September Newsletter: Who is Harry Petsch?

Who is Harry Petsch? By Jody Day


H. Edward Petsch was born April 24, 1931 in Fort Stock- ton to Fannie Warnock and Harry Edward Petsch. His first piano teacher, Mrs. Frances Ligon, instilled in Edward a love of music and was instru-mental in Edward’s admittanceto the prestigious St. Louis Institute of Music after his graduation from Fort Stockton High School. There he studied with great Russian pianist Leo Sirota. Through the Institute, Mr. Petsch also studied with French pianist, conductor, and composer, Nadia Boulanger.

In 1957, Mr. Petsch was invited to teach at the British School in Caracas, Venezuela, where he also performed many concerts.

He returned to the United States several years later to join the piano faculty at the St. Louis Institute for Music and to prepare for his debut concert program.

Mr. Petsch moved to Houston several years later to take over the piano studio of a friend. He soon opened his own studio in Houston for adult piano students. Mr. Petsch enriched the lives of all of his students by his encouragement not only to master the keyboard, but to pursue personal goals and over-come life’s setbacks. Thanks to the H. Edward Petsch Arts and Music Memorial, the Fort Stockton Public Library is able to sponsor a concert series each year, free music lessons for over 60 students every year, support the local writers group, and many other music and artistic efforts.

Thanks, Harry!


Welcome to Critique Cafe Chatter

Welcome to Critique Café Chatter, launched by the Fort Stockton Area Writers Group. Critique Café began in the Spring of 2011, under the auspices of the H. Edward Petsch Arts Endowment and the Fort Stockton Public Library. 

The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays in the Roberta Puckett Gallery at the library at 6:00 p.m. Members bring a sample of their writing to be read aloud, and the group takes turns offering positive affirmation and useful, productive critique.

The members for the group include published, self-published and unpublished writers,     inspirational fiction writers, non-fiction writers, mystery writers, opinion writers, fan-fiction writers, bloggers and poets.

We’re here to help and not hurt each other. We wrote into the rules that racially offensive, sexually explicit, or any writing that degrades any ethnic, religious, or political  group can’t be read aloud at group, because we think that writing of that nature creates an atmosphere that is not helpful .

Critique Café produces The Best of Critique Café, an anthology of our best written pieces of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The book is published twice a year and is available on Amazon.

Once a year the group sponsors a writing contest to encourage new writers.

We hope you enjoy our tips and quips, stories and poems, as well as news from the writing world. Printed copies of our newsletter can be found at the Fort Stockton Public Library, B’s Family Dining, and The Garage Coffee, Music and More.