Tiffany Yen, AIM level 12 Recital on Sunday, July 23, 2017

Tiffany Yen completed all requirements for AIM Level 12, concluding with a Level 12 Recital, presented on Sunday, July 23, 2:00 pm at the Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich.  Tiffany performed works by Bach, Beethoven, Schubert and Ravel.  You can view her performance in the Recital Video link above under Level 12 Recitals.

AIM Level 10 Trophies and Bars earned in 2017

Congratulations to Beth Aquino, William Dai, Sophia Li, LeAnne Lin, Phyllis Wang and Timmy Zhang on successfully completing AIM Level 10 this year and earning the NSMTA Level 10 trophy and ISMTA AIM Achievement bar.

​AIM Performance Exams April 23 and 30, 2017

Congratulations to all students that successfully completed AIM Performance exams this year.  The following students were invited to perform in the AIM Honors Recital on Saturday, May 6,at St. James Lutheran Church in Lake Forest.  Alex Gou, level 6;  Jenny Huang, level 6;  Michael Chen, level 8;  Elena Fang, level 8;  Isabella Robieson, level 8;  William Dai, level 10;  Phyllis Wang, level 10;  Timmy Zhang, level 10.  

​NSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival, February 12, 2017

Congratulations to the following students who earned silver medals at the NSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival on February 12, 2017: Phyllis Wang, Wynne Chen and Sophia Li.

Libertyville Piano Festival 1st Trophy earned in 2017

Students earn points each year of participation at the Libertyville Piano Festival, based on their rating.  1st Place rating earns 5 points, 2nd place rating earns 4 points and 3rd place rating earns 3 points.  Once students accumulate a total of 15 points, they are awarded a 1st Trophy, and each subsequent accumulation of 15 points earns additional trophies.

Earning the Libertyville Piano Festival 1st Trophy this year are:  Maddy Aquino, Michael Chen, Elena Fang, Alex Gou and Jenny Huang .  Congratulations! 

​Libertyville Piano Festival, February 4, 2017

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the Libertyville Piano Festival on Saturday, February 4, 2017:  Beth Aquino, Maddy Aquino, Stephanie Aquino, Michael Chen, William Dai, Elena Fang,  Alex Gou, Jenny Huang,  Sophia Li, Ellen Niu, Iris Niu, Ethan Wang and Phyllis Wang.

Congratulations to William Dai, Elena Fang, Alex Gou, Sophia Li, Ellen Niu and Phyllis Wang who were among the 13 students chosen by the judges as "Outstanding Performances" of the festival.  These students will perform in the Festival Honors Recital on Sunday, February 19, 2017, at the Condell Hospital Chapel in Libertyville.

AIM Theory Exams, January 22 and 29, 2017

Congratulations to all students who took the AIM Theory exam on January 22 or 29, 2017.  The following students received a Superior Rating, earning a score of 96 or higher.
Level 4:  Ethan Wang
Level 6:  Alex Gou, Jenny Huang, Ellen Niu
Level 8:  Michael Chen, Elena Fang, Isabella Robieson
Level 10: William Dai, Sophia Li, Phyllis Wang

​NWSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival, November 6, 2016

Congratulations to all students that participated in the NWSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at Harper College.  Gold Medal Winners were Michael Chen, Elena Fan, Alex Gou, Ellen Niu, Iris Niu, Isabella Robies and Maggie Yuan.  These students were invited to perform in the Gold Medal Winners Recital at the Barrington Library on Saturday, November 12, 2016.

Silver Medal Winners were Maddy Aquino, William Dai, Aaron Gan, Sophia Li and Tiffany Lin.

NWSMTA Festival of Pianos at Northbrook Court on Sunday, September 25, 2016

The 23rd annual Festival of Pianos was held at Northbrook Court.  Students, family members, friends and teachers played together on 6 grand pianos provided by Steinway of Chicago during the weekend of September 24-25 while shoppers enjoyed ongoing ensemble peroformances all afternoon.  Participating students were Beth Aquino, Maddy Aquino, Stephanie Aquino, Elena Fang, Alex Gou, Jenny Huang, Ellen Niu, Iris Niu, Isabella Robieson, Ethan Wang and Maggie Yuan.

AIM Level 11 Trophies and Bars earned in 2016

Congratulations to Sylvia ChenCarolyne Im and Tiffany Yen on successfully completing AIM Level 11 this year and earning the NSMTA Level 11 trophy and ISMTA AIM Achievement bar.

