Made it onto the Today show!

I knew Andy and Nick were an incredible couple when I got to know them planning their wedding music, but I had no idea they'd make it on the Today show!   Read all about it!

Married at last!  Photo credit: Coppersmith Photography.

Married at last!  Photo credit: Coppersmith Photography.

Andy and Nick had already been newsworthy in the Freedom to Marry web site in 2012, 'Minnesota Natives, Andy and Nick, together 14 years, speak out against Marriage Amendment".

The Wedding Day.  Photo credit: Coppersmith Photography

The Wedding Day.  Photo credit: Coppersmith Photography

After 16 years of commitment to each other, Andy and Nick saw their dream of marriage realized! Their friends and family that had supported them those many years were there to share in the joy of their wedding.

I am deeply grateful to Amy Coppersmith of Coppersmith Photography for recommending Andy and Nick to me.  Amy had been friends with Andy and Nick for years. When it came time to select a wedding photographer, they knew they could have no one else but Amy.

When I met with Andy and Nick to plan their music, I was pleased to learn that Nick was a talented musician. Andy and Nick had already put together some music ideas including specific songs that were special to them. It was obvious that the wedding music was really important to them.  When they asked me to find a violinist to perform with me, I was delighted that violinist, Conor O'Brien, from the Loring String Quartet, was available. The songs that Andy and Nick selected were beautiful when performed as a piano/violin duo.

Violinist, Conor O'Brien, & pianist, Sharon Planer.  Photo credit: Coppersmith Photography

Violinist, Conor O'Brien, & pianist, Sharon Planer.  Photo credit: Coppersmith Photography

Are you curious as to some of the song highlights that Andy and Nick had at their wedding?

On the Wings of Love, I Won't Give Up, All of Me (John Legend), Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.

Andy and Nick are an example of love at its' finest!

Photo credit: Coppersmith Photography

Photo credit: Coppersmith Photography

Remax Open House with live piano music!

A beautiful home in North Oaks was the site for my music.

Remax agent extraordinaire, Pam Joel, wanted elegant piano music to greet her visitors when they visited her Open House event. 


I couldn't have had a lovelier spot to set up my portable piano. As I played, the vaulted floor-to-ceiling windows gave me a perfect view of the scenic mallard pond. Visitors were delighted with the many unique features of this home.  Guests were treated to delicious hors d'oeuvres and wine. They relaxed in the dining room to chat and listen to my music.

This resident certainly likes it here!

This resident certainly likes it here!


Pam Joel and her assistant, Rebecca, were the gracious hosts. They let me join them to try out the treats! Pam and one of the guests asked me to play some dance music, so I pulled out a swing tune and the two of them cut loose on the living room hardwood floor. 


This house will make a perfect home for some lucky couple or family.

Could it be you? Contact Pam and she will be happy to schedule a showing just for you! 

Pam Joel at Remax Results!


A great piano music resource - the public library!

When the Institute of Management Accountants asked me to be their pianist for their Awards Banquet at the Minneapolis Hilton, they informed me that I would need to play each state song as the award recipients came to the stage to accept their awards. 

I visited the Hennepin County Minneapolis Central Library and found just what I needed -- a book with the sheet music for each state song!

Minneapolis Central Library

Music was an important role in the Awards Banquet. Not only did they have me perform award music and piano dinner music, but they also had the Macalester College Pipe Band lead the procession of guests in to the banquet hall for dinner!

Macalester College Pipe Band
Minnesota Songs

A week earlier I had been hired to play at the Edina Country Club for a private event. The organizer informed me that many of the guests were former University of Minnesota graduates and he knew they would love to hear the U of M Rouser. I knew the chorus but thought there must be more to the song, so I visited the library and found just what I needed in a book, 'Minnesota Songs'.

The 'Minnesota Songs' book turned out to be a hit at the party. During the reception I received a request to play 'Hail Minnesota'. I flipped open the book right to that song. As soon as I started playing, the guests joined in singing with gusto. When I played the U of M Rouser, they really belted it out! The guests were a fun and spontaneous group of people. The book from the library made their event extra fun!


I have found the Minneapolis Central Library to be a great music resource when looking for piano music. The Music Department is on third floor where patrons can find sheet music files, as well as song books, and recorded music. It has a lovely enclosed piano room. Library patrons may reserve the piano for an hour. I LOVE the Hennepin Central Library!! 

For further reading on the music resources and piano room at HCLIB I invite you to read a wonderful post by Christina Endres, 'Library as Incubator'

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