Upcoming Events and Announcements:

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Student Achievement:

CSM 2021 Spring Awards: Spring is a time to celebrate our students!!! A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to ALL our amazing students at CSM for their hard work, practice and achievements! We're excited to announce some incredible achievements this Spring. Hard work, practice and dedication pays off! Check out this incredible list of CSM Student achievements!

CSM 100 Days of Practice Awards:

Josie White – French Horn

CSM 365 Days of Practice Awards:

MyAn Nguyen – Piano

Benjamin Neumiller – Piano

Elaina Neumiller – Piano

Dayton Lee – Piano

Nathan Zhang – Piano

Royal Conservatory of Music Achievement Exams:

Xander Ulreich - RCM Level 2 Bassoon - First Class Honors with Distinction
Eva Ulreich - RCM Level 2 Voice - First Class Honors

Muhammad Husain - RCM Level 2 Piano - First Class Honors

Lily Carlson - RCM Level 5 Piano - First Class Honors

Vincent Zhang - RCM Level 5 Piano - First Class Honors

2021 All-District Band (Results updated as we receive from students):

Ava Loh -- French Horn – 1st Chair, High School

Samantha Leathem - Piccolo -– High School

Jeanmarie Exel - Flute -– 3rd Chair, High School

Amelia Sheppard - Bassoon -- 3rd Chair, Symphonic

Abigail Koffer - Flute -- 1st Chair, Middle School

Adityan Nambiar - Flute -- 2nd Chair, Middle School

Sydni Pistolesi - Flute -- 7th Chair, Middle School

Octavian Ashford - Trombone -- 5th Chair, Middle School

Gregory Brooks - Trombone -- 3rd Chair, Middle School

Seth Lowry - Oboe

Megan Frederick - Bassoon

Josh Taylor - Trumpet

Vibby Janardhan – Trumpet

‍2021 All-District Choir (Results updated as we receive from students):

Brigit Cook - Treble Choir, All-District Choir

Alexis Freire – Senior Honor’s Choir, All-District Choir

Brielle Schermerhorn – All District Choir

Anna Osborne – All-District Choir

Smarts Mill Middle School Talent Show (Results updated as we receive from students):

Xander Ulreich -- 1st, Instrumental Music

Eva Ulreich -- 1st, Musical Theater

Jane Fox -- 1st, Ensemble & 2nd, Vocal Music

Sydney Nicklas -- 3rd, Music Division


Caitlin Robinson (CSM Guitar) performs in NAfME National Honor Guitar Ensemble!
Here's reason 1,000,001 why our students at CSM rock: CSM guitar student, Caitlin R., performed as a member of the 2020

National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Honor Guitar Ensemble! You can check out their incredible virtual performance below (performance begins at15:25 in video below). Way to go Caitlin and all the incredible guitarists from across the country!!

NAfME National Honor Guitar Ensemble Virtual Performance:
CLICK HERE https://youtu.be/LLEOenBgGYg?t=923


Congratulations to the Phillip A. Hughes Foundation Scholarship Recipients! How about some GOOD NEWS?! CONGRATULATIONS to all our CSM students who received the annual "Phillip A. Hughes Foundation" Scholarship! This scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate "an aptitude in and passion for the musical arts" and we couldn't be more proud of these recipients! A very special thanks to our friends and partners at the Phillip A. Hughes Foundation for supporting the arts and helping fuel the dreams and pursuits of musicians and artists in our region! Learn more about the PAHF and their annual Golf Tournament below.

The following CSM students have been awarded scholarships this year (results posted as we receive announcements):

Eva Ulreich (Ms. Tara/Ms. Alyssa)

Alexis Freire (Ms. Alyssa)

Bhavya Jha (Dr. Deniz)

Amelia Sheppard (Mr. Matt)

Caitlin Robinson (Dr. Taylor)

Daniel Robinson (Dr. Taylor)

Noah Evans (Ms. Rosemary)
Evan Bertoglio (Ms. Lisa)
Addie King (Ms. Tara/Dr. Deniz)


Learn more about the PAHF at https://www.philapalooza.org/

"The mission of The Phillip A. Hughes Foundation is to support youth programs and deserving children that demonstrate an aptitude in and a passion for the musical arts. Proceeds will benefit the children of Fauquier, Loudoun, Culpeper and Rappahannock counties through gifts of private instruction, instruments, and scholarships for those pursuing an education in music after high school.