AIM Level 9 Plaques earned in 2016

Congratulations to Beth Aquino, Wynne Chen, William Dai, Sophia Li, LeAnne Lin, Phyllis Wang and Timmy Zhang on successfully completing AIM Level 9 this year and earning the ISMTA Level 9 AIM Achievement plaque.

​AIM Performance Exams April 17 and 24, 2016

Congratulations to all students that successfully completed AIM Performance exams.  The following students were invited to perform in the AIM Honors Recital on Saturday, May 9, 5:00 pm at St. James Lutheran Church in Lake Forest.  Maddy Aquino, level 7;  Michael Chen, level 7;  Elena Fang, level 7;  Aaron Gan, level 7;  Wynne Chen, level 9;  William Dai, level 9;  Sophia Li, level 9;  Phyllis Wang, level 9;  Timmy Zhang, level 9;  Sylvia Chenlevel 11;  Carolyne Im, level 11.  

​NSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival, February 21, 2016

Congratulations to the following students who earned silver medals at the NSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival on February 21, 2016:  Michael Chen, Sylvia Chen, Wynne Chen, William Dai and Phyllis Wang.

Libertyville Piano Festival 1st Trophy earned in 2016

Students earn points each year of participation at the Libertyville Piano Festival, based on their rating.  1st Place rating earns 5 points, 2nd place rating earns 4 points and 3rd place rating earns 3 points.  Once students accumulate a total of 15 points, they are awarded a 1st Trophy, and each subsequent accumulation of 15 points earns additional trophies.

Earning the Libertyville Piano Festival 1st Trophy this year are:  Sylvia Chen and William Dai.  Congratulations! 

​Libertyville Piano Festival, February 6, 2016

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the Libertyville Piano Festival on Saturday, February 6, 2016:  Beth Aquino, Maddy Aquino, Stephanie Aquino, Michael Chen, Sylvia Chen, Wynne Chen, William Dai, Elena Fang,  Alex Gou, Jenny Huang,  Sophia Li, LeAnne Lin, Ellen Niu, Phyllis Wang and Maggie Yuan.

Congratulations to Michael Chen, William Dai, Elena Fang, Phyllis Wang and Maggie Yuan, who were among the 12 students chosen by the judges as "Outstanding Performances" of the festival.  These students will perform in the Festival Honors Recital on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at the Condell Hospital Chapel in Libertyville.

AIM Theory Exams, January 24 and 31, 2016

Congratulations to all students who took the AIM Theory exam on January 24 or 31, 2016.  The following students received a Superior Rating, earning a score of 96 or higher.
Level 4:  Alex Gou, Jenny Huang, Jessica Lin, Ellen Niu
Level 5:  Maggie Yuan
Level 7:  Maddy Aquino, Michael Chen, Elena Fang, Isabella Robieson
Level 9:  William Dai, Sophia Li, Phyllis Wang, Timmy  Zhang
Level 11: Carolyne Im

Amanda Im, AIM level 12 Recital on Sunday, November 22, 2015

Amanda Im completed all requirements for AIM Level 12, concluding with a Level 12 Recital, presented on Sunday, November 22, 2015, 2:30 pm at Carmel High School Auditorium in Mundelein.  Amanda performed works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Debussy.  You can view her performance in the Recital Video link above under Level 12 Recitals.

Rebecca Lin, AIM Level 12 Recital on Saturday, November 21, 2015

Rebecca Lin completed all requirements for AIM Level 12, concluding with a Level 12 Recital, presented on Saturday, November 21, 2015, 3:00 pm at the Vernon Area Library.  Rebecca played works by Bach, Beethoven, Joplin and Schumann.  You can view her performance in the Recital Video link above under Level 12 Recitals.

​NWSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival, November 1, 2015

Congratulations to all students that participated in the NWSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at Harper College.  Gold Medal Winners were Elena Fang, Alex Gou and Sophia Li.  These students performed in the Gold Medal Winners Recital at the Barrington Library on Saturday, November 14, 2015.

Earning silver medals were Maddy Aquino, Wynne Chen, Aaron Gan, Jenny Huang, Carolyne Im, Isabella Robieson, Tiffany Yen and Timmy Zhang.

