It’s been a whirlwind season of recitals, auditions, and performances, and LHS young musicians have so much good news to share!

Congratulations to Sofia and her family on her senior recital! Sofia’s senior recital featured works of Walton, Schubert, and Faure, in addition to a gorgeous duet performance with her grandfather! Sofia is a graduating senior from the top HYS and Dulles HS orchestras. Sofia attended the NYU Summer Strings Intensive, Carnegie Mellon summer pre-college program, and Juilliard Theory Intensive. I’m so excited for Sofia to pursue her dreams this fall at NYU!

Congratulations to Christian and his family on his senior recital! Christian has been a key performer in just about every Houston music organization, from Virtuosi of Houston to HYS, Region orchestras, AFA, and of course the top Clements HS orchestra! Christian also attended the prestigious Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival in Miami. Christian’s senior recital at Virtuosi of Houston featured works of Reger and Stamitz, and his surprise encore performance of Take Me Out to the Ballgame inspired the whole audience to sing along. Congratulations, Christian!

Congratulations to Pramiti, Catherine, Elizabeth, and Ryder on receiving top marks in Austin at State over Memorial Day weekend! All received the highest marks (“1”) after performing their pieces by memory with collaborative pianists. Pramiti performed a movement of Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, Catherine performed a movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Elizabeth performed Kreisler’s beloved Sicilienne & Rigaudon, and Ryder performed a movement of Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata. Many thanks to their wonderful orchestra directors — Michael Isadore, Angela Yip, and Sabrina Behrens — for their support and encouragement!

Congratulations to Catherine and Elizabeth on their acceptance to the Juilliard’s music theory course this summer! Catherine and Elizabeth are violinists in the top orchestra at Dulles HS and will enter 10th grade this fall.

Congratulations to Ryder on being awarded the prestigious Interlochen Orchestral Scholarship, a full tuition merit scholarship to attend Interlochen this summer!  Ryder is a rising senior in the top orchestra at Travis HS, an All-State violist, and last year attended both the NYU Summer Strings Intensive and Juilliard’s college-credit summer music theory course.

Congratulations to Sohum for being awarded the TGAT summer merit scholarship to attend the AFA composition program this summer! Sohum is a violist and composer in the highest orchestra at QVMS and this year made Region, received top marks at Solo & Ensemble, and was awarded the 7th grade Orchestra Merit Award at QVMS. Way to go, Sohum!

It was such a joy earlier this semester to guest lecture for two courses at Eastman — String Pedagogy, taught by Dr. Lisa Caravan, and Studio Teaching: An Essential Career Component, taught by Prof. Maura McCune Corvington. It’s always inspiring and energizing to connect with Eastman students and professors, and I bring back so many of their good ideas to my own lessons!

Next up, we’re so excited to see Taruni and Hamsini perform in their collaborative senior recital this weekend, which will feature the show-stopping Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia in addition to solo works! You’ll recognize Hamsini & Taruni from their performances in the Elkins 2022 production of The Wizard of Oz. Hamsini is also the founder of Interludes, which provides free lessons and group classes for younger musicians. Best of luck to Hamsini and Taruni for a fabulous senior recital!

If you have some happy musical news you’d like to share with the studio, send us an email!

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