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WILCOX â€“ Tracie Pretak, owner of Grace Notes Studio in Wilcox, teaches piano and voice lessons to students ranging from five to adult.
Pretak held a Pro Concert Series to showcase the talents of Kathryn Polaski, Bailey Pretak and herself. Pretak developed the series so Polaski could become adept at performing difficult pieces in front of a crowd.
â€śI want to develop Kathrynâ€™s talent as much as possible because I believe she will do something with music in the future,â€ť Pretak said. â€śKathryn was born to do this. The only thing standing in the way of a career is herself.â€ť
Pretak provides two different concert series: a Pro Concert for her advanced students and the Young Artist Series to feature her voice and piano students.
â€śI started the pro concert series because my student Kathryn is very advanced at piano and I wanted her to perform several pieces in front of an audience,â€ť Pretak said. â€śI wanted to prepare her for her future in music.â€ť
Pretak has been teaching Polaski for nearly eight years.
â€śI taught Kathrynâ€™s older sister and she was always trying to catch up,â€ť Pretak said. â€śKathryn is very driven and loves the challenge. With some students I either have talent or drive, but with Kathryn I have both.â€ť
Polaski is the daughter of Pat Polaski and Pam Anderson of Wilcox. She is currently a sophomore at Johnsonburg Area High School where she is involved in cross-country, track and basketball. Besides playing the piano, Polaski practices the harmonica, accordion, alto saxophone, clarinet, French horn, trumpet, guitar and organ. She currently plays piano at Gunnerâ€™s Restaurant in St. Marys.
â€śPlaying at Gunnerâ€™s gives Kathryn a different kind of opportunity to play in the public,â€ť Pretak said. â€śThis helps her learn to deal with the noise around her.â€ť
Pick up a copy of the Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.