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Sharon Music Academy Newsletter December 2014

Dear Students, Parents and Friends of the Sharon Music Academy,
The Faculty of the Sharon Music Academy wishes all of you Happy New Year! We wish you great health, happiness and a lot of joy in the New Year!  We want to thank everyone for the wonderful gifts the faculty has received this holiday season. But the greatest gift for all of us is to see how much joy music brings into our students’ life. It was such a great pleasure to listen to so many wonderful performances of our students during Winter Recitals’ weekends!

The 2014 year has been a great year for the students and faculty of the Sharon Music Academy! So many memorable events: production of the “Carnival of the Animals”, performances at Carnegie Hall , Hard Rock Café and breathtaking  Shalin Liu Performance Center at Rockport, a field trip to Steinway factory , concerts for seniors at Youville House and Stony Brook, masterclasses with famous musicians and many, many more wonderful music experiences! Please visit our Facebook page (don’t forget to “Llike” us ☹ ) for amazing pictures and Youtube channel  for inspiring video clips. As usually, our students collected a lot of prestigious awards ( visit our online Hall of Fame )  as well as our faculty members. Lisa Leong had a successful tour in Austria, Edoardo Carpenedo got a third prize at the International Liszt Competition in LA and is currently a finalist of the famous 2015 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition (UK), Ensemble Newpoli, under the leadership of its Music Director Bjorn Wennas, produced an award winning CD, Mario Cerra released an app helping students to learn saxophone. Many of our teachers gave amazing performances around Boston and we hope you had a chance to attend at least some of them. 

We are planning even more exciting 2015 and we look forward to you joining us in music adventures of 2015 and beyond! 

Spring Semester

Time flies—it is almost the end of our Fall Semester and the time to think about the upcoming Spring Semester, which starts in February. Now is a good time to talk to administration and instructors about your plans, expectations and concerns. We always welcome your feedback. You are always welcome to make an appointment and talk to the Music Director. We assume the schedule in the Spring Semester will stay the same. If you need any change please let us know as soon as possible by sending an email to Sergey.  Invoices for the spring semester will be emailed after January 22th, 2014. Please check your Inboxes.

Things to watch for, listen to and participate in

 As usually,  the Spring Semester is packed with educational and entertainment events.
January 24th. Music Evening for our adult students.  Please join us for the evening of music, food and a feeling of camaraderie. Please invite your friends and family members—everyone is welcome.
February 5th – SMA Pops. Students of the Sharon Music Academy are playing popular music. Interested? Talk to your instructor.
March 28th—Faculty Concert and Charitable Auction.  This is our highly anticipated annual event. Please join us in support of the local musicians and music education, while enjoying world class music performances right here in Sharon. This is an entertaining musical show of many different styles and instruments. Auction items include works of art and gift certificates from local merchants. Don’t miss an opportunity to see your instructor performing and listen to wonderful music!  Please a donate gift certificate or an item of value for the silent auction or buy an ad in the program —every dollar counts.
End of March – Piano Extravaganza at URI. Want to challenge yourself? This is a perfect opportunity to push yourself a little bit harder.
April 11th-Families in Concert Recital. Have family fun the old fashioned way—make music together! Last year we had 33 family ensembles. We hope to see more this year. It is still not too late to talk to your instructors and choose music that every member of the family will enjoy.
April 26th—Auditions for Little Mozarts International Festival. Earn the honor to play in Carnegie Hall in New York or Shalin Liu Performance Center at Rockport. Have an experience participating in the International Festival and performing on a big stage.   
June 6th, 13th,20th— SMA summer concerts.  Our annual celebration of our students’ achievements.

We will also have some additional performances ( at Hard Rock Café, local senior living facilities) and field trips in the next semester. Please watch for further announcements. 
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination
and life to everything.” 
― Plato

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” 
― Maya Angelou

I can't believe we are talking about summer.

We have not seen our first real snow yet, but many parents are already thinking about the summer of 2015. We want to give you a quick heads up. Several very interesting week long workshops are being planned for the summer:  Summer Showtunes , How to write a song, Improvisation Unleashed, Sight Reading Bootcamp   and more. By the end of January the programs’ descriptions and dates will be available on our Summer Program Page

Web for fun and education

Listening to music is a big part of learning music. And there is always something worth watching online.

Never heard of Polyphonic Overtone Singing? Watch  Anna-Maria Hefele.
This is recommended by our faculty member Mario Cerra. It shows activity of the brain when we play a musical instrument – click here.

Logo and T-shirt design contest

We recently realized that we don’t have school T-Shirt. So, we are announcing logo and T-shirt design contest.  A winner or winners will be decided by online vote and will get T-shirts for the whole family (up to 5 T-shirts ). Some of the designs have been already submitted (see below).   Designs can be for Sharon Music Academy in general or for a  specific program ( like Vocal).  Please email your designs in jpg format to info@sharonmusicacademy.com and put “Logo and T-shirt Design” in the subject line. We will accept submissions until March 10th, 2015. 
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