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Student Honors: RCM Exams Spring 2021

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | Student Awards and Honors

Many of our students challenged themselves by participating in the spring session of the RCM Certificate program. In this program, students don't just play one or two pieces, but a comprehensive program of repertoire and practical skills. Learn more at rcmusic.com.

Congratulations to: Sarah Hellman (Level 1 Piano) First Class Honors ♪ Noa Herzog (Level 1 Piano) First Class Honors ♪ Liam Horgan (Level 1 Piano) First Class Honors ♪ Helena Horowitz (Level 3 Piano) First Class Honors ♪ Vihaan Mathur (Level 7 Piano) First Class Honors ♪ Keshavan Nair (Level 1 Piano) First Class Honors with Distinction ♪ Kaitlin Nguyen (Level 2 Piano) First Class Honors ♪ Lindsay Nguyen (Level 4 Piano) First Class Honors ♪ Courtney Nguyen (Level 4 Piano) First Class Honors ♪ Nia Rubin (Level 2 Piano) First Class Honors

Student Honors: NVMTA Sonata Festival 2021

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 | Student Awards and Honors

Congratulations to Aruni Veluri and James Yao for earning the designation of Honors at Sonata Festival. This annual semi-competitive event is sponsored by Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association. In 2021, students submitted video recordings of two contrasting sonata movements. 

Student Honors: NVMTA Achievement Awards 2021

Friday, May 21, 2021 | Student Awards and Honors

Each year in May, Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association sponsors a competition they call Achievement Awards. It's a chance for the region's most high-achieving and dedicated youth students to compete for prizes and to receive expert commentary. This year's event was held using pre-recorded videos due to the coronavirus situation. We were lucky to have several students interested to step up and prepare for this demanding event. Congratulations to Philip Wang, who was selected for Honorable Mention. His program: Prelude and Fugue in c minor, WTC 1 (J.S. Bach); Sonata in D Major Hob. 37 (F.J. Haydn); Jazz Prelude No. 4 (Nikolai Kapustin).

Student Honors: Studio Master Class May 2021

Thursday, May 20, 2021 | Student Awards and Honors

Our second remote master class was held on Sunday May 16. Before 2020, all master classes were conducted in-person. But since it was not possible to meet in person this time, we were not limited to local pianists! We were delighted to welcome a fabulous guest artist who joined us remotely from Wisconsin! Michael Mizrahi of Lawrence University shared his expert perspective and fresh insights with five experienced and prepared students. Congratulations to those who stepped up and performed and learned in this challenging environment! Katrina Nelson (Wilmington Waltz, B. Johnson) ♪ Ai-Lan Pho (Impromptu in E-flat Major, F. Schubert) ♪ Varun Veluri (Prelude No. 3, G. Gershwin) ♪ Hannah Wang (Invention in C Major, J.S. Bach) ♪ Alex Xu (Liebestraum No. 3, F. Liszt)

Student Honors: Bach Baroque 2021

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 | Student Awards and Honors

Bach/Baroque Festival, an annual event sponsored by Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association, was held in remote format this year, due to the coronavirus situation. Participating students prepared and recorded performances of two different Baroque-era (1600-1750) pieces, from memory. Congratulations to Elena Valdez-Torres, who received the top rating of Superior. Receiving both the top rating of Superior and also the additional competitive award of Honors were Owen Rollins, Anne Severino, Varun Veluri, and Philip Wang.

Student Honors: NFMC Festival 2021

Thursday, May 13, 2021 | Student Awards and Honors

On March 12 & 13, 2021, many of our students participated in NFMC Spring Festival, hosted locally by Springfield Music Club. Due to the coronavirus situation, this year's festival was conducted via Zoom, which allowed every participating student to present a live (not pre-recorded) performance. Congratulations to the following students who earned the top score of Superior:

Sebastian Annett, Alexa Garcia, Sarah Hellman, Noa Herzog, Valentina Hong, Helena Horowitz, Maya Lang, Vihaan Mathur, Caeli McIntosh,  Keshavan Nair, Katrina Nelson, Kaitlin Nguyen, Gizem Onerci, Erin Pak, Ryan Qi, Eliana Rougle, Pelin Sarac, Karthik Thyagarajan, Elena Valdez-Torres, Abigail Wang, Hannah Wang, Philip Wang, Ethan Williams

In addition to earning the top score of Superior, the following students also received gold cups! These cups are awarded based on a point system. It takes a minimum of three years to earn your first cup. 

Liam Horgan, Courtney Nguyen, Lindsay Nguyen, Priya Perakam, Aruni Veluri, Alex Xu (solo AND concerto!), Angelina Yoha, Varun Veluri (solo AND concerto!)

