Re the May 18 article Japanese sisters take gold in Dranoff 2-piano finals: Whenever I hear of the Dranoff Piano Competition I remember my own experience with Loretta Dranoff. She was a visiting music teacher who would come twice a week to conduct classes at Hibiscus Elementary in North Dade.
In 1976, a patriotic year, Mrs. Dranoff composed an opera, and our school gave one of the performances.
The children were great and even parents participated. About 10 of us were part of a chorus that stood up in the audience several times and joined the children singing.
It was sensational.
Whenever I hear of schools dropping art and music classes to cut costs, I cringe. A society without an opportunity to participate in these activities is sad indeed.
Dianne Stutts, Pembroke Pines