NWSMTA Festival of Pianos at Northbrook Court on Sunday, September 27, 2015

The 22nd annual Festival of Pianos was held at Northbrook Court again this year.  Students, family members, friends and teachers played together on 6 grand pianos provided by Steinway of Chicago during the weekend of September 26-27 while shoppers enjoyed ongoing ensemble peroformances all afternoon.  Participating students were Beth Aquino, Maddy Aquino, Stephanie Aquino, Sylvia Chen, Wynne Chen, Jaime Cohen, William Dai, Elena Fang, Alex Gou, Jenny Huang, Amanda Im, Carolyne Im, Isabelle Li, Jessica Lin, LeAnne Lin, Pranav Prabhakar, Isabella Robieson and Timmy Zhang.

AIM Level 12 Trophies and Bars earned in 2015

Congratulations to Amanda Im, Rebecca Lin and Kaylie Rosenkranz on successfully completing AIM Level 12 this year and earning the NSMTA Level 12 trophy and ISMTA AIM Achievement bar.

AIM Level 10 Trophies and Bars earned in 2015

Congratulations to Sylvia Chen, Carolyne Im and Tiffany Yen on successfully completing AIM Level 10 this year and earning the NSMTA Level 10 trophy and ISMTA AIM Achievement bar.

AIM Level 9 Plaques earned in 2015

Congratulations to Joshua Zhu on successfully completing AIM Level 9 this year and earning the ISMTA Level 9 AIM Achievement plaque.

​AIM Performance Exams April 26 and May 3, 2015

Congratulations to all students that successfully completed AIM Performance exams.  The following students were invited to perform in the AIM Honors Recital on Saturday, May 9, 5:00 pm at St. James Lutheran Church in Lake Forest.  Maddy Aquino, level 6; Michael Chen, level 6; Wynne Chen, level 8; Eric Gan, level 7; Sophia Li, level 8;  LeAnne Lin, level 8;  Phyllis Wang, level 8; Timmy Zhang, level 8;  Joshua Zhu, level 9;  Tiffany Yen, level 10.  

​NSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival, February 15, 2015

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the NSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival on February 15, 2015:  Michael Chen, Lily Dong, Aaron Gan, Fei Wu and Tiffany Yen.  

Michael Chen earned a gold medal, and will participate in the Gold Medal Winners Recital on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at St. James  Lutheran Church in Lake Forest.

Silver medal winners were Lily Dong, Aaron Gan, Fei Wu and Tiffany Yen.

Libertyville Piano Festival 1st Trophy earned in 2015

Students earn points each year of participation at the Libertyville Piano Festival, based on their rating.  1st Place rating earns 5 points, 2nd place rating earns 4 points and 3rd place rating earns 3 points.  Once students accumulate a total of 15 points, they are awarded a 1st Trophy, and each subsequent accumulation of 15 points earns additional trophies.

Earning the Libertyville Piano Festival 1st Trophy this year are:  Wynne Chen, Aaron Gan and Sophia Li.  Congratulations! 

Libertyville Piano Festival, February 7, 2015

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the Libertyville Piano Festival on Saturday, February 7, 2015:  Michael Chen, Sylvia Chen, Wynne Chen, William Dai, Aaron Gan, Alex Gou, Jenny Huang, Isabelle Li, Sophia Li, Jessica Lin, LeAnne Lin, Fei Wu and Timmy Zhang.

Congratulations to Michael Chen, Wynne Chen, William Dai, Sophia Li and Fei Wu, who were among the 8 students chosen by the judges as "Outstanding Performances" of the festival.  These students will perform in the Festival Honors Recital on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Victory Centre Assisted Living Facilities in Vernon Hills.

AIM Theory Exams, January 25 and February 1, 2015

Congratulations to all students who took the AIM Theory exam on January 25 or February 1, 2015.  The following students received a Superior Rating, earning a score of 96 or higher.
Level 3:  Isabelle Li, Jessica Lin
Level 5:  Elena Fang, Aaron Gan
Level 8:  William Dai, Eric Gan, Sophia Li, Phyllis Wang, Fei Wu, Timmy  Zhang
Level 9:  Joshua Zhu
Level 12: Amanda Im, Rebecca Lin, Kaylie Rosenkranz

Phyllis Wang performs the premiere of Reverie at the 2014 ISMTA Conference at Millikin University

Amy Jo Sawyer, 2014 winner of the ISMTA Composer Commissioning Program, was asked to compose 3 new pieces of various levels and styles to be performed at the ISMTA Conference on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Millikin University's Kaueper Hall.  Phyllis Wang was invited to learn and perform Reverie, a late intermediate piece that showcases a number of mood and character changes in a flowing, romantic like style.  Click on Reverie to hear Phyllis' performance at the conference.       

NWSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival, November 2, 2014

Congratulations to all students that participated in the NWSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival  on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at Harper College.  Students that earned gold medals were William Dai, Elena Fang, Amanda Im, Carolyne Im, Rebecca Lin and Phyllis Wang.  These students all performed in the Gold Medal Winners Recital on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the Vernon Area Library in Vernon Hills.

Silver medal winners were Maddy Aquino, Sylvia Chen, Wynne Chen, Sophia Li, LeAnne Lin, Isabella Robieson, Kaylie Rosenkranz and Timmy Zhang.

NWSMTA Festival of Pianos on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Northbrook Court

The 21st annual NWSMTA Festival of Pianos took place on Sunday, September 28, ongoing from 11:30 am - 5:00 pm at Northbrook Court.  There were 8 programs of duet music simultaneously played on 6 Steinway and Boston grand pianos.  Members from NWSMTA shared the podium as they each took turns conducting the 8 programs.  Students that participated in this event this year were Beth Aquino, Maddy Aquino, Stephanie Aquino, Sylvia Chen, Wynne Chen, William Dai, Elena Fang, Alexander Gou, Amanda Im, Carolyne Im, Sophia Li, Tyler Li, LeAnne Lin, Isabella Robieson and Tiffany Yen.  

Steven Zhang, AIM Level XII Recital on September 7, 2014

Steven Zhang successfully completed all requirements of AIM Level XII, culminating with his AIM Level XII Recital, presented at the Ela Area Library in Lake Zurich on Sunday, September 7, 2014, 2:30 pm.  Please see Steven Zhang's performance found in the Level XII Recitals link.  Steven earned the Level XII trophy and AIM Award presented by NSMTA, as well as ISMTA Level XII achievement bar.

Alice Zhang, soloist with Vernon Hills High School Orchestra, May 29, 2014

Alice Zhang will be performing the third movement of Jacques Ibert's Flute concerto with the Vernon Hills High School Orchestra on Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Vernon Hills High School auditorium.  Alice will be attending Wheaton College in September 2014 as a flute performance major. 

AIM Level XII Trophies and Bars earned in 2014

Congratulations to Steven Zhang on successfully completing AIM Level XII this year and earning the NSMTA Level XII trophy, AIM Award and ISMTA Level XII AIM Achievement bar.

AIM Level XI Trophies and Bars earned in 2014

Congratulations to Rebecca Lin and Amanda Im on successfully completing AIM Level XI this year and earning the NSMTA Level XI trophy and ISMTA Level XI AIM Achievment bar.

AIM Level X Trophies and Bars earned in 2014

Congratulations to Natalie Wu on successfully completing AIM Level X this year and earning the NSMTA Level X trophy and ISMTA Level X AIM Achievement bar.

AIM Level IX Plaques earned in 2014

Congratulations to Sylvia Chen, Carolyne Im and Tiffany Yen on successfully completing AIM Level IX this year and earning the ISMTA level IX AIM Achievement plaque.

AIM Performance Exams April 27 and May 4, 2014

Congratulations to all students that successfully completed AIM Performance exams.  The following students were invited to perform in the AIM Honors Recital on Saturday, May 10, 5:00 pm at St. James Lutheran Church in Lake Forest.  William Dai, level 6;  Timmy Zhang, level 6; Beth Aquino, level 7; Eric Gan, level 7; Phyllis Wang, level 7; Sylvia Chen, level 9; Natalie Wu, level 10. 

NWSMTA Classical Student Recital, April 13, 2014

William Dai, Isabella Robieson and Fei Wu participated in the NWSMTA Classical Student Recital on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the Rolling Meadows Library.  There were 15 students that performed various works by the classic masters, represented by 6 NWSMTA area piano teachers.  All students received a certificate of participation.

NSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival, February 16, 2014

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the NSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival on February 16, 2014.  Michael Chen, Amanda Im, Phyllis Wang and Steven Zhang all earned silver medals at the festival.

Libertyville Piano Festival 1st Trophy earned in 2014

Students earn poits each year of participation at the Libertyville Piano Festival, based on their rating.  1st Place rating earns 5 points, 2nd Place rating earns 4 points and 3rd Place rating earns 3 points.  Once students accumulate a total of 15 points, they are awarded a 1st Trophy, and each subsequent accumulation of 15 points earns additional trophies.

