Piano Notes – Studio Newsletter June 2015


imageCongratulations to all of our students that participated in this year’s Temecula Young Artist Piano Competition! Our studio had 15 students participate, and 7 winners! They are:

3rd Grade and Under: Emma Erickson (First Place), Adysen Chung (Honorable Mention)

4th-6th Grade: Hudson Erickson (2nd Place), Shania Jin (Honorable Mention)

7th-9th Grade: Hunter Erickson (2nd Place)

10th-12th Grade: Catherine Howard (2nd Place), Meijke Balay-Mickelson (Honorable Mention)

imageCongratulations also to the students that performed at this year’s Southern California Junior Bach Festival Regional Competition. As winners from our Temecula Branch, Charmaine Tan, Rachel and Charys Hong, Kelly Rausch, Meijke Balay-Mickelson, and Catherine Howard, all performed very well and I am so proud they made it this far. 

I am very proud of everyone!

Studio Summer Recital

On June 27, we will have our annual studio summer recital at Grace Presbyterian Church in Temecula. There are 3 sessions:

11am – Catherine Howard Senior Recital – Catherine is graduating this year! I am so proud of all she has accomplished in the last (almost) six years with me. Come and celebrate with Catherine as she presents her graduation recital!

1pm – Recital 1

2pm – Guest Artist Mark Brownlee (clarinet) performance, Group Picture and Presentation of Certificates of Merit and other Prizes

2:30pm – Recital 2

All are welcome!

Student of the Month – Elsa Long

imageMy name is Elsa Paris Long and I was born in Murrieta, California.  I am 11 years old and currently go to Warm Springs Middle School.  I have maintained gold honor rolls throughout my school years.  I like to read, play volleyball, draw, craft, and learn Mandarin.  I was invited  to participate in AVID.  I joined band and have been playing trumpet for two years.  I also had a journal entry selected to be in my school literary book.  I like to travel and explore nature.  I want to continue further in my education to get a degree in the medical field to become a cardiologist.

Teacher Comment: Elsa came to me as a beginner in late 2014. She has been such a hard working student and has made tremendous progress. Every week, she prepares no less than 8 or 9 pieces for me. As a relatively late starter to piano, she has been determined to do her best to catch up. This year, she participated in two exams back-to-back: Certificate of Merit Level 1 (Excellent Rating for all test areas), as well as Royal Conservatory Music Developmemt Program Level 2 Piano Performamce Exam (results not yet available). I have no doubt she did great at the RCM exam! Next year, I can see her do CM Level 3 and RCM Level 4. Elsa has a great attitude to learning, I am not surprised to read about her other achievements in her bio. I am sure her piano study will compliment her academic endeavors, and I am super happy to have her in my studio!

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