2014 Spring Student Recital

It’s that time of the year again!  The 2014 Spring student recital is quickly approaching, and I’m very excited that Yamaha Piano Distributors has allowed us to use their recital facility this year.

This upcoming recital will be a combined program featuring my piano and cello students.  Everyone has been practicing very hard, and we’re all looking forward to an afternoon of wonderful music!  This event is open to all family members, friends and supporters.  Seating is limited.


Date:         Sunday, March 16, 2014

Location Yamaha Piano Distributors
                  1736 Cobb Pkwy SE
                  Marietta Ga 30060

Time       2:30 pm


**Light refreshments will be served.

Recital Rules:

  • Please do not allow young children to run around the adjoining sales floor or to play on any of the pianos without supervision.
  • Please do not rest cello cases or personal belongings on or against any of the pianos.
  • Cellists will need to bring rock stops.  The recital stage is hardwood, and we don’t want to poke any holes in the floor.
  • All food items are restricted to the recital area.  Please do not take open food or drinks near the pianos or cellos.
  • Relax and enjoy the performance!!


Sponsored by Audrey Williams Music.  Photo credit: PianoDistributors.com


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☆ Student of The Week – Bernard Johnson

Student of The Week - Bernard Johnson
Bernard Johnson


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.




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Student Spotlight ☞ Lauren Nguyen ☜

Lauren Nguyen

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
  • Sleigh Ride

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.

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