MAY 2023

Feature of Note

Community Enjoys a Memorable Afternoon at Annual Open House 

Curt Ebersole PGHS Tour

Above: Snapshots from the 2023 PGHS Open House, featuring a tour led by Susan Colson, and concert with Paul Cohen and friends. Clockwise from left: Percy's room, Rose's room, Ella's room, performance in the living room.

The Percy Grainger Home and Studio opened its doors to the community for an exciting afternoon of tours and music at the annual Open House on April 16, 2023. Reaching the maximum capacity of fifty guests for the event, two groups were guided through the home by Percy Grainger Society Secretary and Treasurer, Susan Colson. 

Visitors were also treated to performances of music by Grainger and his contemporaries by Paul Cohen and his colleagues Anna Keiserman (piano), Yo-yo Su (tenor and baritone saxophones), and Tyler Sakow (alto and tenor saxophones). If you couldn't make it to the Open House, follow this link to view the full concert -- engineered and livestreamed at the Open House by Percy Grainger Society Collections Chair, Matthew McGarrell! 

Want to view a few more photos from the event? Open House visitor Michael Fleischmann captured some wonderful images that you can view by following this link to the Grainger website.

Volunteer Spotlight 

Open House Welcomes Volunteers

Above: Maci Bianco (center) leads tour of the music room during the 2023 PGHS Open House. New volunteers Brittany Askew (back row, left) and Keon Riggans (back row, second from left) join the tour with members of the community.

From event planning to guiding visitors, our PGHS volunteers were fully immersed in the activities of the day during the April 16th Open House. Maci Bianco, who joined our volunteer program in January, has been visiting the house weekly to research material for blog posts and prepare for tours. We celebrated her first official engagement as a tour guide during the Open House as she led visitors through the music room.

New volunteers Brittany Askew and Keon Riggans toured the home for the first time at the Open House, experiencing the living history of the Graingers' lives in White Plains. Keon, a first-year student at Pace University, was excited to join the volunteer program as part of his coursework in civic engagement. Brittany, who recently moved to the Hudson Valley from Metro New York, enjoyed the afternoon's tours and music, meeting guests and staff, and assisting as the event came to a close. She shared,

Volunteering at the Percy Grainger Home and Studio is my way of giving to my new neighborhood and meeting the wonderful people here. From the moment that I stepped inside, I felt the magic and history of the home, and I believe everyone should get to experience it for themselves.

A very special thank you to veteran volunteer Stewart Lee, who assisted Susan Colson and Anne Ocone in the weeks leading up to the open house and throughout the afternoon.

Follow this link to discover the many ways volunteers support our mission!

Learn More About Volunteering

Membership Happenings

Membership & Programs Committee Meeting Scheduled for June 10

Membership and Programs Committee

The next meeting of the The Membership and Programs Committee (MPC) is scheduled for Saturday June 10, 2023 at 11 am Eastern Time via Zoom. During the meeting, updates will be given on two current membership projects: Dana Paul Perna’s oral histories of founding and longtime Percy Grainger Society members, and Jennifer Martin’s compilation of the location of Grainger documents throughout the world.

MPC Chair Bill Garlette will continue discussion, begun last meeting, of potential projects that explore Percy Grainger’s life, music, and connections to those who have significantly contributed to the advancement of Grainger's legacy.

Percy Grainger Society members may access additional discussion topics and information pertaining to the meeting by following this link.

The MPC continues to learn about the types of programs and projects our members enjoy. As always, the MPC Chair is happy to discuss any aspect of the Membership and Programs Committee before or after the meeting. Email Bill Garlette at

Register for the Virtual MPC Meeting

Save the Date

Jungle Book Theater Project 

PGHS Jungle Book Project

The Percy Grainger Home & Studio, is partnering with Peter Royston's Anywhere Theatre Company to present THE JUNGLE BOOK, an interactive and immersive reading of Rudyard Kipling’s famous story for kids and families.

Join us on Saturday June 10, 2023, as Kipling’s classic story comes to life through Percy Grainger’s music and an interactive, multi-sensory puppet play.

Two performances will be presented at The Percy Grainger Home & Studio, located at 7 Cromwell Place, White Plains, NY. Seating times and registration links are below:

First seating registration: 10:00 am performance

Second seating registration: 12:30 pm performance

View Jungle Book Event Listings

Interested in Becoming a Member?

Membership in the Percy Grainger Society does have its privileges! With your membership, you have access to the Members Area of our website, which includes digital copies of The Grainger Journal, audio and video content, and links to program notes, catalogs, and book lists.

The Percy Grainger Society

7 Cromwell Place | White Plains, New York 10601




Our mission is to promote the work and legacy of Percy Grainger with a membership community that preserves his historic house, encourages appreciation performance of his music, and promotes a deeper understanding of the cultural, social, and economic context of his life and work.

(914) 281-1610

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