WHAT A SUMMER!!! I can’t believe it is almost over, I know that every year it goes by fast, but this one just seemed to fly by for us. Between going to Carnegie Hall, planning our 15th Anniversary Concert at One World Theatre and record enrollment everything zipped by.
Words can’t express how proud I am of the students I watched perform at camps, summer recitals and Carnegie Hall.
The level of achievement and explosive learning in camps and regular lessons has been so gratifying to see. I am also so impressed with the professionalism and quality of our teachers every day. All this summer I have seen teachers meeting and sharing lesson plans, giving helpful hints and attending workshops.
Now it is time to turn our attention to Fall Lessons, which begin the week of August 20th. We have so many exciting events coming up including the One World Theatre show mentioned above, Fall Friendship Concert, and much more!
Our current teachers are all at or almost at capacity, which means we have had fun interviewing some of the top teachers from around the country to come teach for us.
Check out some of the awesome new teachers we are adding this Fall in this newsletter and at our teacher page online.
Thanks for the awesome summer and thank your for making music with us!
Lee has been a great example of showing what consistent work and dedication can accomplish. He has improved a great deal over these past few months and is currently working on new and challenging repertoire. His recent accomplishments include performing a home concert, as well as having completed the 50 days of practice challenge. Keep up the good work Lee! -Jon (Guitar Instructor)
I enjoy playing the guitar, especially for other people. I often play at school for my class. I am also in the Anderson High School choir, learning to play the guitar and read music has helped me with my singing. Learning to play the guitar has been challenging, however after working hard and performing well it makes me feel proud! -Lee
Malka is an example of a student who is always striving to incorporate music into her life. Just three years ago she walked into the doors of Orpheus for her first piano lesson, and now she is playing literature by great classical composers. This summer, Malka traveled to Carnegie Hall to showcase her year long project of performing a Bach Prelude with accuracy, style and grace. I am so proud of the small everyday decisions that Malka makes in her piano practice that have resulted in big results as the years have passed. -Georgia (Piano Instructor)
Music is my passion makes me happy every time I play piano. I love playing and trying new things every day and I love classical piano pieces. My favorite composer is J S Bach When I play his songs, it feels like I am in preschool world. - Malka
Lucia is one of my hardest working students and always comes prepared to all of her lessons regardless of how busy or tired she is. She is always doing her exercises and technique and takes pride in hearing herself improve. She is going to do big things in Violin! -James (Violin Instructor)
Ever since I was two years old I wanted to play the violin. When I was six, I finally started playing. Now I am eleven and my love for music keeps on growing. Mr. James has been an exquisite teacher and always pushed me to do the best I can possibly do. -Lucia
Milaan is a wonderfully talented and curious musician. He is always prepared, and consistently asks for more challenges in his lessons. Milaan is very bright and he makes sure that all mistakes are corrected, both of him and myself. Milaan has taken an interest in composing, and will often compose various pieces each week in addition to his normal practice. I am extremely proud of the progress we have made together, and I look forward to our lessons in the future. -Doug (Guitar Instructor)
I like learning new songs. I like my guitar teacher. -Milaan
Anna has two cats, River, and Kingsley. Kingsley’s favorite food is toilet paper!
Anna has a major sweet tooth (but she likes salty snacks too)!
As a teenager, Anna volunteered at the local zoo in Jackson, Mississippi where she loved to play peek-a-boo with a blue and gold McCaw named Nari.
My favorite thing about teaching is how much I learn from it; the more I teach the more I learn. My ongoing goal is to always practice, motivate, and improve, and I am excited to share that mutual goal with you and fill the world with beautiful and inspiring music!-Ms. Anna
Hello! My name is Roshan Khan but everyone at Orpheus and all my friends know me as Rosie. I’m a graduating senior, I’m sixteen years old, and I’m going on to quadruple-major at UT Austin in Plan II Honors, Economics, Government, and International Relations and Global Studies. I hope to go into politics as well as to become a novelist. I’ve been a piano student at Orpheus for five years and learning music has been such a big part of growing as a person; for me, the journey has been everything. Though I started piano lessons at age eleven, which may seem late to some, my amazing teachers (Ms. Megan Matthews, Mr. Bernie Brink, and Ms. Georgia Sears) have turned me into an independent and lifelong musician. Orpheus also gave me opportunities to perform at concerts, and gave me the courage to play in my school’s talent shows and festivals. I held a private senior recital in April to perform over an hour of selected repertoire, and with my graduation from high school and from Orpheus, I would like to say a sincere thank you to all the teachers and friends I’ve met, and I’m looking forward to college!