students news
March 2020

March 2020

Angela Kapikian, a student of Dr. Rafael Videira in the the Orange campus, was selected to participate in the 2020 edition of Connecticut's All-State Festival Orchestra. Congratulations, Angela!

Spring 2019

Spring 2019

Lina Elwood received 2nd place at the Chopin International Competition, Hartford, CT.

Spring 2019

Spring 2019

Samuel Rossoni received first place at Crescendo International Competition, and performed at the Weill Recital Hall at the Carnegie Hall.

Spring 2019

Spring 2019

Alan Becker, Lina Elwood, Eric Jansa (piano) were winners and Miko Coakley (violin) was a recipient of Honorable Mention of 34th Deborah Kahan Competition sponsored by Connecticut State Music Teachers Association Fairfield Chapter.

Fall 2018

Fall 2018

Wilbert Sullivan received First Place at Sixth Festival Audition speonsored by SSMTA Fairfield Chapter.

Fall 2018

Fall 2018

Noah Rossoni received Second Place at CSMTA's Sixth Festival Audition

Fall 2018

Fall 2018

Siyuan Feng has been accepted to Tanglewood Institute this Summer. The Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) has earned the reputation as one of the preeminent summer youth orchestra training programs in the nation.

Fall 2018

Fall 2018

Samuel Rossoni received First Place at Crescendo International Competition, performed at the Weill Recital Hall at the Carnegie Hall on January 27, 2019 and Second Place at Sixth Festival Audition sponsored by CSMTA Fairfield Chapter.

Fall 2018

Fall 2018

Alan Becker (cello) received First Place at Festival Audition.

Fall 2018

Fall 2018

Isabella Mariani (violin) received First Place at CSMTA's Sixt Festival Audition.

Fall 2018

Fall 2018

Alan Becker (cello) received the First Place at the CSMTA Sixth Festival Audition.

Fall 2018

Fall 2018

Alexander Mariani, Noah Rossoni and Samuel Rossoni (piano) received the Second Place at CSMTA Sixth Festival Audition.

Fall 2018

Fall 2018

Wilbert Sullivan and Neva Mermagan (piano) received the First Place at the CSMTA Sixth Festival Audition.

Fall 2018

Fall 2018

Lina Elwood received II Prize (second prize) at the Future Stars International Piano Competition by the Connecticut Chopin Foundation.

Fall 2018

Fall 2018

Isabella Mariani (violin) received "Outstanding" at National Youth Performing Artists Concert held at Cary Hall, DiMenna Center of Classical Music in New York City on Saturday.

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Alexander Mariani (piano) received "Outstanding" at National Youth Performing Artists Concert held at Cary Hall, DiMenna Center of Classical Music in New York City on Saturday.

Fall 2018

Fall 2018

Pianist Allan Becker received the 2nd prize for the J.S. Bach Award sponsored by the Schubert Club of Fairfield County

Spring 2018

Spring 2018

Pianist Sophie Gaspel was awarded a scholarship to attend the New England Music Camp this Summer

Spring 2018

Spring 2018

Pianist Meredith Sullivan won the Silver Award at the Golden Key Festival. She will perform at the Carnegie Hall on April 29th, 2018.

Spring 2018

Spring 2018

Pianist Gleb Syomichev was the Grand Prix Winner at the New York Concert Festival International Competition. He will present a concert at Carnegie Hall on April 8th, 2018.

Spring 2018

Spring 2018

Pianist Aanya Gandhi was the Second Prize Winner at the New York Concert Festival International Competition. She presented a concert at the Engelman Hall at Baruch Performing Arts Center on March 26th, 2018.

Spring 2018

Spring 2018

Violinist Angela Kapikian, from the Orange School, has been selected to perform at the First @ First @ Four Concert Series - Young Artist Showcase at the First United Methodist Church in Stamford.

Spring 2018

Spring 2018

Congratulations to longtime Suzuki Music Schools student Eliza Barr!!! Eliza took 3rd place at the Texas Guitar Competition, Division I at UT Dallas! She is pictured here with her SMSW guitar instructor, Daniel Corr.

Spring 2018

Spring 2018

Violists Michael Fording and Natalie Schreder were both selected for the CMEA Regionals Festival and CMEA All State Festival. Michael was Principal Viola for the Regionals Festival Orchestra.

Spring 2018

Spring 2018

Arista Sullivan (piano) was selected as one of the winners at the 33rd annual Deborah Kahan Competition, sponsored by the Connecticut State Music Teachers Association, Fairfield Chapter.

