Activities

Ernest Chang Piano Studio offers a wide variety of activities for students and families.  From informal piano playing parties to serious piano competitions, there is something for students of every age, interest and skill level.  Providing students the opportunity to perform their piano pieces not only allows them to share their piano playing skills and love of music, but also helps to build students’ confidence and self-esteem.

 


Recitals:

  • Monthly recitals at Pohai Nani Retirement Community.  On the fourth Friday of each month in Ruth Orcutt Bacon Auditorium at 7:00 pm, Ernest Chang Piano Studio students entertain the residents of Pohai Nani.

  • Spring Recitals at Mozart House.

  • National Piano-Playing Auditions sponsored by the National Guild of Piano Teachers. ECPS is a “Hall of Fame” member and strongest supporter in Hawaii of this annual program.

  • Fall Recitals — Two programs at Mozart House and two programs at the Orvis Auditorium on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

  • Performances at Central Union Church “Gift of Music” programs.

  • “Christmas in Ensemble” Concert with original arrangements by Studio friends for duets, trios, quartets, and more, plus Tschaikowsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” played on two pianos with “Nutcracker” story narrated by celebrity guest.  Sponsored by Chinatown Lions Club, Sunday before Christmas, Orvis Auditorium, 7:30 pm.

Piano Competitions:

  • Morning Music Club of Honolulu Annual Scholarship Award Competition.

  • Hawaii Music Teachers Association Annual Convention and piano competitions.

Awards and Recognitions:

  • ECPS Gold Medal Award Program – The prestigious Gold Medal Award may be earned by students each year who learn a specified number of pieces determined by their advancement level ranging from 24 pieces for beginners to 12 pieces for advanced students, and attend or participate in 24 studio activities throughout the year. At Spring Recitals every year, “Olympic gold medals” are presented to students who have earned the Gold Medal Award.

  • ECPS Special Awards – At Fall Recitals every year, awards  are presented to students for:

o   Outstanding Student of the Year

o   Outstanding Achievement

o   Outstanding Younger Student

o   Outstanding Very Young Student (6 years old or less), and

o   Outstanding Family Participation in Studio Activities

  • Ruth Orcutt Bacon Awards for piano playing excellence, presented at the January recital at Pohai Nani.

Informal Music Sharing Opportunities:

  • Annual Halloween Costume Contest at Fall Recitals
  • Sponsorship of piano recitals and master classes by visiting concert pianist friends
  • “Hang With Chang” — Very informal “get-together” practice recitals at Studio whenever possible
  • Christmas Party
  • New Years Party
  • Alumni Luncheon

Fast Practice = Slow Progress

Slow Practice = Fast Progress

No Practice = No Progress

(and be sure to switch on your BRAIN!)