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.


The NEWPTF recently participated in the first Gathering. This event was a gathering of interested piano teacher groups, businesses, and institutions, assembled for the purpose of developing communication and creating a network to mutually benefit issues of improving the status of the teaching and learning of piano in Northeast Wisconsin. An annual newsletter will be published in August, 2019. The Gatherings are sponsored by NEWPTF, and the second Gathering will take place in January of 2020. New participants are always welcome. For more information or to be included in the Gathering, please contact Maggie Charnon at