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NEW Website is open! Last post here....

Posted by Jwtb on January 12, 2017 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Decided it was easier to open a brand new site afterall! You can visit and contact me through www.studio2stages.wixsite.com/studio2stages

If you have not already, you can like and share my facebook page www.facebook.com/jillianwhittakermusic through which you can also contact me.

Thank you for your support! :)


It has been forever! Sorry! *Website makeover coming soon!

Posted by Jwtb on December 6, 2016 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Been busy on the road with Entrusted365. Last gig of the year (we think) will be this Friday in Pottsville, PA at Foursquare Gospel Church's Christmas Coffeehouse.

Announcements of 2017 ventures to come!

Availability coming up!

Posted by Jwtb on August 25, 2016 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I have enjoyed this past year ministering with Entrusted365, and eager to see where they go next. Now that things are not so busy I have decided to be open to opportunities through the end of 2016 through the beginning of 2017. I am accepting contracts to play for weddings and other special events. Please contact me ASAP (at least 2 months in advance) of your event date to negotiate a contract. Thank you!

First entry in forever!

Posted by Jwtb on May 2, 2016 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Sorry about the delay....

Updated my calendar! Many weekends this year will be taken up with the Christian Contemporary Band I am in, Entrusted365. We are looking forward to putting out our first album, and playing at some new venues! Watch for more news on that.

My piano students rock! They all did very well in the recital the beginning of this year. I am thrilled with how fast all of them are learning. Great job, girls!

That is all for now :)

Happy New Year!

Posted by Jwtb on December 30, 2015 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I am looking forward to some things coming up in 2016:

1. A winter recital with my awesome piano students the end of January.

2. Playing with the praise band again at Carlisle First Church of Christ, and with the worship team at Greenvillage Church of God.

3. A bunch of events with Entrusted365 including our first music festival!

I am committing my time in 2016 to my students, Entrusted365, and church ministry responsibilities. This means I will be very limited in accepting contracts for weddings and other events, so please contact me asap if you would like me to be the pianist for your event.

Best wishes for a Happy 2016 to you!

 

Our time in Ireland

Posted by Jwtb on December 14, 2015 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

We had a grand time on our vacation in Ireland this past September! Watch for new photos to be added on the photos page!

Ireland does love music! We saw many musical instrument stores, street performers, advertisements for all kinds of bands and music events, and even made it to a music festival! Before the photos and videos, I wanted to post a summary of our experiences at the festival.

 

The New Ross Piano Festival is an annual festival that brings thousands to the town of New Ross, which is located north east of Waterford. The whole town really gets into this event; holding many music events besides piano. The shops in town decorate their windows in different music-related themes. My favorite was the dress shop that posted on their windows copies of the sheet music of Chopin pieces we had just seen played in concert by a famous Russian pianist, Olga Scheps.

 

Olga Scheps was originally from Russia, but moved and mostly trained in Germany. She played several difficult Chopin pieces amazingly well, and the acoustics of St. Mary's Church where her concert was held carried them beautifully.

The audience loudly clapped and stomped their feet (they apparently do that alot over there is you give a good performance) every time she finished a piece, and at the end she had to come back out to play two encore pieces!

 

After the concert we searched for one of the several pianos that were placed around town for people to sit and play if they were brave enough. We found one just in time to catch a free mini-concert of Jazz/Ragtime played by "Ireland leading Ragtime pianist", Colm “Stride” O’Brien. He was very comedic, and soon had a small crowd gathered around the piano which was inside a grocery store. You would be surprised how loud and proud the Irish sing-along to songs like "New York, New York" and "I left my heart in San Francisco!" I almost forgot which country we were in!

 

After he left a few people sat a played a piece or two. I sat and played parts of a few things including the always recognizable "Fur Elise" by Beethoven. We had a lot of fun over in Ireland, but this was my most favorite part of the whole trip!

 

We also watched a brass band perform outside on the Quay which runs alongside the River Barrow. It was a beautiful day, and we enjoyed walking around town learning about the history of New Ross, and looking at the neat old buildings and churches up close.


Going to Ireland!

Posted by Jwtb on September 15, 2015 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Going on vacation for a little while. If you contact me I will try my best to respond as soon as we get back to the States. Thanks!

Entrusted365 Events this month:

Posted by Jwtb on August 10, 2015 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Aug 16th - 10:30am service followed by 18th annual Classic Car Show at Mt Victory United Methodist Church in Gardners, PA.


Aug 22 - 11am-2pm Annual Street Fair at Carlisle Church of God in Carlisle, PA.


Aug 30 - 10am Morning Service at Lifehouse Church of God in Carlisle, PA.

Availability over the fall....

Posted by Jwtb on July 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

For those looking for a pianist for their event, I am away most of September, but do have plenty of dates open for this coming October and November. I am also booking in advance for dates for next year.

I have some times still open to fill with piano lessons for beginner students of any age. Please message me through this site or through my facebook page if you are looking for a piano teacher.

www.facebook.com/jillianwhittakermusic


A couple announcements!

Posted by Jwtb on June 22, 2015 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Entrusted365 is having it's second gig this Sunday, 6/28! We will be playing during the morning service at Crossroads Community Church in Mechanicsburg, PA. You are welcome to join us! The Church is located at 1425 South Market St. in Mechanicsburg.


Entrusted365 is looking for a bass player. Ability to sing backup vocals a plus, but not required. Must be able to practice with the band at least once a week in Carlisle, PA. Please contact me if you are interested, or know of someone who may be.


I am finally able to take on more piano students! I offer lessons to beginner students in my home or theirs within reasonable distance. Please contact me for more info! Email: [email protected]


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