2018 Federation Festival RESULTS

Saturday, March 24, 2018 by Debra Bolte Redding | Uncategorized


Monday, February 26, 2018 by Debra Bolte Redding | Uncategorized

Dear Students and Families,

As you may already know, I GOT MARRIED during my lovely Florida vacation last week! This will cause changes in my piano studio.

  • Lessons will continue through approximately the second week of May as planned (reminder: a shorter 6 week 4th quarter was already planned – if you are using monthly installments, that means that your last payment is in May instead of June)
  • Mr. Anson, Miss Maryn, or another substitute may teach some days
  • By the end of May, I will be an Omaha resident and that’s where Encore Studio will be physically located

For Summer and beyond, online lessons (via Skype, FaceTime, Messenger, etc.) will be available for all students who have had a at least a year of lessons. Little ones will need an adult present to manage the technology and following instructions. Many teachers are using this model of instruction with great success! I’m hoping many of you choose this option as it does have many advantages.

So, your piano instruction options are:

  • Continue with Encore Studio utilizing online lessons after May
  • Continue lessons through mid-May, and in the meantime, ask for referrals to a different teacher recommended by me
  • Continue lessons through mid-May, and then either discontinue lessons or look for a teacher on your own


Debra Bolte Redding

Sign Up for Grand Lodge Performance ASAP! (Piano)

Monday, February 12, 2018 by Debra Bolte Redding | Uncategorized

Hi Piano Parents & Students

There are a couple performance opportunities coming up this spring of which  you should be aware.

The first is the Heald/Schoen Studio Recitals which will be held the morning of Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Grand Lodge at the Preserve, 80th and Pioneers Blvd. There will be THREE recitals held in the morning (at 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00) and you’ll be able to choose the best time for your family’s schedule. Please sign up here:


This is a great chance for students new to piano lessons to have their first recital experience. Grandparents and others are definitely invited! Of course, we also welcome residents of the Grand Lodge to attend. This is also an excellent time to try out repertoire learned for the Federation Festival (see next paragraphs). For the Studio Recitals, memorization is optional (but highly recommended for Festival Solo participants). This is also an opportunity to solicit donations to support the Lincoln Music Teachers Association Music Outreach Program, which enables students to take private music lessons who would otherwise be unable to afford it. (Both Ms. Heald and Ms. Schoen teach several Music Outreach students.)

The second is the National Federation of Music Clubs Lincoln Area Festival, a.k.a Lincoln Area Federation Festival, held Saturday, March 24, 2018. The Federation Festival allows students to accumulate points over several years to earn trophies in individual events. It is assumed EVERY student will take the theory test. The occasional worksheets students complete help them prepare for this test.

There are also numerous performance Festival events which are critiqued by a qualified judge. The judge also gives a rating. Ratings are non-competitive and students are judged solely on how well they performed their chosen repertoire. Students in their first year of lessons may choose to opt out of performing. But it is a great idea to have those first-year students sit in on a few performances when they come to take the theory test so they’ll know more what to expect in future years when they do perform. Most students are already working on Festival Performance pieces (solo, duet, or patriotic pieces).

Entry fees for each Festival event are approximately $15.00 each.

It is assumed the all current students are participating in the Festival Theory at a minimum. Theory does not require a sign up time. Festival Performance Time Sign Up coming very soon!