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March/April 2017 Newsletter


Welcome to another information-packed edition of the Encore newsletter! We have been extremely--and happily--busy these past months with the start of our Winter Trimester, preparation for and a trip to Carnegie Hall for three remarkable young Encore students, some new fundraising initiatives for the Encore Music Education Foundation, and some new additions to our faculty and staff! There is never a dull moment for us in either location, and we love it that way!
 
In this issue, we have two brand-new feature sections - our STUDENT SPOTLIGHT, and our DID YOU KNOW? sections.  We hope to be able to feature at least one student in each issue, so stay tuned for this opportunity to get to know some of your fellow Encorites better.  Grab your calendars, a pencil, and your favorite beverage, and sit back and discover what Encore has been up to and what we have planned for the next few months!
 

Remember, we love to hear from you! Send any news that you would like us to share to: info@encoremusicacademy.net .
 

In This Issue

Announcements and Anecdotes
Encore's Own Students At Carnegie Hall
Student Spotlight 
Coming Attractions: Summer Classes
Important Dates
Did You Know?
RCMDP Registration
Kudos Korner
Studio Stories
Faculty Facts
Double Bass Now Offered at Encore
Sax, Trumpet, Bass Players Wanted
New Woodwind Class
Cello Instruction Returns to Encore
Harp Lessons
Scholarships Fundraising through Amazon Smile
Stay Connected
Click to Review our Policies - Including Inclement Weather
Announcements and Anecdotes
Senior Scholarship Applications Due! 
 
Just a reminder that Encore Music Education Foundation's Senior Scholarship application is due on March 30! The scholarship is open to all seniors who plan to pursue study in the fields of music performance, music education, music business administration, audio engineering, or any other music-related field.  Applications can be picked up at your guidance counselor's office, or directly from the front office at Encore.

Ukulele For You!  
Do you want to be able to accompany yourself as you sing that iconic version of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow", but don't know where to start? Encore has you covered! Tom Karol, our newest faculty member, will be teaching ukulele and guitar in both locations, and if interest is high enough, we will add a Ukulele Circle to our many class offerings.  To register, simply contact the front office. 
 
Carnegie Congrats! 
Three students, Timothy Reda, Meghan Laurence, and Prem Pendkar, had quite the adventure on February 18th when they performed at Carnegie Hall!!

The students earned their way onto the stage of Carnegie Hall by placing first in the State of Massachusetts in their respective levels of instrument (in this case, voice), for the entire 2015-2016 academic year.  In addition, they had to have received a score of 90% or higher.  Timothy was invited of Level 2 voice, Meghan for Level 4, and Prem for Level 6.
 
All three young performers spent some time in the morning rehearsing at Carnegie Hall with their teacher, Lisa Ostrow, and accompanist, Ian Kasarjian, while Patrick Dreier provided support, which was then followed by a lovely lunch together with parents and siblings in the City, before everyone dispersed until it was time to meet again to go backstage and prepare for the performance of a lifetime! Read on to hear the experience in their own words!
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ENCORE'S OWN STUDENTS AT CARNEGIE HALL  
What an adventure we had in New York City on the weekend of February 18, when three of our students, Timothy Reda, Meghan Laurence, and Prem Pendkar, performed at Carnegie Hall!! We asked all three of them to write a little bit about what it felt like to perform in such an illustrious venue, and here is what they had to say: 

PREM PENDKAR, age 12, Franklin - "Carnegie Hall was an amazing trip.  It was a very exciting experience.  I got to meet a lot of new people who are also doing the Royal Conservatory program.  The song I chose (with my teacher) was "Danny Boy".  The performance took place in the Weill Recital Hall.  It was a small hall but was well decorated.  My family was very proud of me, but were also a little nervous.  In the end it all turned out well, and I was very thrilled that I had performed at Carnegie Hall.  I would like to thank Lisa Ostrow (my teacher) for preparing me, Patrick Dreier for supporting me, and Ian Kasarjian for being my accompanist."

