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2021 Piano Guild Participants

Congratulations to RSM’s students that participated in the 2021 Howard County Chapter of Piano Guild. Our students received Superior Plus, Superior, Superior Minus and Excellent Plus ratings:

  • Excellent Plus: Kim Burson, Rishi Aluru, Alexander Sleeman
  • Superior Minus: Susanna Babatunde, Sophia Fabian, Allison Sabo, Caleb King, Lucas Rosa
  • Superior: Veena Sellappan, Danielle Spence, Shishir Nallar, Gabriella Kerechanin, Sebastian Clare, Sophia Clare, Sophia James, Valentina Rosa, Chloe Yabn
  • Superior Plus: Terrence Tam, Anisa Jackson, Isaiah McCray, Jeremy Zhang, Zane Bourne, Nicholas Emig

Congratulations to the following students that received special plaques this year:

  • Sonatina Performance Plaque (performed a complete Sonatina program consisting of 14 memorized pieces): Shishir Nallar, Danielle Spence

2021 MTNA Studio Festival Participants

Congratulations to RSM student, Kaylin Herron, for her participation in the 2021 Howard County Chapter MTNA Studio Festival. Kaylin performed on the cello and received a superior minus rating.

MTNA Studio Festival Details: RSM is an active member of the National Music Teacher’s Association and the Maryland State Music Teacher’s Association. Each year, RSM hosts the MTNA studio festival. The guidelines are as follows:

  1. All pieces must be memorized including musicianship phases.
  2. Each student appears before the experienced MTNA examiner at the appointed time.
  3. Every year a student participates in the Festival, he/she will receive the following rewards:
  • A Certificate according to classification and grading.
  • A MTNA studio festival Pin or Medallion according to entry level and grading.
  • Analysis Chart and Report Card signed by the MTNA examiner.

Congratulations to Our 2021 MSMTA Music Theory Exam Participants

Congratulations to RSM students that participated in the 2021 MSMTA Music Theory testing exam. Our Students averaged in the 90th percentile receiving superior and excellent ratings.

  • Superior Plus: Alexandra Wu, Rana Ghandi, Isaiah McCray, Rishi Aluru, Nicholas Emig, Sebastian Clare, Sophia Clare, Michael Leahy, Kai Lou, Terrence Tam, Kim Burson
  • Superior: Allison Sabo 
  • Excellent Plus: Veena Sellappan, Alexander Sleeman
  • Excellent: Valentina Rosa

Maryland State Music Teachers Association (MSMTA) is a branch of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). MTNA is dedicated to advancing the value of music study and music making. The association strives to provide the latest methods, exams and information on music education.

2020 Piano Guild Participants

Congratulations to RSM’s students that participated in the 2020 Howard County Chapter of Piano Guild. Our students received Superior Plus, Superior, Superior Minus and Excellent Plus ratings:

  • Excellent Plus: Veena Sellappan
  • Superior Minus: Allison Sabo, Gabrielle Jackson, Lucas Rosa, Alaiyah Shelton, Caleb King, Susanna Babatunde, Rana Ghandi
  • Superior: Nadia Walcott, Valentina Rosa, John Sharpe, Soraya Sharif, Anisa Jackson, Sophia James, Aiko Gulston, Tatyana Chasen, Sophia Clare, Sebastian Clare, Isaiah McCray, Rishi Aluru, Alexander Sleeman, Jeremy Zhang, Nicholas Emig, Shishir Nallar
  • Superior Plus: Jeanine Sharpe, Cloe Sharpe, Danielle Spence, Veronica Sharpe
  • Duets Superior Minus: Sophia Clare and Sebastian Clare
  • Duets Superior: Danielle Spence and Tatyana Chasen

Congratulations to the following students that received special plaques this year:

  • Founder Performance Plaque: Shishir Nallar
  • Sonatina Performance Plaque: Nicholas Emig
  • High School Diploma Performance Plaque: Veronica Sharpe (performed a 90 minute program)

2020 MSMTA Competition Winners

Congratulations RSM student, Terrence Tam for receiving honorable mention in the 2020 MSMTA Spring Piano Festival Competition. The MSMTA Spring Festival Piano Competition is an annual event in which students perform two pieces from different periods. Way to go Terrence.

