Wenjen Piano Studios
Music News

December  2016
Volume 19
No. 3
Inspiring Quotes
Nothing is better than music; when it takes us out of time, it has done more for us than we have the right to hope for.

 --Nadia Boulanger in Le Monde musical, 1919
Latest News
Inspiring Quotes
Competitions and Auditions
Certificate of Merit
Performance Workshops
Music and the Brain
CAPMT Piano Auditions
Royal Conservatory MDP
Student News
Teacher's Notes
Competitions & Auditions
Certificate  of Merit:  
Confirm all repertoire and Date (Day 1, 2, or 3) and Time (AM or PM) preferences

Theory Testing March 5, 2017 at El Camino College

CM/South Bay

Day 1 March 12, 2017 Hyperium Conservatory & Dr. Kims Music School

Day 2 March 18, 2017 ECC
Day 3 March 19, 2017 ECC

Branch Honors March 26, 2017
Senior Medallion April 2, 2017

Schedule will be published on Feb 05.

Certificate of Merit 2017 New Enrollment Process

* This year, for the first time, Repertoire Input as well as Branch Honors and Convention application also begin on October 1st HOWEVER they NEED NOT be completed by October 31st. We have until 11:59 PM January 15, 2017 to complete Repertoire Input and indicate intention to be considered for Branch Honors and Convention. This gives time to make changes to our students' repertoire and the supplemental programs.

* Scheduling requests such as carpool, ensemble, day/am or pm and accompanists will be between January 2 - 15, 2017.

Performance Workshops

12/10/16 3:00 Combined workshop for everyone in Torrance (Holiday Workshop with piano and other instruments)  Practice Heart and Soul! 
01/14/17 (changed from 1/7) 3:00 & 4:30 in Seal Beach
02/04/17  3:00 & 4:30 in TORRANCE
03/04/17  3:00 & 4:30 in Seal Beach
04/22/17 03/04/17 3:00 & 4:30 in TORRANCE
05/20/17 3:00 & 4:30 in Seal Beach
06/10/17 3:00 & 5:00 PM PIANO RECITALS IN TORRANCE  

**Students cannot miss more than 2 performance workshops to qualify for awards at the May Awards Workshop

11/22 (Tues.), 11/23 (Wed), 11/24 (Thurs) NO Lessons
12/10 (Tues), 12/21 (Wed), 12/22 (Thurs) No Lessons
12/26 (Tues), 12/27 (Wed), 12/28 (Thurs) No Lessons
Lessons resume from winter break on 1/3/17

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Piano and Ensemble Auditions 2016
The CAPMT District 3 Piano Auditions and Ensemble Auditions were held on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at California State University, Dominguez Hills.  The auditions were presented in six programs from 9:15 AM to 6:00 PM.  49 students enrolled from eight studios.Certificates were given out to each performer.  Our adjudicator was Dr. Kirill Gliadkovsky, and he was especially encouraging in his comments, and he hopes that the students will read his comments, continue to work on their pieces,  and for those with the top scores, bring them to an even higher level of proficiency in for the Southern Festival in February. 

36 students received the top score and are invited to perform in the Southern Festival on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Los Angeles Harbor College in Wilmington, CA.

Congratulations to the 7 students listed below from Wenjen Piano Studios that received the top rating and are invited to perform in gate CAPMT Southern Festival on  February 11, 2017 (SAT) at Los Angeles Harbor College in Wilmington , CA  

Nola Demers
Robert Gerschultz
Irene Lee
Alexis Lee
Idah Corfitzen
Vienna Lee
Austin Lee


Irene , Robert , and Nola  from Program 1
Idah , Kenneth , Kayla , Austin, Ms. Noreen, Alexis, and Vienna from Program 2
The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program
Good luck, RCM MDP Student, Nola D.!

HYPERIUM Conservatory, 655 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 120, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274.

Practical Assessments:                    December 4, 2016
Theory Assessments:                       December 9 & 10, 2016
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Student Notes

Irene Lee will be competing in her marching band championship final, performing on the flute for El Segundo High School on Nov. 19, 2016.  

Vienna lee will be performing ballet in The Nutcracker on Sat. and Sun. December 17th and 18th at El Camino College Marsee Auditorium 310-329-5345 or for tickets.

Congratulations to Dr. Ben Rafii on his new Boston piano!

It was a fun and festive October Workshop! 

Jonathan plays Megalovania (with gloves) at the Halloween Workshop!
Teacher's Notes

In November, I served my final year, almost two decades serving as CAPMT, District 3 Piano and Ensemble Auditions Chair.  This program is dear to my heart, as my students thoroughly enjoy the ensemble performances, whether they are duets, duo piano, or concerti, performed with two solo pieces.  The program is in very capable hands with Mie Shirai and Jin Yoo.

In 2017 I will assume the role of President of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers  and have also been appointed to the AMT Editorial Committee for the Music Teachers National Association

I look forward to an exciting 2017 with my students and through these new leadership opportunities!  

Warmest regards for a prosperous and Happy 2017!
Noreen Wenjen
Wenjen Piano Studios