Spring 2018

Spring 2018

Lina Elwood (piano) was selected as one of the winners at the 33rd annual Deborah Kahan Competition, sponsored by the Connecticut State Music Teachers Association, Fairfield Chapter.

Fall 2017

Fall 2017

Meredith Sullivan (piano) has been selected to perform in the Piano Ensemble during the Suzuki Association of the Americas' National Conference to take place in May 2018.

Fall 2017

Fall 2017

Alan Becker (piano) has been selected to perform for the masterclasses at the Suzuki Association of the Americas' National Conference to take place in May 2018.

Fall 2017

Fall 2017

Arista Sullivan (piano) has been selected to perform in the Piano Ensemble during the Suzuki Association of the Americas' National Conference to take place in May 2018.

Fall 2017

Fall 2017

Lina Elwood (piano) has been selected to perform for the masterclasses at the Suzuki Association of the Americas' National Conference to take place in May 2018.

Fall 2017

Fall 2017

Congratulations to pianists Eric Jansa, Noah Rossoni, Samuel Rossoni, and Alexander Mariani for their outstanding placements in the CSMTA Festival Audition (Fairfield Chapter)

Fall 2017

Fall 2017

Maeve McGovern (flute) had a successful audition for the Stage Band in Coleytown Middle School.

Spring 2017

Spring 2017

Sydney Greenberg, Siyuan Feng (violin) and Natalie Schreder (viola) were chosen for the Fairfield County Strings Honors Orchestra. Natalie was Principal Viola and Siyuan was assistant concertmaster.

Spring 2017

Spring 2017

The string quartet formed by Sasha Starovoitov, Claire Lane, Josh Bustamante, and Philip Nicopoulos and the piano quintet with the same players and pianist Zachary Lee were selected to perform at the First@Firs@ Four@Young Artist Showcase.

Spring 2017

Spring 2017

Pianist Elizabeth Lancaster was a finalist at the J.Y. Park Piano Competition. Pianist Joy Xu was awarded the second place in the same competition.

Spring 2017

Spring 2017

The piano duet formed by Deanna Levine and Janse Schoonmaker was selected to perform at the First@Firs@ Four@Young Artist Showcase.

Spring 2017

Spring 2017

Lina Elwood (piano) was chosen to perform at the Honors Recital - Colorado Suzuki Institute.

Spring 2017

Spring 2017

Sachi Krishna (piano) got Silver Award at Golden Key International Music Festival 2017, and will perform at Carnegie Hall's Grill Recital Hall on May 26th, 2017.

Spring 2017

Spring 2017

Lina Elwood (piano) got Gold Award at Golden Key International Music Festival 2017, and will perform at Carnegie Hall's Weil Recital Hall on June 3rd, 2017.

Spring 2017

Spring 2017

Alan Becker, Yegor Nosov, and Arista Sullivan were prizewinners at the 32nd Annual Deborah Kahan Competition; Meredith Sullivan received Honorable Mention at the same competition.

Fall 2016

Fall 2016

Wilbert Sullivan was awarded the 1st Place at the Fourth Festival Audition sponsored by the Connecticut State Music Teachers Association.

Fall 2016

Fall 2016

Madison French was awarded the 1st Place at the Fourth Festival Audition sponsored by the Connecticut State Music Teachers Association.

Fall 2016

Fall 2016

Sachi Krishna was awarded the 1st Place at the Fourth Festival Audition sponsored by the Connecticut State Music Teachers Association.

Fall 2016

Fall 2016

Lina Elwood was awarded the 1st Place at the Fourth Festival Audition sponsored by the Connecticut State Music Teachers Association.

Fall 2016

Fall 2016

Congratulations to Julia Boffa (flute), who auditioned for and was accepted into the concert band for the Western Regional Middle School Festival.

Fall 2016

Fall 2016

Congratulations to the following students, who auditioned and were accepted to many local Youth Symphony Programs: Adeeva Ghuman, Camille Bautista, Christoph Russi, Elise McCormick, Ella Shi, Jennifer DiZazzo, Landon Smith, Madison Chueka, Sarah Thomas, Sebastian Gikas, Shriya Chelluboina, Sydney Chan, Thomas Czick

Spring 2016

Spring 2016

Pianist Janse Shoonmaker was awarded the Silver Medal by Golden Key Music Festival and will perform at the Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall)

Spring 2016

Spring 2016

Cellist Philip Nicopoulos was one of the winners of the "Deborah Kahan Annual Competition", sponsored by the Fairfield Chapter of the CT Music Teachers Association.

