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Ms. Ellie Kim

Ms. Ellie Kim was recognized with “great critical acclaim” by Opera News online for the role of Rita in Donizetti’s Rita with the Martina Arroyo Foundation. Ms. Ellie Kim is a Washington, DC -based Soprano who is originally from Seoul, Korea.

Ms. Ellie Kim has been a featured soloist in various concerts including Liebster Jesu, Alles nur nach Gottes Willen in Baltimore, Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, and Britten’s A Ceremony of Carol with the Washington Bach Consort. She also performed the soprano solo in Mozart’s Requiem, John Rutter’s Gloria and Handel’s Messiah in the DC area.

She made her debut in operatic roles performing Lucy in Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Telephone at the National Theater of Korea.

Her operatic highlights include the role of Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Rita in Donizetti’s Rita, Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Sophie in Massenet’s Werther, and Liu in Puccini’s Turandot.

As a teacher, Ms. Ellie Kim prioritizes getting to know each of her students individually by finding out what kind of music they enjoy listening or wish to play in order to integrate this interest into the curriculum. It is her goal to help each student attain a balance of proper technique and a joy for music so that he/she will learn how to express and reach the hearts of their audience. She hopes to provide an encouraging and inspiring environment that will nurture a love and appreciation for music. Ms. Kim teaches voice and piano.

Ms. Kim received her Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music in New York and her Bachelor of Music in Korea.

Mr. Felipe Garibaldi

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, classical guitarist Mr. Felipe Garibaldi is an active performer, music researcher, and educator. In 2012, Mr. Garibaldi received the Classical Music Interpreter Award at the 20th Programa Nascente, from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. In 2018, he was awarded with both a grant and a Graduate Assistantship position from the Johns Hopkins University for his Doctoral studies in Classical Guitar Performance at the Peabody Institute, in the studio of reputed guitarist and pedagogue Julian Gray.

Mr. Garibaldi has made several premiere recordings of guitar works by Brazilian composers such as Carlos Alberto Pinto Fonseca and Nelson Macedo, for the Cultura FM de São Paulo Radio, commissioned and curated by Fábio Zanon. He has made the U.S. premiere performance of the solo guitar works of Brazilian composer Claudio Santoro (1919-1989). Mr. Garibaldi also made Brazilian premiere performances of chamber music by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer. He has also made several recordings and arrangements on Christian music for Sony Music.

Mr. Garibaldi earned both his Bachelor in Classical Guitar Performance and Master of Music degrees from University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, under renowned Brazilian guitarist Edelton Gloeden. Mr. Garibaldi has also participated in masterclasses with internationally renowned musicians such as Leo Brouwer, David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Eliot Fisk, Edelton Gloeden, Fábio Zanon, Jason Vieaux, Bruce Holzman, and others.

Mr. Garibaldi is an active music educator, having hold multiple teaching and administrative positions at the Adventist University of São Paulo (both UNASP-SP and UNASP-EC), currently teaching at Roberson School of Music as well as serving as Teaching Assistant at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

As a teacher, Mr. Garibaldi endeavours to engage students on a journey into a world of artistic beauty, tradition, and creative possibilities.

Ms. Ki Yeon Chang

Ms. Kiyeon Chang, born in Korea, received her Bachelor of Music degree from Ewha Womans University of Korea. She also earned Master’s degree at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University under the study of Emily Skala, principal flutist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Chang has received various awards. Some of which include first place winner of the Sung-Jung Scholarship Association, the Korean American Youth Woodwind Organization and the Korean Philharmonic Orchestra National Music Award while in Korea. She also won the second prize at the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition. She appeared as a soloist in the Ewon Cultural Center Prodigy Concert, Road Scholar at Peabody Cohen Davidson Hall Recital and Noon Recital at the Walters Art Museum.

Ms. Chang has performed as a member of the Korea Flute Soloists Ensemble and various ensemble recitals including flute duo and trio with cellist. She served as a substitute flutist with several orchestras including KBS Symphony Orchestra, Prime Philharmonic Orchestra and TIMF Orchestra. She has taught flute at Orchkids of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as an assistant in 2014. She has a passion for teaching and playing music.

Mr. Keith Karasik

Mr. Keith Karasik teaches double bass and strings. His biography will be posted soon.

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.

June 2022 Recital

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2022 June Recital

March 2022 Recital

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December 2021 Recital

December 2021 Recital
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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.

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