MEGHAN LAURENCE, age 12, Mendon - "My trip to Carnegie Hall was amazing.  I had so much fun listening to all of my friends and to all of the many talented children that live in the northeast.  When it was my turn to take the stage, I was so nervous that I am not exactly sure how I managed to walk to the piano without tripping.  Fortunately, I love my song and was able to fall into it easily when the piano started to play.  About halfway through, I was able to take a deep breath and really start to enjoy the experience.  I remember noticing how beautiful the columns were and how my voice seemed to echo off the walls.
 
When I had finished, I was able to pause for a moment and appreciate what an amazing opportunity it had been and how honored I was to have been able to partake in it.  I would like to thank my family, Ian, my accompanist, and Encore for supporting me through this amazing experience.  I would also like to thank everyone who was able to donate food and items for our blessing bags.  We were able to pass out about 20 bags to needy individuals in New York City.  Thank you again to my Encore family for your support throughout this remarkable journey."

TIMOTHY REDA, age 10, Medway - "It was a huge honor.  I felt proud of myself and it was quite an experience.  It was fun but I was nervous at the same time, especially during the performance.  When I stepped foot on the stage at Carnegie Hall for the first time, I was blown away.  It was really pretty.  If I had the opportunity to perform there again I absolutely would! I am happy that I had this chance." 

And what a performance it was! All three performed with grace, poise, and, as the vice-president of The Conservatory herself noted, with musicality.  Bravo!!!!
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT:  
My Amazing Experience with Maroon 5 
By Max Allard
On September 17, 2016, I was lucky enough to have the chance to see Maroon 5 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.  But it wasn't just any typical concert!
 
I had the opportunity to go backstage and meet lead guitarist, James Valentine and keyboardist/ rhythm guitarist Jesse Carmichael! (Adam Levine walked by and waved too!)
 
The best part was when I met James he was holding his guitar and randomly asked me to play a song with it! As you can imagine, I was so nervous I could barely speak! He said, "play something!" I was so star struck I didn't know what to do, so I decided to play the most recent song that I wrote, "Another Day."
 
James, along with Jesse and a few of James's friends from Berklee College of Music, were very surprised! I got some great feedback, posed for a few pictures with them and James even signed my newly purchased Maroon 5
t-shirt!
 
I also had the opportunity (along with my parents) to watch the concert from the pit area right in front of the stage! It was amazing!
 
This all would not have been possible, if it weren't for my Aunt Trisha Allard, who owns her own sports massage therapy business in Bradenton, Florida.  Aunt Trisha met James by chance when he was visiting Bradenton during a break between tours.  James was referred to my aunt and she helped him with his sore shoulder.  She took such great care of him, he returned a few more times and they became fast friends! Aunt Trisha told James about me and my love of music, and he told her he would see about getting me tickets when Maroon 5 came to play in Massachusetts!
 
Never in my wildest dreams would I even think that I would experience a night like I did! It is up there as one of my top memories ...Something I will never forget!
 

Coming Attractions: Summer Classes


SUMMER THEORY INTENSIVE
 
Monday, July 10th through Thursday, August 3rd
 
Monday through Thursday,
3:00-6:00 pm
 
This year Encore’s summer theory intensive is for levels 5, 6, and 7! This four-week course, ideal for all RCMDP students and high school students enrolled in Advanced Placement Theory in the fall, will meet Monday through Thursday, from July 10 through August 3.
 
This is the perfect opportunity to prepare for your RCMDP theory co-requisite, taking only one month to learn the material rather than a whole year!
 
The course is limited to eight students in order to ensure maximum attention.
 
Course fee: $400
 
Register by June 15 in order to secure your spot. Please indicate level 5, 6, or 7 when registering.
 
This class is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for ALL STUDENTS in the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program.
 
To register, please call (508) 533-7700 or e-mail info@encoremusicacademy.net
Mark Your Calendars
May 12 and 13 - RCMDP Academic Assessments in Franklin
 
May 20 - Spring Recitals
1:30: For students of Lea Botta and Ronald Hawkins
3:00: For students of Lea Botta
 
May 23-25, 27-30 - RCMDP Performance Assessments in Franklin
 
June 3 - RCMDP String assessments in Franklin until 1:00pm
 
June 10, 2017 - Spring Recitals
Voice recitals at 12:00, 2:30, and 5:00pm
 
June 11, 2017 - Spring Recitals and Senior Concert
1:00pm: Senior Concert
4:30pm: Piano recital f
or Students of Becki Abalutzk, Patrick Dreier, Alexander Morollo, Scott Nicholas, and Lisa Ostrow  
 
June 17, 2017 - Spring Recital
2:00pm: Piano students for Patrick Dreier and Cello students of Alexander Badalov 
ROYAL CONSERVATORY ASSESSMENTS 

In late May and early June, Encore will be holding assessments for the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (RCMDP). 

