Congratulations to the members of our studio who were selected for District Band this weekend!! Once again, I'm so proud of everyone for their efforts in preparing for the auditions. The number of students selected this year is a new Sheridan Studio record!
Middle School Bands
Sarah Beard, Robinson
Victoria Bliss, homeschool
Daniel Estrada, Lanier
Jeremy Naka, Lanier (alternate)
Miriam Wanner, Robinson (alternate)
Mara Casebeer, Rocky Run
High School Bands
Alison O'Bryan, Robinson
Caroline Dunbar, Robinson
Ali Verster, Robinson
Kristen Halper, TJHSST
Bao Vo, Woodson
Blake Eriks, Robinson
Kayla Sturgeon, Robinson
Emily Mardiks, McLean
Benny Mardiks, McLean
Susie Choi, McLean
A little about District Band....
Each January, the 16 districts in the state of Virginia host an All-District Honor Band. Participating students are selected via a very competitive blind audition, meaning that the judges can not see the auditioning students, as they are behind a screen. All students must perform the same thing (scales, chromatic scale, prepared piece, sight reading.) For clarinets, there are approximately 125 students auditioning for 48 spots. District 11 includes students from the pyramids of Robinson, Lake Braddock, Woodson, West Springfield, Westfield, Centreville, Fairfax as well as Paul VI, Homeschoolers and TJHSST. District 12 is comprised of students form the pyramids of McLean, Madison, Herndon, Marshall, Arlington schools, South Lakes, Langley, Oakton, and Chantilly. All districts run their own separate auditions and events.
In addition, I'm so happy for my sectional students and their teachers at McLean, Longfellow, Langley, and Robinson for their successes this weekend. They include these McLean students:
I'll be performing with the Virginia Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, October 21. It will be at the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale campus at 4:00. More information by clicking the link below:
Congratulations to Caroline Dunbar, Benny Mardiks, Emily Mardiks, Alson O'Bryan and Bao Vo on their excellent Senior Regional Orchestra auditions! I'm so proud of your hard work in preparing for this difficult audition. Keep it up!!
My teacher, Ricardo Morales, will be performing with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, September 21 at GMU. This is a WONDERFUL opportunity for you to hear the preeminent American clarinetist with the orchestra that plays down the street. In addition, tickets for this performance will be just $5 for students and $20 for adults. Compare this with the cost of going to the Kennedy Center, and this is a great deal. Mr. Morales is currently the principal clarinetist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, formerly with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, a position he won at the age of 21. You can read more about him here and hear recordings of him playing the Mozart Concerto, talking about his favorite pieces, and many more things, all available on YouTube. He will be performing one of my most favorite pieces, Aaron Copland's Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra. Listen to another wonderful clarinetist, Jonathan Cohler, play it here.
Even MORE Exciting News....
Ricardo will be giving a masterclass the afternoon before the concert, and it is free and open to anyone wishing to attend. Our own studio member Alison O'Bryan will be one of only six students performing for him, along with former studio member Nick Thompson, who is now a sophomore clarinet major studying with the wonderful Rochelle Oedemann at George Mason. A masterclass is a wonderful chance to get to see the master in action, teaching the students who play for him in front of an audience. This is a rare and exciting opportunity for Alison, Nick, and all in attendance. I would like for as many of my students to attend this class as possible. Please RSVP to Tara Nadel at the Fairfax Symphony at
Exciting news! I'll be performing a solo recital on Sunday August 4 at 3:00 pm. Once again, it will be at the Lyceum in Alexandria. More details to come!
I am a part of a new chamber ensemble called Synergy, and we'll be performing our first concert at the Lyceum in Old Town Alexandria. It's a part of the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association's summer chamber music series. Other members of our group are Laura Marchisotto Bogart, piano; Sue Logan, oboe; and Larry Ink, flute. We'll be performing pieces (for all combinations of the four instruments) written by Astor Piazzolla (tango for clarinet and piano... how often do you get to hear THAT? :), Gordon Jacob, William Grant Still, and a flute/clarinet duet written by Larry Ink, among others. It promises to be a fun hour of music in a beautiful space. There will be a reception following the performance. More information can be found on the WMPA website. Directions to the Lyceum can be found here.
Again, the concert is this Sunday July 21 3:00-4:00 pm. I hope to see you there!!
Our clarinet year is coming to a close, with our recital on Sunday June 2 at 2:00 (please note the change from my earlier post!). Lessons will end on schedule unless you have not made up either of your two allotted "missed lessons". From our Studio Handbook here on the website, here are the final lesson dates:
Tuesday Students: June 11
Wednesday Students: June 5
Thursday Students: June 6
If you do have lessons to make up, we will discuss your final lesson date this week.
I will be sending out Music & Activity invoices in the coming week or two, accounting for the use of your Music & Activity Deposit. If there are remaining funds, I will refund them to you; if there is a balance, you are responsible for settling it.
Day of Recital!
On Sunday June 2, please arrive at Knollwood Community Church (10002 Coffer Woods Dr, Burke VA 22015) ready to play. This means you should warm up at home before arriving at the church. Be seated and ready to begin at 2:00 sharp. Please dress appropriately for a performance... no jeans or flip flops, please. :) Stage appearance and presence is a very important part of being a musician.
MAP TO RECITAL LOCATION:
Our Studio Recital will be held on Sunday June 2, 2013 at 2:30 pm. It will be in the beautiful new space at the Knollwood Community Church, located on Coffer Woods Dr. & Burke Center Parkway in Burke. Mr. Hoffman will be our accompanist, and we will have rehearsals with him here at the studio in the weeks leading up to the recital. I will send signups out for that next week. I'm so excited for students to show what they have been working on this year and how much they have accomplished! The recital is open to any guests you would like to bring.
What a weekend! Our studio was well represented at District Band auditions once again this year. I'm so very proud of all of the students who auditioned for their hard work and dedication to preparing for this audition. Extra congratulations go to the following studio members who will be participating in the District Band events at the beginning of February:
District 10 Middle School
Kristen Halper, Luther Jackson MS 1st chair!
District 11 Middle School
Jamie Fothergill, Frost MS 1st chair!
Victoria Bliss, Homeschool
Noah Bayer, contrabass clarinet, Robinson
District 11 High School
Alison O'Bryan, Robinson
Caroline Dunbar, Robinson
Alex Winkowski, Eb clarinet, Robinson
Ali Verster, alternate, Robinson
Kayla Sturgeon, alternate, Robinson
District 12 Middle School
Mara Casebeer, Rocky Run MS
District 12 High School
Benny Mardiks, McLean HS
Emily Mardiks, McLean HS
Adèle Wheeler, Langley HS
I'm also extremely happy for my sectional students and their wonderful private instructors at Robinson Middle & High, McLean HS, Longfellow MS and Langley HS who had such great results. They are:
Jeong In Lee
William Bryant, Middle School
Irina Chang, High School
CONGRATULATIONS to Kristen H., who earned 1st chair in this weekend's District 10 All-District Band auditions! Kristen is an 8th grader at Jackson Middle School.
Another congratulations to Alison O'Bryan, who is a member of the Northern Virginia Youth Winds ensemble. They had their Season Opener concert yesterday, and played incredibly well. I was so happy to see Valerie, Sarah, and Kristen at the concert. Hearing outstanding ensembles like NVYW are so inspirational, and I encourage everyone to go to concerts as often as you can.