Earning the Libertyville Piano Festival 1st Trophy this year are:  LeAnne Lin and Timmy Zhang.  Congratulations!

Libertyville Piano Festival, February 1, 2014

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the Libertyville Piano Festival on Saturday, February 1, 2014.  Sylvia Chen, Wynne Chen, William Dai, Elena Fang, Aaron Gan, Eric Gan, Sophia Li, Tyler Li, LeAnne Lin, Isabella Robieson, Phyllis Wang, Fei Wu, Tiffany Yen and Timmy Zhang.

Congratulations to Wynne Chen, Phyllis Wang, Fei Wu and Timmy Zhang, who were one of 8 students chosen by the judges as "Outstanding Performances" of the festival.  These students will perform in the Festival Honors Recital on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at Spring Meadows Assisted Living Facilities in Libertyville.

AIM Theory Exams, January 26 and February 2, 2014

Congratulations to all students who took the AIM Theory exam.  The following students received a Superior Rating, earning a score of 96 or higher.  Aaron Gan, level 3; Michael Chen, level 4; Elena Fang, level 4; Maddy Aquino, level 5; William Dai, level 6; Timmy Zhang, level 6; LeAnne Lin, level 7; Phyllis Wang, level 7; Steven Zhang, level 12.  Congratulations to Elena Fang and Aaron Gan on earning a perfect score.

NWSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival, November 10, 2013

Congratulations to all students that participated in the NWSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Harper College.  Gold Medal winners were Wynne Chen, Eric Gan, Amanda Im, Rebecca Lin, Isabella Robieson and Timmy Zhang.  Wynne, Amanda, Rebecca and Isabella will be performing in the Gold Medal Winners Recital on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Vernon Area Library in Lincolnshire.  Silver Medal winners were Beth Aquino, Maddy Aquino, Sylvia Chen, William Dai, Carolyne Im, Sophia Li, Phyllis Wang and Fei Wu.  Bronze medal winner was Kaylie Rosencranz.

Jennifer Cheng, soloist with Vernon Hills High School Orchestra, November 19, 2013

Jennifer Cheng will be performing the first movement of the St. Saens piano concerto in G minor with the Vernon Hills High School Orchestra on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at Vernon Hills High School auditorium.  

NWSMTA Festival of Pianos, Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Northbrook Court

This marked the 20th year that NWSMTA has sponsored the Festival of Pianos.  It was a special event with four 9' Steinway grand pianos and two 7' Steinway grand pianos provided by Steinway of Chicago.  Northbrook Court also offered numerous goody bags for raffle and over 300 students participated in duet teams of students, siblings, friends and family.  The performances were ongoing from 11:00 am through 5:00 pm with special debut performances of Kevin Olson's arrangement of "A Carmen Celebration" performed mainly by the teachers.  Special commemorative posters were given to all performers in addition to the Festival medals.  Particpating students were Beth Aquino, Maddy Aquino, Stephanie Aquino, Samantha Chin, Maya Cohen, William Dai, Elena Fan, Aaron Gan, Eric Gan, Amanda Im, Carolyne Im, Sophia Li, Tyler Li, LeAnne Lin, Rebecca Lin, Isabella Robieson, Vaishnavi Upad, Tiffany Yen and Timmy Zhang.

Alice Zhang, AIM Level XII Recital on August 11, 2013

Alice Zhang successfully completed all requirements of AIM Level XII, culminating with her AIM Level XII Recital, presented at the Midwest Young Artist facilities in Highwood, IL on August 11, 2013, 3:00 pm.  Please see Alice Zhang's performance found in the Recital Videos link.  Alice earned the Level XII trophy and AIM Award presented by NSMTA, as well as ISMTA Level XII achievement bar.

Granquist Music Competition, June 22, 2013

Congratulations to the following students that competed at the Grandquist Music Competition, held on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Geneva Community High School in Geneva, IL.  Students are placed in small groups by same instrument, age, and number of years of study. Winners of their respective groups were as follows:  First place winner: Vaishnavi Upad.  Second place: Amanda Im, Sophia Li and Phyllis Wang.  Third place: Carolyne Im.  

AIM Level XII Trophies and Bars earned in 2013

Congratulations to Jennifer Zhang on successfully completing AIM Level XII this year and earning the NSMTA Level XII trophy, AIM Award and ISMTA Level XII AIM Achievement bar.

