The Cary-Apex Piano Teachers Association

Upcoming Public Events

  • Music Detectives: Discovering the Elements of Music
    Saturday, October 18, 2014
    Grades K-3: 9:00-11:30 a.m. (Registration & check in at 8:45)
    Grades 4-6: 1:00-3:30 p.m. (Registration & check in at 12:45)
    Cary Arts Center, 104 Dry Avenue, Cary
    $10 advance, $12 at the door
    For more information and to register, call the Cary Arts Center: (919) 469-4069.
    Students will develop increased music awareness through interactive rhythm, technology, theory, and movement classes. They will use their detection skills to learn the secrets of making beautiful music. This workshop is sponsored by the Cary Apex Piano Teachers Association and the Town of Cary. It is open to all music students who would like to have lots of fun while learning more about the foundations of music.

Previous Public Events

  • Cary Lazy Daze Festival Saturday, August 23, 2014 9 a.m.–5 p.m. in Downtown Cary. CAPTA representatives were glad to talk about CAPTA membership and events. Free bookmarks!
  • Derison Duarte in Recital Friday, November 1, 2013
    Award-winning pianist Derison Duarte presented a free recital on Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cary Arts Center (101 Dry Ave., Cary, NC 27511). Mr. Duarte currently teaches on the faculty of Duke University, North Carolina Central University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is the director of the new Community Music School.
  • Honors Recitals Sunday, April 21, 2013
    Free Admission CAPTA shared its best with the public in this recital at the Cary School of Music (201 West Chatham Street, Cary, NC 27511). Winners of the Sonatina (2:30 p.m.) and Bullard Competitions (4:00 p.m.) repeated their award-winning performances and celebrated their months of hard work.
  • Passport To A World Of Music Workshop for Young Pianists
    Saturday, February 9 March 23, 2013
    Grades 1-3: 9:00-11:30 a.m. (Registration & check in at 8:45 a.m.)
    Grades 4-6: 1:00-3:30 p.m. (Registration & check in at 12:45 p.m.)
    Cary Arts Center
    Piano students developed musical awareness through engaging rhythm, music history, movement and theory classes as they traveled around the world in this workshop presented by the Cary Apex Piano Teacher’s Association (CAPTA). Students of other musical instruments or students interested in beginning a musical instrument were also welcome. Registration for Cary residents opened Dec. 3. Registration for non-Cary residents opened Dec. 17 Questions? Andra Willis 919-341-8728 (flyer)
    SPONSORED BY: Back to Basics Chiropractic, Piano and Organ Distributors, Hopper’s, Sam Ash Music Corporation, Burrage, Ruggero’s, The Piano Shoppe, Music and Arts, and the Town of Cary

  • Andrew Willis in Recital Friday, November 16, 2012
    Well known pianist Andrew Willis presented a free recital on Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cary Arts Center (101 Dry Ave., Cary, NC 27511). Mr. Willis specializes in historic piano interpretations and has made numerous recordings which have been lauded by The New York Times and others. He has performed throughout the Eastern Seaboard area and teaches on the piano faculty at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He also directs the much-acclaimed biennial “Focus on Piano Literature” at UNC-G. The Cary-Apex Piano Teachers' Association sponsored the conert, which was free and open to the public.
    This project was supported in part by a grant from the Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival—a Town of Cary based festival supporting local arts and non-profit organizations and activities.
  • Honors Recitals Sunday, April 22, 2012
    Free Admission CAPTA shared its best with the public in this highly anticipated recital at the Cary School of Music (201 West Chatham Street, Cary, NC 27511). Winners of the Sonatina (2:30) and Bullard Competitions (4:15) repeated their award-winning performances and celebrated their months of hard work.
  • Musical Treasures Workshop for Young Musicians
    Saturday, February 25, 2012
    Grades 1-3: 9:00-11:30 a.m. (Registration & check in at 8:45 a.m.)
    Grades 4-6: 1:00-3:30 p.m. (Registration & check in at 12:45 p.m.)
    St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 221 Union Street, Cary
    CLASSES INCLUDING: * Boomwack your way to Rhythm * Batten the Hatches: Ear Training * Don your sea legs: Movement and Music * Swashbucklin’ time: Musical Games
    This flyer contains the registration form and fee schedule.

    SPONSORED BY: Back to Basics Chiropractic, Piano and Organ Distributors, Hopper’s, Sam Ash Music Corporation, Burrage, Ruggero’s, The Piano Shoppe, Music and Arts, and the Town of Cary
  • Winter Student Recital Sunday, February 12, 2012, 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Glenaire Retirement Center, (400 Glenaire Circle, Cary, NC 27511). Free and Open to the Public. An enjoyable afternoon of music performed by students of CAPTA teachers — from young beginners to advanced teenagers — these students showed the fruits of their hard work and love for music through a variety of music.

