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Scott Watkins: SHOUT-OUT!


Posted on October 7, 2011
Massive SHOUT OUT to my student Tyler Bechtle (BA, music business/piano - 2011 recipient of the Harvey Scholl Prize in Piano) for his powerful performance of Richard Addinsell's "Warsaw" Concerto today at JU's weekly Performance Lab. The audience certainly seemed to agree with me. Bravo!


Posted on October 2, 2011
BIG SHOUT OUT to my piano students (Katherine, Austin, Alfred, Tyler, John, Melony, Grace) for AWESOME lessons this week! You guys are just improving fast and becoming sensitive, artistic musicians. So proud of you guys.

Now a few others (you know who you are) ... *insert sound of cracking whip here* ... looking forward to seeing you this week (ahem).

Dr. W.


Posted on August 20, 2011
Congratulations to Michael Mastronicola on an outstanding performance Friday evening (August 19) at The Friday Musicale. He gave a masterful reading of Aaron Copland's powerful Piano Sonata, and energetic performances of music by Ginastera an Villa Lobos. Bobb Robinson (baritone) was stirring in two song suites by Timothy Snyder (Three Songs after Schumann, and Three Robert Frost Songs). Robinson's velvety voice was the perfect vehicle for these rich and noble songs. The Saint-Saens piano duo (with Greg Spiess) was fun, too!

After knowing Michael for just a year, I am impressed by his musicianship and technical mastery - and he's just an awfully nice guy. Our students love him at JU and he's really worked his way into the musical community.

Bravo! to Michael. Looking forward to hearing him again.



Posted on July 30, 2011
Congratulations to my JU sophomore Juan Rogers for his outstanding performance at The Friday Musicale July 29th. He played the CPE Bach Trio with Hannah Fell (flute) and Leah Chappell (cello) and the Milhaud Scaramouche (1st mvt., "vif") with Stetson junior piano student Brent Pafford. Kudos to all - I am especially proud of Juan! GREAT JOB, MR. ROGERS!!!


Posted on July 9, 2011
Very special SHOUT-OUT to my graduating senior piano student, Ben Clark, who graduated from The Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. What an outstanding year Mr. Clark enjoyed. He was the FSMTA District IV Senior Concerto Competition Winner in March. Also in March he was finalist in the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. In the fall he will attend The Florida State University (his teacher's ... and MY teacher's Alma Mater!) majoring in Business Finance and minoring in Music!

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