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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.

Sept 15th Nursing Home Performance

RSM students performing at Howard County’s 55+ Snowden Overlook Community Association on Sept 15th.

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.

June 2018 Recital Pictures

Here are some pictures from the June 2018 recital.

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!

March 2018 Recital Pictures

Here are some pictures from the March 2018 recital.

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.