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Severna Park Chorus Concert

I am so proud of my students who are accompanying for school choruses! Annabelle (7th grader at SPMS), Colleen (Senior at SPHS), and Delaney (8th grader at Chesapeake Bay Middle) are old pros now. Between them they’ve more than a dozen concerts! Last week Annabelle and Colleen played for a HUGE concert at Severna Park High School where both the high school chorus and the Middle School Elite Chorus had a performance of several opera arias and other operatic selections.

It was a great “night at the opera” and the girls played beautifully!


Annabelle accompanied for the Severna Park Middle School Elite Chorus


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Colleen accompanied for the Severna Park High School Chorus



Colleen plays for the HS chorus



Annabelle plays for the MS chorus



Great job, AB!!

Many Congratulations Colleen!!


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.


January Student of the Month

Congrats Colleen!

Congrats Colleen!

Congratulations to Colleen, January Student of the Month. Colleen has been working amazingly hard all year!

Recently, she was the accompanist for the 4th and 5th grade Chorus at Belvedere Elementary and she has been working tirelessly on her audition material for Interlochen’s International 6-week Summer Piano Program. I am so proud of her and the work and effort she puts into all of her performances.

Colleen is now ready to begin her pieces for the Baroque Teahouse at Reynold’s Tavern, the June Awards Recital, and her final solo Senior Recital next year! WOW!

Colleen is a Junior at Severna Park High School and is working on her 7th year in piano lessons with me. When Colleen isn’t playing piano she likes to…..no, Colleen is always playing piano!! 🙂

Colleen will have her photo on the wall of fame for the rest of the year and she will also receive a $10 Music & Arts gift card to spend on fun music or anything else she wants.

Want to be student of the Month? Here is what you have to do:

Have a lesson rating of 5 for each week of the month.
Have perfect attendance for the month.
Have an encouraging spirit toward other students.
Have a positive attitude in lessons and look ahead in your piano materials.

Colleen’s Hard Work!


Colleen has been working EXTRA EXTRA hard to complete her audition material for Interlochen’s 6-week Summer program. This week, the piano was made ready to record her material.


Get ready, set…A few minor adjustments.


OK colleen, ready to roll! (no pressure…..)

Colleen has been working on Chopin’s “Revolutionary” Etude and Grieg’s “Wedding Day at Troldhaugen” for quite some time. Both pieces were memorized and performed without edit for the audition process and Colleen really stood up to the challenge. Colleen is a Junior at Severna Park High School.

Here’s a preview!






Colleen has been hard at work on her Christmas recital pieces, Belvedere Elementary’s Winter Chorus Concert, and her Interlochen audition pieces. But what’s really kept her busy at the piano recently is “Grease”.  For the past 2 weeks, Colleen has been the keyboardist in the pit orchestra for the Severna Park High School’s performance of the musical. Colleen did a fantastic job and I’m super proud of her!

Great job, Colleen!

Here’s a sneak peak video done by the students of the Severna Park Stage Company:


Thank you Colleen!

This week Colleen was co-teacher with me at the St. Margaret’s Vacation Bible School where around 100 children participated in music class along with their other activities. The theme was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach. The children sang 2 large choral pieces and 2 service pieces for the Children’s Mass on Friday. Colleen not only acted as pianists, but she was also organist and teacher for the week and worked with several children’s groups to teach them the lyrics of their songs. She did a fantastic job and anyone who has ever participated in Vacation Bible School know just how much ENERGY and work there is to teaching this many children for 5 days! I could not have done this without her- thank you Colleen!

Colleen is a Junior at Severna Park High School and is a member of the National Association of Music Educator’s Tri-M Honors Music Society.


Colleen and I taught around 100 children this week!


Colleen waits for her cue to begin playing during the Children’s Mass on Friday.


Group 3 were acting as angels during everyone’s favorite song “My Father’s Angels”.


Colleen teaches several groups of children and assists them in learning lyrics.


Colleen put in around 5 hours of organ practice and 10 hours of piano practice this week just rehearsing all the pieces!

Belvedere Elem. Concert

Colleen did a fantastic job at the concert!!

Colleen did a fantastic job at the concert!! She had a HUGE audience.

Colleen accompanying for the chorus

Colleen accompanying for the chorus


Congratulations on a beautiful performance, Colleen!

Congratulations Colleen


Colleen did a fantastic job playing keyboard for the Severna Park High School performance of the Broadway musical “In the Heights”.

Distinguished Music Achievement Award

Congratulations, Colleen

This prestigious award was well-earned by Colleen Saunders, freshman at Severna Park High School. Colleen began working toward this award in 6th grade and completed the requirements in May 2012.

Students who study with a member teacher of the Maryland State Music Teacher’s Association are required to accumulate 400 points from 5 different event types over a 3 year period in order to earn this award. Colleen successfully accumulated over 600 points by participating in the Maryland State Theory and Keyboard exams, Maryland Spring Festival Piano Solo Competitions, Anne Arundel County Spring Piano Solo Competition in 2010, the AAMTA’s annual Fall at the Mall, Water Music Festival, and Ginger Cove Holiday Festival and various community service performances.

Colleen’s accomplishments include the MSMTA Keyboard and Theory Honors Awards for outstanding scores in levels 1-5, the Honorable Mention in the Maryland Spring Festival Piano Solo Competition in 2010, and 3rd place in the Anne Arundel County Spring Piano Solo Competition 2010.

Colleen is a talented pianist and clarinetist and has set an unforgettable example for all of my students in the HiltonMusic Studio. She currently a member of the  in the Severna Park High School Marching Band and she is also preparing for the 2013 Maryland State Piano Solo competition. I couldn’t be more proud!