BREAKING NEWS

2017-18

Both Karen Lee and Deborah Zhang were winners of the Hudson Valley Music Club solo competition

Hazel Tjaden was principal cellist of the Westchester County Elementary String Orchestra and Bryan Chung was assistant principal.

Hazel Tjaden was also principal cello of the All-County Elementary Orchestra and Bryan Chung was a section cellist

Jocelyn Hung and Joyce Lu were members of the All-County Intermediate Orchestra.

Deborah Zhang was principal cellist and Karen Lee a section cellist in the Hoff Barthelson Festival Orchestra.

Deborah Zhang was principal cello of the Area All State Symphony orchestra.

Sam Cole and Hannah Osinoff were co-principlals of the Greater Westchester Symphony Orchestra. 

Lauren Cho, Jacopo Gherardi, Emily Kopp, Karen Lee, Hannah Osinoff performed as section cellists with the Greater Westchester Symphony Orchestra and the Area All State Symphony and String orchestras

Deborah Zhang was selected to perform at Lincoln Center in a string quartet as part of a program sponsored by the Lincoln Center Chamber Players

Fall 2016

Cameron Wong was selected for New York All State Orchestra and was awarded the third chair position.

Sofia Checa was again selected as assistant principal of the New York Youth Orchestra

Sam Cole was   of the Area All State String Orchestra.  Deborah Zhang was principal cellist of the Area All State Symphony Orchestra.  Lauren Cho, Jacopo Gherardi, Emily Kopp, Karen Lee, Harry Liu, and Hannah Osinoff were section cellists in the Area All State Symphony Orchestra and String Orchestra.

Jocelyn Hung, Karen Lee, Joyce Lu and Maxine Tjaden and were members of the All-County Intermediate Orchestra.

Hazel Tjaden was principal cellist of the All-County Elementary String Orchestra.  Bryan Chung was a section cellist in the All-County Elementary String Orchestra.

Lauren Cho, Jacopo Gherardi, Emily Kopp, Karen Lee, Harry Liu, Hannah Osinoff, and Deborah Zhang all performed with the Greater Westchester Symphony Orchestra.

Joyce Lu was principal cellist of the Greater Westchester Elementary String orchestra and Hazel Tjaden was assistant principal

Summer 2017

Karen Lee and Deborah Zhang were selected to participate in the Green Mountain Music Camp in Vermont.

Bryan Chung and Hazel and Maxine Tjaden attended the Suzuki Institute at Ithaca College.

Jacopo Gherardi was selected to attend the New York State Summer of the Arts at Skidmore College as part of the orchestra program.

December 2015

Cameron Wong (senior at Scarsdale High School) was awarded the 3rd chair cello position in the New York All-State Symphony Orchestra which performed at the Eastman Theater in Rochester, New York.  He was the only All-State cellist from Westchester County this year.

October  2015

Cameron Wong received the principal cello  chair at Westchester County Area All State. Sam Cole, Emily Kopp, Brandon Kim and Hannah Osinoff have been selected as members of the cello section of the Westchester County Area All State Orchestra.

Sofia Checa performed at the Chinese consulate as part of a cello ensemble consisting of former National Youth Orchestra Members.

September 2015

Cameron Wong has just received notification that he has been accepted into New York Conference All State Orchestra!

Sofia Checa was chosen again for assistant principal cello of the New York Youth Symphony

Joyce Lu has been chosen as principal cello and Hazel Tjaden  as assistant principal cello of the Greater Westchester Elementary String Orchestra.

Lauren Cho, Jacopo Gherardi, Karen Lee and Maxine Tjaden  will perform with the Greater Westchester Junior Strings.

Therese Bonoan, Sam Cole and Hannah Osinoff  have been selected as members of the Greater Westchester Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Deborah Zhang was selected as a member of the cello section of the Hoff Barthelson Festival Orchestra.

Summer 2015

Sofia Checa is touring China with the National Youth Orchestra of the USA conducted by Charles Dutoit.  Check out the National Youth Orchestra Facebook page for pictures and updates of their concerts.

Deborah Zhang and Jonathan Lin are at the famed Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan.

Alex Basescu attended the Cello Institute in California.

Cameron Wong will be attending the excellent New York State Summer School of Orchestral Studies in Saratoga, New York.

 

March 2015

Congratulations to 8th graders Deborah Zhang and Jonathan Lin who were accepted to study at the highly acclaimed Interlochen Summer Music Academy this coming summer.  They will have to the opportunity to perform orchestral, chamber and solo works.

