Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tara Romero - highest score in California Level 5 RCM

Tara Romero participated in the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations since 2012 and successfully completed levels 3, 4 and 5.

I am happy to announce that Tara received this invitation to perform, as the highest score for California for level 5 in 2012.

Here is her invitation from CAPMT- the California Professional Music Teachers Association:

Dear Tara:
Congratulations, you have achieved the highest performance mark for Level 5 Piano in California!
We invite you to the 2013 California Celebration of Excellence Recital & Awards Ceremony in Santa Clara on Saturday, February 1, 2014 to receive your certificate in recognition of this outstanding achievement.

Tara is currently working on RCM level 6, the Certificate of Merit and Piano Guild auditions.



Friday, October 25, 2013

Ophelia (age 8) - 4 octaves D Major scale

Ophelia has an excellent start learning to play piano. She has been working very diligently to learn the co-ordination necessary to play these scales. She says the Play Piano In All Keys Fingering Charts have been very helpful.

TVMTA Halloween Recital 2013 with Odelia and Ophelia Herabadi

Thank you for participating and playing so beautifully!!!

Sixth Piano Guild High School Diploma

In the 13 years teaching piano in the Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Temecula area my piano studio was able to produce 6 High School Diploma winners as certified by the American College of Musicians:
Jake McKeon, Paderewski Medal and $200.00 scholarship winner;
Shanti Ryle, Paderewski Medal and $200.00 scholarship winner;
Juliette Beucler;
Mitchell Johnson;
Bret Paddock, Paderewski Medal and First Place - Top Five 2012 scholarship winner;
Sai Sivapalan, Paderewski Medal and Top Five 2013 scholarship winner.

Sai Sivapalan Piano Guild Top Five Winner

Sai Sivapalan Piano Guild scholarship recipient

Ophelia October 19th., 2013 Recital (+playlist)

Ophelia's Recital:
Kabalevski Dance and Bartok's Hungarian Folk Song

Odelia October 19th., 2013 Recital (+playlist)

Odelia performing Roller Skate Ride

Astor Piazzola El Viaje, Sai Sivapalan piano

Sai Sivapalan performs the Astor Piazzola Tango

Lee Hoiby Prelude op. 7, no. 1, Sai Sivapalan piano

Please, enjoy Sai Sivapalan's performance of the Hoiby Prelude.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Adam Ghilarducci (age 13) Piano Guild Advanced Bach Plaque

Congratulations, Adam! On August 10, 2013 Adam performed the Advanced Bach program from the National Piano Guild.

The audition lasted 45 minutes and required all pieces to be performed from memory, plus 4 octaves scales and cadences.
Adam's Bach program included two-part Inventions #1, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15 and three-part Invention - Sinphonia #15, a total of 15 pieces were performed.
What an achievement.

Adam is the second student to achieve this plaque in the Eva Martin Hollaus piano studio.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Royal Conservatory of Music Summer Session Results

I am very happy to announce that
Thulasi Yogarajah successfully completed performance Level 3;
Sebastian Gonzales completed performance Level 3;
Tara Romero completed performance Level 5.

RCM is an excellent and challenging program, that can provide a Conservatory education during K-12!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Eva Martin Hollaus Piano Studio - Piano Guild auditions 2013 - results

I am very happy to announce that this year's piano auditions are completed!
Our auditions started in June and were completed end of August 2013.
 The students performed either a gold medal 10-piece program (National-10) or a gold medal 15 piece program (International-15). Both Adam Ghilarducci and Cynthia Nguyen Phan performed two programs successfully giving credit for two years auditions.
All students performed 1 - 5 musicianship phases; most performed were scales, chords/cadences and arpeggios, sight-reading and ear-training was also tested.

Here are our 20 gold medals earned in this year's Piano GUild auditions:

June 19, 2013 Judge: Deborah Mele
1.         Sai Sivapalan                  I-15      PD – Regular High School Diploma, 11th gold medal audition  
July 16, 2013 Judge: Karen L. Webster
2.         Kelly Rausch                            N-10     IS, 7th gold medal audition
July 29, August 4, August 9 and 10, 2013 Judge: Judith Cataldo
3.         Nubia Adelaine Gonzalez         N-10     EC, 2nd gold medal audition
4.         Thulasi Yogarajah                    I-15      IE, 7th gold medal audition
5.         Adam Ghilarducci                    N-10     PA, 2nd gold medal audition
6.         Eduardo Dominguez                N-10     ID, 2nd gold medal audition
7.         Trisha Leungsikul                    N-10     EC, 2nd gold medal audition
8.         Emika Saito                             N-10     IC, 1st gold medal audition
9.         Adam Ghilarducci                    Advanced Bach Plaque PBM I-15 PS, 3rd gold medal audition
10.        Jim Powers                               N-10     ED, 2nd gold medal audition
11.        Cynthia Nguyen Phan (program 1)        N-10     PS, 7th gold medal audition
11.        Cynthia Nguyen Phan (program 2)        N-10     PS, 8th gold medal audition
12.        Kathleen Nguyen Phan             N-10     IS, 7th gold medal audition
13.        Stacey Nguyen Phan                 N-10     IE, 7th gold medal audition
14.        Sebastian Gonzales                   N-12     ID, 5th gold medal audition
15.        Kianna Ocasla                          N-10     EC, 1st gold medal audition
16.        Anais Perkins                           N-10     PA, 5th gold medal audition
17.        Odelia Nadira Herabadi                       N-10     EA, 2nd gold medal audition
18.        Ophelia Chiara Herabadi         N-10     EB, 2nd gold medal audition
19.        Tara Romero                           N-10     IC, 2nd gold medal audition
August 31, 2013 Judge: Coralee Gaytan
20.        Patrick Xu                                I-15      PS, 4th gold medal audition

Friday, August 16, 2013

Bret Paddock Top 2012 Memorial Scholarship Winner

Still leaving me speechless! Congratulations Bret.
10 years of piano guild auditions. The accumulated score of your hard work and dedication put you in the top five and top score! I am glad you performed a double program last year.

Dr. Irl & Jessie Allison Memorial Winner.

Your performance of Rhapsody in Blue with the IVS will always remain in my memory.

August 9, 10 Judge Judith Cataldo and gold-medal winners

2013 piano guild auditions August 9 and 10, 2013 in Huntington Beach, CA
With Florida judge Judith Cataldo, Cynthia, Kathleen and Stacey Phan, Kianna Ocasla, Anais Perkins and Sebastian Gonzales.

Cynthia, Kathleen and Stacey Phan's 2013 Piano Guild auditions

Cynthia Phan performed a college level double program. Her program included movements from the op 13 "the Pathetique" sonata by Beethoven, the Chopin Etude op 25#11, and op 18 Waltz; the Rachmaninoff Prelude in g minor op 23#5; the Malaguena by Lecuona, the last movement of Mozart's piano concerto K 597 and several movements of the Bach English Suite BWV 807.

These two programs marked Cynthia's 7th and 8th gold-medal piano Guild audition.

Both Stacey and Kathleen performed their 7th year National gold-medal programs.

Adam Ghilarducci performed TWO programs in the Piano Guild auditions

Adam Ghilarducci, age 13, performed two programs.  He played the Advanced Bach plaque and an additional regular 10 piece program.  The Bach program included 14 two part Inventions and 1 Sinfonia.

Adam's second program included the Alla Turca by Mozart, a Scott Joplin rag and two tangos by Astor Piazzolla.

Emika Saito performs her first National Program

Congratulations Emika - with a brand new 10-piece Intermediate C program, including scales, chords/cadences and arpeggios musicianship phases.

July 2013 Temecula Library recital

I am most grateful for the opportunity to share the hard work and talent of our students

Sebastian Gonzales

Sebastian Gonzales performing in the Temecula Library.

Odelia and Ophelia Herabadi at the Temecula library recital July 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Nubia and Devin Gonzalez Piano Guild

This year marked Nubia's second Gold Medal performance in the Piano Guild auditions. Devin, proudly performed his first Honorary Gold Medal recital. August 9, 2013

Gold Medals and Certificates anticipating the Guild auditions

Now, that we received the certificates, all that needs to be done is, to play well! Most students are scheduled to perform August 9 and 10.

July 13, 2013 Inland Valley Symphony Temecula Library recital series

Most gratefully, our studio was offered to perform in the IVS free library recital series. Photograph with Alana Joos, president of IVS, pictured on the right.

The program performed:

For the Joy of Playing Piano

Sweet Dreams                              
Cynthia Nguyen Phan, composer and pianist

Inter City Stomp                   C. Norton
The Milky Way                      N. Telfer
White Heat                            R. Vandall
Fon Fon                                 E. Nazareth
Sebastian Gonzales, pianist

Stomp Dance                       Carol Klose
Skate Board Doodle           Folk
A Rainbow is a Smile         Nancy Faber
Roller Skate Ride                Nancy Faber
Odelia Herabadi, pianist

Bagatelle Op 119 no 9       Lv Beethoven
Moons of Jupiter                  Mary Dolan
Harmony of Angels             Burgmuller
Italian Song                          Tchaikovsky
Emika Saito, pianist