AIM Level XI Trophies and Bars earned in 2013

Congratulations to Steven Zhang on successfully completing AIM Level XI this year and earning the NSMTA Level XI trophy and ISMTA Level XI AIM Achievment bar.

AIM Level X Trophies and Bars earned in 2013

Congratulations to Rebecca Lin on successfully completing AIM Level X this year and earning the NSMTA Level X trophy and ISMTA Level X AIM Achievement bar.

AIM Level IX Plaques earned in 2013

Congratulations to David Gurolnick and Natalie Wu on successfully completing AIM Level IX this year and earning the ISMTA level IX AIM Achievement plaque.

AIM Performance Exams, April 14 and 21, 2013

Congratulations to all students that successfully completed AIM Performance exams in April.  The following students were invited to perform in the AIM Honors Recital:  Natalie Wu, level 9;  Nadav Kostinsky, level 8;  Eric Gan, level 6;  Sophia Li, level 6;  Leanne Lin, level 6;  and Phyllis Wang, level 6.  The recital is on Saturday, April 27, 6:30 pm at St. James Lutheran Church in Lake Forest.

Congratulations to Tyler Li, level 3, for earning a perfect score!

NSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival, February 17, 2013

Congratulations to Phyllis Wang, gold medal winner, and Nadav Kostinsky, silver medal winner, for their participation in the NSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival on Sunday, February 17, 2013.  Phyllis Wang performed in the Gold Medal Winners Recital on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at Regenstein Hall at Northwestern University campus.

Libertyville Piano Festival 1st Trophy earned in 2013

Students earn points each year of participation at the Libertyville Piano Festival, based on their rating.  1st Place rating earns 5 points, 2nd place rating earns 4 points and 3rd place rating earns 3 point.  Once students accumulate a total of 15 points, they are awarded a 1st Trophy, and each subsequent accumulation of 15 points earns additional trophies.

Earning the Libertyville Piano Festival 1st Trophy this year are:  Eric Gan, Albert LuIsabella Robieson, Phyllis Wang and Tiffany Yen. Congratulations!    

Libertyville Piano Festival, February 2, 2013

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the Libertyville Piano Festival on Sunday, February 2, 2013.  Sylvia Chen, Wynne Chen, William Dai, Aaron Gan, Eric Gan, Sophia Li, LeAnne Lin, Albert Lu, Isabella Robieson, Phyllis Wang, Tiffany Yen and Timmy Zhang.  All students received a 1st Place Rating based on select technical requirements and performance of 2 memorized pieces.  

Congratulations to Sylvia Chen, Wynne Chen, Eric Gan, Sophia Li, LeAnne Lin, Phyllis Wang and Timmy Zhang, who were among the 12 chosen by the judges as "Outstanding Performances" of the festival.  These students will perform in the Festival Honors Recital on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at Spring Meadows Assisted Living Facilities in Libertyville.

AIM Theory Exams, January 27 and February 3, 2013

Congratulations  to all students who took the AIM Theory exam.  The following students received a Superior Rating, earning a score of 96 or higher.  Elena Fang, level 1B; Tyler Li, level 1B; William Dai, level 4; Albert Lu, level 4; Isabella Robieson, level 4; Mark Wang, level 4; Timmy Zhang, level 4; Eric Gan, level 6; LeAnne Lin, level 6; Phyllis Wang, level 6; Natalie Wu, level 9; Maya Cohen, level 11; Jennifer Cheng, level 12.

NWSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival, Sunday, November 11, 2012

Congratulations to all student that participated in the NWSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Harper College.  Maddy Aquino, Nadav Kostinsky and Phyllis Wang earned gold medals and will perform in the Gold Medal Winners Recital on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at the Vernon Area Library in Lincolnshire.  Earning silver medals were Beth Aquino, Eric Gan, Amanda Im, Carolyne Im, LeAnne Lin, Isabella Robieson, Natalie Wu, Jennifer Zhang, Alice Zhang, Steven Zhang and Timmy Zhang.

NWSMTA Festival of Pianos, Sunday, October 7, 2012 at Northbrook Court 

The 19th Festival of Pianos sponsored by NWSMTA is on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at Northbrook Court.  6 grand pianos, each featuring a duet team of students, teachers, relatives and friends will be conducted by several of the NWSMTA members.  The performances are ongoing all afternoon starting at 11:00 am through 5:30 pm.  Students participating in this event are Beth Aquino, Maddy Aquino, Sylvia Chen, Wynne Chen, Maya Cohen, William Dai, Amanda Im, Carolyne Im, LeAnne Lin, Isabella Robieson, Varsha Upad, Vaishnavi Upad, Natalie Wu, Tiffany Yen and Timmy Zhang.

