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NVMTA Achievement Awards 2024

Monday, May 6, 2024 | Student Awards and Honors

Congratulations to Timmy Chen who earned Honorable Mention in this event, which draws some of the top youth performers in the area each year. 

Studio Masterclass May 2024

Monday, May 6, 2024 | Student Awards and Honors

On May 4, 2024, we hosted noted area pianist and teacher Dr. Miriam Teie. Congratulations to the students who stepped up to perform and learn in this demanding environment: Eleanor (Invention in F Major, Bach); Kaitlin (Two Gossiping Old Women, Khachaturian); Sara (Little Flower, Gurlitt); Keshavan (Sonata in d minor, Cimarosa); Helena (Viennese Sonatina in C Major, Mozart); Karthik (Sonata in c minor Op. 10 No. 1, Beethoven). 

RCM Honors 2023-24

Monday, May 6, 2024 | Student Awards and Honors

Congratulations to those students earning Honors-level scores in RCM Exams during the 2023-24 school year. Unlike most events, the RCM assessment requires students to demonstrate a range of pieces and skills meant to gauge mastery at each level. Learn more at rcmusic.com.


♪ Owen Horgan ♪ First Class Honors at Level 2 (April 2024)


 Jacob Liu ♪ First Class Honors at Level 5 (April 2024)

 

♪ Emma Jewell ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level Prep B (April 2024)


♪ Emily Beloe ♪ First Class Honors at Level 5 (March 2024)


♪ Brooklyn Lyon ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 2 (March 2024)


♪ Eoin Hore ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level Prep B (March 2024)


♪ Mingun Kim ♪ First Class Honors at Level 2 (March 2024)


♪ Liam Jewell ♪ First Class Honors at Level 4 (March 2024)


♪ Timmy Chen ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 3 (February 2024)


♪ Adele Vassilopolous ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level Prep B (January 2024)


♪ Sarah Hellman ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 4 (December 2023)


♪Anastasia Vassilopolous ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 3 (December 2023)


♪ Helena Horowitz ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 5 Theory (December 2023)


♪ Helena Horowitz ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 6 (November 2023)


♪ Noa Herzog ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 4 (November 2023)

2024 Junior Composers

Monday, April 22, 2024 | Student Awards and Honors

Congratulations to Noa Herzog and Gabriel Chavaria who created and notated original compositions, and then submitted them to the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs (VFMC) Junior Composers Contest. Their compositions were graded alongside entries from throughout Virginia.


Gabriel earned the top rating of Superior. Noa received a Superior rating as well, and in addition was selected for the award of 3rd place. 

2024 Judged Recitals

Monday, April 22, 2024 | Student Awards and Honors

Congratulations to Timothy Chen for receiving Honorable Mention at the NVMTA Judged Recital on April 14. In this event, students perform alongside high-achieving peers and receive comments from two judges. Sponsored by Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association.

Golden Key 2024

Monday, April 22, 2024 | Student Awards and Honors

Congratulations to the following students who earned honors in The Golden Key Music Festival, 2024. In this video-audition event, students receive comments from a qualified adjudicator and have the opportunity to be selected for awards. 


GOLD: Timmy Chen & James Yao


Timmy and James performed at the Honors Recital at Carnegie Hall in New York City on April 20, 2024. 


SUPER BRONZE: Piya Perakam & Aruni Veluri

VFMC Junior Composers 2024

Monday, April 1, 2024 | Student Awards and Honors

Congratulations on Noa Herzog who received Third Place in the Junior Composers Competition, sponsored by the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs (VFMC). 

SMC Masterclass 2024

Thursday, March 14, 2024 | Student Awards and Honors

As part of the annual NFMC Spring Festival, Springfield Music Club (SMC) hosted noted area pianist Miriam Teie for an all-day masterclass. Three students from our studio stepped up to learn with Dr. Teie. 


Timothy Chen (Sonatina in a minor, Benda)

Courtney Nguyễn (The Storm, Burgmuller)

Isabel Yao (Sonatina in G Major (Romanze), Beethoven)

RCM Celebration of Excellence 2024

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 | Student Awards and Honors

Congratulations to Adrian Jeon, who performed in the RCM Celebration of Excellence (Southeast Region) on March 9th 2024.


