MAKE PLAYING THE PIANO SOMETHING YOU'LL DO FOREVER, NOT JUST SOMETHING YOU DO FOR NOW

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Severna Park High School Junior, Colleen Saunders has recently been accepted into Interlochen’s High School Division Summer Arts Camp for piano. Interlochen Center for the Arts is located in northwest Michigan and is internationally recognized for working with some of the best musicians in the world.

Colleen will spend 6 weeks this summer studying piano performance with distinguished piano faculty from various universities across the US that include Peabody Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, and the Universities of Michigan and Texas.

Colleen auditioned for her position at Interlochen earlier this year with two memorized pieces- Frederic Chopin’s “Revolutionary” Etude Op. 10 No. 12 and Edvard Grieg’s Lyric Piece “Wedding Day at Troldhaugen” Op. 65 No. 6.

Colleen has been studying piano with me for the past 7 years and plays a very active role in the community by sharing her music with others. She was instrumental in bringing a music program to the St. Margaret’s Church Vacation Bible School program held at St. Phillip’s in Annapolis last summer. She taught several groups of children during the week and performed on piano and organ accompanying the 70+ children enrolled in their finale production. She was chosen as the keyboardist for the past two Severna Park High School Musical Theater productions “In the Heights” in 2013 and “Grease” in 2014. She currently practices music therapy at the Hospice of Chesapeake Critical Care Unit by performing for patients and she regularly accompanies the 4th & 5th grade chorus at Belvedere Elementary.

Next month Colleen will be performing various Baroque-era pieces on harpsichord at St. Margaret’s Church in Annapolis at the “Baroque Teahouse” on Saturday April 11. She is currently working on material for her Senior Piano Recital in 2016. Colleen plans to major in Music Therapy in college.

 

A Little Snow

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Well, we had a little snow today, so everyone had the day off from lessons.

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So I decided to have a bit of fun in my own backyard!

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Earlier this week in the studio, we made pictures out of music. I made a snow picture out of music….who’d have thought that today I’d make music picture out of snow!

 

Shrek, Jr.

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I had a great time seeing Caroline in Shrek, Jr. at her school!

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Caroline played 2 roles in the musical.

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Great Job, Caroline! I loved it!!

 

 

Game Week! Last Day

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Leave your books at home…It’s GAME WEEK!

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Cole and I played the Pumpkin Patch Game.

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Abby was very glad to be winning the Cat & Mouse Game

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Emily and I played the Fly Swatter game.

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Annaliese and I played Crazy Keys- she won!

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Juliette and I played the Ice Cream Cone Game.

 

Game Week! Day Four

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Leave your books at home…It’s GAME WEEK!

 

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Claire and I played “Something’s Missing”

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Molly and I played “Paddle Scales” – she won!

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Aaron and I played “Piano Steps & Skips”. He beat me TWICE!!

 

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Leave your books at home….it’s GAME WEEK!

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April and I played Leaping Ladybugs. She beat me by a longshot!

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Olivia and I played Whole Step/Half Step Sprint.

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Delaney and I played the Scale Shaker Game. (Juggling 3 scales at once isn’t so easy!)

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Unbelievable…..Joseph and I played Crazy Keys and we TIED!! That NEVER happens!!

Game Week! Day Two

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Leave your books at home….it’s GAME WEEK!

 

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Sarah and I played a Key Signature and Scale Degree game.

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Caroline and I played Rhythm Pizza

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Annabelle and I played the Scale Shaker Game. (She beat me!)

 

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