Joyce Grill on Romantic Music!

Joyce Grill

Our October meeting featured a wonderful presentation by Joyce Grill! Many Romantic pieces were played and discussed. A comparison of the Classical to Romantic was described as “the Classical period worshiped the sun, the Romantic worshiped the moon” – a clear visual to share with our students. We also had the honor of a preview of Grill’s new music, complete with a drawing for several pieces. The two hour long session was filled with teaching tips for beginners to more advanced students. What an honor and pleasure for all! Thank you Joyce!

Joyce Grill’s impressive bio
….An impromptu trio
Lunch at Greystone Ale House – delicious!

Joyce Grill presents at the Forum meeting this Friday!

Well known composer and professor Joyce Grill will be at St Anne’s Episcopal Church Friday, October 4th, at 9:30 am, after the 9:00 meeting. The morning concludes with a lunch at Graystone Ale House. All are welcome! Following is her bio; we hope to see you there!

Joyce Grill is a retired emeritus faculty member of UW-La Crosse.  (I taught with Weekley and Arganbright for 25 years!) Grill’s extensive hands-on teaching experience, which she brings to her clinics, conveys not only course-related applications but also practical and tangible approaches to instruction and student development.


She is a well-know composer whose various compositions introduce students to the styles of several musical eras.  She especially hopes to attract young teenagers with her music to continue their study of piano!


With degrees from the UW-Madison, she did advanced study at the School of Fine Arts in Fontainebleau, France, studying with Nadia Boulanger, (theory and composition) and Robert and Jean Casadesus, (piano).  She is an active member to MTNA holding the MTNA Master Teacher Certificate and she is an MTNA Foundation Fellow.

On a fun and personal note, Joyce wrote a less official bio for us:  “I never know what teachers are interested in knowing about me!  Things not usually put in bios are that I like all kinds of music!  I played in a polka band in high school, a jazz band in college and loved accompanying most of all!!!!  This is what I concentrated on in my years of teaching, instead of solo playing, which I did, but loved accompanying best!  I was the mid-west accompanist for Columbia Artists who came here but didn’t want to bring an accompanist!  Thank goodness I was a good sight-reader because they rarely sent the music ahead of time.   Sigh!!!! ” Thank you Joyce, for that view into your life! You made us all smile.


Catherine Kautsky, on “Music in Context: The Arts That Surround the Music You Play”

The Forum had the great pleasure of hosting Catherine Kautsky, Chair of Keyboard at Lawrence University, for our April meeting. From Baroque to Impressionism, Catherine connected the music we love to the visual arts, literature, and culture of the period. Her knowledge, skills as a pianist, photos, and vivid and enthusiastic speaking style immersed us in the composer’s worlds, as though she had been there herself. For a too short hour, we could live those times too. Thank you Catherine!

…An author also!

2019 All Star Festival

The Forum recently held the annual All Star Festival! There were 73 students performing solos, as well as 13 duets and a trio. A fun feature of the event is our Music Fair, with art projects on composers and other music topics. In addition, 26 students tested their knowledge of theory. Although the Wisconsin weather put a stop to the Honor Festival for the students who earned 5 stars at their performance, all who participated in the Festival grew musically from their practice and dedication.