Friday, January 14, 2022 | Student Awards and Honors
Congratulations to our high school senior Owen Rollins for earning Honors with Distinction on his Level 10 RCM Exam in December 2021. The Level 10 exam requires students to present five repertoire pieces in varied styles as well as two etudes and an assortment of foundational practical skills. Students who pass this exam have demonstrated a level of practical knowledge and performance skill similar to a third-year college undergraduate piano major. Owen performed Prelude & Fugue in A-flat Major, WTC 1 (J.S. Bach) ♪ Sonata in F Major Op. 10 No. 2, first and second movements (L. van Beethoven) ♪ Nocturne in b-flat minor, Op. 9 No. 1 (F. Chopin) ♪ Clair de Lune (C. Debussy) ♪ Graceful Ghost Rag (W. Bolcom) ♪ And, etudes by Chopin and Czerny.
Thursday, December 23, 2021 | Student Awards and Honors
Congratulations to the following students who earned the top rating of Superior at 2021 Fall Festival, an event sponsored by Virginia Music Teachers Association. In this event, students prepared two pieces: one in contemporary style, and one in historic style. This year's event was held by video.
Alexa Garica ♪ Caeli McIntosh ♪ Courtney Nguyen ♪ Kaitlin Nguyen ♪ Lindsay Nguyen Ai-lan Pho ♪ Ryan Qi ♪ Eliana Rougle ♪ Pelin Sarac ♪ Karthik Thyagarajan ♪ Elena Valdez-Torres ♪ Anastasia Vasillopolous ♪ Aruni Veluri ♪ Hannah Wang
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
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.
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).
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)
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.
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!)
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
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).
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.
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.
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
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 Rollins♪Eliana Rougle ♪ Karthik Thyagarajan ♪ Kavya Thyagarajan ♪ Varun Veluri ♪ Aruni Veluri ♪ Alex Xu.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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