PAHF's main fundraiser is the Philapalooza Golf Tournament, held every June or July on the hottest day of the year at Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia."

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Evergreen Jazz to perform at Blue Valley Vineyard 5/8!:

Hear Mr. TJ Maistros (CSM Percussion), Mr. Quentin Walston

(CSM Jazz Piano & Composition) and Mr. Fernando Bolanos

(CSM Bass, Guitar, Piano) perform some live Jazz outdoors next Saturday, May 8 at 1pm at Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery in Deleplane, VA! For details, visit: https://fb.me/e/3CFZqzve7


LSYO 2021-2022 Season Auditions May 22 & 23rd!
LSYO Auditions: The Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra is holding auditions for the 2021-2022 season. The LSYO hosts three different orchestras, a beginners String Orchestra, an intermediate Symphonic Orchestra, and an advanced Philharmonic Orchestra. More details on audition repertoire is available at the following link, as well as registration: https://www.loudounsymphony.org/lsyo-auditions

For a sample of the hybrid performances the youth symphonies have produced over this past season, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfhX_WIJU2s


2021 American Virtuoso International Music Competition:
Ever wanted to test how far your musical abilities could take you? Looking for an incredible opportunity to challenge yourself in performance and learn from the best? Interested in performing for and being recognized by career professionals and performers in the highest levels in their musical fields? Consider auditioning for the brand new "American Virtuoso International Music Competition", co-founded by CSM's very own, Dr. Dan Zhang (CSM Viola)! The AVIMC is open to singers and instrumentalists (piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass) of all ages and nationalities. AVIMC values performers with a strong artistic vision and stage presence, seeking to discover outstanding young artists and providing them with support to launch international careers. 

For more details or to apply, visit: https://www.avimc.org/

Competition Categories:

  • Piano

  • Strings

  • Voice

Competition Age Groups:

  • Artist (age 18+)

  • Young Artist

    • A. Age 15-18

    • B. Age 11-14

    • C. Age 10 and younger

Important Dates and Deadlines:

Application & preliminary round Video Submission deadline: July 1, 2021, 11:59:59 p.m. EST

Announcement of Finalists: August 1, 2021Final round video submission deadline: September 1st, 2021, 11:59:59 p.m. EST

Announcement of winners: September 26, 2021

2021 Jury:


      Blair McMillen (Mannes School of Music/Bard College)

      Silvan Negruțiu (Millikin University/Northern Arizona University)

      Vladimir Valjarević (Mannes School of Music/Rutgers University)

      Amir Eldan, cello (University of Michigan)

      Paula Majerfeld, violin/viola (New England Conservatory)

      Oleg Rylatko, violin (concertmaster, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra)

      Akemi Takayama, violin (Shenandoah University)       

      Cynthia Clayton (University of Houston)

      Elizabeth Futral (The Peabody Institute)


LSYO hosting "Summer Orchestral Institute July 18-23!
LSYO is excited to announce our first Summer Orchestral Institute dates. All orchestral instrumentalists with at least 2 years experience are welcome to join one of our two programs.

Find out more here: www.loudounsymphony.org/lsyo-summer


NEW Animated Film from "A Place To Be"!:

Our friends over at "A Place To Be" are very proud to present "Ellie's Dream" - a new animated short film featuring over a dozen of their music therapy clients as voice actors. We hope you enjoy this story of a little girl's dream of her life beyond the pandemic. Here is the link: https://youtu.be/J2AuMTuUQeU



"Intermediate Composition" YouTube Premiere Showcase Recap:

Our "Intermediate Composition" class, led by Mr. Quentin Walston, debuted final compositions in an exclusive "Showcase" YouTube Premiere on Saturday, April 17 at 1PM! Over the past several months, our composers participated in a seminar led by Quentin Walston which explored approaches and applications of music composition. Students also played and critiqued each others' work as they developed the compositions that will be heard in this showcase. Check out this latest Composer's Showcase on our YouTube channel:  CLICK HERE! 


Loudoun Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Dr. Nancia DAlimonte, presents her lecture, "Looking Here, There, and Everywhere"! Check out this incredible lecture about how composers used inspirations for their next composition. LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JQSvHLfL48

We LOVE our local orchestras and community! Learn more and support the LSO by visiting: https://www.loudounsymphony.org/


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


Check back later for more CSM and community updates!