Industry News

Industry News for Februry 2019

Tony Walas to Retire from Harris-Teller

It’s with an equal measure of anticipation and sadness that I announce my pending retirement. After forty-six years in the print music business (the last twenty at Harris-Teller), I’ll be turning sixty-six this year and feel that now is the right time to take this important step. Cindy and I will shortly be in the process of selling our home in Lemont IL, and have already been gradually moving to our residence in Kohler WI.

Some of you already know Aaron Bowland. We’ve worked together for years, and he will be taking over the purchasing and inventory control here at Harris-Teller.

To everyone in our little world of the print music industry, I appreciate your friendship and help throughout our time together (and for putting up with me). I wish everyone Peace, Love, Joy and especially Music . . .

All the best.

Tony Walas

Randall Faber Receives Lifetime Achievement Award in Education

Ann Arbor, MI – February 13, 2019.  We are pleased to announce that Dr. Randall Faber, co-author of the best-selling Piano Adventures teaching method, has received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in Education from the Roland Corporation. The award was presented on January 24th at the 2019 Roland International Press Conference during The NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA.

Brian Alli, Roland Corporation Vice President of Key Influencers and Business Development made the presentation, that also included the Roland/BOSS fourth annual lifetime achievement awards recognizing individuals for their creative contributions to the music industry. The new Lifetime Achievement Award in Education is part of Roland’s ongoing dedication and support of music education.

As pianist and educator, Randall Faber has appeared as special guest at universities and conservatories throughout North America and Asia, including the Beijing Central Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory of Canada. He has been convention artist for the Music Teachers National Association and master teacher at the World Conference on Piano Pedagogy, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference and the USA National Piano Teachers Institute. Dr. Faber holds three degrees from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Education and Human Development from Vanderbilt University. His research on motivation and talent development has been featured in journals and media in South Korea, China, Australia, and at the International Conference on Motivation in Portugal. In 2018, Piano Adventures by Nancy and Randall Faber was selected to receive the prestigious MTNA Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award. The Faber’s are co-founders of the Faber Piano Institute.

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Faber remarked, “Artistic excellence reminds us that skill derives from persistent hard work, over months and years of effort. The process of art also involves inspiration. Inspiration occurs at the intersection of experience and preparation. So there’s an important lesson here for the next generation, and perhaps an important lesson for all of us, especially in a culture of instant gratification. And that lesson is: hard work opens the door to inspiration. Discipline invites creativity. We need diligent, focused practice. Then we punctuate that effort with stepping back, stepping outside ourselves, outside of our need to be right, and being receptive to new ideas. Receptive to the muse, receptive to inspiration… and to being creative.”