RSM Student Accomplishments

Check out the recent accomplishments of our students that have participated in a number of local, regional, and national music competitions.


2022 Awards and Honors

Congratulations to RSM’s students that participated in the 2022 Howard County Chapter of Piano Guild. Our students received Superior Plus, Superior and Superior Minus ratings:

  • Superior Minus: Gabriella Kerechanin, Sanya Srenenivas
  • Superior: Xylia Wheat, Sofia Fabian, Jeremy Zhang, Taylor Jackson
  • Superior Plus: Rana Ghandi, Chloe Yan, Anisa Jackson, Sola Garmew, Veena Sellappan, Danielle Spence, Shishir Nallar, Isaiah McCray

Congratulations to RSM students that participated in the 2022 MSMTA Music Theory testing exam. Our Students averaged in the 95th percentile receiving superior and excellent ratings:

Superior Plus: Lucas Rosa, Jaylen Yan, Chloe Yan, Jeremy Zhang
Superior: Kim Burson
Excellent Plus: Allison Sabo, Alexandra Wu


MSMTA Piano Solo and Musicianship Exam- Student Achievement
Congratulations to Jeremy Zhang who participated in the MSMTA piano solo competition and the MSMTA musicianship exam. Jeremy received superior ratings.

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.


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