Student Honors: Studio Master Class February 2021

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | Student Awards and Honors

On February 20, 2021, we hosted our first-ever remote Master Class with guest artist John Healey. This was a chance for a handful of advancing students to challenge themselves in the demanding master class format and to get fresh perceptive from our wonderful guest artist! Congratulations to our participating students!

Aemi Bradford ♪ Sonatina Op. 20 No. 1, Kuhlau ♪ Owen Rollins ♪ Prelude and Fugue in A-flat Major from WTC 1, J.S. Bach ♪ Noah Tennenbaum ♪ Etude in C Major Op. 10 No. 1, Chopin ♪ Aruni Veluri ♪ Sonatina Op. 55 No. 1, Kuhlau ♪ Philip Wang ♪ Prelude and Fugue in c minor from WTC 1, J.S. Bach ♪ James Yao ♪ Romantic Sonatina, Schmidt


Student Honors: 2021 Golden Key

Sunday, March 7, 2021 | Student Awards and Honors

Many outside events have transitioned to a video-only format due to the coronavirus situation, but some events have been operating by video submission for many years! We are pleased to report that three of our students have been honored in one such long-running event, the Golden Key Music Festival. Congratulations to: Katrina Nelson (Silver) ♪ Zakariyya Scavotto (Silver) ♪ Alexa Garcia (Super Bronze). 

Student Honors: December/January RCM Exams Part 2

Friday, March 5, 2021 | Student Awards and Honors

In addition to a handful of students already announced (see below), we've had two more results come through for the Fall/Winter RCM Exam season. Congratulations to Pelin Sarac (Level 7 Piano) Honors; and also to Elena Valdez-Torres (Level 4 Piano) First Class Honors.

Student Honors: December/January RCM Exams

Monday, January 25, 2021 | Student Awards and Honors

In addition to a handful of students who participated in RCM Exams in November, we had two students participate in December/January. Congratulations to Hannah Wang (Level 3 Piano) First Class Honors; and also to Alex Xu (Level 7 Piano) First Class Honors with Distinction. 

Student Honors: November/December 2020 RCM Exams

Thursday, December 17, 2020 | Student Awards and Honors

This comprehensive exam-based program operates year-round and we had a few students participate in the November/December session. Congratulations to: Helena Horowitz (Level 2 Piano) First Class Honors with Distinction ♪ Priya Perekam (Level 4 Piano) First Class Honors ♪ Karthik Thyagarajan (Level 6 Piano) First Class Honors with Distinction ♪ Aruni Veluri (Level 5 Piano) First Class Honors

Student Honors: NVMTA Fall Festival

Sunday, December 13, 2020 | Student Awards and Honors

This annual event was held this year using pre-recorded videos. Congratulations to the following students who received the top score of Superior. Owen RollinsEliana Rougle  Karthik Thyagarajan Kavya Thyagarajan Varun Veluri  Aruni Veluri Alex Xu.

Student Honors: RCM Celebration of Excellence 2020

Saturday, December 5, 2020 | Student Awards and Honors

In the fall of 2020, RCM announced awards for top-performing students from the 2019-20 academic year. In our Studio, we had two students so recognized: Hannah Wang, and Alex Xu. Hannah received a State Award for earning the highest score in her level in the state. And Alex received a "gold medal" for earning the highest score in his level in the entire Southeast US region.


Student Honors: 2020 Studio Stars

Saturday, September 12, 2020 | Student Awards and Honors

Congratulations to our 2019-20 Studio Star Award winners! This in-house award is based on simple objective criteria. You can read more about how to earn the Studio Star via For Our Students in the menu. The coronavirus situation reduced the number of students who were able to earn the award this school year, so we are especially pleased with the students who were able to find a way to sustain their achievement even with this year's disruptions.

WORKSHOP PARTICIPATION (5+ classes attended with 5+ different pieces performed from memory)

Helena Horowitz, Ada Kiefer, Priya Perekam, Karthik Thyagarajan, Hannah Wang, and Alex Xu

40 PIECE CHALLENGE (40 different pieces learned to completion)

Jamison Cheng, Liam Horgan, Helena Horowitz, Hong-duc Pho, and Hannah Wang


Student Honors: August 2020 RCM Exams

Monday, August 17, 2020 | Student Awards and Honors

Three of our students participated in the August 2020 session of the RCM Certificate program and all students earned top marks. Congratulations!

♪ Level 5 Piano ♪ Katrina Nelson ♪ First Class Honors 

♪ Level 8 Piano ♪ Owen Rollins ♪ First Class Honors

♪ Level 8 Piano ♪ Philip Wang ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction

Student Honors: 2020 NVMTA Sonata Festival

Thursday, July 9, 2020 | Student Awards and Honors

Congratulations to Aruni Veluri and Philip Wang, who both earned the competitive award of "Honors" in the Sonata Festival hosted by Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association (NVMTA). This year, the coronavirus situation forced the usual in-person Festival to move online. It's great to see so many students overcoming the challenge of remote participation by preparing and presenting polished performances. 

