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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!

2019 Howard County Act-So Winner

Congratulations to RSM student, Olivia Hammond, for winning first place, gold medal, in the Classical Instrumental Music category of the 2019 Act-So competition in Howard County. Olivia will compete in Act-So’s national competition in Detroit Michigan this summer.

ACT-SO is an Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics that is sponsored by the NAACP. It is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. Students have the option to compete in categories ranging from science, humanities, business, and performing and visual arts.

Howard County Gifted and Talented Orchestra

Congratulations to RSM student, Olivia Hammond, who is one of four freshman to be accepted into the Howard County High School Gifted and Talented Orchestra (HSGTO)! The HSGTO is an honors ensemble comprising of students from every high school in Howard County. Talented students are selected to audition for the GT Orchestra. Once selected, they participate in various rehearsals in order to prepare for GT Orchestra concerts.

2018 Piano Guild Participants

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 Participants

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!