Winter / Spring Shenanigans!

As we began to emerge from the pandemic to the “endemic”, it was a joy to see various activities, that had been put on hold, alive and well again! Kudos to Aurora Music Teachers Association “Achievement Day” participants: Jenna and Bo Winn, and Austin Eichelberger! They performed for a judge and took music theory tests, and did very well! The event happened on January 29, 2022, and another Achievement Day is tentatively planned for this fall, hopefully involving more of our studio!

Congratulations are also in order for Rachel Carlsen and Jenna Winn, who competed in their first piano competition, the Colorado Music Teachers Rising Stars, a statewide event, on April 9, 2022. I’m very proud of their hard work in preparing for this event. Rachel performed Mozart’s Sonata in C Minor, K. 457, movement 1, and Chopin’s Nocturne, Op. 37, No. 1. Jenna performed Sonatina, Op. 36, No. 1, movement 3, by Clementi, and Ballade, Op. 100, No. 15, by Burgmuller. Bravo!!!

Published by Susan Leavitt

Music has been a huge part of Susan's life, from her first "performance" at age four, plunking out the melody of a favorite hymn by ear in church, to now, entering her thirtieth year of teaching piano. She began taking formal lessons at age seven, and continued on, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance/pedagogy from Brigham Young University. She has been a member of numerous choirs, as a director, singer and accompanist (piano and organ), performing throughout the community, as well as serving musically in her church. She was the accompanist for award-winning choirs at Cherokee Trail High School in Denver area’s Cherry Creek School District from 2015-2019, performing in Chicago and New York City, and assisted in their preparation for singing at Carnegie Hall. Most recently she joined the Parker Chorale. Susan is a member of Music Teachers National Association, Colorado State Music Teachers Association, and Aurora Music Teachers Association, for which she currently serves as president. Several of her students have received regional recognition and awards. She loves teaching all aspects of the piano, as well as theory, music history, composition, and the joy of all kinds of music. One of her favorite activities is to take students to hear great piano performances. Besides music, her favorite things are spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren, quilting, gardening, traveling, and daily walks with the family labrador retriever, Rocky.

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