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2023-2024 Events

Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival

10/8/23, 1:00-5:00pm

Michelle is state chairperson for this event. The Philadelphia Music Teachers Association participates in the state-wide PA Music Teachers festival named the Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival. Students play 2 memorized, contrasting pieces, and take a theory test. Those who score above 85% on the test, and receive a Superior rating are eligible to perform at an Honors Recital in Philadelphia..

Coffee House/Music Salon

11/12/23, 11am

Get dressed up in your fancy outfits and show off your skills to friends and family in an elegant venue! A grand piano will be on the premises. We're considering a theater or a church. In conjunction wiith the Stewart-Moore studio.

PhMTA Spring Festival

March 4/21/23, 1-5pm

The Philadelphia Music Teachers Association provides assessment testing for both piano and flute students. Requirements are two memorized pieces and a theory test. Students get a written critique from qualified judges, and come home with a certificate and ribbon representing their level of achievement. Festival will be held online this year.

Kiszely Auditioned Recital At Carnegie Hall


This is a fiercely competitive recital. Participants who make the cut perform at a gorgeous recital hall with grand piano, and have the benefit of hearing other fantastic student musicians. This year it is held at Carnegie Hall. Speak to Michelle if you are interested.

Retirement Community Recital

Jan 2024 & July 2024

Community Service opportunity! We will be holding a recital at a local Senior Home. Give back to your community by sharing your gifts with our older generations. Internship opportunities available for this event, and community service hours may be accrued for performance for use with National Honor Society and such. Exact date and location TBD.

Perkasie Porch Fest

Saturday, May 11, 2024, Noon to 4

This is an outdoor music festival. The Perkasie Towne Improvement Association, of which Michelle is a board officer, is holding their 2nd annual Porch Fest. Local homes and businesses donate the use of their front porch, and over 40 bands and acts perform throughout the downtown area. The studio we will prepare one student ensemble for the Battle of the Bands area. Contact Michelle if you or your student is interested in auditioning for the ensemble.

FSGP Youth Flute Competition


The Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia is holding a Youth Artist Competition with Elementary, Middle, and High School Divisions.Students perform 2 contrasting pieces from a curated list for cash prizes. Check here for more details:

Inspiring Past Events

November 2017 - Musical Salon

An informal event where music was shared at the home of Jodi Stewart-Moore. Students played music while their friends and family were able to relax and listen in a coffee-house style atmosphere. This was a family event that included activities and games for the younger siblings, while adults were able to have lively conversation around this kitchen table or on the sofa. It was a great success and we look forward to next year’s event!

2018 Auditioned Recital

Our trio sonata ensemble made it into the Andor Kiszely Audtioned Honors Recital held at Temple University in February. Natalie, flute; Tim, violin; Marissa, cello; Steve Duffy, piano. They played the first two movements of a Hasse Trio Sonata. Congratulations on their hard work!

2018 Formal Recital

Held at Christopher Dock Mennonite Academy, students of the Cosgrove and Stewart-Moore studios combined to perform in 2 different recitals. We were treated some wonderful solos and duets. Great job, everyone!

August 2019 - Formal Recital 2019

It’s officially a tradition! The studio’s annual formal recital, in conjunction with Jodi Stewart-Moore, was a huge success! Lots of duos featuring siblings or best friends. An experience they’ll never forget.

August 2019 - Project Trio

August 2015, that’s when I got to shake hands with these cats. Location: National Flute Convention. Not familiar with them? Greg Pattillo is THE beatboxing flutist, and his group has created some awesome music. Check them out on YouTube. YouTube

August 2019 - Studio Field Trip To Flute Fair

What do you do when you’re waiting for your parents to pick you up from an awesome day filled with flute playing and learning? Break out those flutes and jam with what you learned, of course! The Flute fair is held each spring by the Philadelphia Flute Society, and is becoming a tradition for the Cosgrove students to load in the van and head down together. Roasting of Michelle on the way down expected.

August 2019 - Christopher Norton

Got to meet an awesome jazz composer while at the Piano Pedagogy Conference in July 2017. Now I have more material for those students that really disagree with the classics. You can check out his compositions here. Christopher Norton

December 2020 - Winter Wanderland

We hadn't managed to have any in person performing events since COVID hit, so we decided to join the Borough of Perkasie in their Annual Tree Lighting event, the oldest in the United States! We provided outdoor music in the form of a variety of flute choirs, piano soloists, trumpeters, and more, while we got to watch the horse drawn carriage pass us by and enjoy the wandering carolers. It was cold and windy, but I think we were all happy to finally be performing again!

