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The Kudos section of TMI's e-Newsletter, the TMI Tempo, has grown sooo large over the last few episodes that we have decided to put it on the website for the world to see!  Submit your news through your teacher or directly to TMI's staff - if you have a photo, that'd be great, too!

Congratulations to the students from the following studios!

Spring 2014:

Elizabeth Berman, oboe: Bryan Lee performed with the Howard County Chinese Youth Orchestra on January 18 as part of the HCCS Chinese New Year gala. He was also nominated for the Howard County Middle School Honors Band, whose performance was on January 29th (7 pm) at Oakland Mills High School.

Timothy McKay, percussion: TMI Alumnus and current Oberlin Conservatory student Michael Mazzullo will be giving his junior percussion recital on February 6. Brian Duffy is preparing college auditions at Syracuse University and Elon University for acceptance into the audio engineering department; he recently completed his audition at Ithaca College. Brian also will be participating in the HSGTO/BSO side-by-side concert on February 19 at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore. Jackson Rowles will be participating as 2nd chair percussionist in the Howard County Middle School Honors Band. Dmytro Nebesh was also accepted into the Middle School Honors Band. In addition, after a successful audition, Dmytro was placed into the Wilde Lake HS Wind Ensemble and Marching Band beginning next fall as a 9th grader. Great Job!! Matt Nguyen, a seventh grade percussionist at Lime Kiln Middle School, got first chair among a sea of eighth graders. Ciana Swain is a member of the Murray Hill Middle School Jazz and Symphonic Bands. She is currently preparing for the Howard County solo and ensemble festival on Feb. 1, where she will perform John Phillip Sousa's "King Cotton March" with her dad accompanying her on piano. Congratulations Ciana and keep up the great work! Jada Twitty was accepted into the Maryland All-State orchestra this year!

Melissa Wertheimer, flute: Lauren Scott was accepted, by audition, into the Howard County Gifted and Talented Band. The concert is Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 3pm at Centennial High School.

Kuei-I Wu, piano: Odette Yang won the Junior II Division of the Gertrude S. Brown Memorial Piano Concerto Competition. Laura Zheng won the Intermediate Division of the Gertrude S. Brown Memorial Piano Concerto Competition. They both will be performing with the Washington Conservatory Orchestra at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church on Feb. 9, at 2pm.

Congratulations to everyone!

Fall 2013:

Joan Bob, viola: Viola students Allison Howard and William McIntyre auditioned successfully for Maryland Junior All-State Orchestra, and Thomas Chung was named 1st alternate for Maryland Junior All-State Orchestra.

Kyle Coughlin, clarinet: TMI alumnus Jason Shafer recently won the Principle Clarinet position in the Colorado Symphony. A student of Dr. Coughlin from the 8th grade through 12th grade, Jason attended Atholton HS, went to Eastman, and played in the New World Symphony.

Timothy McKay, percussion: Brian Duffy is preparing college auditions for a degree in music technology. He will be auditioning at Ithaca College, Syracuse University, and Elon University. Dmytro Nebesh, Adam Prechtl, and Jackson Rowles are auditioning for the Maryland All-State band and orchestra. TMI alumnus Michael Mazzullo (Oberlin Conservatory of Music) performed with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble (CME) and grammy-award winning group Eighth Blackbird on October 27 at the University of Richmond as part of Third Practice, an annual festival of electroacoustic music and mixed media that was founded by composer-in-residence Benjamin Broening. Logan Faulconer has completed his requirements to receive his Eagle Scout badge, the highest honor and rank in scouts.

Summer 2013:

Joan Bob, viola: John McIntyre performed the Stravinsky Elegie at a Master Class with Katherine Murdock and Daniel Foster on Viola Day at University of Maryland College Park.

Marian Buck-Lew, piano: Mireille Lechliter is a sophomore at Marriott Ridge High School in Ellicott City where she is a violinist in the school's String Ensemble.  In April, the String Ensemble was invited to perform in the Tennessee Music Festival in Nashville where the members received the Silver Award for their outstanding performance.

Cathleen Jeffcoat, violinRaphael Erfe received a 1 rating (99%) for his performance at the Howard County Solo and Ensemble Festival. He will advance to participate in the All State Solo and Ensemble Festival on Saturday May 11.  Eric Weber and Anna Freedman have been chosen to be part of a new selective Honors String Chamber Ensemble at Wilde Lake High School for Fall 2013.

