group-photoOn a beautiful day this fall, the students of kNOW Music Studio, held a Piano and Picture Picnic at the base of Cascade Falls in Osceola, WI. The intent was to generate excitement and make memories for young piano enthusiasts by giving them a unique opportunity to have their picture taken while playing the keyboard in the beautiful outdoors. Participating students were Ashton Kudlo, Jaelyn Lindquist, Katelyn Kirchberg, Elise and Adelle Pratt, Cecilia Gutierrez, Zoe Rider, Cole Lund, and Marcus Mielke. About half of the kNOW Music Studio students were able to make it to the event.

It was a lot of fun putting together the event and having the students perform near the falls and then having their picture taken while playing the piano. The pictures were placed on the studio FB page and shared on the musician’s FB page of my alma mater. The event was also printed in a local paper. Here are a couple of pictures from the event.


This past weekend, I was the guest conductor for the wonderful annual choral event Declaring His Name. This musical weekend has been every year since 2011. Before arriving, the participants learn their music and then come together for a weekend of rehearsing followed by an evening concert. This year, there were around twenty-five singers. The picture here is the men’s group section. Of the ten songs sung, I directed three plus played a piano/organ arrangement with my mother, Mrs. Joy Mielke.


I am so thankful for Mrs. Christa Mielke organizing this huge event and for directing it since its founding in 2011. She is an amazing conductor and is such an inspiration from which to learn and to sing under her direction. I am also thankful for Mrs. Joy Mielke with her fantastic accompanying skills that she has added to the team since 2011. She is the best accompanist I have ever worked with.

I can’t wait till next year. Hope you can join us as well.

Answer to last blog’s question: DC (deceptive cadence) is the cadence abbreviation that is similar to Washington D.C. A more final sounding cadence is when a V chord resolves to a I chord, but a deceptive cadence ends on a surprise chord which is often a vi chord.