Adrian was selected for this honor based on his top score on his RCM Exam during the 2022-23 school year. 


He traveled to the University of South Florida (Tampa) for this honors recital along with about 30 other honored students from around the southeast U.S. 

NFMC Festival Honors 2024

Monday, March 11, 2024 | Student Awards and Honors

Congratulations to the students who participated in NFMC Festival on March 8th and 9th. This non-competitive nationwide event is hosted locally by Springfield Music Club. Students present two pieces from memory and receive commentary and a rating from two judges.  The following students earned the top rating of "Superior". 


Juliet Barrett ♪ Emily Belle ♪ Timothy Chen ♪ Graham Halvaksz ♪ Noa Herzog ♪ Eoin Hore ♪ Liam Horgan ♪ Owen Horgan ♪ Helena Horowitz ♪ Liam Jewell ♪ Mingun Kim ♪ Ryo Lee ♪ Jacob Liu ♪ Brooklyn Lyon ♪ Caeli McIntosh ♪ Katherine Moon ♪ Emma Moon ♪ Keshavan Nair ♪ Courtney Nguyen ♪ Eleanor Nguyen ♪ Gizem Onerci ♪ Priya Perakam ♪ Eliana Rougle ♪ Anne Severino ♪ Joseph Severino ♪ Lucia Severino ♪ Karthik Thyagarajan ♪ Elena Valdez-Torres ♪ Adele Vassilopoulos ♪ Anastasia Vassilopoulos ♪ Aruni Veluri ♪ Ethan Williams ♪ Isabel Yao


and


Ellia Downer (Piano Solo & Piano Concerto!)

Studio Masterclass : February 24 2024

Monday, February 26, 2024 | Student Awards and Honors

On Saturday February 24, 2024, we hosted longtime area master teacher Dr. Yoshinori Hosaka for a "mini" master class in our studio. Congratulations to the students who stepped up and performed in this challenging environment! 


Leah (Prelude in f minor, WTC 2, J.S. Bach)

Jacob (Sonatina in F Major [#2], Beethoven)

Priya (Sonata in c minor, Pescetti)

James (In the Evening, Hoffman)

Aruni (The Prophetic Bird [from Forest Scenes], Schumann)

Kavya (Dr. Gradus ad Parnassum, Debussy)

Bach-Baroque 2024

Monday, February 19, 2024 | Student Awards and Honors

Congratulations to Ethan Chen and Ryan Chen who earned the top rating of Superior at Bach/Baroque Festival, an annual event sponsored by Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association. Students presented two Baroque-era (1600-1750) pieces from memory in recital format. 


Gabriel Chavaria also received Superior rating at this event and was selected for the additional award of Honors for his fine performances. 

VMTA Fall Festival 2023

Wednesday, November 22, 2023 | Student Awards and Honors

Congratulations to those students who earned the highest rating of Superior at Fall Festival, sponsored by Virginia Music Teachers Association. For this event, students presented two pieces, one in "contemporary" style and the other in "historic" style. They received comments and feedback from two judges. Earning the top rating were:


Gabriel Chavaria

Ryan Chen

Kaitlin Nguyen

Leah Weber

Student Honors: RCM Exams 2022-23

Thursday, July 13, 2023 | Student Awards and Honors

Several students have earned honors in this rigorous but non-competitive event! Unlike most festivals and contest, students need to do more than play one or two pieces, but also to demonstrate a broad base of skill at each level. Learn more about it via rcmusic.com


♪ Pelin Sarac ♪ First Class Honors at Level 9 (June 2023) WOW!

♪ Alex Xu ♪ First Class Honors at Level 10 (May 2023) WOW!


♪ Helena Horowitz ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 5 (May 2023)

♪ Keshavan Nair ♪ First Class Honors at Level 3 (May 2023)

♪ Gizem Onerci ♪ First Class Honors at Level 2 (May 2023)

♪ Liam Horgan ♪ First Class Honors at Level 3 (May 2023)

♪ Ethan Williams ♪ First Class Honors at Level 2 (May 2023)

♪ Kavya Thyagarajan ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 5 (April 2023)

♪ Mateo Mulato ♪ First Class Honors at Level 2 (April 2023)

♪ James Yao ♪ First Class Honors at Level 7 (April 2023)

♪ Sakura Sasaki ♪ First Class Honors at Level 2 (March 2023)

