Celebrating our 20th Year!
Piano student of Natasha Dukan, performed Mozart Violin Concerto No.5, on violin Exsultate Jubilate, Laura Strickling, soprano with the Orchestra and conductor Pablo Saetzer at Montgomery College at the Recital Hall in the Montgomery College Music Building on November 16th. The Philharmonic's Co-Concertmaster, EVELYN SONG, is a homeschooled senior whose program is developed under the Cedarbrook Academy and Montgomery College. Evelyn plays both the violin and the piano. She has studied music for the past 10 years which has included participation in MCYO ensembles for the past seven years. Music is her passion, and she has begun applications to Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory of Music and Cleveland Institute of Music to lay the groundwork for her future which she sees as playing solo and chamber music and working with young children in musical education. She hopes that her playing will inspire them and the world to enjoy a more peaceful existence through the beauty of classical music.
Academy Performing Arts Camp Alumni and Piano student of Natasha Dukan, was part of the cast in the Damascus Theater Company’s production of Fiddler on the Roof. The musical was performed at the Olney Historic Theatre.
Acting student of Phil Hosford, was kept busy in November as the
understudy for all female parts in the production of ALIEN-NATION at A Mario Loiederman Middle School for the Performing Arts.
Tacy Foundation has released a new CD called "Children To Children Sharing Music ". The young performers on this CD range in age from 5 to 18 years, and they all live in Montgomery County, MD. One of them is JASMINE TRAN, piano student of Natasha Dukan playing piano pieces by Schumann and Berkovich. The CD was professionally recorded at Rolling Hills Recording Studio. The Tacy Foundation dedicates music to all people who are experiencing challenges in healing from physical and/or emotional illness or injury and who are struggling to heal from the wounds of conflict.
For more info about Tacy Foundation go to www.tacyfoundation.org
Acting student of Phil Hosford, was cast as Elle in Legally Blonde Jr. at Montgomery Village Middle School. Elle is the lead role in the musical, so she did a little dancing and a lot of singing. “The cast spent 2 months of rehearsal and had 3 shows. They went really well, and Zoey was very happy with how they turned out,” said her father, Ian Wexler.
FROM AN ACADEMY PARENT
My son, Jeffrey has been with the Academy since he was 5 years old.
He started piano with Miss Stephanie Armstrong and became Mr. Lincoln Cobbin’s student when he turned 7. Jeffrey studied violin with Suzuki program a short time with Miss Doree Huneven and continued with Miss Leslie Smile until he graduated. He graduated from Poolesville High School Math and Science Magnet program in May 2015. This fall, Jeffery started pre-med at UMBC with a 4-year academic scholarship. He also received a scholarship for violin performance and is studying with Dr. Christian Trembly.
Thank you so much to the Academy’s MISS LESLIE SMILE and MR. LINCOLN COBBINS for giving the best music education to Jeffrey.
Thank you so much to The Academy of Fine Arts for having the best music teachers on board to nourish our kids and let them shine.
P.S. UMBC Symphony Orchestra performed Sunday Nov 15 at PAHB Linehan Concert Hall
TRIAL PIANO CLASSES
In December and January, the Academy is offering Trial Piano Classes for children 4½-9 years old for absolute beginners. If you and your friends are interested in trying out our fun, effective classes, email the Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out when the classes will take place for your child’s age group. Limited pianos available per student, so make your reservations today!!
Admission to the monthly recitals is non-perishable food item for the Manna Food Pantry. The Academy has been contributing to this community food pantry for years. Even if you aren’t attending the recitals, feel free to drop off a donation in the front lobby.
78 lbs !
On Sunday, November 22nd, watch out! The entire building will be taken over by the Maryland State Music Teachers Association. Every room except the office, all day long, will be taken over for their musicianship testing. Go Academy students!
The Music Development Program of The Royal Conservatory of Music will be conducting their assessments on Sunday, December 6th and Monday, December 7th. An assessor who travels throughout North America will be here to listen and assess students in all instruments and in voice from all over Maryland and Virginia on their repertoire pieces, technique, sightreading and ear training. GOOD LUCK, Academy students!
The 16th Annual Honors Competition for Academy private students is coming up in February 2016! The competition is open to all Academy-only private students. For the competition, students prepare one piece to perform for an outside judge on musicality, technique, memorization, presentation. The levels of the participants range from beginners through advanced musicians. Although most participate as soloists, but chamber music is highly encouraged! There have been amazing chamber ensembles that have participated! The judge selects the winners to perform at a ticketed concert one week later. The performances are high quality (beginners and advanced), and it is always a musically satisfying and an emotional experience for the audience at the concert. Keep an eye out for the competition forms and information.
The Dance Department is busily working on routines for the January dance recital. Expect to see some amazing choreography to a variety of songs including Pink Panther and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Also note the increase in strength and skill by those students attending dance class twice a week.
ZOEY WEXLER, Acting Student, was outstanding in her school’s performance of Legally Blonde. Great, great job, Zoey! Phil Hosford, Theater Faculty
“What are you doing over the holidays?”
Over break I plan to relax, spend lots of time with my family, play with my dog, make Christmas cookies, and try to learn to knit (does anyone know how and want to have a knitting party?)
NATALIE BLANK, Dance Faculty
This will be the first Christmas in a LONG time that all three of my children and my two grandchildren will be together at my house to celebrate the holidays.
RITA GALINDO, Theater Faculty
Our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, will have annual festival of night. There will be performances every night all month long in December. http://dctemplelights.lds.org. My oldest son, Brennan, will be Nathan the shepherd in the Savior of the World on Dec 13th and Dec 14th. Clayton and I will be Angels. All the performances are FREE. Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis.
ABBEY ZHAO, Suzuki Violin Parent
to keep up with Academy achievements
December 13 Piano Class Recital at the Academy
December 15 Early Spring Registration Deadline
December 19 Suzuki volunteer holiday concert at Rockville Retirement Home
December 23-January 1 Closed for Winter Break
January 10 Monthly Student Recital at Academy
February Honors Competition and Concert
Many of our teachers are booked! But, let us know if you would like to take private lessons at the Academy of Fine Arts. We will find an opening for you!