During this time, all lessons and classes (except those taught by Lisa Ostrow and Patrick Dreier), will be held in our Millis location. 

Please note the dates of the assessments in the calendar section of this newsletter, and confirm the location of your lesson during those dates with the front office. 

Thank you so much for your cooperation during this time.

DID YOU KNOW?

 
Did you know that our state-of-the-art recording studio offers birthday party recording sessions?

For more information, contact us at: (508) 533-7700.
Jackson Huckins, a piano student of Lea Botta's, is the male lead, Emmett, in Legally Blonde, in Medway Middle School's production, which goes up in April.  He is also the student winner of the Medway Pride Day logo contest.  His design will be featured on children t-shirts at the Medway Pride Day Bike Parade in May. Way to go, Jackson!! 
 
 We are delighted to announce that Kathleen Cadorette, a vocal student of Lisa Ostrow, has been accepted to her first choice school, Ithaca College School of Music! She plans to major in Music Education.  We're proud of you, Kathleen!
 
Maura Johnston, a vocal student of Becki Abalutzk, auditioned for and was accepted, as a freshman, into her school's Advanced Placement chorus.  Way to go, Maura!
 
Congrats to Katie Laurence who got into Honors Chorus at her high school in Mendon.  Yay, Katie!!
 
We are very proud to announce that Brendan McWalter, a senior at Franklin High and a student of Lea Botta, our Woodwind Specialist, made All State Band on baritone saxophone! Congratulations, Brendan!
 
Many congratulations go out to Prem Pendkar, vocal student of Lisa Ostrow and piano student of Scott Nicholas, who played the VERY CONVINCING role of Farquat in the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School's production of Shrek: The Musical.  Way to go, Prem!!
 
Congratulations are in order for Claire Bauer, vocal student of Lisa Ostrow, for having been cast in the lead role of Alice in Horace Mann Middle School's production of  Alice In Wonderland, going up in March!  In addition, she auditioned for and was accepted as one of four students from Franklin into the Junior District Chorus! We're very proud of you, Claire!

Molly Houlihan, voice student of Lisa Ostrow and piano student of Pat Dreier, received a Music Boosters Award. Well done, Molly! 
Studio Stories
We have been working our tails off to finish recording and mixing the EnHarmonix' pop CD, Archive of Memories.  The work continues 2, 3, 4 hours at a time, whenever we get a chance.

Howard Frutkoff came in to record basics for his original song, "Show Me A Rainbow".  Can't wait for Lois Francello to record her harp and vocal parts! 

Julia Herzfelder came in to record some vocals.  Very exciting.  (More to come later).

Kassandra Lillie recorded some classical harp for a demo video.  Also exciting.  We hope she gets the gig!! Thanks to Ace Knight for great video recording and editing.

It's spring, and that means dance recitals for Denise's Dance students.  We did some edits for her students.  You rock, Denise!!

Sometimes it's exciting just to get new programs, or plug-ins, or equipment.  Celemony recently updated our version of Melodyne, and its functionality is amazing.  We've been happy to have Emma Newton doing her FHS Senior Independent Study with us, and she has been showing us a thing or two about implementing all the features Melodyne Assistant 4 has to offer.

We love new projects of all kinds, so we look forward to having you in for a session!!!

 RECORDING PARTIES 
We are asked more frequently now about recording sessions for birthday parties and family events.  We are happy to be able to provide the recording time and expertise in our studios, but due to liability issues, we are unable to host the "party" portion at Encore.  Call us for more info or to book studio time at: (508) 533-7700.
 
To book studio recording time, simply call us at the above phone number and speak with either Lisa or Pat.
Faculty Facts  

 

You'll see a new friendly face behind the desk at our Bent Street location: a warm welcome to Lauren Ginn, Franklin's newest Office Manager!

We also welcome Matt Stavrakis, our new bass and double-bass instructor! 