♪ Owen Horgan ♪ First Class Honors at Level 1 (February 2023)

♪ Noa Herzog ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 3 (January 2023)

♪ Alex Lin ♪ First Class Honors at Level 2 (December 2022)

♪ Ben Beloe ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 4 (December 2022)

♪ Sarah Hellman ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 3 (December 2022)

♪ Sakura Sasaki ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 1 (November 2022)

♪ Adrian Jeon ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 1 (October 2022)

♪ Mateo Mulato  ♪ First Class Honors at Level 1 (September 2022)

♪ Jamison Cheng ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 1 (September 2022)

♪ Kaitlin Nguyen ♪ First Class Honors at Level 4 (October 2022)

♪ Aruni Veluri ♪ First Class Honors with Distinction at Level 7 (September 2022)

2023 Sonata Festival

Sunday, May 21, 2023 | Student Awards and Honors

Congratulations to our students who participated in Sonata Festivals this spring!


Aruni Veluri and Caeli McIntosh earned the top rating of Superior at Springfield Music Club Sonatina/Sonata Festival. 


Michael Nguyễn and Leah Weber earned the top rating of Superior at Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association Sonata Festival. In addition, Michael received the designation of Honors and performed in the Sonata Festival Honors Recital at George Mason University. 

Studio Masterclass : April 20 2023

Monday, May 1, 2023 | Student Awards and Honors

On April 30 2023 we hosted a Master Class at the studio featuring local legend and longtime independent teacher Nancy Breth. Congratulations to the fine students who stepped up to perform! 


Leah (Sonatina, Kabalevksy) 

Helena (Invention in E Major, Bach)

Karthik (The Spruce, Sibelius)

Eliana (Nocturne in E-flat major, Chopin)

Alex (Ritual Fire Dance, de Falla)

NFMC Festival 2023

Monday, March 13, 2023 | Student Awards and Honors

On March 10 and 11, 2023, many of our students participate in NFMC Festival, hosted locally by Springfield Music Club. In this nationally sponsored, locally run event, students play two pieces from memory for comments and a rating. The event is non-competitive and accessible to a wide range of students/levels. The following students earned the top rating of Superior:

Samiya Bhuvanagiri ♪ Graham Halvaksz ♪ Sarah Hellman ♪Noa Herzog ♪ Owen Horgan ♪ Liam Horgan ♪ Helena Horowitz ♪ Ryo Lee ♪ Caeli McIntosh ♪ Keshavan Nair ♪ Kaitlin Nguyen ♪ Gizem Onerci ♪ Priya Perakam ♪ Ryan Qi ♪ Eliana Rougle ♪ Pelin Sarac ♪ Sakura Sasaki ♪ Lucia Severino ♪ Anne Severino ♪ Anastasia Vassilopolous ♪ Aruni Veluri ♪ Ethan Williams. In addition, Karthik Thyagarajan received the top rating of "Superior" on both his solo pieces and his concerto, the first movement of Mendelssohn's piano concerto in g minor. 

2023 Golden Key

Monday, March 6, 2023 | Student Awards and Honors

Congratulations to Pelin Sarac who was awarded Super Bronze in this competitive video-entry event! 

Student Honors: Bach-Baroque Festival 2023

Monday, February 27, 2023 | Student Awards and Honors

On February 18 2023, Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association hosted the annual Bach-Baroque Festival. Students had the opportunity to present two works from the Baroque era (1600-1750) and also had the chance to try their music out on a harpsichord. The following students earned the top rating of Superior: Helena Horowitz ♪ Eliana Rougle ♪ Leah Weber ♪ James Yao. In addition, Helena and Leah were awarded Honors and performed in the Honors Recital on Saturday February 25.

Student Honors: VMTA Fall Festival 2022

Monday, November 7, 2022 | Student Awards and Honors

On November 5, 2022, Virginia Music Teachers Association (VMTA) held their first in-person Fall Festival event since 2019. Participating students presented two pieces from memory. One piece in contemporary style; the other piece in historic style. The following students received the top rating of Superior in this non-competitive event:

Helena Horowitz ♪ Zachary Moeller ♪ Kaitlin Nguyen ♪ Priya Perakam ♪ Aruni Veluri ♪ Leah Weber ♪ James Yao