A new academic year 2017-2018
The Pueblo Keyboard Arts Festival
News for end of our 2016-17 Academic Year
National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Acheivement Award for our Mile High Music Maker Junior Club.
Elia Muncey, Gabriele Hibbitts, Lauren Behar and Mason Marcy attend the Festival for the Creative Pianist in Denver. This 3 day event featured classes, concerts and auditions with John Salmon, Wynn-Anne Rossi and Kevin Olson.
Elia Muncey was awarded a $75.00 Prize for the best Performance of a written work by John Salmon, Kevin olson or Wynn-Anne Rossi.
Mason Marcy was awarded the Drea Wagner Award a $50.00 Prize for best Demonstration of a Genuinely Spontaneous Improvisation in Any Style.
The Premier of mason's Piece with Mile High Music Maker's keyband!
Our Premier KEYBAND! traveled to Greeley Colorado to share Mason Marcy's piece Midnight with the Colorado State Music Teachers Association. Carrying our keyboards, eating at a restaurant and enjoying each other's company was just part of the fun. Mason conducted as Ella Lee, Lauren Behar, Isabelle Marcy, Gabriele Hibbitts and Jack Fugate performed Mason's winning composition.
Our concert, Prelude to Creativity featured pieces composed by our Mile High Music Makers and solos learned in the six weeks after the Colorado Springs Festival. Visit our composing page to hear some of these Preludes.
march: Performing at the Space Foundation Discovery Center
Our Mile High Music Maker Junior Club plays a full hour concert at the Space Foundation Discovery Center. KEYBAND! music composed by American composer, Susan Ogilvy and British composer, Andrew Eales as well as solo pieces with a space theme were shared with those who came to the museum for a day of space discovery.
February: Our Festival Cup winners for the NFMC Festival Program
Mason and Gabriele earn their 30 point cup for solo piano.
Ben and Rebekah earn their 15 point cup for solo piano.
Ashlee and Gabriele earn their 15 point cup for piano ensemble.
January: US International Duo Piano Competition
Our Mile High Music Makers have made us proud, once again, with brilliant, well performed duos and quartets. Jack and Mason won third place at Level 4 (all levels are by age) for duo and our Quartet won second place with their rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, arranged by Melody Bober. The team of Sahana and Lauren, and the team of Gabriele and Ashlee played like true pros.
November: Pueblo Keyboard Arts Festival at CSU-Pueblo
Click on the photo above to change the image. Students participated in the Friday Master Class, the Saturday Competition where a Mile High Music Maker won first place in the Junior Division and in the Saturday evening Monster Concert.
Mason Marcy wins the MTNA Colorado State Composition Contest in the Junior Division. Mason now heads to the West Central Division level of the competition.
Mile High Music Maker Matinee Concert at Nazarene Bible College
News from the 2015-2016 Academic Year
Mason Marcy will be attending the Festival of the Creative Pianist in Denver Colorado. He has been chosen as a finalist for the composing segment of the Festival. His work, "Midnight" has been adapted for two pianos and will be played on Friday, June 10th by the festival judges.
Our Mile High Music Makers have done it once again. Thirteen candidates were examined in April by Anthony Froggatt from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. All have passed the exam with a mark of Merit or Distinction. The following students have received the top honor:
- Lauren Behar Grade 4
- Sahana Datar Grade 4
- Jack Fugate Grade 3
- Skyla Hong Grade 5
- Ella Lee Grade 2
- Rebekah McMurray Grade 1
- Elia Muncey Grade 5
- Kylie Rios Grade 4
- Ben Schuck Grade 1
- Sarabeth Schuck Grade 5
- Mason Marcy Grade 3
Prep Test Candidate
The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Practical Exams were held the third week of April. We are still waiting for our results.
Three students placed in the CFMC Junior Composer Composition. Mason Marcy with his composition "Snowglobe", Rebekah McMurray with her piano and vocal piece, "In the Night" and Sahana Datar earning Honorable Mention with her piece for piano and voice called, "Christmas".
Students also participated in the KEYBAND! USA 2016 YouTube Festival. Below is a photo of the Elementary KEYBAND! right after videoing their ensemble, May the Fours Be With You" composed by Susan Ogilvy. You can view submissions from the Jensen Piano Studio on the KEYBAND! USA YouTube Channel during the next three months.
Our Pre-Festival concert and the CSFMC Festival were held at the LDS Church on Centennial Blvd. in Colorado Springs. Ahyo Falick earned his 60 point cup in the Solo Piano Event. This is the first 60 point cup for the Colorado Springs Federation. Not only did Ahyo earn his 60 point cup but he also earned his 45 point cup for Duo Piano along with his partner Aaron Pickens. This team has played together for 10 years and will showcase their years of accomplishment at Aaron's Senior Recital in May at Nazarene Bible College.
Our 2016 CSFMC Mile High Music Makers Festival Cup winners.
The US International Duo Piano Competition at the Broadmoor Hotel. Three teams entered this event. Jack and Jason Fugate walked away with third place in the Parent and Child Category.
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