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Student Honors: RCM Exams Winter/Spring 2022

Monday, June 27, 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. 

Throughout the Winter/Spring season, we have had many other students participating in this rigorous but non-competitive event! Learn more about it via rcmusic.com

♪ Abby Wang ♪ First Class Honors at Level 1 (February 2022)

♪ Noa Herzog ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 2 (February 2022)

♪ Hannah Wang ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 5 (February 2022)

♪ Keshavan Nair ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 2 (March 2022)

♪ Kavya Thyagarajan ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 4 (March 2022)

♪ Audrey Wang ♪ First Class Honors at Level 4 (April 2022)

♪ Helena Horowitz ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 4 (April 2022)

♪ Alex Xu ♪ First Class Honors at Level 9 (April 2022)

Liam Horgan ♪ First Class Honors at Level 2 (May 2022)

Karthik Thyagarajan ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 7 (May 2022)

Ryan Qi ♪ First Class Honors at Level 3 (May 2022)

♪ Gizem Onerci ♪ First Class Honors at Level 1 (May 2022)

♪ Ethan Williams ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 1 (June 2022)

♪ James Yao ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 2 (June 2022)

♪ Abby Wang ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 2 (June 2022)

♪ Eliana Rougle ♪ First Class Honors at Level 8 (June 2022)

♪ Alex Xu ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction Level 8 Theory (June 2022)

♪ Karthik Thyagarajan ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction Level 7 Theory (June 2022)

Student Honors: Studio Master Class May 2022

Friday, May 27, 2022 | Student Awards and Honors

On May 15, 2022, we were lucky to host the fabulous Dr. Paulo Steinberg of James Madison University for our second and final Guest Artist Masterclass of the 2022 school year. Congratulations to the students who stepped up to perform and learn with us!

Hannah Boesen (Invention in a minor, Bach) ♪ Ai-Lan Pho (Waltz in c-sharp minor, Chopin) ♪ Kavya Thyagarajan (Courante from French Suite No. 2, Bach) ♪ Aruni Veluri (Sonatina for the Young Op. 118 No. 1, Schumann) ♪ Owen Rollins (Liebestraum No. 3, Liszt)

Student Honors: Sonata Festivals 2022

Friday, May 27, 2022 | Student Awards and Honors

On May 14 2022 Springfield Music Club held a Sonata/Sonatina Festival. And on May 22 2022 Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association did the same! In these events, students performed two contrasting movements from a sonata or sonatina. The following students received the top rating: Alexa Garcia • Aruni Veluri • Varun Veluri • Hannah Wang.

Student Honors: NFMC Spring Festival 2022

Sunday, May 1, 2022 | Student Awards and Honors

Each year, the National Federation of Music Clubs hosts a Spring Festival. Nationwide, this event reaches approximately 100,000 students! Locally, this event is sponsored and run by Springfield Music Club. Students prepare two contrasting pieces and perform them from memory for a small audience. Students receive constructive written feedback on their performance and a rating. The following students earned the top rating of Superior. 

Sebastian Annett ♪ Juliet Barrett ♪ Sarah Hellman ♪ Noa Herzog Owen Horgan ♪ Liam Horgan ♪ Helena Horowitz ♪ Stephen McElvain ♪ Keshavan Nair ♪ Lindsay Nguyen ♪ Gizem Onerci ♪ Seth Peleg ♪ Ryan Qi ♪ Eliana Rougle ♪ Pelin Sarac ♪ Lucia Severino ♪ Anne Severino ♪ Karthik Thyagarajan ♪ Elena Valdez-Torres ♪ Aruni Veluri ♪ Ethan Williams ♪ Alex Xu

SOLO AND CONCERTO: Varun Veluri 

Student Honors: 2022 Studio Honors Recital

Monday, April 18, 2022 | Student Awards and Honors

On April 9, 2022, we gathered at the Woman's Club of Arlington for our annual Honors Recital. We also enjoyed a special faculty performance of Beethoven's Sonata Op. 27 No. 1 by Winton Tin Vi La. Learn more about our Honors Recital via pianowitz.com/for-our-students. Congratulations and thank you to the following students who were invited and chose to join us:

Alexa Garica ♪ Aiden Lu ♪ Keshavan Nair ♪ Gizem Onerci Ai-Lan Pho ♪ Hong-Duc Pho ♪ Katie Rasmussen ♪ Eliana Rougle ♪ Pelin Sarac ♪ Lucia Severino ♪ Anastasia Vasillopolous ♪ Aruni Veluri ♪ Hannah Wang ♪ James Yao

 

Student Honors: Studio Master Class April 2022

Monday, April 4, 2022 | Student Awards and Honors

On Saturday April 2 we were lucky to have Jocelyn Swigger of Gettysburg College join us in our Studio as the guest artist for our first in-person master class in over two years. Congratulations to the students who joined us by performing in this challenging yet rewarding environment:

Noa Herzog (Wild Honeysuckle Rag, Meir) ♪ Pelin Sarac (Wayside Inn from Waldenszenen, Schumann) ♪ Noah Tennenbaum (Basso Ostinato, Shchedrin) ♪ Varun Veluri (Sonata Op. 13 “Pathetique”, Beethoven) ♪ Hannah Wang (Sonatina in C Major Op. 36 No. 3, Clementi) ♪ James Yao (Little Preludes in E Major and F Major, J.S. Bach)

Student Honors: Bach/Baroque 2022

Thursday, March 24, 2022 | Student Awards and Honors

Bach/Baroque Festival, an annual event hosted by Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association (NVMTA.org) was held February 26 at Cherrydale United Methodist Church. We are proud of our students selected for the top rating of "Superior": Alexa Garcia ♪ Sakura Sasaki ♪ Elena Valdez-Torres ♪ Aruni Veluri ♪ Hannah Wang ♪ Alex Xu ♪ James Yao. In addition to their Superior rating, Hannah and Alex were invited to perform in the Honors Recital on Sunday February 27. Hannah played the Sinfonia in b minor BWV 801 and Alex played the Prelude & Fugue in c minor from WTC 1. 

Student Honors: NVMTA Concerto Festival

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 | Student Awards and Honors

Congratulations to Zara Ogut who earned 2nd Place in for her performance in the NMVTA Concerto Festival, held March 5 at the Woman's Club of Arlington. 

Student Honors: Golden Key Music Festival 2022

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 | Student Awards and Honors

Since March of 2020, there has been an explosion of video events for students, but Golden Key has operated in a video-audition format for many years. In winter 2022, we congratulate: Aruni Veluri, Abby Wang, Hannah Wang (Gold Medal) ♪ Katrina Nelson (Silver Medal) ♪ Pelin Sarac (Bronze Medal)

2021 VMTA Fall Festival Honors

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

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.