2012 NSMTA Level X AIM Award presented to Maya Cohen

Congratulations to Maya Cohen, who was awarded the NSMTA Level X AIM Award for 2012.  NSMTA awards $100 to the highest combined average Theory and Performance Exam scores at levels X and XI.  There were 17 Level X students entered at NSMTA this year. 

AIM Level XI Trophies and Bars earned in 2012

Congratulations to Jennifer Cheng and Alice Zhang on successfully completing AIM Level XI this year and earning the NSMTA Level XI trophy and ISMTA level XI AIM Achievement Bar.

AIM Level X Trophies and Bars earned in 2012

Congratulations to Maya Cohen, Amanda Im and Steven Zhang on successfully completing AIM Level X this year and earning the NSMTA Level X trophy and ISMTA Level X AIM Achievemenat Bar.

AIM Performance Exams, April 22 and 29, 2012

Congratulations to all students who successfully completed the AIM Performance Exams in April.  The following students were invited to perform in the AIM Honors Recital:  Jennifer Cheng, level 11;  Maya Cohen, level 10;  Steven Zhang, level 10;  David Gurolnick, level 7;  Tiffany Yen, level 7;  Eric Gan, level 5;  LeAnne Lin, level 5;  Phyllis Wang, level 5;  Liz Yen, level 5.   The AIM Honors Recital is on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at St. James Lutheran Church in Lake Forest.

Congratulations to Maddy Aquino, level 3, in earning a perfect score.

Libertyville Piano Festival, February 4, 2012

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the Libertyville Piano Festival on Sunday, February 4, 2012. Eric GanTamar KostinskyLeAnne Lin, Albert Lu,  Camille Shim, Phyllis Wang, Elizabeth Yen, Tiffany Yen and Timmy Zhang.  All students received a 1st Place Rating based on select technical requirements and performance of 2 memorized pieces. Congratulations to Phyllis Wang, who was chosen as one of eight "Outstanding Performances" of the festival.

By special invitation, Phyllis Wang, Eric Gan and LeAnne Lin will perform in the Festival Honors Recital on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at Spring Meadow Assisted Living Facilities in Libertyville.

AIM Theory Exams, January 22 and 29, 2012

Congratulations to all students who took the AIM Theory exam in January. The following students received a Superior Rating, earning a score of 96 or higher.  Timmy Zhang, level 2;  Maddy Aquino, level 3;  Albert Lu, level 3;  Eric Gan, level 5;  LeAnne Lin, level 5;  Phyllis Wang, level 5;  Liz Yen, level 5;  Nadav Kostinsky, level 6;  Carolyne Im, level 7;  Natalie Wu, level 7;  Maya Cohen, level 10;  Steven Zhang, level 10.

NWSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival, November 6, 2011

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the NWSMTA Sonatina Festival on Sunday, November 6, 2011. Gold Medal winners were Carolyne Im, LeAnne Lin and Vaishnavi Upad. Silver Medal winners were Beth Aquino, Eric Gan, David Gurolnick, Travis Pak, Isabella Robieson, Phyllis Wang, Tiffany Yen, Alice Zhang, Steven Zhang and Timmy Zhang.  Bronze medal winner was Natalie WuCarolyne, LeAnne and Vaishnavi are invited to performed in the Gold Medal Winners Recital on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Countryside Unitarian Chuch, Palatine. 

2011 NSMTA Level X AIM Award presented to Jennifer Cheng

Congratulations to Jennifer Cheng, who was awarded the NSMTA Level X AIM Award for 2011.  NSMTA awards $100 to the top scoring Level X and Level XI students, and all Level XII students that successfully completes all requirements.  Jennifer will perform in the Winners Recital on Sunday, May 15, 2011, at 3:00 PM at St. James Lutheran Church, Lake Forest.   

AIM Level X Trophies and Bars earned in 2011

Congratulations to Nicole Chen and Jennifer Cheng on successfully completing AIM Level X this year and earning the NSMTA Level X trophy and ISMTA Level X AIM Achievement Bar.

AIM Level IX Plaques earned in 2011

Congratulations to Maya Cohen, Alice Liu and Amanda Im on successfully completing AIM level IX this year and earning the ISMTA Level IX AIM Achievement Plaque.

