December Gathering: Annual Winterfest
Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Time: 6:30 pm (see detailed time information below)
Location: Kawai America
2055 E. University Dr., Rancho Dominguez Hills

For our November meeting, we really did have a quiz on the film, "American Grand." The winner won a brand new car! Actually, he just won the accolades of his peers which is an equally impressive reward.

The West-PAC committee met in October. Mike Ryder is leaving so the upcoming conference will be the last at which he will be in charge. Redwood City gets a nice plug from Kayoko Forest and Lisa Weller. Please check out the materials in the Journal and on-line. You wouldn't want to miss out!

The robust Isaac Sadigursky presented the November program which was divided into two sections: dealing with broken screws and the problem/definition of perfect pitch.

Broken Screws - Screw extractors can be found in woodworking catalogs. Plug hole with dowel in glue. Broken tuning pins can be removed with a 1/2" plug drill. Broken agraffes can be removed with a screwdriver that has been adapted to two points on the end. Tap for a little movement and then you're good to go. After filling the hole with the dowel, re-drill hole, lubricate (candle wax, soap) and drive the screw.

Perfect Pitch - Pitches can be remembered by learning intervals, not just notes. Perfect pitch is really pitch recognition. Isaac says there are three kinds of people: 1) people who have perfect pitch 2) people who wish they have perfect pitch 3) people who think they have perfect pitch.

Just for fun, Isaac says, keep a tuning fork ready; it's part of the shtick. When customers call to schedule, ask them to play the A above the middle C. Sound the tuning fork, compare the notes and tell customer if their piano is sharp or flat. Customers love it!

In December . . . We will gather this year for our annual Winterfest at Kawai America headquarters on the evening of December10th. You are cordially invited to a wonderful evening of good fellowship, feasting on the customary pot-luck style spread, and a piano recital presented by a fabulous young pianist named Sabrina Kozak.

South Bay Chapter (cont.)

Sixteen year-old Sabrina Kozak has been studying piano since the age of six. She currently studies with Yi Dong, artistic director and founder of the Opus 119 Conservatory of Music in Irvine. Sabrina has received awards at numerous piano competitions throughout Southern California. She has had the privilege of participating in master classes with Norman Krieger, William Grant Naboré, Manami Kawamura, Nina Scolnik, Thomas Rosenkranz, Jane Bastien, and Gila Goldstien. In May of this year, Sabrina was selected as a winner of the American Fine Arts Festival and performed in Carnegie Hall in New York City. In July she was invited to study in Cortina d' Ampezzo, Italy with Claudio Martinez-Mehner, Ervin Nagy and Jeffrey Swann.

The Winterfest schedule is as follows:
Arrive between 6:30 pm & 7:00 pm
Feasting begins at 7:00 pm
Piano Recital around 8:30 pm

Types of food to bring: Appetizers, Salads, Main Dish, Desserts, etc. RSVP to Diane Cottrell <> or Rachel Stevens <> and let them know what food you would like to bring. Bring yourself! Bring family! Bring a guest! We are going to have a GREAT time once again.