Thank you to everyone who joined us for our annual Play-In & Ice Cream Social to kick off the ’21-’22 school year! It was so nice to see so many familiar faces, and to get to put new names and faces together for the first time, as well. And it’s always fun to shake the rust off of some Suzuki review pieces, get a feel for our starting point for the school year, and then think ahead to where we’ll be by the time our Halloween Group Performance, Fall Solo Recitals, Spring Festival Group Performance, and Spring Solo Recitals all come around.
Group classes begin at their regularly-scheduled times next week, so be sure to double-check the group class rosters for your child’s class time, and plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early to unpack and get ready to tune. Brahms and Bartok classes, don’t forget to bring your technique and/or repertoire packets that you picked up this evening from Ms. Kirby with you next week, along with a stand. We’re looking forward to all the ways we can learn and grow this school year in group class alongside your weekly private lessons!
Thank you so, so much to all of our students who performed on yesterdays recitals, and to the parents, family, and friends who came out to show their support to them and enjoy the performances. Truly, from both Kirby and me – our most heartfelt thanks. It was an incredible feeling to see so many of you again in person for the first time in many, many months, to see conversations going on between accompanist and performers, between teachers and students, and between families, and between friends. We’re thankful to have had such a wonderful hall to perform in, that did the students’ wonderful performances justice with its sound. As always, we wanted to share some photos that captured the joy of the afternoon. And again, to all of our students who performed – bravo! You should all feel extremely proud, and we’re looking forward to everything that comes next!
Every spring, we look forward to the opportunities afforded to our students by the Missouri Federation of Music Clubs Virtuoso Club. Whether to give students the opportunity to prepare and perform for ribbons, trophies, and judges feedback, or for camp scholarships, district and state honors, or even college scholarships and scholarships to major summer institutes, the Missouri Federation of Music Clubs is a great organization that we love participating in. This year, we want to congratulate our students who took home honors in the Camp Scholarship and District Competitions.
The Missouri Federation of Music Clubs Virtuoso Club’s District Competition is open only to 10th – 12th grade students, and affords the winner the opportunity to continue on to compete at the State Competition in May. With only one winner from all string entrants, the competition is stiff, and this year we want to congratulate Nathan Zhou for coming in 1st Runner Up in the District Competition, performing Mozart’s Concerto No. 3 in G Major, 1st movement – a huge accomplishment! Nathan As only a 10th grader, participating in this competition for the first time, we’re sure the future is bright for Nathan and have high hopes for him next year, as well. Many congratulations for your hard work and a job well done, Nathan!
Camp Scholarship Competition
The Missouri Federation of Music Clubs Virtuoso Club’s Camp Scholarship Competition is open to two divisions of students – those in 7th – 9th grade, and those in 10th – 12th grade. This year, we want to congratulate Christien Fanta and Andrew Kang, who both won scholarships in the 7th – 9th grade division of this competition. Both Christien and Andrew performed Haydn’s Concerto No. 2 in G Major, 1st movement, earning themselves scholarships to use towards furthering their music education. Congratulations, Christien and Andrew! And with last year’s Camp Scholarship Competition winners eligible to reenter the competition next year and even more of you growing and maturing in your musical ability who could enter for the first time, we look forward to a great presence in the Camp Scholarship Competition in 2022!
It’s always wonderful for students to have a concrete goal to work hard towards. The progress they make, the self-discipline they cultivate, and the overall improvement to their level of playing that they achieve simply by going through the process of preparing over weeks and months to be ready to compete is the real reward. Winning is simply an added bonus. We’re so thankful for the Missouri Federation of Music Clubs Virtuoso Club and all the opportunities it affords to students, and we hope that even more of you will participate in the Festival, Camp Scholarship Competition, District Competition, or College Music Major Scholarship Competition next year!