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2018 Piano Guild Winners

Congratulations to RSM’s students that participated in the 2018 Howard County Chapter of Piano Guild. Our students received Superior Plus, Superior Superior Minus, Excellent Plus, Excellent and Good ratings:
  • State Winners (performed 7-9 memorized pieces): Nicholas Emig
  • District Winners (performed 4-6 memorized pieces): Sebastian Clare, Aiko Gulston, Samaira Hammond, Shishir Nallar, Soraya Sharif, Danielle Spence, Sydney Smith
  • Local Winners (performed 2-3 memorized pieces): Nadia Walcott, Anisa Jackson, Krishna Gawandi, Alexandra Wu, Shravan Yoagentharan, Misha Usmani, Kemka Ihemelandu, Kainetochi Ihemelandu, Sophia Clare, Tatyana Chasen, Alexander Sleeman, Isaiah McCray, Nia Holland, Valentina Rosa, Laila Sheikh, Kim Burson
  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.

2018 MTNA Studio Festival Winners

Congratulations to RSM’s 2018 MTNA Studio Festival Winners Scoring Superior, Excellent and Good Ratings
  • Local Winners (performed 3-4 memorized pieces):Dev Patel, Mishty Patel and Cameron Grissom
  • Pledge Winner (performed 2 memorized pieces):Kemka Ihemelandu, Kainetochi Ihemelandu and Kim Burson
  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.

2018 Miriam Shields Gottlieb Memorial Piano Competition Winner

Congratulations to RSM student Sean Cheng for winning 3rd place in the 2018 Miriam Shields Gottlieb Memorial Piano Competition group M!  Miriam Shields Gottlieb Memorial Piano Competition is held for students in 12th grade and below. All students must perform three works by three different composers. Sean performed pieces by Bach, Beethoven and Debussy. Way to Go Sean!

2018 MSMTA Competition Winners

Congratulations to RSM students Sean Cheng for winning 1st place in group 14D and Alexandra Wu for receiving honorable mention in group 8E of the 2018 MSMTA Spring Piano Festival! 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 and Alexandra!

2018 Rockville Piano and Strings Competition Winner

Congratulations to RSM student, Sean Cheng, for receiving honorable mention in the 2018 Rockville Piano and Strings competition. The competition happens once a year at Montgomery Community College. Students perform two pieces of contrasting styles. Sean performed piano pieces by Beethoven and Debussy. The competition contained over 500 participants. Only a select few received awards. Way to go Sean!

Congratulations to Our 2018 MSMTA Music Theory Exam Participants

Congratulations to RSM students that participated in the 2018 MSMTA music theory testing exam. Our students ranked in the 87th percentile and above receiving superior and excellent ratings.
  • Superior: Aiko Gulston, Jillian Shoultz, Ethan Shoultz, Matthew Wu, Laila Sheikh, Nicholas Emig, Samaira Hammond, Alexander Sleeman, John Dorsey.
  • Excellent: Valentina Rosa, Shishir Nallar
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.

Congratulations to Our 2017 MSMTA Theory Exam Participants

Congratulations to RSM students that participated in the 2017 MSMTA theory exam this year. All students scored in the 90% percentile or above, a superior rating: Cecilia Cuffe, Catherine Dorsey, John Dorsey, Nicholas Emig, Samaira Hammond, Shihir Nallar, Valentina Rosa, Soraya Sharif, Alexander Sleeman, Danielle Spence, Matthew Wu, Matthew Yang. 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.

2017 MTNA Studio Festival Winners

Congratulations to RSM’s 2017 MTNA Studio Festival Winners Scoring Superior, Excellent and Good Ratings
  • Pledge Winner (performed 2 memorized pieces): Dev Patel
  • Local Winners (performed 3-4 memorized pieces):Samaira Hammond and Cameron Grissom
  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 host 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.

2017 Piano Guild Winners

Congratulations to RSM’s 2017 Piano Guild Winners Scoring Superior Plus, Superior Superior Minus, Excellent Plus and Excellent Ratings
  • State Winners (performed 7-9 memorized pieces): Cecilia Cuffe, Nicholas Emig
  • District Winners (performed 4-6 memorized pieces): Catherine Dorsey, John Dorsey, Aiko Gulston, Olivia Hammond, Samaira Hammond, Shishir Nallar, Soraya Sharif, Sydney Smith, Matthew Yang
  • Local Winners (performed 2-3 memorized pieces): Priya Antes, Ava Choi, Sebastian Clare, Sophia Clare, Corleigh Forrester, Anisa Jackson, Mishty Patel, Divya Philip, Laila Sheikh, Alexander Sleeman, Nadia, Walcott, Steven Wang, Shravan Yoagentharan, Shruthe Yoagentharan, Jason Yu
  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.

2017 MSMTA Competition Winner

Congratulations to RSM student Sean Cheng for winning 2nd place in the 2017 MSMTA Spring Piano Festival level 11B! 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. Sean performed pieces by Villa-Lobos and Beethoven. Way to go Sean!