Congratulations to Joyce Lu and Maxine Tjaden who were selected to perform with the All-County Elementary Orchestra and to Lauren Cho, Sam Cole, Emily Kopp and Jonathan Lin who performed with the Intermediate All County Orchestra at SUNY Purchase Center for Performing Arts.

February, 2015

Congratulations to 11th grader Sofia Checa upon her acceptance to the National Youth Orchestra of the United States. The orchestra will tour China this summer under the direction of Charles Dutoit and the sponsorship of the educational arm of Carnegie Hall.   This is a wonderful opportunity and honor for Sofia since it was a very competitive audition process. Only 12 cellists were chosen from the entire USA and Sofia is the only cellist from New York State.  Musicians are required to submit a performance video of orchestra excerpts and a solo with pianist, a verbal video which addresses several given topics and a written essay.  Sofia recorded a portion of the Dvorak Cello concerto with Nely Burla as pianist and the required orchestra excerpts in early September 2014.  All other materials were submitted in November, 2014 and the decisions were announced on Friday, Feb. 6.

For further details about the National Youth Orchestra of the USA read more about it here. http://www.carnegiehall.org/Education/National-Youth-Orchestra-of-the-United-States-of-America/September

September 2014

The year is off to a good start as many students return from music camps and begin the year in school and special youth orchestras.

Sofia Checa has been chosen as assistant principal cello of the New York Youth Symphony. Maxine Tjaden is serving as principal cello and Joyce Lu as assistant principal cello of the Greater Westchester Elementary orchestra.  Sam Cole has been chosen as principal cello of the Greater Westchester Junior Strings.

Lauren Cho, Jacopo Gherardi, Hannah Osinoff and Debbie Zhang are members of the cello section of the Greater Westchester Junior Strings.  Therese Bonoan is a member of the cello section of the Greater Westchester Youth Symphony. Alex Basescu is a member of the Hoff Barthelson Festival Orchestra.

Cameron Wong recently was selected as assistant principal cello of the Area All State Symphony Orchestra which performed at Suny Purchase in November 2014.   Sofia Checa will perform with the New York Conference All State Symphony  in Rochester, NY at the NYSSMA winter conference in December 2014.  Lauren Cho, Sam Cole, Emily Kopp and Jonathan Lin have been invited to perform with the Area All State Intermediate Orchestra in the spring of 2015.

May 2014

Surin Ahn performed the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations with the Mamaroneck High School Orchestra on May 20th.  The performance was a great success and a wonderful way to finish off her senior year in high school.  Surin will graduate Salutatorian  of her high school class of 2014 and will attend Princeton University in September where she will study engineering and cello performance.

Edouardo Honig will graduate from Hastings High School and attend UCLA as a physics major in September.  He also plans to play in the university orchestra. Edouardo was soloist in the Couperin Suite for solo  cello and string orchestra with the Hastings High School Orchestra in  their winter concert in December 2013.

April 2014

Sofia Checa was a winner of the 2014 Hudson Valley Music Club Student Awards Competition. As  a result she was presented in recital by the Music Club on April 28th, 2014 at the Dobbs Ferry Woman’s Club.  I have attached a link to a great  article about her which appeared in the Rivertowns Enterprise   Sofia Checa Enterprise article

March 2014

 Several  students have been accepted into summer music festivals.  Sofia Checa was accepted into the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Orchestra and also the Meadowmount School of Music.   Lauren Cho and Deborah Zhang were accepted into the Manhattan School of Music Summer Camp.  Deborah Zhang was also accepted into Greenwood Music Camp.

January 2014

8th grader, Brandon Kim was chosen as a finalist in two competitions.   He received 2nd place in a solo competition sponsored by NYAI (New York Artist International Competition) on the first movement of the G-Major Sammartini Sonata.   He was also a finalist as part of a piano quartet in a competition sponsored by KRB (the Korean Radio Broadcasting Station in Flushing). Quartet members included Brandon on cello and three high school juniors; his sister Grace and her violin teacher’s daughter and his mom’s piano student.   As winners, they were chosen to perform  two movements of the Dvorak Bagatelles at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, January 26, 2014.

December 2013

Senior, Surin Ahn was accepted into Princeton University under Early Decision.  She is excited to have the opportunity to major in engineering and study cello under the performance diploma program.

December 15, 2013

All cello students performed solo in recital at the Dobbs Ferry Woman’s Club for the public, parents and friends.

November, 2013

4th grader, Joyce Lu was accepted to the 2014 Westchester All County Elementary Orchestra and is excited to be one of four students selected to compete for first chair cello of the orchestra during the first rehearsal.

