Into the Woods, Fiddler on the Roof, The Wiz, Shrek, House of Cards, Veep, Mary Poppins, The Good Doctor, Brighten Beach Memoirs, Les Miserables, Lifetime….are just some of the productions our students performed in 2015.
ACADEMY FACULTY who PERFORMed IN 2015
HOSFORD’S Show Ranked 4th in PROFESSIONAL THEATER of 2015
DC Metro, DC’s Washington’s Liveliest Theatre Website just released Steven McKnight’s Top 10 professional shows of 2015. At number FOUR was Old Wicked Songs, starring PHIL HOSFORD, (Theatre Faculty.) Mr. Hosford’s was also chosen as one of the Outstanding Professional Theater Performances in Washington DC in 2015. “Old Wicked Songs is a skillfully written two-hander about an arrogant young pianist suffering from burnout who travels to Austria to study and try to regain his performing passion. The Jon Marans play beautifully melds politics with the personal and explores the teacher-student dynamic with loving affection. 1st Stage gave the moving Old Wicked Songs the top-notch revival it deserved.”
Review Says DUKAN Dazzles with Schubert The National Chamber Ensemble’s Holiday Concert by J.M. Grieg
By Guest Author on December 17, 2015 The National Chamber Ensemble never fails to delight, and the “Happy Holidays” concert on Saturday, December 12, 2015, provided a sparkling start to the holiday season, with works by Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Leroy Anderson, and others. The musicians of the National Chamber Ensemble were joined by guest artists and a group of talented young musicians. The concert continued with a performance of the Adagio and Rondo Concertante, D.487 by Franz Schubert. Schubert’s only piano quartet, it is a brilliant work not unlike a mini piano concerto. The piece showcases the pianist, and NATASHA DUKAN, (Piano Faculty) played with virtuosity and feeling, supported perfectly by the rest of the ensemble. This was exciting music-making and brought calls of “Brava!” for Ms. Dukan from the appreciative audience
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FALL 2015 DANCE RECITAL STEPHANIE MILLER and NATALIE BLANKS, Dance Faculty, announced the date of the Fall 2015 Dance Recital for January 24 at 3pm at Shady Grove Middle School. There is free and general seating admission for this recital. In additional to the Dance students, RITA GALINDO’S Intro to Art of Acting students (ages 5-9) will be performing ensemble pieces from Midsummer Night’s Dream.
TRIAL PIANO CLASSES In 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, go to our website homepage and click on SPECIALS – Free Piano Class Intros. You and your friends can just click on a date and time for your free trial!!
HONORS COMPETITION AND CONCERT The 16th Annual Honors Competition for Academy private students is coming up in Spring of 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.
MONTHLY FOOD DRIVE 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. THANK YOU!
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And this month’s $25 winner is RACHEL HAZELWOOD, Dance student of Ms Natalie and Acting student of Phil Hosford! Please call the office at 301-947-9705 to collect your prize. Be sure to read the newsletter each month to see if you are a winner.
SHOUT OUTS IVIE TRAN, Piano student of NATASHA DUKAN achieved the Certificate of Excellence LEVEL 2, Piano from the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program
DANCE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCEMENT!
In 2015, MS. NATALIE, Dance Faculty, announced her engagement to Alexander Evans and now they have another big announcement! They are having a baby girl in May 2016!!
RECENT ACADEMY CORRESPONDENCE…
My name is Irene Guggenheim-Triana. I have been studying at the Academy of Fine Arts for roughly a decade. I am a sophomore in the International Baccalaureate program at Richard Montgomery High School.
As part of the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and in preparation for the Diploma Programme (DP), we do a project called the Personal Project. The Personal Project has a wide degree of flexibility regarding the subject, focusing more on the process.
For my personal project, I am conducting a series of video interviews with instrumentalists under the age of 18 on why they choose to play an instrument. My choice in project reflects the IB Global Context of Personal and Cultural expression, and some of my own personal goals. In the future, I hope to major in Music Education, and I would like this project to provide insight into different mindsets students have.
I am writing in hope of assistance in my venture. I would appreciate help in reaching out to students who may want to participate.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Like the project on Facebook: (Why We Play project) Follow the project on Tumblr: whyweplayproject.tumblr.com
IMPORTANT ACADEMY DATES
January 10 Monthly Student Recital at Academy January 24 Dance Recital at Shady Grove Middle School February 6 Monthly Student Recital at Academy Spring Honors Competition and Concert
PRIVATE LESSON AVAILABILITY
Many of our teachers are booked! But, let us know if you or a friend would like to start private lessons at the Academy of Fine Arts. We will find an opening for you!
Parents and Students look out for an email with details on our upcoming referral contests. You could win special prizes for referring new students to the Academy of Fine Arts. CONTESTS WILL BEGIN VERY SOON SO GET READY TO HAVE FUN!