2019 MTNA Studio Festival Participants

Congratulations to RSM’s 2019 MTNA Studio Festival Winners Scoring Superior Plus, Superior, Superior Minus, Excellent Plus and Excellent ratings:

  • Local Winners (performed 3-4 memorized pieces):Dev Patel, Cameron Grissom, Kim Burson
  • Pledge Winner (performed 2 memorized pieces): Taylor Anderson, Kia Bourne, Amisa Humphrey, Lillian Sengamalay

MTNA Studio Festival Details:RSM is an active member of the National Music Teacher’s Association and the Maryland State Music Teacher’s Association. Each year, RSM hosts the MTNA studio festival. We desire to have all our singers and instrumentalists participate in the MTNA studio festival. The guidelines are as follows:

  1. All pieces must be memorized.
  2. Performance of 1 to 20 memorized pieces (and Musicianship Phases).
  3. Each student appears before the experienced MTNA examiner at the appointed time.
  4. Every year a student participates in the Festival, he/she will receive the following rewards:
  • A Certificate according to classification and grading.
  • A MTNA studio festival Pin or Medallion according to entry level and grading.
  • Analysis Chart and Report Card signed by the MTNA examiner.

2019 Piano Guild Participants

Congratulations to RSM’s students that participated in the 2019 Howard County Chapter of Piano Guild. Our students received Superior Plus, Superior, Superior Minus and Excellent Plus ratings:

  • State Winners (performed 7-9 memorized pieces): Nicholas Emig, Sydney Smith, Danielle Spence, Shishir Nallar
  • District Winners (performed 4-6 memorized pieces): Soraya Sharif, Shravan Yoagentharan, Anisa Jackson, Nadia Walcott, Aiko Gulston, Matthew Wu, Laila Sheikh, Alexander Sleeman, Sebastian Clare, Sophia Clare
  • Local Winners (performed 2-3 memorized pieces): Valentina Rosa, Taylor Jackson, Zane Bourne, Myles Walcott, Alexandra Wu, Allison Sabo, Kim Burson, Isaiah McCray, Tatyana Chasen
  • Founder’s Plaque Award: Danielle Spence and Nicholas Emig 

Piano Guild Details: RSM is an active member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers and a Sponsor-Member of the National Fraternity of Student Musicians (NFSM). We desire to have all our piano students qualify for NFSM Membership by participating in the National Piano Guild Auditions as follows: 1. Participation in Guild Auditions in the memorized classification. 2. Performance of 1 to 20 memorized pieces (and Musicianship Phases) for entry in the non- competitive Annual National Piano Playing Auditions (optional competition category). 3. Each student appears before the experienced Guild examiner at the appointed time. Since Guild Auditions are considered a legitimate excuse for school absence, parents may request permission from school authorities for their children to be excused to perform in the National Piano Playing Auditions. (A form letter is available). 4. Every year a student enters Auditions, he/she will receive the following rewards:

  • A Membership Certificate according to classification.
  • An NFSM Membership Pin in Bronze (Pledge, Local and District), Silver (State), or Gold (National or International). Hobbyist and Ensemble students receive a bronze pin.
  • Analysis Chart and Report Card signed by the Guild examiner.

Student Achievement

Congratulations to RSM student, Anika Sinha, who was selected to participate in the National Juniors Honors Choir. She will be performing at the Royal Festival Hall in London this summer. She was selected after a nationwide audition in which she had to submit two recorded songs. Anika will also participate in the Women’s Gifted and Talented (GT) Ensemble next year when she starts high school. Way to go Anika!

2019 MSMTA Competition Winners

Congratulations to RSM student, Sean Cheng, for winning 1st place in the 2019 MSMTA Spring Piano Festival group 15B. Congratulations to RSM student, Vincent Zhou, for winning 2nd place in the 2019 MSMTA Spring Piano Festival group 6B. Congratulations to RSM student, Alexandra Wu, for receiving honorable mention in the 2019 MSMTA Spring Piano Festival group 9H. Congratulations to RSM students, Jason Yu, for receiving honorable mention in the 2019 MSMTA Spring Piano Festival group 10I. The MSMTA Spring Festival Piano Competition happens once a year at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and the University of Maryland, College Park. Students perform two pieces from different periods. Way to go Sean, Vincent, Alexandra and Jason!