Spring 2016

Spring 2016

Pianist Joy Xu was selected to perform in a masterclass with Prof. Nelita True (Eastman School of Music) at the Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference.

Spring 2016

Spring 2016

Pianists Deanna Levine and Yegor Noskov were winners of the "Deborah Kahan Annual Competition", sponsored by the Fairfield Chapter of the CT Music Teachers Association.

Fall 2015

Fall 2015

Pianist Samuel Rossoni was awarded First Place at the Third Annual Festival Audition of the Fairfield Chapter of CSMTA

Fall 2015

Fall 2015

Janse Schoomaker, piano, was awarded First Place at the Third Annual Festival Audition of the Fairfield Chapter of CSMTA

Fall 2015

Fall 2015

Deanna Levine (piano) won the First Place at the Crescendo International Competition

Spring 2015

Spring 2015

Una Shea was invited to give a solo recital at her school (Loomis Chaffee) and subsequently won the “Junior Music Award” offered by that school.

Spring 2015

Spring 2015

Sarah Thomas, viola, was recently selected to be Principal Viola of the Norwalk Youth Symphony program’s "Prelude Orchestra”.

Spring 2015

Spring 2015

Ella Schoomaker, violin, was chosen to be Concertmistress of the Norwalk Youth Symphony program’s "Prelude Orchestra”.

Spring 2015

Spring 2015

Rachel Caulfield, a viola student of Ms. Sarah, was recently honored at Bedford Middle School's "Spring Concert" when the chamber orchestra, conducted by Mrs. Anderson, performed a piece that Rachel co-wrote with fellow student, Genevieve Domenico, inspired by the book both students are writing. The piece is called "Through the Flames". Congratulations, Rachel on all of your artistic endeavors!

Spring 2015

Spring 2015

Pianist Janse Schoonmaker performed at the Lincoln Center in as the recipient of a Bronze Medal in the Golden Key Festival competition.

Spring 2015

Spring 2015

Elijah Cordova was accepted into the Bachelor's of Music degree program as a piano performance major at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.

Spring 2015

Spring 2015

Fiona O'Halloran (piano) participated in the Gala Concert for the Golden Key Festival at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, as the "Sliver" level winner.

Spring 2015

Spring 2015

Violinist Christopher Chung performed with the Stamford Symphony during the concert "The American Experience".

Spring 2015

Spring 2015

Justin Berg was selected as principal violist for Norwalk Youth Symphony - Philharmonia Strings.

Spring 2015

Spring 2015

The Suzuki School guitar ensemble performed in a masterclass with Jordan Dodson.

Spring 2015

Spring 2015

Pianists Joy Xu and Alan Becker were chosen as winners at Winter Competition of CSMTA Fairfield Chapter. Hugh Kramer received Honorable Mention.

Spring 2015

Spring 2015

Joy Xu performed at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall as a prizewinner of the National League of Performing Arts - National Young Musicians Showcase Competition.

Fall 2014

Fall 2014

Deanna Levine (piano) was awarded the "First Place Medal" at the Fairfield Chapter - Connecticut State Music Teachers Association (CSMTA) Festival Audition.

Fall 2014

Fall 2014

Congratulations to Elysse McCambley (cello), Natalie Schreder and Creighton Kerr (viola), Lilah McCormick, Zoie Chan and Scott Adler (violins) for auditioning and being accepted to the Fairfield County Strings Festival - Honors Orchestra (top level). The festival will take place at WCSU on March 27th & 28th.

Fall 2014

Fall 2014

Pianist Ryan Hoffman was awarded the "First Place Medal" at the Fairfield Chapter - Connecticut State Music Teachers Association (CSMTA) Festival Audition.

Fall 2014

Fall 2014

Violinists Maya Singh and Una Shea successfully auditioned for and won a place for the Connecticut Music Edicators Association (CMEA) Regionals Festival Orchestra and were both invited to audition for the CMEA Allstate Festival in April

Fall 2014

Fall 2014

Cellist Tomaso Scotti was awarded the "First Place Medal" at the Fairfield Chapter - Connecticut State Music Teachers Association (CSMTA) Festival Audition.

Fall 2014

Fall 2014

Samuel Rossoni (piano) was awarded the "Second Place - Blue Ribbon Award" at the Fairfield Chapter - Connecticut State Music Teachers Association (CSMTA) Festival Audition.

