The Music Conservatory has had a very busy and fruitful start to its school year. Montverde Academy sent seven vocal students to the first round of the Florida All-State Musicianship testing, with six students passing the rigorous theory and sight reading tests. The advancing students were Kaitlin Bennett, Aiden Bjortvedt, Evrett Dierking, Scarlett Gunasekera, Zayna JeBailey, Isabelle Taylor, and Aubrey Williams. Three standouts this year were middle school students Scarlett Gunasekera and Kaitlin Bennet who earned nearly perfect scores in the theory category, and sophomore Aiden Bjortvedt whose score ranked him high enough to be selected for the All-State Reading Choir, the top honors choir at the Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) conference which will be held in Tampa in January, 2019. Isabelle Taylor was selected to perform as part of the All-State Women’s Choir at the FMEA convention, and Tom Xu and Selina Xu also made it into the All-State Orchestra.
At All-State, students sing in mass choirs comprised of the other state-wide winners, engage in vocal master classes, meet with representatives of over 100 music colleges, and work with international music conductors. Following this event, students can audition for All-Nationals which are held in a different American city each year, with Orlando being this year’s location. Vocalists Aidan Fracker and Aiden Bjortvedt both earned an invitation to participate in the 2018 Nationals based on their work in last year’s All-State ensembles.
The vocal students of the Music Conservatory presented two informal afternoon recitals this fall. Performers included: Kaitlin Bennett, Evrett Dierking, Ty Fields, Zayna JeBailey, Isabelle Taylor, and Scarlett Gunasekera in the October performance. The November performance featured: Belle France, Hanan Geda, Amealia Hall, Anna Johnson, Sofia Marangoni, Alejandra Quintana, Zayna JeBailey and Aubrey Williams. These recitals allow students an opportunity to demonstrate the techniques and repertoire worked on in their private lessons in an actual performance situation. Feedback from these performances is essential to growth as a performer, and preparation for end-of-term juries.
As announced previously, we are very proud of students Frank Guo (piano), Mariana Valderrama Alvarez (violin), and Selina Xu (cello) on their selection to play at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, November 17, as part of the Florida Keys International Music Competition.
Congratulations to all of our performers and teachers for having their hard work and dedication recognized and honored. Keep captivating audiences!!