Monthly Meeting October 2018

October 22, 2018



Nancy DeHaven: 
Technology Update:  Apps, Links, and Blogs!


Nancy DeHaven has a B.A. in Music from DePaul University in Chicago.  She has been teaching piano since 1992. In addition to teaching, she plays at various private functions and was a staff pianist at Nordstrom Old Orchard for several years.  In her spare time, she does audio editing for a weekly podcast that is broadcast over an internet-based radio station and enjoys reading very old books.

October Program


Catherine Kautsky 
“Teaching Debussy: A Gateway to Story-telling and Imaginative Listening”

Teaching Debussy is a dream!  His music provides students with the gentlest of introductions to the 20th century, and his pieces are often short, technically approachable, and comfortable for small hands. The music encourages adventurous use of color and the pedal, and the titles, stories, and pictures which go with the music open up fascinating conversations about art, history, and literature.  Come gain ideas about teaching repertoire, historical context, and ways to solve the thorniest Debussy issues of pedaling and score interpretation.


Catherine Kautsky, Chair of Keyboard at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI has been lauded by the New York Times as “a pianist who can play Mozart and Schubert as though their sentiments and habits of speech coincided exactly with hers … The music spoke directly to the listener, with neither obfuscation nor pretense.” She was the 2016 winner of the Lawrence Excellence in Teaching Award, the 2013 winner of the university’s Faculty Convocation Award, and in 2017 she was honored with the George and Marjorie Olsen Chandler Chair in Music. Her recent recording of the Debussy Preludes, released by Centaur in September 2014, was said to “bring out all the power, majesty, and mystery of Debussy’s conception.“ Ms. Kautsky, whose teachers have included Rosina Lhevinne, Gyorgy Sebok, Leon Fleisher, Martin Canin, and Gilbert Kalish, has concertized widely, performing in major halls such as Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, the Phillips Collection, Jordan Hall, and the Chicago Cultural Center. She has soloed with numerous orchestras, including the St. Louis Symphony and Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, and appeared frequently on public radio. She has spent two sabbaticals in Paris and played abroad in France, England, Italy, Spain, Poland, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand, Brazil, Australia, Russia, and South Africa. Known as both a solo and collaborative performer, Ms. Kautsky has performed chamber music at the Aspen, Tanglewood, and Grand Teton Festivals, presented masterclasses on five continents and recently recorded the complete Brahms Sonatas for Violin and Piano.

Hourly Schedule

9:30 - 10:00
Pre-Meeting: Nancy DeHaven
Technology Update: Apps, Links, and Blogs!
10:00 - 11:00
Business Meeting and Coffee
11:00 - 12:00
Catherine Kautsky
“Teaching Debussy: A Gateway to Story-telling and Imaginative Listening”


Oct 22, 2018


9:30 am - 12:00 pm


Winnetka Covenant Church
1200 Hibbard Road, Wilmette, IL
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