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Student Achievement:


Student Spotlight - Leah White (Studio of Ms. Lisa):  

We love highlighting and celebrating our incredible students (and their teachers)! CSM'er, Leah White, has accomplished a lot this past year on her multiple woodwind instruments: Clarinet, Flute, Alto & Tenor Saxophone! Here's what her instructor, Ms. Lisa Fiorilli / Music (CSM Clarinet and Saxophone ), has to say about Leah: "My student, Leah, has been CRUSHING it this summer! She auditioned and earned a spot to attend the prestigious 'NYU Broadway Winds Summer Intensive' in July (virtual but still awesome!); she earned the Drum Major position at Riverside High School; and she not only completed CSM's '50 Days of Practice Challenge' this past summer, but just completed '100 Days of Practice Challenge' challenge this past Monday!"

Leah's goal is to play in pit orchestras on Broadway in the future! We are SO proud of Leah (and Ms. Lisa!) for all the hard work, passion and dedication shown this year. We celebrate all she has achieved this year and will achieve in the future!

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Student Spotlight - Xander Ulreich (Studio of Mr. Matt):  A HUGE congrats to CSM student, Xander U. on passing his RCM Level 1 Bassoon exam with a "First Class Honors with Distinction" standing - top marks! According to RCM, "this standing is reached by truly exceptional students. Students must demonstrate complete technical command and perform with a confident, masterful style. These students clearly show an authentic personal performance spark at the highest level."


This was Xander's first ever RCM Bassoon exam and we couldn't be more proud of him (and his incredible instructor, Mr. Matt) for such an incredible result! Way to go!!!


Did you know that CSM is a founding school for the The Royal Conservatory Certificate Program in the D.C. area? RCM provides a recognized national standard and sequenced program for people studying music privately, from beginner through advanced levels. The program's examinations allow students to track their progress and celebrate their accomplishments. In addition, the examinations provide measurable objectives for parents and teachers to better understand a student's musical growth. The program also supports independent teachers with innovative, high-quality resources.



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Thanksgiving Break Reminder: CSM is CLOSED from Wednesday, November 25th through Saturday, November 28th for the Thanksgiving Holiday. No lessons will take place during the holiday. Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving this year!


Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra Concert & Auditions:
Loudoun Youth Symphony Orchestra will also have an upcoming online performance, their first "virtual" concert, which will be streaming on Black Friday, November 26 at 7pm on www.loudounsymphony.org.

The LYSO also currently has numerous positions open, for beginner strings, intermediate strings and winds, and some advanced woodwinds and brass. Check it out at www.loudounsymphony.org/lsyo-auditions for more information and audition requirements. (Both in-person and virtual options are available for rehearsing.)


The The Fauquier County Youth Orchestra Concert (live stream and limited in-person seating available) 12/6 at 3pm: The FCYO performs in concert Sunday, December 6 at 3pm in Warrenton, VA! Fun music and an amazing cello soloist, you do not want to miss this! Limited seating and live-streaming available. Click HERE for details and ticket info.

Fauquier County Youth Orchestra - Admitting New
Members for 2020-2021 Season - NO AUDITION REQUIRED!

The Fauquier County Youth Orchestra was founded in 2014 by Diana Traietta, through the desire to provide quality music education and performing experiences to all students in the Fauquier County vicinity.  FCYO has an open-door policy to any music student interested in being a part of our ensemble. Starting with just a few students in the back of a local music affiliate, Drum & Strum, the group has grown into what it is today.

***No audition required to participate!***

**Low tuition rates and financial aid available!**​

*The FCYO Rehearses on Wednesdays at 
Gloria's in Warrenton, VA from 6:00-7:30 p.m.​​


For more info., please contact Ms. Tara at:




CSM Holiday Themed Lessons Gift Certificates Available!: Give a gift that will last a lifetime! Special Music Lessons gift certificates towards private or class music lessons at CSM are now available! The PERFECT way to spread cheer this season while investing in a loved one or friend's musical future!

As an added bonus, take advantage of our special limited-time holiday lessons promo offer for new students: sign-up for lessons and receive TWO FREE lessons! Email studiomanager@csminspires.com


"Land of Music" Animated Series by CSM partner, A Place to Be:

Be sure to watch the latest in the animated series 'The Land of Music" produced by our friends at A Place To Be. The lead character, JJ, shows his friends in The Land of Music how they can stay entertained, even when they need to stay distant from each other. (https://youtu.be/wO1nuq0ADGM).


NEW! Advanced Music Theory Class for Adults - beginning 10/21 @6:30p.m.

This fall, CSM is offering the first Advanced Adult Music Theory class taught by Quentin Walston! This course is for adult musicians who have a primary or foundational understanding of music theory*, and are looking to expand their knowledge more deeply. In addition to learning advanced concepts, this course focuses on hearing, reading, and understanding music theory's application. Topics covered include melodic analysis, jazz theory, 20th century harmony, and more! The class will run for eight weeks on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30pm beginning October 21st with a weekly tuition of $15/class. All classes will take place via Zoom.

*Please note, the Music Theory for Adults introductory class is not a required prerequisite, although if you participated in that class series, we certainly invite you to register for the advanced class!

If you are interested in registering, please reply to this email, and feel free to copy Mr. Quentin as well: Quentin@quentinwalston.com


Virtual lessons, for all students, abilities, ages and locations available! We are excited to continue offering online video lessons across all our lessons studios via Zoom! Online learning allows us to continue the learning process remotely, especially in light of our current circumstances. If you are unable to attend lessons on-site at CSM due to illness, social distancing or closure, we are still able to provide students with the opportunity to meet for lessons online via video conferencing lessons! All you need is a internet-connected laptop, tablet or phone with microphone and camera. Your teacher will email a "Zoom" link to click to join a lesson live at your lesson time. Sign-up online or email: studiomanger@csminspires.com for details! Also, check out the following links for more info. and Zoom Tips/Tricks!

Zoom Homepage Link:    www.zoom.us 

CSM Parents & Students Zoom Tips:  Zoom Tips

Zoom "Tips & Tricks" Link:    Zoom Tips & Tricks


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