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A New Jersey-based composer of contemporary classical music and some jazz, Eileen Sauer's work spans piano, string, and wind instrumentations.
Having taken 10 years of piano and solfege lessons at The French School of Music in Plainfield, NJ during the 70s, she was a student of Mademoiselle Yvonne Combe, who studied at Paris Conservatory when French composers Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Camille Saint-Saëns and Maurice Ravel were alive and Fauré was Director of the Conservatory. As a child, Eileen played in Carnegie Recital Hall nine times (many French School alumni did; her sister performed there 10 times). Eight known alumni around her time went to The Juilliard School, attending pre-college or obtaining degrees, and more attended other conservatories.
She worked as a software developer, technical trainer, business analyst, engineering manager, and real estate investor, (B.S. in Math - Computing from University of Notre Dame), then shifted in 2014 to focus on music composition and augment her father’s efforts to capture French School's efficient and effective piano practice and solfege methodologies so that future generations of music students can have what was once available to Combe's students. Her father’s book is Fundamentals of Piano Practice, and the first edition of her Solfege Guide can be found here as a free PDF and for sale on Amazon.
Other ambitious efforts related to making solfege training using the French School methodology available online are in the works, and Part 1 is now available on Udemy (free) and covers Dannhauser Solfège des Solfèges Book 1, exercises 1 - 3. Part 2 is also available and covers exercises 4 - 19. Subsequent parts will cover 20 exercises each.
A member of Juilliard pre-college faculty offered to tutor her 11 year old solfege student; hopefully someday when this student feels ready she will step through those doors. Eileen has taken classes in composition, orchestration, and music production in Juilliard's Evening Division.