Welcome back, Sugar Strings! After their fabulous summer performances, the Sugar Strings are ready to begin rehearsals for their Fall/Winter 2018 Season and we’re excited to see what they have in store for us!
Photos by Damon Cross.
We’re absolutely thrilled to post that on its second day of sales, Kids Aren’t Lazy: Developing Motivation & Talent Through Music (PDP, 2018) became a #1 Best Seller (see below) and reached the #1 New Release spot in TEN Amazon categories, including Music Instruction & Study, Psychology Education & Training, Gifted Students Education, Parent Participation in Education, Education Research, String Instruments, Baby & Toddler Parenting, Musical Instruments, Violins, and Music Techniques.
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We are so excited to share with you that Kids Aren’t Lazy: Developing Motivation & Talent Through Music (PDP, 2018) is the #1 New Release in the following Amazon categories on its first day of sales!
Music Instruction & Study
Parent Participation in Education
Psychology Education & Training
Gifted Students Education
Baby & Toddler Parenting
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We are delighted to share the happy news today that all four LHS musicians who auditioned for the Houston Youth Symphony have been accepted! Congratulations to Christian (viola), Archana (violin), Catherine (violin), and Elizabeth (violin)! The 2018 – 2019 season will be Christian’s first year in HYS, Archana’s second, and Catherine and Elizabeth’s third. We are so proud of their wonderful accomplishments in an especially competitive audition year!
Additionally, Catherine and Elizabeth have been accepted into the top orchestra at Dulles MS, where they will begin 6th grade this fall. Christian and Archana will perform next spring at Carnegie Hall with the Clements HS orchestra. Thrilling news all around!
Congratulations to Emily, age 8, on her stunning violin performance today for all of the students and teachers at Bentley Elementary! Out of the 31 students across grades K – 5 who auditioned for a panel of four judges, Emily was the only second-grader (!) selected to perform for today’s talent show. She will follow up today’s performance with another one tomorrow for parents. Keep up the amazing work, Emily!
We are so excited to introduce the Sugar Strings Chamber Ensemble! Sugar Strings was formed in Fall 2017 and kicked off their first season with a dazzling holiday tour that included concerts around Houston and Sugar Land. You might have caught their spring program a few weeks ago at an event for the Sugar Land Art Center and Gallery! Sugar Strings is looking forward to welcoming three new ensemble members this July for their summer engagements. We’ll keep you posted on this page with more of their upcoming performances!
We’re already off to a fantastic year at LHS, with our young musicians bringing home 26 Grade 1 medals in both the Solo and Ensemble categories at this year’s Solo & Ensemble competition. You’ll notice that the number of Grade I Medals exceeds the number of names on this list, indicating how many of our young musicians chose to compete in both categories and were awarded top marks and medals in each!
Katelynn, Clements HS, viola*
Neha, Fort Settlement MS, viola*
Anisha, Quail Valley MS, violin*
Amanda, Ridgepoint HS, viola*
Jacob, Quail Valley MS, viola*
Tarunikha, Fort Settlement MS, viola*
Archana, Clements HS, violin*
Anika, Dulles HS, viola*
Jordan, Travis HS, viola*
Aishwarya, Clements HS, violin*
Jessica, Fort Settlement MS, violin*
Olivia, Baines MS, viola
Hamsini, Fort Settlement MS, violin*
Mustafa, Travis HS, viola*
Ananya, Clements HS, violin*
Esosa, Travis HS, viola
Seline, Austin HS, violin*
Isaac, Dulles MS, viola*
Christian, Sugar Land MS, viola*
Paige, Dulles HS, violin*
Special congratulations to students who chose to compete in both categories and received top marks in each, and to our high schoolers who chose to perform their Level 1 pieces by memory and, in receiving top marks, qualified for state auditions in May!
*Indicates musicians who received the top grade for performances of PML Level 1 pieces. This is the highest HS level on the PML, and we’re thrilled with the number of middle school (!) and high school musicians who pursue these advanced studies!
Our new 6th-grade musicians on violin and viola will be competiting in Solo & Ensemble for the first time later this spring. We wish them luck and will keep you posted on their amazing progress!
December 2017 Student Showcase Recital
featuring works by Paganini, de Bériot, Saint-Saëns, and Viotti
Virtuosi of Houston Studio
Memorial City Mall
303 Memorial City Suite 235
Houston, Texas 77024
Congratulations to our young musicians who have made Region this year!
It is a tremendous achievement for performers to be selected from an exceptionally large number of competitors to represent their schools in the Region concerts this November!
Amanda V., viola, Ridge Point HS
Aishwarya M., violin, Clements HS
Christian B., viola, First Colony MS
Hamsini M., violin, Fort Settlement MS
Isaac R., violin, Fort Settlement MS
Neha C., viola, Fort Settlement MS
Riya P., violin, Sartartia MS
Tarunikha S., viola, Fort Settlement MS
Our warmest congratulations to the following young musicians on their successful auditions for AFA! We are excited for their upcoming performances and so proud of their accomplishments.
More information about the American Festival for the Arts, or AFA, can be found at http://www.afatexas.org.