When Rivers Flowed on Mars   Nancy Telfer
Sonatina Op 36 No 4 Allegro     M. Clementi
Tara Romero, pianist

The Cascades                     Scott Joplin
Eduardo Dominguez, pianist

Sonata  K 309, Allegro con spirito            W. A. Mozart
Waltz Op 34 no 3                                         F Chopin
Stacey Nguyen Phan, pianist

Song Without Words           Duvernoy
The Shepherd's Flute         Salutrinskaya
Hungarian Folk Song         Bartok
Dancin Dino                         Keveren
Ophelia Herabadi, pianist

Invention no 12                   J.S. Bach
Rose Leaf Rag                    S Joplin
River Flows in You             Yiruma
Kathleen Nguyen Phan, pianist

Nocturne in e minor            F Chopin
Valse D'Amelie                    Yann Tiersen
Anais Perkins, pianist

English Suite # 3, BWV 808, Prelude and Musette      J. S. Bach
Fantasie in d minor, K 397                                                W. A. Mozart
Prelude in D flat Major Op 28 no 15                                 F. Chopin
,Vuelvo al Sur                                                                       Astor Piazzola
Kelly Rausch, pianist

English Suite #2 in a minor BWV 807                         J.S. Bach
     (Prelude, Bouree I and II, Gigue)
Sonata Op 13 "The Pathetique" Grave -  Allegro     
Adagio cantabile                                                              Lv Beethoven
Study Op 25 no 11 "The Storm"                                    F Chopin
Waltz Op 18                                                                      F Chopin
Prelude Op 23 no 5 in g minor                                       S Rachmaninoff
Malaguena                                                                        E Lecuona
Cynthia Nguyen Phan, pianist


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Janardan Sai Sivapalan High School Diploma

This tremendous achievement marked the sixth High School Diploma for our Studio.

Sai's program included the entire Waldstein Sonata op 53 by Beethoven, the second Chopin Ballad, the J. S. Bach WTC I Prelude and Fugue in G Major and the Liszt Transcendental Etude 6 "Vision"

Sebastian Gonzales and Stacey Nguyen Phan

2013 TVMTA Young Artist Competition

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

May 18, 2013 TVMTA Young Artist Competition

Sebastian Gonzales took 2nd place in the 4th - 6th grade division performing the E. Nazarth Fon-Fon and Stacey Nguyen Phan received an Honorable Mention for her performance of the Chopin Waltz Op 34 no 3.

In the 7th - 9th grade division Cynthia Nguyen Phan was awarded 3rd place for her performance of the Chopin Study Op 25 no 11.

Southern California Junior Bach Festival Regional Event May 11, 2013

I am very happy to state, that both Patrick Xu and Stacey Nguyen Phan performed in this Regional event.
Patrick Xu (age 16) performed the WTC I Fugue no 8 in d# minor, and Stacey Nguyen Phan (age 10) performed the WTC I Prelude no 23 in B Major.  Patrick Xu was declared a winner and was invited to perform in the Complete Works Audition in October.

MTAC Young Pianist Honorable Mention

April 21, 2013, Sebastian Gonzales received an Honorable Mention in the Elementary II Category performing the E. Nazareth Fon-Fon and the Robert Vandall White Heat.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Jenardan Sai Sivapalan Certificate

Sai's graduating Senior Certificate

Jenardan Sai Sivapalan Graduating Senior Plaque and Medallion

Congratulations Sai!

2013 MTAC Certificate of Merit Results

Most outstanding this year, Patrick Xu performed in the Advanced Panel auditions and was chosen a Finalist!

Sai Sivapalan, graduating Senior, also performed in the Advanced Panel auditions successfully, being awarded the graduating Senior Medallion and Plaque.

I am very happy to announce that Cynthia Nguyen Phan, Grade 9, passed the Certificate of Merit and achieved the theory exemption status, she was also invited to perform at the Branch Honors recital.

Also needing very special mention, Mary Conway and Jim Powers, both adult students participated. Jim is retired and Mary is now grandmother! What an inspiration to other adults wishing to play piano.

Congratulations to everyone participating:
Last Name
First Name
CM Level
School Grade
Grade 11    
Grade 9  Branch Honors  
Grade 6       
Grade 11       
Grade 9       
Grade 9  Branch Honors  
Cynthia Nguyen
Advanced – Theory Exemption
Grade 9  Branch Honors 
Stacey Nguyen
Grade 5       
Grade 10  Branch Honors
Grade 6       
Grade 9       
Grade 12*  Branch Honors, Graduating Senior Plaque and Medallion
Advanced(Panel Finalist) 
Grade 11  Branch Honors
Grade 7  Branch Honors