Senior, Surin Ahn was chosen as third chair cellist of the New York All State String Orchestra which performed at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester for the New York State School Music Association Conference.

September, 2013

Sophmore, Sofia Checa was chosen as principle cellist of the New York Youth Chamber Orchestra and third chair cellist of the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra, both of which perform their season concerts at Carnegie Hall in NYC.

August, 2013

Much progress has been made by many students who have taken lessons from me over the summer and/or attended summer music camps.  I hope that students will blog on this page about their camp experiences!  Surin Ahn has returned from the well-known Meadowmount Music Festival to impressive reports about her time there.  She was a student of the famed Tokyo quartet cellist, Clive Greensmith and performed the first movement of the Haydn D major concerto for his master class.  Sofia Checa has returned from the Interlochen Arts Academy where she received a full scholarship to participate in their highly selective string quartet program and was a student of Astrid Schween.    Sofia also performed with their top orchestra and was selected as the first chair cellist.  Deborah Zhang has returned from Point Counter Point music camp and blogged about her experience on this page.  I received a note from her instructor that was extremely complimentary about her performance and progress during her time there.

The regular lesson schedule for 2013-14 begins on Saturday, September 7.   I continue to schedule individual summer lessons until that time.  I look forward to seeing everyone and hope that the beginning of the school year will bring with it renewed energy and new and exciting opportunities.

June, 2013 

Many students have exciting musical plans for their summer vacation!

Surin Ahn will attend The Meadowmount School of Music (a 7-week summer school for young violinists, violists, cellists, and pianists training for professional careers in music). Her focus will be chamber music and solo performance.   Sofia Checa has been awarded a full scholarship to attend the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp where she will participate in the quartet program and is a finalist in the concerto competition. Deborah Zhang will attend the Point Counterpoint music camp in Vermont where she will study chamber music and orchestral repertoire.  Edouardo Honig will attend the summer orchestra program at Ithaca College where he will study chamber music and participate in regular orchestra rehearsals and performances.  Sheng Guo will attend Western Connecticut State University summer orchestra program.

March 2, 2013

American String Teachers Association (ASTA) National Convention in Providence, Rhode Island

Freshman Sofia Checa performed the Saint-Saens Concerto in a minor for the pre-collegiate cello master class.  She received many compliments from attendees and very helpful and positive critique from the clinician.

December 16, 2012 at 4pm 

Dobbs Ferry Woman’s Club, 54 Clinton Ave, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

Students of Lila Ainsworth perform in cello recital Free and open to the public

December 9, 2012 at 2pm 

Westchester Community College, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY, 10595

Cello students Therese Bonoan, Debbie Zhang, Sam Cole, Lauren Cho, Hannah Osinoff, Sheng Guo, Edouardo Honig, Brandon Kim perform in concert with the Greater Westchester Youth Orchestras

November 29, 2012 

Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY

Junior, Surin Ahn was chosen as principal cello of the New York Conference All-State Orchestra which will perform at the Eastman School of Music as part of the NYSSMA Winter Conference

November 26, 2012

6th graders, Debbie Zhang, Sheng Guo, Lauren Cho and Jacopo Gherardi were selected for the Westchester All-County Elementary Orchestra

November 25, 2012 at 2pm Carnegie Hall, 57th and 7th ave, NYC

Cello students, Surin Ahn and Sofia Checa perform with the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra

Summer 2012

Cello student, Sofia Checa was selected as principal cellist at the Interlochen Arts Academy

Cello student, Surin Ahn was selected to perform in a public chamber music recital at the Summit Music Festival at Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York

Cello student, Edouardo Honig was selected to participate in the summer orchestra festival at Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

Lila Ainsworth performed in recital with faculty artist Elizabeth Brinsden at the University of Usti nad Labem in the Czech Republic

 

  1. Point Counter Point was a very fun and educational chamber music camp. There were many levels of advanced players who went there. It was a great experience to play with string musicians from around the world. The music was fairly easy but when adding details and embellishing the piece, it was suprisingly hard. The staff is very knowledgeable and has helped a great amount to young musicians attending PCP. The counselors were very nice and welcoming, they helped the nervous kids away from home feel more relaxed. They created regular fun activities like any other camp would, for the whole camp to enjoy. There is a beautiful lake beside the camp with a nice tiny beach to play on. The Chef’s food was very good, and they were nice to provide gluten-free kids and vegetarians different food from the rest of the campers. PCP is an amazing camp that I hope to attend again!

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