Celebrating our 20th Year!
1995 - 2015
A BIG THANK-YOU to the following families who referred their friends for classes at the Academy of Fine Arts for the Fall 2015 semester. When their friends registered, the Academy was able to honor them with a thank you GIFT of $100 per registered student for their help!
Here are the families who were honored:
CHAIWEY CHEN'S Family referred TWO STUDENTS and received $200!
KEELEY ALLEN'S Family referred TWO STUDENTS and received $200!
ALICE AND BEATRICE KUKLOVA'S Family referred ONE student and received $100!
DECLAN GREGORY'S Family referred ONE student and received $100!
ANNA JHON'S Family referred ONE student and received $100!
ACADEMY STUDENTS PERFORM
Performing Arts Camp Alumni and Voice student of Kathleen Bavaar, was accepted into the Washington National Opera's Children's Chorus and is currently in their new production of Carmen at, the Kennedy Center. Soon she'll begin rehearsals for their next production, Hansel & Gretel.
Voice student Joan McFarland, participated in the NYU Summer Study in Musical Theatre, July. Samantha found “It was hugely rewarding.” The Chair said they would be "thrilled" to have her attend NYU! Currently she has started at Montgomery College where she will study musical theatre for the next year or so before applying for transfer to NYU. She will be appearing in the MC production of Godspell. This is her first college audition and thus her first college production!
Acting student of Phil Hosford, got the lead in Legally Blonde Jr. at Montgomery Village Middle School. As a 7th grader this is her second year. Last year she was cast as Yertle the Turtle in Suessical Jr. and also as Lumiere in an original script called The MVMS Awards Show.
Piano student Natasha Dukan and cello student of Harriet Kaplan, performed at the National Philharmonic's Summer Strings Institute the David Stone's 2nd Miniature Quartet with Violin 1- Jessica Wang, Violin 2- Alexandra Kushner, Viola- Clara Yu, Cello- Jeremy Keaton
Jeremy had a great time and learned a lot! “The program is only a week long, so we met our quartet members on Monday and performed that Friday!” Check it out: at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHKR0YSVE-g
Adult Acting student of Phil Hosford, is performing in Murder at the Mansion, at the Kentlands Mansion in Gaithersburg, Halloween weekend, featuring the talents of A Taste for Murder Productions. The play called “Polter-Heist” is a short one-act murder mystery that invites audiences to solve a crime in the historic Kentlands mansion. It is a comedy and should be lots of fun. Recent area theatre productions you may have seen Liz in, include Desiree in A Little Night Music at the Arts Barn, The Addams Family, Violet and Nine at Kensington Arts Theatre, and To Kill A Mockingbird at Rockville Little Theatre. She received WATCH awards for Jeanette in The Full Monty and Berthe in Pippin at Rockville Musical Theatre.
WHAT IS AN “ASSESSOR”?
Well, in the case of what’s happening at the Academy on December 6 and 7, an assessor is a proven musician of high caliber who travels to various major cities in North America to give objective scores and commentary to hardworking young instrumentalists and singers. The Academy is a Founding School in the United States for the Royal Conservatory’s Music Development Program. Many of our students will be assessed (good luck to all!) along with students from outside the school. Students from as far away as Pennsylvania and North Carolina will make the trip to be assessed. We are proud to host this great event twice per year. Go Academy music students!
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MONTHLY RECITAL DATES
Each month Piano, Violin, Cello, Guitar, Voice, and Acting students have an opportunity to showcase their talents. Our Room 8 Theater Room opens up for family members to see their accomplishments. The monthly recitals are free. Students must fill out a form with their teacher’s approval to sign up. Recital times are 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30. Recital dates for the rest of the 2015 Fall semester are October 11, November 1, December 6, and January 10.
MONTHLY FOOD DRIVE.
Admission to the monthly recitals is non perishable food 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.
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AN MSMTA INVASION at the ACADEMY
On Sunday, November 22nd, watch out! The entire building will be taken over by the Maryland State Music Teacher’s Association. Every room except the office, all day long, will be taken over for their musicianship testing. Go Academy students!
AND THE WINNER IS……….The winner of the $25 giveaway is Marissa Mandir, piano student of our newest faculty member, You Sang Kim. Congratulations Marissa! Please call the office at 301-947-9705.
