Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Newsletter Summer 2016

Summer 2016 at Academy of Sound

Welcome to summer at Academy of Sound!

Academy of Sound continues to operate inside First Presbyterian Church, at 408 N. Bergamont Blvd. in Oregon. We are currently in negotiations to move into a new, permanent spot nearby.

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Policy changes

We are simplifying our attendance and recital policies. Highlights include:

  • Optional recital participation - no more required events! Performing is always highly encouraged.
  • Makeup lessons will be handled via group workshops, with no more weekly makeup scheduling, which can be confusing and/or disruptive.
  • Read the full WELCOME LETTER (click here) for all 2016-17 policy announcements. 

Other office updates

  • July 19 & 20, 2016: Paving work in parking lot. Please respect temporary barriers & alternate parking/entry signs.
  • NOW: Sign up for 2016-17 lesson times - see for schedule. Early registration & discounted rates valid through August 1, 2016. 
  • NOW: Summer students may sign up to perform in the August 16th Recital In the Park (6pm, Waterman Triangle Park). Check your e-mail for instructions.
  • ONGOING: Shop at and select Academy of Sound Foundation as your charity of choice, here:
  • NOW HIRING: We are adding to our team! Visit our Employment page to learn more.
Save these dates!
  • September 12, 2016: First day of fall lessons
  • December 17, 2016, 3:00 PM: Holiday Recital: Oregon Performing Arts Center
  • January 8 – 14, 2016: 1st Semester Conference Lessons
  • May 13, 2017, 1:00, 2:30 and 4:00 PM: Spring Recitals: Oregon Performing Arts Center
  • May 21 – 25 and June 2 – 3, 2017: 2nd Semester Conference Lessons
Our full calendar is here. Feel free to subscribe if you use Google Calendar and/or iCal.

Meet Mary Roberts, our new piano & brass instructor

Mary Roberts
Mary started taking piano lessons at age 4. When she was 11, she began playing the French horn. Her love of music led her to majoring in Music Performance at Duquesne University and going on to receive a Master’s in Performance from Cleveland Institute of Music. Later, she went on to receive a second Master's in Education from Pace University. In addition to teaching private lessons on piano and brass instruments over the years, Mary taught several distance learning classes through the Cleveland Institute of Music's Distance Learning program. In 2004 she joined Teach for America and taught first grade in Bedford-Stuyvesant (Brooklyn, NY) for two years. She taught first grade for a third year in South Carolina, working with the Charleston Symphony’s education branch in her spare time. Before her recent move to Madison, Mary taught private lessons out of her home studio in Brooklyn for six years. She was an active French horn player in and around New York City, performing on several Broadway shows and with various orchestras and chamber ensembles. Mary offers beginner/intermediate piano lessons and brass lessons. She teaches on Thursdays this summer, and on Mondays during the academic year. WELCOME, MS. MARY!


Please report absences in advance whenever possible. Excessive no-shows may result in probationary status. If you are running late, please let us know, and come as soon as you can. We are not able to extend lessons for lateness; however, we will teach until your scheduled ending time if you do arrive late.


Call 608-371-9030 or write to report absences.

Always contact the AOS office (instead of private teachers) with scheduling questions and updates. 

Phone: 608-371-9030

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