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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 Participants

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.

Scholarship Recipient

03Congratulations to RSM student Kallista Liu who received a 40% merit scholarship for the 2014-15 season with the Children’s Chorus of Maryland. Children’s Chorus of Maryland empowers musical children and promotes the fine art of music by providing music literacy for vocal musicians.

Kallista is also active in sports. She is a member of the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC) 10-and-under advanced team. Recently she was awarded first place with her 10 and under team from JTCC at the 2014 Stars of Tomorrow Junior Challenge held at the William H. G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center. The event, hosted by DC Parks and Recreation, is in its fifth year of competition. It showcases the best young star tennis players in the area.

2014 Piano Guild Participants

Congratulations to RSM’s 2014 Piano Guild Winners Scoring Excellent Plus, Superior and Superior Plus Ratings
  • State Winners (performed 7-9 memorized pieces): Susan Kim, Kevin Chen,
  • District Winners (performed 4-6 memorized pieces): Kallista Liu, Nicholas Emig, Cadence Cheng, Sean Cheng, Charlize Lee,
  • Local Winners (performed 2-3 memorized pieces): Shishir Nallar, Alicia Scott, Samaira Hammond, Emily Houk, Sydney Smith, Marlon Brown, Grace Lowden, Amaya Collins, Danielle Spence, Erin Lee, Soraya Sharif, Hunter Gmahl, Ayana Togba, Sydney Barnes
  • Pledge Winner (performing 1 memorized piece): Blake Edwards
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. 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.

RSM College-bound Student

DSCF1354Congratulations to RSM student Teela Comeau who will be attending the University of Miami on a $30,000 a year music scholarship! Soprano, Teela Comeau, is a well-rounded performer and musician. As an intern for the choral department at Centennial High School, she aids the conductor in the direction of the Concert Choir, and has had the opportunity to conduct the ensemble on occasion. Teela has been involved in Madrigals, the premier curricular choir in her school, for two years. She demonstrates her versatility and strong vocal range by singing in both the alto and soprano sections. Teela also participates in Vintage Voices, an extracurricular choir that sings 50’s and 60’s style popular songs at nursing homes in Howard County. Teela presented her senior recital, an all solo performance, at RSM during the fall of 2013. In the fall of 2014 Teela will attend the University of Miami majoring in Music Education. She is looking forward to pursuing a career in music.