Music Marathon – Food Drive for Gleaners Food Bank – Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th

IMG_1675aOn Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th, Meridian Music will host the sixth annual Music Marathon.   During the Music Marathon Meridian Music teachers, students and independent music teachers and students from the greater Indianapolis area will be giving musical performances in Munger Hall. The performances will begin at 3:30pm on December 13th and end Saturday, December 14th in the evening.  Holiday refreshments will be served on the showroom floor between 3:30 & 6pm on Friday and from 10am-6pm on Saturday.  In addition Meridian Music staff will be available to lead families on a fun-filled musical treasure hunt!  Price of admission for this event is a non-perishable food item.  All items will be donated to Gleaners Food Bank!

Meridian Music will continue to collect non-perishable food items through January 2nd! We hope you will join us for a fun-filled day of music and giving!  Please contact Hillary Blake, Director of Education at 317-575-9588 ext. 105 or for questions about this event!

Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition

The National Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition, offering a $6000 prize to pianists 17-22 and a $2000 prize to pianists and instrumentalists ages 10-16, will hold regional semi-final auditions at Meridian Music in Indianapolis on November 22, 2013.

The application deadline for preliminary (video submission) auditions is September 30, at

Complete information and application materials are available at

Steinway Artist Lara Downes will be conducting the auditions on the 22nd and will join us again on the 23rd with a Master Class at 10:00am followed by a concert at 4:00pm.

See Lara Downes Perform Live from her Steinway Label Debut: “Exiles’ Café”

Lara Downes

Join us on April 25 at 6:30 p.m., as Meridian Music will proudly host acclaimed Steinway Artist Lara Downes for a special visit, performance, and reception.

Call 317-575-9588 to learn more and to RSVP.

Downes is currently on an international tour to share her debut for the Steinway & Sons label, “Exiles’ Café,” with performances that highlight the points of departure and arrival of the exiled composers featured on the album, from Vienna to Hollywood, Paris to Manhattan. Her visit to our showroom marks just one stop in a tour that showcases her collection of music that tells a story of a place both real and metaphorical where travelers of the world gather to find a home away from home.

The renowned pianist will perform an hour-long concert; after the performance, a reception will follow where attendees can meet the artist in the intimate setting of our showroom, surrounded by beautiful Steinway pianos.

Event Location:
Meridian Music
12725 Old Meridian Street
Carmel, Indiana 46032

Clarinet student Emily Roberts – Carmel Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition Finalist!

Each Year The Carmel Symphony has a Young Artist Competition which is sponsored  by Emily RobertsMeridian Music!  The competition is open to students in Central Indiana.  Students must play one movement from a concerto on piano or any orchestral instrument.  The final competition is held live at Meridian Music’s Munger Hall, and the winner performs with the Carmel Symphony at the Palladium.

This year one of Meridian Music’s clarinet students, Emily Roberts, taught by Katherine Peters, made the final competition at Meridian Music.  She played Debussy’s “Premier Rhapsodie.”  Though she was not the competition winner, she put forth her best effort playing a piece that many clarinet players don’t tackle until the college years!

Emily Roberts is currently a senior at Carmel High School.  She has played clarinet for a number of years and has been taking private clarinet lessons with Katherine Peters. Emily is currently the principal clarinet in both Carmel High School’s top wind ensemble and Symphony Orchestra.  She has also been a member of All-State Band and has won Gold at ISSMA State Solo & Ensemble in 2010 and 2011.  in addition, Emily has played on numerous student recitals and has played in the pit Orchestra for productions of Hello, Dolly and Les Miserables.   Emily also was a contestant in the Carmel Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition in 2011.

When Emily isn’t playing clarinet she participates in her school’s Environmental Club.  An award was even presented to their chapter at the White House.  She was also in the study abroad program in Spain the summer of 2012.  Katherine Peters describes Emily as a cheerful, hard-working student who is an excellent role model for younger students, both because of her willingness to take on challenges and her enjoyment of playing music!




Indiana University At South Bend Announces Their Intention To Become An All-Steinway School

It took awhile but I finally got an appointment with the Dean of the Music, Dr. Marvin Curtis, at Indiana University at South Bend. He was very receptive and wanted to hear everything I had to say about Steinway pianos. We talked about his piano inventory and discovered more than 75% of them were not worth saving.

After a few months we got together and developed a plan of attack to make Indiana University at South BendIUSB an all Steinway School. They took 14 Steinway and Boston pianos into the school that following semester. Dr. Curtis found out the importance of being an All Steinway School by the increase of registration and the students’ ability to perform without complaint because they were playing on Steinway pianos.

Soon after, Dr. Curtis decided it was time for a new Steinway model D piano. Craig Gigax, Lexo Toaradze and Dr. Curtis embarked on a selection voyage for their new Steinway D. After selection a fantastic performing piano in the Steinway factory, it was time for 13 more Steinways to come into the University.

Now IUSB is looking toward the future. With a new recital hall being built for the up and coming year, Dr. Curtis is planning to purchase a Hamburg Steinway model D within the next semester.

All I can say is: all the students, faculty and both the Dean and the Chancellor of the university are smiling big smiles because of the wonderful Steinway pianos that are in place in all the practice rooms, recital halls and faculty studios. “It does my heart good to know these kids are performing on wonderful instruments like Steinway pianos!” were the words from Dr. Curtis.

