Festival of Piano Trios

Festival of Piano Trios 2024

We are excited to announce the 2024 Festival! This event gives

students of GHMTA teachers the opportunity to perform a Piano

Trio with professional string players, Mary Manning (violinist)

and Margaret Thorndill (cellist). Teachers choose the students

in their studio that they feel will benefit from the program.

Teachers are responsible for choosing a Trio and helping their

student learn their part before the rehearsals begin in late

January 2024. Each student will have 2 or 3 rehearsals with the

strings and culminate the experience in a performance with the

string players!

Rehearsals: January 26 & 27, February 2, 2024

Place and Times: Rehearsals at Connie Lijengren's Studio

Dress Rehearsal

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Times: TBD

Agnus Dei Lutheran Church,

10511 Peacock Hill Ave. NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335


Saturday, February 10, 2024

Time: TBD

Agnus Dei Lutheran Church,

10511 Peacock Hill Ave. NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335


DECEMBER 23, 2023

Information or questions contact

Coni Liljengren, Program chair





Levels & Fees are determined by the length of the piece...

Level 1 - For performance pieces that are under two minutes (without repeats). There will be two rehearsals, a ten minute and a five minute. FEE:$45

Level 2 - For performance pieces that last 2 – 4 minutes. There will be three rehearsals, two ten minute and one five minute rehearsal. FEE: $55

Level 3 - For performance pieces that last 4 – 7 minutes. Three rehearsals, one 15 minute, one 10 minute and one 8 minute. FEE:$60

Level 4 - For performance pieces that last 7 – 10 minutes. Three rehearsals, two 15 minute and one 10 minute. FEE:$70

Level 5 - For performance pieces that are 10 minutes and over. Three rehearsals, one 20 minute and two 15 minute rehearsals. FEE: $80

 Fees are due by check, made out to your teacher, by January 22, 2024


Coni Liljengren  


Kathy Strickland

Chamber Music Merit Award



“This year we will again name a student to receive the Kathy Strickland Chamber Music Merit Award.”

 Last year’s recipient was Ava Innielli,  student of Julie Spargo.  

Kathy was a beloved, longtime piano teacher in Gig Harbor. She had a passion for chamber music, and established two successful, long running programs for students of GHMTA teachers - Music of the Chamber and The Festival of Piano Trios. These two programs exemplify Kathy’s dedication to the collaborative arts and her drive to encourage and enrich the musical lives of students in our community.

After Kathy’s death in 2020, gifts were given to honor and preserve Kathy’s legacy by continuing to enhance our students’ musical growth and dedication to Chamber Music. This award allows us to publicly honor Kathy by giving a monetary gift to one student that will help further their study of Chamber Music.


The rules for entry are as follows:


Please submit the application form and your essay to Coni Liljengren, (conipianostudio@gmail.com) by January 22, 2024 or by mail to Coni Liljengren, 6908 81st Ave NW, Gig Harbor 98335



The Award Committee

Patti Jamieson, Isabella Jie, Coni Liljengren,  Tanya Stambuk