Student Honors: May/June 2020 RCM Exams

Friday, June 19, 2020 | Student Awards and Honors

The coronavirus situation closed down many of the events in which our students often participate, but some events did arrange for alternate programming online. In particular, we're proud of our students' accomplishments in completing demanding RCM Exams, even in this unusual time. Unlike many events, the RCM Exam attempts to make a rigorous yet noncompetitive comprehensive assessment of a student's accomplishment at a given level. This involves much more than preparing one recital piece! Students present a program of multiple pieces in varied styles and also are tested on music fundamentals such as scales, arpeggios, and aural skills. A related but separate program of theory exams assesses student achievement in that field. Read more at rcmusic.com. The designation "First Class Honors with Distinction" indicates a top score above 90%. Congratulations to our participating students!

♪ Level 1 Piano ♪ Helena Horowitz ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction

♪  Level 2 Piano ♪ Hannah Wang ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction

♪  Level 6 Piano ♪  Vihaan Mathur ♪  First Class Honors

♪  Level 5 Piano ♪ Tina Hong ♪ First Class Honors 

♪  Level 5 Theory ♪ Karthik Thyagarajan ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction

♪  Level 6  Theory ♪ Vihaan Mathur ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction

♪  Level 6 Theory ♪ Alex Xu ♪  First Class Honors with Distinction

Student Honors: NFMC Festival 2020

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 | Student Awards and Honors

On March 12 & 13, many of our students were scheduled to perform at NFMC Spring Festival, a nationwide event sponsored and run at the local level by the Springfield Music Club. The coronavirus situation forced the club to cancel the in-person festival, but many students chose to participate in the alternate online programming which the club offered in late May and June 2020. The following students earned the top grade of "Superior" in this non-competitive event: 

Tina Hong, Liam Horgan, Helena Horowitz, Vihaan Mathur, Courtney Nguyen, Lindsay Nguyen, Gizem Onerci, Priya Perekam (solo and concerto!), Owen Rollins, Pelin Sarac, Ian Sigler, Kavya Thyagarajan, Hanna Wang, Philip Wang, Angelina Yoha

Student Honors: Studio Honors Recital 2020

Sunday, May 31, 2020 | Student Awards and Honors

Our annual Honors Recital was originally intended to be held at our beautiful little Studio on April 25 but the coronavirus situation forced us to move online. Still, all originally invited students chose to join us for a live recital held by Zoom, with dozens of family and grandparents all joining us remotely. To learn more about our Honors Recital and how we select students for participation, check out the short info sheet via For Our Students in the menu.

Congratulations to our performing students:

Jeffery Chen (Prelude in D-flat Major "Raindrop", Frederic Chopin), Genevieve Chin (Tarentella Furioso, Dennis Alexander), Zoe Hicks (Energetic Etude, Melody Bober), Liam Horgan (Sonatina in C Major, Theodore Latour), Helena Horowitz (Starry Night, Italo Taranta), Maya Lang (Spokane Fall, Victor Labenske), Eliana Levine (Sentimental Waltz, Franz Schubert & Romanza, Angela Marshall), Aiden Lu (Dancing Goblins, Ryan Brechmacher & Serenade, Cornelius Gurlitt), Katrina Nelson (In Church, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky), Brandon Pak (Asymmetry, Wynn-Ann Rossi), Erin Pak (American Gothic, Catherine Rollin), Priya Perekam (Minuet in g minor, J.S. Bach), Ai-Lan Pho (Mighty River, Jennifer Linn), Ryan Qi (The Orphan, Jean Louis Gobbaerts), Anne Severino (Invention in F Major, J.S. Bach), Kevin and Alex Shin (Dueling Fingers, Melody Bober), Karthik Thyagarajan (Mazurka in g minor, Frederic Chopin), Evan Thorn (Toccata in a minor, Timothy Brown & Sonatina in G Major, Muzio Clementi), Aruni Veluri (Sonatina in a minor, Georg Anton Benda), Hannah Wang (Hero Variations, Wynn-Ann Rossi), Philip Wang (Sonata in d minor, Domenico Scarlatti), Alex Xu (Pineapple Rag, Scott Joplin)

Student Honors: Golden Key Music Festival 2020

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | Student Awards and Honors

Congratulations to Katrina Nelson and Anuragi Thapliya, who earned the competitive prize of "Super Bronze" in the Golden Key Music Festival in February 2020. Participating students have the opportunity to prepare a video showing their best work, and receive comments and a score based on the video they submit.