Faculty Newsletter

January 2014

Staff Announcement at FSM

As many are aware, Matthew Ansell is no longer with the Fairlawn School of Music. Matt was only able to be with us on a temporary basis, and so we are excited to welcome Zuzu Covert, who plans to stay with us long term. Zuzu comes to us with small business and customer service experience. Zuzu has been trained over our break and will start at FSM on January 2nd. Katie will be joining her during her first days at FSM to assist her in daily tasks. Please welcome Zuzu!

Faculty Recital

The Faculty Recital has been scheduled for April 6th beginning at 3pm at the new Steinway Piano Gallery in Hudson. So far, the following have signed up to perform:


Ewaizen Trio (Scott Gotschall, Allison Lint, Joe Orsolits)

Allison Lint

Elizabeth Franks

Helen Welch

Kurt Reed

Matthew DeRubertis

Adam Keeler



If you are interested in performing, please follow the link below to hold time in the schedule for your performance. You can also contact the office if you are having difficulty with the form. We hope to see many great performances and will begin promoting this to our students and the community in February.

Staff Party

Thank you to all who were able to attend the holiday party! If you were unable to attend, a gift should have been left in the school office for you. We hope you all had an amazing holiday break!

Winter Recital

Our Winter Recital will either by February 16th or February 23rd and will be in the Hudson area. We will have the date and location confirmed by next week and will send a separate notice at that time.


2 student bands competing in Tri-C High School Rock Off

Two bands organized by our schools will be competing in the Tri-C High School Rock Off.


Don't Think Just Go: This band is coached by Kurt and Steve in Hudson and consists of 2 former students of Helen and a current student of Steve.


The Misfits: This band consists of 2 of Kurt's students and one of Matt DeRubertis' students.


Both bands will be competing on January 25th at the House of Blues. If you are interested in attending, tickets are on sale to support the students in the HSM office. Tickets are $8 presale and $12 at the door.

String Open Mic

Friday, Jan. 3rd, 7pm

852 W Bath Rd

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Allison Lint, along with Wesley and Flora, will be hosting a string student open mic night at the Root Cafe (in the basement of Northampton UMC) on Friday night beginning at 7pm. Root Cafe is a casual coffee shop with snacks as well. Please feel free to share with your students and attend yourself if you have the evening free.


Helen with student guests!

Friday, Jan. 3rd, 8:30pm

1989 Front Street

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Helen will be performing at Sheraton in Cuyahoga Falls beginning at 8:30pm, and will be joined by many of her more advanced students throughout the evening. The Sheraton has food and alcoholic beverages, if this is more your speed and again you have the evening free. We hope you can join and support our student performers!


Rock Showcase

Saturday, Jan. 11th, 4-6:30pm

5827 Darrow Road

Hudson, OH

Our January student rock showcase is on January 11th beginning at 4pm. The Blue Rock Cafe has food and drinks and is a nice, casual place during the afternoon to enjoy live music in Hudson. Four of our student bands will be performing throughout our time at the Blue Rock. This is our last rock showcase before our large showcase taking place in March as part of our Harvest for Hunger campaign to benefit the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. For some of our performers, this will be their last performance opportunity before competing at the Tri-C High School Rock Off on January 25th!