  • Master Class with Sheila Paige Saturday, November 5, 2011
    Concert pianist and nationally recognized teacher Sheila Paige conducted a masterclass for students of CAPTA members on November 5 at 9:30 a.m. in the theatre of the Cary Cultural Arts Center. Ms. Paige is known for her extensive work with Dorothy Taubman as well as her training in Alexander Technique which she has refined to support her work with keyboard wellness. This masterclass was free and open to the public.
    This project was supported in part by a grant from the Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival—a Town of Cary based festival supporting local arts and non-profit organizations and activities.
  • Sheila Paige in Recital Friday, November 4, 2011
    Sheila Paige, Executive Director and founder of the Keyboard Wellness Seminar and visiting artist at Cleveland State University, presented a piano recital of Bach/Busoni, Mozart, Prokofiev and Chopin November 4, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the newly renovated theatre of the Cary Cultural Arts Center. The Cary-Apex Piano Teachers' Association sponsored the concert, which was free and open to the public.
    This project was supported in part by a grant from the Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival—a Town of Cary based festival supporting local arts and non-profit organizations and activities.
  • Magical Musical Academy for Piano Students Saturday, March 19, 2011
    The Cary-Apex Piano Teachers Association (CAPTA) held a Magical Musical Academy for piano students grades 1-6 on Saturday March 19th at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cary. Students filled their musical bag of tricks as they interacted with other students at this fun educational activity. Classes included theory games and ear training, drums and rhythm, and an arts integration class focused on connections between music and visual art. Students created a rhythm instrument that they could take home.
  • Winter Student Recital Sunday, February 20, 2011, 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Glenaire Retirement Center, (400 Glenaire Circle, Cary, NC 27511). Free and Open to the Public. An enjoyable afternoon of music performed by students of CAPTA teachers, from the adorable beginners to the impressive advanced teenagers, these students showed the fruits of their hard work and love for music through a variety of music.

  • Holiday Fest Students of member teachers performed for the general public at Borders Books (1751 Walnut Street, Cary, NC 27511) throughout the day on Saturday, December 11, 2010.
  • Fall Student Recital Sunday, Sunday, November 14, 2010 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Glenaire Retirement Center, (400 Glenaire Circle, Cary, NC 27511). Free and Open to the Public. An enjoyable afternoon of music performed by students of CAPTA teachers, from the adorable beginners to the impressive advanced teenagers, these students showed the fruits of their hard work and love for music through a variety of music.
  • Keiko Sekino Masterclass Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. at Greenwood Forest Baptist Church, (110 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511-4599). Come see a master teacher in action. Free and Open to the Public
  • Keiko Sekino, a piano professor at East Carolina University, presented a sonata recital with works by Domenico Scarlatti, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and, on the 200th anniversary of his birth, Robert Schumann on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at Greenwood Forest Baptist Church, (110 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511-4599). (program) Free and Open to the Public The piano for this concert was generously provided by Hopper Piano and Organ Company.
  • Recital by Fabulous Cary Kids Advanced students presented a recital at the Hopper Piano Company (1800-A Tillery Place Raleigh, NC 27604) at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 24, 2010 to support the fund raising efforts for a piano in the new Cary Community Art Center.
  • Spring Fest Saturday, April 24, 2010 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m..
    Borders Books (1751 Walnut Street, Cary, NC 27511)
    Students of member teachers performed for the general public.
  • Honors Recitals Sunday, March 21, 2010 Free Admission CAPTA shared its best with the public in this highly anticipated recital at the Cary School of Music (201 West Chatham Street, Cary, NC 27511). Winners of the Sonatina, Composition, and Bullard Competitions repeated their award-winning performances and celebrated their months of hard work.
  • CAPTAvating Music Enrichment Day
    Saturday, February 13, 2010
    Grades 1-3: 9:00-11:30 a.m. (Registration & check in at 8:45 a.m.)
    Grades 4-6: 12:30-3:15 p.m. (Registration & check in at 12:15 p.m.)
    St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 221 Union Street, Cary
    Music Games, Piano Idol, Frédéric François Chopin, Music Technology, Drum Circle
    This flyer contains the registration form and fee schedule. Note: The January workshop date was changed to February 13 because of weather.

  • Holiday Fest Students of member teachers performed for the general public at Borders Books (1751 Walnut Street, Cary, NC 27511) 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, 2009.
  • Fall Student Recital Sunday, November 22, 2009 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Glenaire Retirement Center, Cary Free and Open to the Public Join us for an enjoyable afternoon of music performed by students of CAPTA teachers. From the adorable beginners to the impressive advanced teenagers, these students show the fruits of their hard work and love for music through a variety of music.
  • Brenda Bruce Concert Chopin In Warsaw: The Early Years Friday, October 30, 2009, 7:30 p.m. Greenwood Forest Baptist Church, Cary Free and Open to the Public
    The piano for this concert was generously provided by Hopper Piano and Organ Company.
    Concert pianist Brenda Bruce (bio) holds a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston. Internationally known for her expertise in the piano genius of the Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin, she has presented all-Chopin recitals in North Carolina and France on numerous occasions. (Concert flyer)
  • Student Winter Recital Sunday, February 15, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Glenaire Retirement Center, Cary, North Carolina. The public is invited to attend either recital to hear a wide range of students perform.

