Category Archives: Sonatina

Piano Roles

  I chose this title for my blog because of all the roles I have played inside and outside of this home that houses so many pianos and has had so many stories associated with it. It begs the following … Continue reading

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48th year of Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp

Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp is embarking on its 48th season. Learn more, here Continue reading

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Founder, teacher, mentor, mother

A couple of days ago most children, whether young or adult, honored their mothers. It’s a special day that allows us to express what we sometimes don’t do on any given day. I suppose that’s why my own mother prefers … Continue reading

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My Piano Pedigree: in honor of all my teachers

  With the advent of the academic year fast upon us, I have been thinking of all of the pianists who have shaped my musical life. I want to honor them for all they’ve given me, even if their role … Continue reading

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Online Piano Lessons through Video Conferencing

Online Piano Lessons with Polly van der Linde through Sonatina Enterprises Yay! I am adding a new program to our piano camp business! But, now I’ll come to you (well, sort of!). I wanted to announce this information on my … Continue reading

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Piano Camp 2014!

The Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp 2014 season is ending tomorrow and I wanted to offer you a snapshot of what went on. What an incredible 35-day journey with young pianists staying between 1 and 5 weeks from Russia, Turkey, … Continue reading

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Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp 2014!

  I can’t believe that Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp is about to embark on its 45th season of wonderful music-making! I have been a part of it every year since I was 10 years old. As Director for the … Continue reading

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Take the Piano Plunge!

So many people are intimidated by performing that I wanted to put out a challenge to put yourself out there. Currently, there’s a “game” on FaceBook that invites you to challenge your friends to jump into icy waters, also known … Continue reading

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Ruth Laredo plays Rachmaninoff with Polly

I’ve been doing lots of cleaning and renovations on the house and stumbled upon a number of photographs that I had forgotten about. A very special one needs to be shared. Back in 1981, I was lucky to be asked … Continue reading

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Sonata Musings and Sonatina links

January Sonata Piano Camp ended yesterday and I’m already missing everyone. What a great group! Despite the cold weather, we all remained cozy inside, playing lots of piano. There were 6 newbies in this group and it was so much … Continue reading

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