I am so proud of all of my students this year. Everyone has made such amazing progress and put in a ton of work. It can be really hard to tell if you are improving or not while the process is happening so I think it’s important this time of year, when school is wrapping up, to really take stock of where you were and how far you’ve come.
In particular, there are several students who went above and beyond this year and have had or will have the opportunity to play in some extraordinary situations with elite ensembles. Rohan Kasthuri was the top middle school trombonist in the state this year and was 1st chair in the All-State Honors Band. Joseph Ciampi will be playing in the Essentially Ellington Competition at Lincoln Center in New York with the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble. Thomas Hill was one of the very few trombonist from across the country who auditioned for and was accepted into the Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall, which will take place in New York this summer. Daniel Bear and Derek Yao were two of the top seventh graders in the NC Central District this year and were part of only a handful that performed with the All District Concert Band.
Not only have I seen all of my students grow in their musicality and technical ability but I have been privileged to watch them mature into young adults and I am proud to be a small part of that. Thank you parents for all of your hard work raising such wonderful kids and thank you for encouraging them to practice and play music. I think the world is a more beautiful place because of it!