This week’s Student of The Week is Bernard Johnson. His high school orchestra, chorus and band just held their joint holiday concert where they performed the following program:
~ Battle Hymn of The Republic ~ October (featuring Bernard as one of the 4 soli cellists) ~ Ukranian Bell Carol ~ Christmas on Broadway ~ Dry Your Tears Africa ~ Excerpts from The Messiah ~ Homeland
Bernard has been playing the cello since the 6th grade and currently sits 3rd chair in his school orchestra. In his lessons, he’s working on the Feuillard technical exercises, some advanced Suzuki etudes and pieces written in tenor & treble clefs.
When Bernard isn’t playing cello, he likes to read, run track and play soccer with his teammates. He really enjoys sports and dreams of becoming a sports psychologist one day.
Over the weekend, my cello student Lauren Nguyen performed with her school’s orchestra in their holiday show. The chorus, band and orchestra put on a combined performance at the Lassiter Concert Hall that featured the following works:
Britton Simple Symphony
Suite of Carols
Brahms Hungarian Dance #6
Carol of the Bells
Excerpts from The Messiah
Lauren has been playing the cello since middle school. She’s currently 7th chair in the chamber orchestra and 5th chair in the full orchestra at her high school. She’s a very self-motivated student and is working on an adapted cello version of Bach’s Chaconne. In addition to being a wonderful cellist, Lauren is a budding Latin scholar. Last summer she attended the Governor’s Honors Program in Latin where she was in-residence for a month on the campus of Valdosta State University. She’s 7th overall statewide in Latin competition and 22nd nationwide. That is absolutely amazing!!
I just learned something new about Lauren while interviewing her for this posting. She is an award winning amateur graphic artist and designs custom cell phone covers in her free time. I was so thrilled to discover this hidden talent and to see some of her handiwork.
Great job, Lauren! I’m so honored to be one of your teachers.
I would like to congratulate my piano student Zachery Johnson on becoming the student of the week. He recently finished his Piano Adventures book 1 and is already doing a great job in book 2A. Even though he’s a young man of few words, Zachery is very conscientious about making sure to use proper technique and form while playing. He was very brave and performed 2 songs at the last student recital held earlier this year at The Liberty Theater. I’m so proud of how beautifully he played. Keep up the good work, Zachery!!