Fall 2014

Fall 2014

Violinist Andrew Gray was awarded the "First Place Medal" at the Fairfield Chapter - Connecticut State Music Teachers Association (CSMTA) Festival Audition.

Fall 2014

Fall 2014

Hugh Kramer (piano) was awarded the 2nd place at the "Crescendo International Competition" and has been invited to perform at the Weill Recital Hall at the Carnegie Hall.

Fall 2014

Fall 2014

Flute student Hannah Taylor performed at "The American Christmas Carol", (Carnegie Hall on December 4, 2014). This performance was a tribute to flutist Sir James Galway, with full orchestra and a 200-voice choir.

Fall 2014

Fall 2014

Flute student Elaine Friedrichsen performed at "The American Christmas Carol", (Carnegie Hall on December 4, 2014). This performance was a tribute to flutist Sir James Galway, with full orchestra and a 200-voice choir.

Spring 2014

Spring 2014

Declan, a student of Dr. Andrew Smith, played his Senior Recital at the end of May, 2014. He played works by J. S. Bach, Mozart, and Dvorak.

Spring 2014

Spring 2014

Tess, a flute student of Rie Schmidt, presented her Senior Recital with works by R. Dick and W. A. Mozart.

Spring 2014

Spring 2014

Christoph, Maya, Sasha and Una, all violin students of Sarah Smale presented a shared Senior Recital with works by Haydn, Gluck, J. S. Bach, de Beriot, Hovhaness, Wieniawski, and Kabalevski.

Spring 2014

Spring 2014

Elaine Friedrichsen was chosen as principal flutist for the Weston High School pit orchestra for their Spring Musical production of Carousel. She has been a student of Ms. Astrid for 11 years.

Spring 2014

Spring 2014

Yegor Noskov was the winner of the Connecticut State Music Teachers Association - Fairfield Chapter 29th Annual Winter Competition. He also has earned 5 points for the 2nd consecutive year at the Young Musicians Festival, 2014.

Spring 2014

Spring 2014

Julian Schirnding-Yach was the gold medal recipient for the National Young Musicians Showcase Competition.

Fall 2013

Fall 2013

Pianist Joshua Metviner received a First Place Medal at the First Annual Festival Audition.

Fall 2013

Fall 2013

Pianist Fiona O'Halloran received the Super Bronze at the Golden Key Music Festival.

Fall 2013

Fall 2013

Outstanding Grades - ABRSM We have received the Music Theory Exam Results from the Royal Schools of Music. The school's average grade 91.5%, an outstanding score for this internationally accepted exam. Congratulations to all the students and teachers who have taken part!

Fall 2013

Fall 2013

Joseph Rockwell (studio of Dr. Andrew Smith in the Orange school) won the concertmaster position with the New Haven Youth Concert Orchestra.

Summer 2013

Summer 2013

Julian Schirnding-Yach, (receiving certificate) performed at the Colorado Suzuki Institure Honors Recital

Summer 2013

Summer 2013

Pianist Joy Xu (far left) performed at the Colorado Suzuki Institute - Honors Recital

Spring 2013

Spring 2013

Honors Orchestra - Fairfield County Declan Cummiskey, Michael Franceski, Brian Kaether, Sasha Starovoitov, Jack Whitten, and Elysse McCambley won positions in the Fairfield County String Teachers' Honors Orchestra. Declan was chosen as concertmaster and Michael was chosen as principal second violin.

Spring 2013

Spring 2013

Joy Xu (studio of Kumiko Imamura) won the Connecticut State Music Teachers' Association Competition.

Spring 2013

Spring 2013

Anika Chatterjee (music theory student of Astrid Bernard) is the winner of the Music Composition & Theory Prize from the Academy of Information & Technology.

Spring 2012

Spring 2012

Mckenna Mase is the winner of the New York State Music Teachers' Association (District 4) Competition - Junior Division.

Spring 2012

Spring 2012

Jaimin Vyas (studio of Daniel Corr) won the Salisbury Guitar Competition, group 1.

Spring 2012

Spring 2012

Joy Xu (studio of Kumiko Imamura) won the Connecticut State Music Teachers' Association Competition. She also received the Gold Cup from the Schubert Club's Young Musicians Festival.

Fall 2012

Fall 2012

Vivace - SMSW senior violin group - was invited to perform at the 2012 Westport Arts Awards.

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