Dec 2020 - 1st Annual Virtual Holiday Recital

For those who did not want to brave the cold, we had our very first holiday recital online! In addition to the joyful sharing of carols and other tunes, we established the Best decorated instrument and Best Holiday outfit contests. Pictures of contestants are viewable on the Facebook business page. It was so popular, the students begged us to run it again the following year. So we have a new tradition!

May 2021 - Garden Concert

Yeah, so we still can't have an inside invite. The response is to have a fabulous garden party at the Cosgrove compound, the perfect set-up for a picnic. Lucky for us, Michelle is an avid gardener and outdoorswoman and has a big backyard with woods, tree forts, and plenty of flowers. We set up a pop-up tent, and had everyone amplified through a PA system. The best part, our virtual students also got to perform and watch, we just ran an ethernet cable outside and our student interns helped set up all the technology and run the Zoom sessions. This is another event that was a big hit, and is staying on our roster if programming.

August 2021 - Perkasie Farmers Market

Summer time is for relaxing, so we take a more casual approach to our music making and regale the patrons of the market to some lively music. Students got a taste of the art of gigging, and learned how to put together a mini set list as an ambient musician. We had a boatload of fun!

November 2021 - Formal Recital

We finally could have an indoor recital, woo-hoo! But now, we have the wonderful conundrum of involving our virtual students in all of our events. This was the first event that everything worked out perfectly, including the projector. Our virtual students were projected onto a movie screen on stage, and got to participate right along with our in-person students. It was great to return to the Dock Mennonite Academy Theater.

December 2021- Holiday recital

An online only event, students performed their favorite seasonal tunes, while competing for prizes in several contests: best dressed and best decorated instruments. Winners won gift certificates to their local music store.

May 2022- Spring Recital

The Stewart-Moore and Cosgrove Studios combine during the year to produce special events such as the Spring Recital. Originally scheduled as an outdoor concert, weather forced us to pivot and hold it in the beautiful space at the local Mennonite Meetinghouse.

May 2022- Perkasie PorchFest

Almost 40 bands descended upon downtown Perkasie for their inaugural annual Porchfest. Produced by the Perkasie Towne Improvement Association, of which Michelle is a board officer, the studio coordinated the Rising Stars program, which included several music studios in the area.

July 2022 - Brookdale Dementia Student Recital

Carnegie Hall

Our flutist Natalie made it into the winners round in the Crescendo International Competitions, and Michelle accompanied her. She performed Night Soliloquy by Kent Kennan Congratulations, Nat, on the culmination of all your hard work!

November 2022 - PMTA Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival

My student Caitlin made the Superior rating and aced her theory test, earning a spot at the Pennsylvania Music Teacher's State Showcase for the Dorothy Sutton Music Festival. This event was held at Kutztown University, and featured only students who earned that Superior. Great job, Caitlin!

November 2022- Formal Recital

Held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Perkasie. Our students prepared for their first recital of the season, and did a spectacular job. Always a good reason to put on your best outfit!

December 2022- Rena, Winner of YOBC Concerto Competition

Our flute student Rena auditioned for the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County's Concerto Competition, and won first place! Here she is in December performing with the orchestra.

January 2023- Sr. Home Community Recital

Our studio loves to do community service, and one of our projects is to bring music to the Senior Communities that don't get out as much anymore. You can see that our studio is not just for kids, we have lots of adults of all ages. William is a retired engineer who loves to play recorder, and he keeps me on my toes!

March 2023- Competition at FSGP Flute Fair

Rena does it again! She won 2nd place at the Youth Flute Artist Competition with the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia. It was held at West Chester University during their annual Flute Fair.

April 2023- Perkasie Porchfest

This was the 2nd year of the local downtown music festival. Michelle was in charge of and coordinated the Rising Stars area of Porchfest, which featured student musicians from many different music studios. Our studio broke down into over 20 different performing groups, with a lot of music carefully arranged so that everyone could participate. Despite the weather, every student showed up and had a good time.

July 2023- Sr home Community Recital

The studio was up for a bit more community service before vacations, so off we went to Pine Run Community in Doylestown. The studio has started inviting alumnists back to perform when they can, and here you see Michelle proudly standing next to one of her very first students, Corey. I'm not crying, you're crying.

August 2023 -NFA Opening Flute Orchestra

Off to Phoenix, AZ to attend the National Flute Association Convention and play bass flute in the flute orchestra for the opening ceremony. No, flying with instruments is not for the faint of heart.

August 2023- Tony Duncan, Apache Native American flutist and hoop dancer

At the National Flute Association Convention, with a theme of Music Beyond Borders, you better believe the Native American flute was represented by the best! I got to meet several amazing players, but here's just one photo op.

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