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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. 

Student Honors: Master Class February 2020

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 | Student Awards and Honors

On February 29, 2020, the studio hosted Rosanne Conway as our guest artist clinician. She brought fresh perspective and expert coaching to five very well prepared students! From among our many students, we selected students for this event based primarily on their preparation of challenging repertoire. Thanks and congratulations to our participating students:

♪ Caeli McIntosh ♪ Sonatina in C Major ♪ Biehl

♪ Philip Wang ♪ Sonata in G Major, Op. 49 No. 2 ♪ Beethoven

♪ Alex Xu ♪ Clair de Lune ♪ Debussy

♪ Noah Tennenbaum ♪ Diabolical Suggestion ♪ Prokofiev

♪ Owen Rollins ♪ Elegie ♪ Rachmaninoff 

Student Honors: NVMTA Bach/Baroque Festival 2020

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 | Student Awards and Honors

Congratulations to Elena Valdez-Torres and Karthik Thyagarajan, who earned the top rating of "Superior" in Bach/Baroque Festival, an annual event sponsored by Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association. In this event students perform two Baroque-era pieces from memory and receive a rating and comments. In addition, outstanding students have the opportunity to be selected for Honors. Plus, a harpsichord is available for all students to play! In addition to his Superior rating, Karthik was also selected for second audition, similar to an honorable mention award.

Student Honors: 2020 RCM Celebration of Excellence (Honors Recital)

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 | Student Awards and Honors

Congratulations to Helena Horowitz who performed at the Southeast Region RCM Celebration of Excellence on February 23, 2020 at USF in Tampa, Florida. Helena played in a recital alongside students from throughout Florida and the southeastern United States. Students were selected for participation based on their high scores on the previous school year's RCM Exams. Learn more about RCM Exams at rcmusic.com/learning/examinations

Student Honors: RCM Exams December 2019

Monday, January 13, 2020 | Student Awards and Honors

Congratulations to the students who participated in RCM exams in December 2019. Unlike a traditional festival, recital, or competition, in this non-competitive event, students prepare a comprehensive program, which includes three or more repertoire pieces, etudes, scales and skills, sight reading, and more. The program is administered by the Toronto-based nonprofit music school Royal Conservatory of Music. Exams are offered locally throughout the U.S. and Canada, with over 100,000 exams administered annually. Read more about the program at rcmusic.com.

♪ Level 5 Piano ♪ Zakariyya Scavotto ♪ First Class Honors

♪ Level 5 Piano ♪ Karthik Thyagarajan ♪ First Class Honors

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

Student Honors: RCM Excellence Award

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 | Student Awards and Honors

Three of our students were recently received Excellence Awards from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto (RCM). These awards are given to the students earning the highest score on an RCM assessment in the state or region during the prior school year. Congratulations to...

Helena Horowitz (Level A, Virginia)

Eliana Rougle (Level 5, Virginia)

Alex Xu (Level 5, Maryland)

Student Honors: Fall Festival 2019

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 | Student Awards and Honors

Congratulations to our students who earned the top rating of "Superior" at Fall Festival, sponsored by Virginia Music Teachers Association. In this non-competitive event, students prepared two pieces from memory. One in historic style, and one in contemporary style. 

Jeffery Chen, Maya Lang, Eliana Levine, Vihaan Mathur, Katrina Nelson, Priya Perakam, Eliana Rougle, Pelin Sarac, Zakariyya Scavotto, Anne Severino, Elena Valdez-Torres, Aruni Veluri, Hannah Wang, Philip Wang.