AIM Performance Exams, April 10 and 17, 2011

Congratulations to all students who took the AIM Performance exam in April.  The following students are invited to perform in the AIM Honors Recital Nicole Chen, level 10; Jennifer Cheng, level 10; Maya Cohen, level 9;  Alice Liu, level 9;  Matt Wang, level 6;  Tiffany Yen, level 6.  Eligible students are students entered at level 5 and higher, receiving a score of 96 and above.  The AIM Honors recital is Sunday, May 1, 2011, at 3:00 PM at St. James Lutheran Church, located at 1380 Waukegan Road in Lake Forest.

Congratulations to Tamar Kostinsky, level 2; Albert Lu, level 2; and Jennifer Cheng, level 10 in earning a perfect score.

NSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival, February 20, 2011

Congratulations to Matthew Wang on earning a gold medal at the NSMTA Sonatina Festival on Sunday, February 20, 2011.  He will perform in the Gold Medal Winners Recital on Sunday, February 27, 12:10 PM at Regenstein Recital Hall at Northwestern University in Evanston.

Libertyville Piano Festival, February 5, 2011

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the Libertyville Piano Festial on Sunday, February 5, 2011.  Maddy Aquino, Maya Cohen, Eric Gan, Albert Lu, Isabella Robieson, Elizabeth Yen, Tiffany YenPhyllis Wang and Andy Zhang.  All students received a 1st Place Rating based on select technical requirements and performance of 2 memorized pieces.  Congratulations to Maddy Aquino, Maya Cohen, Eric Gan and Isabella Robieson on earning a perfect score!

Congratulations to Eric Gan and Phyllis Wang, who were chosen by the judges as "Outstanding Performances" of the festival and will perform in the Festival Honors Recital on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at Spring Meadow Assisted Living Facilities in Libertyville. 

AIM Theory Exams, January 16 and 23, 2011

Congratulations to all students who took the AIM Theory exam in January.  The following students received a Superior Rating, earning a score of 96 or higher.  Eric Gan, LeAnne Lin, Travis Pak, Camille Shim, Phyllis Wang, level 4;  Kathy Choi, level 5;  Matt Wang, level 6; and Nicole Chen, Jennifer Cheng, level 10. 

NWSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival, November 21, 2010

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the NWSMTA Sonatina Festival on Sunday, November 21, 2010.  Gold Medal winners were Eric Gan, Phyllis Wang and Nadav Kostinsky.  Silver Medal winners were Amanda Im, Carolyne Im, Alice Liu, Travis Pak, Elizabeth Yen and Tiffany YenEric, Phyllis and Nadav performed in the Gold Medal Winners Recital on Sunday, December 5, 2010 at Countryside Unitarian Chuch, Palatine.

Matthew Wang as Troy in High School Musical

Matthew Wang won the lead as Troy in Lake Zurich Middle School South's production of High School Musical.  The performance dates are November 18, 19, 20, 2010.

Jaime Cohen plays in pit orchestra of West Side Story

Jaime Cohen will play the piano in the pit orchestra of Stevenson High School's production of West Side Story.  The performance dates are November 5, 6, 7, 2010 at Stevenson High School.

Jennifer Cheng plays in pit orcehstra of Seussical

Jennifer Cheng will play the piano in the pit orchestra of Vernon Hills High School's production of Seussical.  The performance dates are November 5, 6, 7, 2010 at Vernon Hills High School.

Festival of Pianos, October 2-3, 2010

The 17th Annual Festival of Pianos sponsored by the Northwest Suburban Music Teachers Association was held on October 2-3 at Northbrook Court.  A variety of piano duets were performed by students, teachers, family members and friends on six grand pianos.  Student participating in this event were Beth and Maddy Aquino, Nicole Chen, Jennifer Cheng, Jaime and Maya Cohen, Matthew Collera, Eric Gan, David Gurolnick, Amanda and Carolyne Im, Nadav and Tamar Kostinsky, LeAnne Lin, Albert and Diana Lu, Vaishnavi Upad, Matthew Wang, Karen Wilber, Liz and Tiffany Yen.

Jaime Cohen, AIM Level XII Recital on July 25, 2010

Bach, Prelude and Fugue in C# Major, WTC I

Beethoven, Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111, 1st movt.

Brahms, Rhapsody in G minor, Op. 79, No. 2

Debussy, Toccata from Pour le Piano