Elizabeth is graduating! You might remember her from the recent Music in the Park recital, where she played a Piano Guys mash-up - Gabriel's Oboe from the movie "The Mission", who's score was composed by the late Ennio Morricone, together with the classic hymn "How Great Thou Art". Her musicianship shined here, as lots of audience members have commented, and she really wowed some of the younger and less experienced players with those high treble clef notes!

Elizabeth likes classical music as well as traditional hymns, so this was the perfect mash-up for her. At church, she sometimes plays with a cello ensemble. Her brother, Michael, also plays in the church cello choir and has known to duet with his sister. Of all the siblings I've ever taught, these are the first not to give me at least a little bit of side-eye when I propose they play duos. I'm glad that Elizabeth and her brother have been willing to come to lessons all the way from an hour away, and have been able and willing to transition online for the pandemic. Elizabeth recently finished working on Bach's Suite No. 3 in C Major, and has played with the Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia.

While cello is her primary instrument these days, she's been known to play oboe, ukulele and sing. We're so proud of Elizabeth's accomplishments! Elizabeth will attend Liberty University Online toward a degree in teaching English as a second language. In the meantime, we're exploring Elizabeth's favorite historic time period, the Edwardian Era, which means Scott Joplin and Edward Elgar. This summer, you can find her lifeguarding at summer camp.

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Updated: May 4

David posed for this photo for me after a recital on May 2nd at the Center at Belvedere. (Sidenote: David, I am so sorry I'm terrible at taking photos.) He performed the Minuets from Lights and Shadows as his first in-person recital in over a year as preparation for his upcoming senior recital on June 5th. David has been a student of mine for 5 years. He's been dedicated to the cello and to CHS orchestra, but it's always been fun for him. Over the years, he's accomplished so much! He's a member of CHS String Ensemble, was accepted into Senior Regional Orchestra, and participated in many chamber music offerings including The Summer Chamber Music Intensives at Immanuel Lutheran as well as the Blue Ridge Chamber Camp. He's looking forward to his Senior Solo with CHS (Faure's Elegie) and to his senior recital at Immanuel Lutheran Church on June 5th. All are welcome, but space is limited, so we will have a live stream on our Facebook page. We are so proud of David and his accomplishments. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to do a senior recital at a time when he's finishing exams, preparing for college and celebrating his many achievements, but senior recitals are very special.

David will attend UVA to study engineering in the fall. He is a Scout, president of the Best All-Around Club of Nerds (known better as BACON - yes, this is a real thing) and is a member of CHS color guard and String Ensemble. David has been known to be down for whatever and to take everything in stride. He's kind, fun, smart, and a heck of a team player, quick to volunteer to help. Maybe that's because of his awesome older brother experience, or just how he was made... Well, cello and David seem to get along really well, and we hope he keeps it close.

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Gudrun took her Level 3 RCM exam this week! Here, she is holding up last year's medal, which she received for an "exceptional performance" on her Level 2 exam. She received a rating of First Class Honors with Distinction and was best in state! She worked really hard and was super ready again this year. We are so proud of you, Gudrun!

When she's not playing Mozart so beautifully it could melt your heart, she is fighting for an end to climate change and inspiring other students and community members to do the same. Or, maybe she's just making art, eating ramen, online schooling or hanging out with her awesome family. Come see Gudrun and everyone at Redbird in our upcoming recital on May 22nd!