Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Two Encore Students Awarded National Gold Medals in Music

Claire Bauer, age 15 of Franklin, and Maura Johnston, age 16 of Norfolk, are both students of voice at Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios. Each young woman has recently been awarded the National Gold Medal of Excellence for 2018 by the Royal Conservatory of Music: Bauer for Level 6 Voice, and Johnston for Level 2 Voice. The Royal Conservatory of Music awards the National Gold Medal of Excellence to the student who has achieved the highest score in the country within their specific skill level for each instrument. For the assessments, students are graded on proficiency in the following areas: Performance; technical requirements; aural skills; rhythm; and, sight-reading ability.

Johnston, who has been studying voice for three years and piano for one year under the expert guidance of Rebecca Abalutzk, also performs and records albums with the recording ensemble, The Encore EnHarmonix. Abalutzk had this to say about Johnston's tremendous achievement: "I am both extremely proud and fortunate to work with such a driven young woman. She is the type of student who reminds me why I became a teacher in the first place".

Claire Bauer, under the guidance of her vocal instructor, Lisa Ostrow, (who has guided students to national gold medals three times previously), began her studies in voice using the curriculum of the RCM right from the start. Upon hearing of her award, Bauer mused, "Well, I think getting this award has a lot to do with the person who drives me everywhere," and then she gave her mom the biggest smile ever. Says Ostrow, "Students like Claire are every teacher's dream. They challenge us to be the very best that we can be, so that they can reach their full potential."
Two Encore Students Awarded National Gold Medals in Music
Two Encore Students Awarded National Gold Medals in Music

A number of students from Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios, located in Franklin and Millis, participate in the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) assessment sessions each year. The RCM assessment process represents an extremely exciting opportunity for students, on a national level, to demonstrate the skills that they have honed through practice. Locally, assessments are held at Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios, which is a Founding School and a regional assessment center for this internationally-acclaimed program. Student participants come from all around the New England area to take the assessments, while adjudicators travel from all across Canada in order to administer the exams. Not only do the adjudicators judge students based on ability to perform on the instrument of their choice within their skill level, but they also administer academic assessments in music theory, harmony, history, and analysis.

The Royal Conservatory of Music provides a recognized national standard of success in music study from beginner to advanced levels. It inspires excellence through individual student assessments that are central to the Program, while also supporting teachers with high-quality and innovative resources. The RCM allows students to measure and celebrate accomplishment and track their progress throughout the country. All students and teachers across the United States are invited to participate, and Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios is proud to be able to offer these opportunities at the school and through outreach to the surrounding communities.

Ostrow, Vocal Director and co-owner of Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios, had this to say:

"The accomplishments of both of these young women is simply extraordinary. Having scored higher than any other student in the country on their respective vocal assessments, a National Gold Medal is a true testament to the dedication each brings to her music studies, the level of support each receives from her family, her innate talent, and her tremendous desire to achieve. And, best of all, Claire and Maura are an absolute joy to work with - fun and funny, talented, and incredibly sweet. We are very proud of both of them, as we are of all our students."
An added bonus to this remarkable achievement is that both Johnston and Bauer will be heading to Carnegie Hall in February to perform, as a result of having each won her National Gold Medal. 

To learn more about Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios and the Royal Conservatory of Music program, please visit: www.encoremusicacademy.net

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