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2017 Miriam Shields Gottlieb Memorial Piano Competition Winner

Congratulations to RSM student Sean Cheng for winning 2nd place in the 2017 Miriam Shields Gottlieb Memorial Piano Competition! 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 Villa-Lobos. Way to Go Sean!

2016 Piano Guild Winners

Congratulations to RSM’s students that participated in the 2016 Baltimore Chapter of Piano Guild  on May 18-21. Our students received Superior Plus, Superior Superior Minus, Excellent Plus and Excellent ratings:
  • National Winner and Sonatina Plaque Award (performed 15 memorized pieces): Kevin Chen
  • National Winner and Founder’s Plaque Award (performed 10-12 memorized pieces): Nova Grissom
  • District Winners (performed 4-6 memorized pieces):    Sean Cheng, Amaya Collins, Cecilia Cuffe, Nicholas Emig, Hunter Gmahl, Samaira Hammond, Charlize Lee, Grace Lowden, Shishir Nallar, Soraya Sharif, Sydney Smith, Danielle Spence
  • Local Winners (performed 2-3 memorized pieces): Madison Andresen, Jaidyn Bichell, Pranav Boreddy, Ava Choi, Sebastian Clare, Aminiah Coleman, John Dorsey, Catherine Dorsey, Hussan Fokar, Leilah Fokar, Cameron Grissom, Aiko Gulston, Sianna Raine Jean, Mighty Patel, Steven Wang, Matthew Yang, Jason Yu
Piano Guild Details RSM’s 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.

2016 Prince George’s County Act-So Winner

IMG_3480Congratulations to RSM student, Nailah Downing, for winning First Place Gold Medals in Vocal Classical and Vocal Contemporary Music categories of the Act-So competition in Prince George’s County. 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.

2016 Howard County Act-So Winner

0001Congratulations to RSM student, Nova Grissom, for winning Third Place Bonze Medal in the Instrumental Music category of the Act-So competition in Howard County. 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.

Congratulations to MSMTA Theory Exam Participants

Congratulations to RSM students that participated in the MSMTA theory exam this year. All students scored in the 95% percentile or above, a superior rating: Pranav Boreddy, Kevin Chen, Cecilia Cuffe, Catherine Dorsey, John Dorsey, Nicholas Emig, Samaira Hammond, Shihir Nallar, Soraya Sharif, Alexander Sleeman, Danielle Spence. Maryland State Music Teachers Association (MSMTA) is a branch of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). MTNA is dedicated advancing the value of music study and music making. The association strives to provide the latest methods, exams and information on music education.

Maryland State Boy Choir Member

Congratulations to RSM student Mark Turner who was accepted into the Maryland State Boy Choir this year. This choir is an advanced choir that provides the most talented and dedicated students the opportunity to perform locally as well as tour. We are proud of Mark and his achievement.

2015 Piano Guild Winners

Congratulations to RSM’s 2015 Piano Guild Winners Scoring Superior Minus, Superior and Superior Plus Ratings
  • National Winner and Founder’s Plaque Award (performed 10-12 memorized pieces): Kevin Chen
  • District Winners (performed 4-6 memorized pieces): Amaya Collins, Nicholas Emig, Samaira Hammond, Emily Houk, Charlize Lee, Grace Lowden, Kallista Liu, Danielle Spence
  • Local Winners (performed 2-3 memorized pieces): Sydney Barnes, Pranav Boreddy, Wesley Collins, Hunter Gmahl, Cameron Grissom, Nova Grissom, Victoria Han, Anna Kim, Shishir Nallar, Alecia Scott, Soraya Sharif, Sydney Smith, Matthew Yang
Piano Guild Details RSM’s 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.

Howard County Gifted and Talented Band

DSCF1558Congratulations to Griffin Cutaiar who received second chair with the Howard County Middle School Gifted and Talented Band! The Howard County Middle School Gifted and Talented Band is an honors ensemble comprising of students from every middle school in Howard County. Talented students are selected to audition for the GT Band. Once selected, they participate in various rehearsals in order to prepare for the GT Band concert. Griffin performed on November 2 at Glenelg High School.

Rosa Pryor Scholarship Recipient

DSCF1425-150x150Congratulations to RSM student Marlon Brown who received the 2014 Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship for Piano Performance in the Middle School Level Category. As part of the 2014 scholarship recipient, Marlon will perform at the Rosa Pryor annual award banquet on Sunday, October 26th, held at 4219 Primrose Ave Baltimore MD.