The Sierra Foothills Ragtime Society meets Every Odd month of the year, on the third Saturday of the Month at a house or business in Sutter, Since the Ice Cream Store Closed, we are in the process of finding a permanent location to hold our meetings. Sutter Creek . (Note: Our meetings are temporarily suspended as we are following the stay at home orders and not having large gatherings.) 5:30 - 8:30 pm
We invite any one who attends to play the piano or bring their instrument of choice to play along. Always a lot of fun and great music to have a yummy dessert by.
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The Sierra Foothills Ragtime Society Is also proud to be a part of the Musician Scholarship Program with the festival. Here we are including the Letter from this Years recipient of the $400 scholarship, Anthony Sarginson. We know that Anthony will excel in his studies and will become a driving force in the Ragtime community in the years to come. Anthony wrote: Hello, I am incredibly thrilled to be awarded this scholarship! Ever since I was young, I have always dreamed of exceeding proficiency at the piano. When I was 10, I discovered a little piano game that I could plug into the television. I would always play it and feel proud of myself, wishing I could be one of the maestros on the screen. Up until my first Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival in 2015, I watched my dad fiddle around on a keyboard we have and I’ve always been intrigued by the sound that comes out of it. Gradually, I taught myself, first venturing into the world of Beethoven and several other highly accomplished composers. I reached a bump when I discovered the amazing pianist, Tom Brier. I could not stop listening to him on the internet and I was thinking that it would be crazy to ever meet him. Living in Clovis, I found out about the Historic Sutter Creek Festival which Tom coincidentally performs in and it is only about 3 hours away! After attending the festival, I can now realize that it was the thing that truly sparked my unconditional love for music and made it definite that I pursue music as a career. This extraordinary event was the first time I heard and played along with other performers and I felt at home by the wonderful hospitality of the ragtime players/enthusiasts. Through attending several year-round festivals, submitting forms to participate in piano competitions and getting official lessons, I knew that in order to get better, it is imperative that I work hard to transform my dreams into reality. I am currently a Senior at University High School on the campus of California State University, Fresno, which has been such a great experience. Being a college prep school, it can be tedious and dreadful, but I am able to work through everything with my amazing senior class who all spontaneously follow our code of character: Understanding, Honorable, and Studious. The school has offered me an extensive knowledge on music theory and at the same time has paved the way for college (taking Fresno State courses and receiving much college prep counseling) which is not too common for a high school to have. As I look into college for next year I hope to receive a musical composition degree. Pursuing music means the world to me so thank you so much for investing in my dreams! Ad astra per aspera!