posted business hours. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Fall Business Hours: Saturdays/Sundays/Mondays/Tuesdays 12:00-7:00pm and Wednesdays 3:00-7:00pm. I will hold lessons, have meetings, answer emails and phone calls during this time. Please do not come up to the house if it is not during posted business hours. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Fall Handout: With the start of the fall semester, you will be receiving a fall handout with more updates and reminders. Please make sure you read through that as we will have some big changes happening this year! As soon as it is finalized, I will also put it under the Documents tab so you can download it from there as well.

House Construction: We will be tearing down and replacing our outside entryway steps this month. I hope to have construction finished before Aug. 18, but we all know how construction projects go! If you come for your lesson and the entryway steps are unusable, please go through the garage (signs will be posted). Please be careful as it will be a construction zone!!

Tuition Payment Reminder: Tuition Payments are due the first lesson of every month with a grace period until the 10th of the month. If tuition is received after the 10th of the month, a $10.00 late fee will be assessed. Please drop off your payment with your student at lesson, send the payment in the mail, or you can drop it off anytime in the secure white drop box attached to the mailbox. Please do not come up to the house to drop off payment if it is not during your student's lesson time. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Music Around Town:

Juneau Lyric Opera will be having their annual Mid-Summer Vocal Choral Workshop with Dr. McGilvray July 28 – August 9. NSMA students Cindee Brown-Mills and Maggie Comstock will be featured soloists, as well as former NSMA students Ariana Orford and Wendy Byrnes (also my cousin!), and NSMA parent Heather Mitchell! Please see their website for more information,

Janis Capelle, who covered lessons during my maternity leave, will be returning to Juneau to work with Dr. Byron McGilvray for the above workshop. She will also be teaching private lessons in voice and piano while here – for those interested please visit for more information (via the workshop page).

Perseverance Theatre will be returning with their STAR program for kids 10 – 18 June 30 – August 3. NSMA students Cole Mitchell and Jared Vance are featured actors in two productions! Please visit their website for more information,

The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council has a running list of community activities available online at

That's all for now! Thank you all for continuing to make music an important part of your life!!