As Encore continues to grow, we are seeking skilled instructors for private lessons in both our Franklin and Millis locations, and to expand our reception team. Applicants can inquire through info@encoremusicacademy.net.

Bios on current instructors can be found on the faculty page of our website.
DOUBLE BASS NOW OFFERED AT ENCORE!

Matt Stavrakis joins us to teach bass and, for the first time, double-bass! 

Starting with the tuba at age nine, Matt took an interest in learning the bass guitar at age 12, joining his high school jazz band at age 15 and beginning his studies on the double bass.  Since then Matt has received his Bachelor’s in Music from New England Conservatory with academic honors, studying with Cecil McBee, Jerry Bergonzi, Dave Holland, and several others. Although his expertise is in jazz, Matt is well versed in other styles of music, including but not limited to classical, pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, and Brazilian music.
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New Woodwind Class at Encore

Do you play a woodwind instrument - flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, or bassoon - and would like to become part of a wind ensemble class with opportunities for performances throughout the year? Would you like more experience playing in a small ensemble setting? We have just the class for you! 
 
Our Woodwind Specialist, Lea Botta, will be starting up a small Wind Ensemble class! Time is yet to be determined, but we invite any who are interested to contact the front office. Leave your name and instrument you play so that we may form appropriate classes based upon instrumentation and ability.

  Please come and join this new and exciting opportunity at Encore! Call (508) 533-7700 for more information!
CELLO LESSONS AT ENCORE
We now have a cello instructor on our faculty! Alexander Badalov, a cellist who hails from the country of Georgia, has joined us to teach on Fridays and Saturdays, and we could not be more excited! If you have always wanted to learn how to play the cello, or if you know of someone who does, please spread the word! Thank you! 
Jazz and Rock Ensemble - Seeking Sax, Trumpet, and Bass
Our Jazz and Rock Ensemble meets every Saturday from 1:30-3:00, and we are currently looking to add saxophone, trumpet, and bass to the Ensemble.  If you are a student of either and would like to join this ensemble class, simply call us at (508) 533-7700. 
 
All abilities and ages are welcome!!
 
HARP ARRIVES AT ENCORE

We are thrilled to be able to offer lessons on the harp now! Our Harp Specialist, Lois Francello, teaches Thursday evenings in our Franklin location. If you have ever wanted to learn this incredibly beautiful instrument, this is the perfect opportunity.
 
Here in the office we have noted that, even if you do not know how to single a note on the harp, it is one of those instruments that sounds ethereal, regardless of your skill level. If you would like to learn more about harp, how to proceed and where to rent a harp, please call us at (508) 533-7700.
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FUNDRAISING THROUGH AMAZON:
The Encore Music Education Foundation Needs Your Help!

Simply by shopping online, YOU can make a difference in the lives of music students. 

The Encore Music Education Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization has partnered with Amazon and its "Smile" program! For every dollar spent shopping at smile.amazon.com on behalf of the Encore Music Education Foundation, Amazon will donate 0.5% of all purchases to help fund music scholarships and subsidies. 
 
How can you help? It's VERY EASY! Bookmark smile.amazon.com and choose Encore Music Education Foundation as your charity of choice. Every time you shop on Amazon, just start at this page and shop as usual. The rest is up to Amazon! Just remember, in order for EMEF to receive the funds, you must ALWAYS start at smile.amazon.com.  We suggest that you simply bookmark the page so you can start from there every time and it works from your mobile device, as well. 

Additionally, you can also shop through this dedicated link: Encore Music Education Foundation, Inc. We thank you in advance for helping us bring music to students and programs in need!
 
Stay Connected
Encore just joined Instagram! Follow us here to see photos, videos, and important announcements! 

Keep up with the latest happenings at Encore by joining our group on Facebook called  Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios. This is not to be confused with our Facebook page of the same name. The page is dedicated to announcements made by the Encore administrators, including closings due to inclement weather.
 
The group is YOUR VENUE. We encourage all students, parents, alumni, and staff to make use of it: post musical events, ask questions, share ideas! Don't be shy: get to know the members of your Encore family today.
 
The Encore Music Education Foundation now has a Facebook page! Please visit and "like" this page for up-to-date information about scholarship and subsidy availability.
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