Joe Visceglie
Piano Products Specialist

IUSB Article: Keyed Into Steinway

2012 Judy Goodwin Teacher of the Year Winner

Hilary Blake, Director of Education; Dr. Erzsébet Gaál Rinne; Judy Goodwin, Founding Education Director

Each year since December 2000, Meridian Music has awarded one teacher “The Judy Goodwin Teacher of the Year.”

Judy Goodwin founded Meridian Music’s Education Department in 1988 and has continued to give incredible support to the Education Department since her retirement.  The Judy Goodwin Teacher of the year should show exceptional dedication to students, parents, and to Meridian Music Company.  This is a teacher who goes above and beyond on a regular basis!

Dr. Erzsébet Gaál Rinne

Dr. Erzsébet Gaál Rinne

The 2012 Judy Goodwin Teacher of the Year was awarded to Dr. Erzsébet Gaál Rinne instructor of harp, piano, recorder, and flute.  Erzsébet is a Hungarian-American harpist, a Kodaly pedagogue, and a researcher in physical wellness for musicians.   She has given concerts all across Europe and America and is a recipient of the Pro Artibus Award that she has received from the Artisjus Foundation for promoting Hungarian contemporary music abroad.  Dr. Gaál Rinne’s professional work can be heard on her solo harp CD recording Harpa Hungarica and Harpchipelago and seen on her DVD program Harp Playing for Life.  Dr. Gaál Rinne is an honor graduate of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary, holding a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Erzsébet’s accomplishments are almost too numerous to list in a single biography, but it is her passion for influencing young lives that sets her aside from other teachers!  Erzsébet is truly proud of the accomplishments of all of her students, and she is always encouraging the Education Department to celebrate the accomplishments of all students.  She also goes out of her way to make sure students who are in need receive lessons, even offering flexibility with students who have difficult schedules or financial situations.   Erzsébet has also encouraged Meridian Music to make stronger connections with the Homeschooling community and volunteered many hours of her time during two conventions to make connections with students and parents.   Her expertise not only benefited her private studio, but the studios of many teachers at Meridian Music.  Finally, Erzsébet understands the important connection between a quality music education and a high quality musical instrument.  When it comes to harps, she goes out of her way to answer student questions and to set them up with the best possible instruments.  When it comes to pianos, she works closely with the piano specialists at Meridian Music, to help families choose a high-quality piano that will encourage a life-long love of playing.

Whether she is teaching piano to a young beginner,  harp to an advanced student, or putting together a beautiful recital, Erzsébet gives only the very best of herself.  Meridian Music is pleased to have a teacher with such talent, passion, and strength of character!

Music Marathon – Gleaners Food Drive – December 7th and 8th

music marathon imageOn December 7th and 8th (Friday – Saturday), Meridian Music will host the 5th annual Music Marathon.  This event, benefiting Gleaners Food Bank will feature as much continuous music as possible!  The price of admission as a performer and audience member is one non-perishable food item.  For details on acceptable food donation items, please visit Gleaners Food Drive Wish List.

treasure map

*Pirate outfit optional

In addition to the performances,families can participate in a Musical  “Treasure Hunt”.  At the end of the treasure hunt, parents will find a bag of treats and special offers!

Please stop in to enjoy music and fun for a great cause!  Contact Hillary Blake, Director of Education at 317-575-9588 for more details!

Friday Performance Schedule:

3:30pm-3:40pm Violin Solo – Meridian Music Student
3:55pm-4:00pm Garri George – Meridian Music Teacher
4:00pm-4:05pm Piano Solo – Meridian Music Student
4:20pm-4:30pm Piano Solo – Meridian Music Student
4:30pm-6:00pm Kathy Ryan – Student Recital – Piano
6:00pm-8:00pm Becky Baker – Student Recital – Piano
8:00pm-9:00pm Rock Band Camp Reunion – Ryan Brown – Instructor

Saturday Performance Schedule:

8:55am-9:00am Garri George – Studio Piano Recital
9:15am-9:25am Violin Solo – Meridian Music Student
9:30am-9:40am Guitar Solo – Meridian Music Student
9:40am-10:15am Judy Richards –  Meridian Music Piano Students
11:00am-11:20am Garri George -Meridian Music Piano Students
11:45am-11:50am Piano Solo – Meridian Music Student
11:50am-12:00pm Piano Solo – Meridian Music Student
12:00pm-12:30pm Cathy Bloemker – Piano and Voice Students
12:30pm-1:30pm Hillary Blake/Kelli Phlllips – Piano and Voice Students
1:30pm-3:00pm Amy Thornburg – Piano and Voice Students
3:00pm-4:40pm Shulin Cheng – Piano Students
4:40pm-5:30pm Summer Liao – Piano Students
5:30pm-6:30pm Nien Hwa Chen – Piano Students
6:30pm-7:30pm Joyce Buchholz – Piano Students
7:30pm-9:00pm Nien Hwa Chen – Piano Students

Black Friday Specials

Merry Christmas

Black Friday Specials

25% Off All Hohner Kids Instruments

25% Off All Personality Folios

25% Off All Musical Gifts & Accessories (excluding guitars)

25% Off All Christmas Music

Buy 1 Get 1 FREE On All Piano Disc & Disklavier Music

Purchase a Gift Certificate for any number of lessons and the registration fee will be waived. – One Day only!

1/2 Off On Digital Player Systems On Steinway, Boston And Essex Grand Pianos With The Purchase Of A New Steinway, Boston Or Essex Grand Piano