Timothy McKay, percussion, is saying goodbye to four wonderful seniors, who are off to bigger and better things!  Justin Kelly, student of eight years, will be pursuing a double major in percussion and physics at Carnegie Melon University.  He will be attending the two-week Tanglewood Percussion Seminar in June.  Amanda Leopold, student of four years, will be attending Oberlin College in the fall.  Michael Hagen, student of four years, will be pursuing a music technology major at Elon University.  Jonathan Seibert, student of three years, will be attending UMBC as a computer science major.  TMI alumnus and current Oberlin Conservatory student Michael Mazzullo performed at Carnegie Hall in January with the Oberlin Orchestra.

William S. Murphy, composition and piano: TMI alumnus Stefan Palen has been invited to participate in the Tanglewood Young Composers' Program.  Mr. Palen thanks Mr. Murphy for his huge support and knowledge and says that he could not have achieved this without The Music Institute and Mr. Murphy, in particular.

Lisa Rehwoldt, piano:  TMI alumna and current HCC student, Vivian Wang, has been accepted to MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford. This semester she performed the Bach Prelude and Fugue in Bb Major (Bk. I) for the master class with Kenneth Slowick.  Ameya Sriram was the winner of the 4th and 5th grade Spelling Bee at Centennial Lane Elementary School.  Faith and Hope Chang sang a duet in the Clarksville Elementary School production of School House Rock this fall and both sang in their school chorus in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving parade.  Faith auditioned and was featured as a soloist in the winter choral concert at her school.  A high school senior at McDonough School, Catherine O'Callaghan was accepted at Carnegie Mellon University as an engineering major.

Spring 2013:

Elizabeth Berman, oboe:
First year oboe student, Bryan Lee,  joined the Howard County Chinese Youth Orchestra, which will perform in the HCCS Chinese New Year gala in early February.  He has also been nominated for the Howard County Elementary Honors Band!  Their performance is on March 23rd at Atholton High School.

Joan Bob, viola & violin:
John McIntyre and Manisha Vepa will perform with the BSO in a side-by-side concert on February 20th.  John McIntyre also just successfully auditioned for Senior All-State Orchestra.  William McIntyre was appointed Principal Viola of the Howard County Middle School Gifted and Talented Sinfonia.

Amelia Fannin, bassoon:
Hannah Young and Kevin O'Brien placed as alternates to the 2013 Senior All-State Band.

Melissa Lindon, flute:
Megan Thoreson was selected to join the Peabody Youth Orchestra as piccoloist in Fall 2012, and performed at Miriam Friedberg Concert Hall with the group in December.

Timothy McKay, percussion:
Justin Kelly, Logan Faulconer and Michael Hagen will be participating in the Maryland All-State Band and Orchestra concerts on February 24th at Morgan State University. Bravo!!  Justin Kelly is principal percussionist of the band after receiving the top audition score of all the percussionists. Justin was also recently accepted into the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra.  Justin is in the middle of his percussion auditions to Maryland, Indiana, Oberlin, Carnegie Melon, Northwestern and the New England Conservatory. Good luck Justin!  Justin and Jada Twitty have been accepted into the Washington Archdiocesan Music Teacher Council Honor Band. Great job! Logan Faulconer has been accepted into the Honor Orchestra of America which will perform at the Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis on March 14-16! Logan submitted a video recording and was one of about ten percussionists selected from across the country. Wow!!!  Michael Hagen has been accepted early decision to Elon University, and is awaiting a decision for his acceptance into the school of music after his recent audition. Congrats! Amanda Leopold will be participating in a side-by-side-concert with the Howard County High School GT Orchestra and members of the Baltimore Symphony on February 20th. Way to go! Dmytro Nebesh recently participated in the Howard County Honors Band Concert on January 30. Nice work!

Melissa Wertheimer, flute:
Grace Hartley has been nominated by her band director for the Howard County Elementary Honors Band.

The Howard County GT Orchestra will be performing a side-by-side program with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra!  The concert is February 20th at 7:30 pm at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.  Many of TMI’s fabulous students will be involved.  The program features: Shizuo Kuwahara, conductor, and Alisa Hwang, pianist; Ms. Hwang will perform the 1st movement of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3.  Other works includes Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine, the Enigma Variations by Elgar, and select movements from Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.  Tickets are $15 and may be purchased from Howard County Gifted and Talented orchestra members, or by sending a check payable to Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) to: Rosemary Lather—BSO Side-by-Side, River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108, Clarksville, MD 21029.