DANCE UPDATES with MS NATALIE
“This year some of our advanced students are coming twice a week to take dance. Already we've noticed a huge improvement in strength, flexibility, and coordination. Dancers who come twice a week get to train in a variety of dance styles including ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz, and hip hop. We look forward to seeing more of our advanced dancers coming twice a week in the spring. Hopefully with enough interest we can start a pointe program in Fall 2016.”
EILEEN SHIH - symphony
JOANNE TSAI - young artist
ZICHAO LIANG - symphony
CHRISTOPHER YEUNG - preparatory strings
JOANNE TSAI was also accepted into the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra.
ZICHAO LIANG is trying out for Jr. All-State Orchestra next month.
Bravo to all! Ms Leslie Smile, Suzuki Violin Coordinator reminds us all , “That November 21 is our solo recital at 2:00 at Mill Creek. On December 19rh we have a volunteer holiday concert at a retirement home in Rockville.”
SHAKE HANDS WITH SHAKESPEARE!
Intro to Art of Acting with Ms Rita update;
“Over hill, over dale….” and into the dance studio, you may hear some Shakespeare as Ms. Rita’s Intro to Art of Acting students tackle the bard in class. “We are starting with some simple contemporary stories, monologues and duet scenes just to warm everyone up and then going into scenes from Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Students range in age from 5-9 and are ready to become fairies, queens and kings for the end of the semester recital.
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SHOUT OUTS to OUR STUDENTS!
Shout to ALL the instrumental and voice students taking part in the Royal Conservatory Assessments, PRACTICE REALLY HARD AND BEST OF LUCK! We know you'll feel great about your assessments!
ACADEMY FACULTY PERFORM
HARRIET KAPLAN, Cello Faculty, performed with the Rock Creek Chamber Players on Sunday October 11 at 3pm at the
Christ Lutheran Church, 8011 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda located next
door to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase rescue squad.
The Rock Creek Chamber Players is an open-ended group of musicians whose main joint activity is a free public concert series. “Whether you’re already a fan or just curious, come enjoy glorious music in the hands of fabulous musicians. Cellist Harriet Kaplan transfixed us last season with the first Bach suite for unaccompanied cello. We’ve invited her back to play – what else – the second Bach cello suite.” For additional information, visit www.facebook.com/rockcreekchamberplayers.
HEARD IN THE HALLWAY
“What did you do this summer?”
RITA MAZZA, Acting Faculty, “I worked at the Performing Arts Camp and had a blast with the students in all three sessions!”
JOAN MCFARLAND, Voice Faculty, “I traveled to Europe with my husband and daughter.”
STEPHANIE MILLER, Dance Faculty, “I got engaged to Dave Robinson. Want to see my ring?”
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IMPORTANT ACADEMY DATES
October 11 Monthly Student Recital at Academy
November 1 Monthly Student Recital at Academy
November 21 Suzuki Solo Recital at 2:00 at Mill Creek.
November 27 - November 30 Closed for Thanksgiving holiday
December 6 Monthly Student Recital at Academy
December 19 Suzuki volunteer holiday concert at Rockville retirement home
December 24 - January 1 Closed for Winter Break
January 10 Monthly Student Recital at Academy
PRIVATE LESSON AVAILABILITY
Many of our teachers are booked! But, let us know if these times for these teachers work for you or a friend!
AI WEI LEE, Piano ALL TIMES FULL
KATHY BAVAAR, Voice, Mondays 5p - 6p and 7:15p - 8p, Thursdays 5:45p to 7:30p
HARRIET KAPLAN, Cello, Wed 4:30p - 5:30p/ 7:00p - 8:00p
NATASHA DUKAN, Piano Monday at 4p, Tuesday at 4p, Wednesday 7:30p
YI LING SHIH, Piano, Wed 4:15p - 4:45p, Saturdays 9:45a - 10:30a, 1-1:30p, 2-2:45p
DOUG DUBE, Violin, Wednesdays 3:00p - 4:30p
KELA SPIRO, Violin, Saturdays 12:15p - 1:00p
PATRICIA WNEK, Violin, Please call the office for availability