Schaefer Piano Studio
Schaefer Piano Studio

Student performing opportunities:

  • Studio recital programs per school year
  • Performance classes on Saturdays ca 1/month
  • Durham/Chapel Hill Music Teachers' Recitals
  • Durham MTA Play-A-Thon fundraisers for student music scholarships
  • Occasional workshops/masterclasses

Other possible performing opportunities:

  • Annual CHMTA Festival of Auditions
  • Annual DMTA Performance Festival
  • NCMTA district auditions
  • CHMTA/DMTA sponsored Masterclasses/Workshops
  • Performances at care facilities, etc.

Leadership and Service Activities:


Newsletter Editor, Durham Music Teachers Association (DMTA), 2014-15

Secretary, DMTA, 2013-14

Newsletter Editor, Chapel Hill Music Teachers Association (CHMTA), 2003-07. 

President, CHMTA, 1999-2000.

Secretary, CHMTA, 1996-97.

MTNA/NCMTA Jr High Baldwin Auditions Chair, State Conference, 1996

Newsletter Editor, CHMTA, 1995-96.

President, CHMTA 1993-94.

Program Chair, CHMTA, several times fr 1988-2007

Festival of Auditions Chair, CHMTA, 1988-89; 89-90.

NCMTA Certification Committee


Adjudication Experiences:


Raleigh Piano Teachers Association Young Artist Auditions

NC Division National Federation of Music Clubs Auditions

NCMTA Piano Olympics Festival, Rocky Mount, NC

OMTA, Defiance Ohio, Piano Festival


Performing Experience:


Chamber music and solo performances:


North Carolina: The Chapel Hill Bible Church; Carol Woods Retirement Center Chapel Hill; Carolina Meadows Retirement Community, The Governor's Club, Brightleaf Square, Durham; Croasdaile Retirement Community, Durham; Durham Arts Council Recital Hall, Durham; NC Central University, Durham; Northgate Mall, Durham; UNC-Chapel Hill


Chamber Music collaboration with Terry Patrickis, flautist, 2018-present


University United Methodist Church, Chapel Hill, NC May 2022, participated in benefit concert for victims of the war in Ukraine


Solo Recital, The Chapel Hill Bible Church


The Catholic University of America, Washington DC: solo/chamber music recital, viola and piano, with Ms. Camille Prescott-Archer, violist Greensboro Symphony Orchestra


Church Pianist and Free Lance work:


Friends Home Guilford, Greensboro, NC, November 2022

Pennybryn Retirement Community, High Point, NC, June 2016

Assistant/Substitute Pianist, Holy Infant Catholic Church, Durham, NC, 2008-2013

Assistant/Substitute Pianist, St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Chapel Hill, NC, 1996-2016

Free lance performances for weddings, receptions, parties since 1987 in the NC Triangle area.


Schaefer Piano Studio

Frances Heutte Schaefer

Teacher/Freelance Pianist



805 Tinkerbell Rd. Chapel Hill, NC 27517


Located in East Chapel Hill close to:

  • University Place
  • Eastgate Crossing
  • Ephesus Elementary School
  • 15-501/Patterson Place (Durham)


Studio/work phone: (919) 942-6536 


I have a digital voicemail machine please leave a message anytime.


Please include your name and contact number with a brief message and I will get back to you ASAP!



  • Kawai 6'1'' grand piano
  • NORD Grand w/ 2 large speakers, touch sensitive keys, many synth capabilities
  • Theremini instrument, a smaller version of the classic Theremin made by the Moog Music Factory in Asheville, NC
  • High grade rhythm instruments





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