  • Holiday Fest Students of member teachers performed for the general public at Borders Books (1751 Walnut Street, Cary, NC 27511) throughout the day on Saturday, December 6, 2008.
  • Jim Hover from the Steinway Company will give a free presentation for the public on "Music, Piano, IQ, and YOU" highlighting current research on music and brain research. Saturday, November 22, 2008, 2:00 p.m. Carswell Hall, Meredith College Participants will be given a DVD as well. Call (919) 233-5200 for more details.
  • Mayron Tsong Concert Friday, November 7, 2008, 7:30 p.m. Greenwood Forest Baptist Church Free and Open to the Public
    Concert pianist Mayron Tsong is in the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
  • Rhythm Workshop "World Olympics of Music" Saturday, October 11, 2008- St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cary, NC
    9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. — Grades K-3, registration at 8:45
    12:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m. — Grades 4-6, registration at 12:15
    $5.00 with registration prior to 10/01/08; $10.00 with registration after 10/01/08 Come feel the beat: Rhythm Twister, Orff Instruments, African Drumming, Rhythm Track and Field, Ensemble Rhythm Instruments. See flyer for application.
  • Competition and Honors Recital Sunday, April 20, 2008 Free Admission CAPTA shared its best with the public in this highly anticipated recital. Winners of the Sonatina and Bullard competitions repeated their award-winning performances and celebrated their months of hard work.
  • Composition Masterclass Saturday, March 15, 2008 10:30-noon Free Admission Budding composers share their award-winning music in a new venue! Watch the creative process at work as CAPTA students share their compositions and receive feedback from respected judges.
  • Winter Student Recital Sunday, February 17, 2008 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.- Free Admission Join us for yet another enjoyable afternoon of music performed by students of CAPTA teachers. From the adorable beginners to the impressive advanced teenagers, these students show the fruits of their hard work and love for music through a variety of music. Please contact a member of CAPTA for location information.
  • Faculty Recital Sunday, February 3, 2008- Ruggero’s Piano, Raleigh, NC 3:00 p.m.- Free Admission You knew they could teach, but wait until you hear them play! Come and hear the teachers of CAPTA perform their favorite works by well-known (and not so well-known) composers. Sometimes fun, sometimes serious, but always beautiful, come join us for an afternoon of fantastic performance by the teachers you know and love.

  • Holiday Fest Saturday, December 1, 2007- Border's Books & Music, Cary 10:00 a.m. until (Depends on how many teachers sign up.) Call Dean Leviner to sign up for a time.
  • Fall Student Recital Sunday, November 11, 2007 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.- Free Admission Join us for an enjoyable afternoon of music performed by students of CAPTA teachers. From the adorable beginners to the impressive advanced teenagers, these students show the fruits of their hard work and love for music through a variety of music. Please contact a member of CAPTA for location information.
  • Rock to the Beat — A Day of CAPTA-vating Rhythm Saturday, November 3, 2007- St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cary, NC
    9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. — Grades K-3
    12:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m. — Grades 4-6
    $5.00 with registration prior to 10/26/07; $10.00 with registration after 10/26/07 Come learn about the soul of music during this morning of rhythmic activities. From African drumming to Latin percussion to Rhythm Twister, elementary-age students find out how rhythm has shaped all music throughout history. Space is limited so sign up early! (poster & registration form) Post-event write up
  • Pipes, Pedals & Pizza Jones Chapel, Meredith College, Saturday, October 27, 2007, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $5.00 A time for 4th grade and older piano students to learn about the pipe organ… (more)
  • Milton Laufer, Masterclass Greenwood Forest Baptist Church in Cary, Saturday, October 27, 2007, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free Admission Watch as Milton Laufer inspires and instructs local students in their study of piano literature. Come to learn a few hints for yourself, or to simply enjoy the performances of local musicians.
  • Milton Laufer, Recital Greenwood Forest Baptist Church in Cary, Friday, October 26, 2007, 7:30 p.m. Please join us for a night of outstanding musical enjoyment this October. Internationally recognized as a leading interpreter of Spanish music, Milton Laufer joins us from Peace College to perform Masterworks sure to engage and inspire any music lover… (more), (poster)

  • Christmas Fest Border's Books in Cary
    Saturday, December 9, 2006, 10:00 a.m. until.
  • Adult Performance Carolina House in Cary
    Sunday, December 3, 2006, 2:00 p.m.
  • Recital Programs Sunday, November 12, 2006
    2:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
  • Larisa Yesina Concert, Master Classes
    Friday, October 20, 2006
  • CAPTA Rhythm Workshop
    Saturday, September 30, 2006

CAPTA would like to thank the following businesses for their generous support of piano activities throughout the year:

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the Cary-Apex Piano Teachers’ Association is:

  • To provide its members with opportunities for professional growth and mutual support and encouragement.
  • To promote excellence in teaching and provide opportunities for students to learn the art of piano playing at its highest level.
  • To provide opportunities for our students to develop their skills by sponsoring competitions and performance opportunities.
  • To give our students theory skills which will be encouraged through the theory testing, the Lamp of Learning Program and the Composition Competition.
Members-only Resources — Association Documents