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Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, November 22nd from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
    Location: Chopin Performing Arts Center
  • Saturday, November 22nd from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Location: Chopin Performing Arts Center
  • Sunday, November 23rd from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
    Location: Chopin Performing Arts Center
  • Sunday, November 23rd from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Location: Chopin Performing Arts Center
  • Saturday, November 29th from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
    Location: Chopin Performing Arts Center
  • Saturday, November 29th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Location: Chopin Performing Arts Center
  • Sunday, November 30th from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
    Location: Chopin Performing Arts Center
  • Sunday, November 30th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Location: Chopin Performing Arts Center
  • Saturday, December 6th from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Location: Chopin Performing Arts Center
  • Sunday, December 7th from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Location: Chopin Performing Arts Center
  • Saturday, December 13th from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Location: Chopin Performing Arts Center
  • Sunday, December 14th from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Location: Chopin Performing Arts Center
  • Saturday, January 24th from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Location: Chopin Performing Arts Center
  • Sunday, January 25th from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Location: Chopin Performing Arts Center

Photos from our recent Halloween workshops have been added to the 2014 Photos album. There’s also some new videos in the 2014 Videos album for you to check out.

Winter is coming!

Wait, really? But it’s not even Halloween yet.

But for students and teachers at Little Chopin, their piano rooms and their homes are echoing with songs that have been turned into classics in preparation for this year’s largest and most epic recital. Can you guess what it is?! OH HO HO HO!

You guessed it! Last year it was the Musical Wonderland Recital–now it will be Christmas! What makes these recitals different is that they have more participants, more pictures, more rewards, more surprises, more more more! The deadline to sign up is November 15th (Saturday). There is a 40 dollar fee which covers a certificate, DVD, portrait, and refreshments.

1. The Christmas Recital of 2014 will place on 2 weekends with 8 programs.

December 6th (Saturday) will have

  • Program 1 (2:00PM – 5:00PM)
  • Program 2 (5:00PM – 8:00PM)

December 7th (Sunday) will have

  • Program 3 (2:00PM – 5:00PM)
  • Program 4 (5:00PM – 8:00PM)

December 13th  (Saturday) will have

  • Program 5 (2:00PM – 5:00PM)
  • Program 6 (5:00PM – 8:00PM)

December 14th  (Sunday) will have

  • Program 7 (2:00PM – 5:00PM)
  • Program 8 (5:00PM – 8:00PM)

 

2. Professional Portrait will take place 2 weekends for 4 days.

November 22nd (Saturday) from (9:00AM – 2:30PM)

November 23rd (Sunday) from (9:00AM – 2:30PM)

November 29th (Saturday) from (9:00AM – 2:30PM)

November 30th (Sunday) from (9:00AM – 2:30PM)

Note: You must pay the recital fee before signing up. There will be 5 minute intervals for every student. Sign up to have your pictures taken.

 

3. Want to help out during this recital? Come volunteer!

If you’re a student and want to spend your community service in making this recital the best ever, sign up for some of the positions below. For each program we will need 2 Door Monitors, 2 Masters of Ceremony (1 English Speaker and 1 Vietnamese Speaker), 1 Light Technician, 1 Sound Technician, and 2 miscellaneous helpers. Basic descriptions will be held below. All volunteers will be trained on their duties by our Principal Molly Nguyen, our Technical Director William, or our Production Supervisor Tedman Nguyen. Additional tips from past volunteers is welcomed! All volunteers must be dressed in recital attire.

 

1. Door Monitor (2)The Welcomer -  They make the first impression on the audience!

They are responsible for receiving the audience by welcoming them in with a smile and a friendly attitude. They will sit by the entrance and check off all performers and collect sheet music. They will organize the sheet music by performance order and give one program booklet to each performer. During the recital, they are responsible for instructing audiences to wait by the door and show them out in between performances.

 

2. Master of Ceremony: English (1)The Speaker – They are what connects the audience to the performer!

They are responsible for delivering the English speech written by our staff or qualified parent (script will be checked for qualifications)  and introducing each pianist and piece on time. They will be given the script a week in advanced for at home practice. Clarity of voice, maintaining eye contact with the audience, and a happy and professional attitude are important. They are required to attend rehearsal to practice their lines on the day before. Script and program list will be available at podium.

 

3. Master of Ceremony: Vietnamese (1) -  The Speaker – They are what connects the audience to the performer!

Is responsible for delivering the Vietnamese speech written by our staff or qualified parent (script will be checked for qualifications) and introducing each pianist and piece on time. They will be given the script a week in advanced for at home practice. Clarity of voice, maintaining eye contact with the audience, and a happy and professional attitude are important. They are required to attend rehearsal to practice their lines on the day before. Script and program list will be available at podium. 

 

4. Light Technician - The Lights – They are responsible the recital’s visual qualities.

Only high school seniors or very careful students qualify. Lights are a key part of any program and cannot be taken lightly. They are responsible for operating ALL stage lights (piano, master of ceremony, vocalist, and pictures). These volunteers will be instructed by William, our Technical Director, or past Light Technicians.

 

5.  Sound Technician - The Sound – They are responsible the recital’s audible qualities.

Only high school seniors or very careful students qualify. If lights are important, sound is even more important! They are responsible for operating the soundboard and various microphones (Master of Ceremony, Piano, Vocalist) throughout the recital.  These volunteers will be instructed by William, our Technical Director, or past Sound Technicians. Must stay alert without fail.

 

6. Miscellaneous - The Helper – They are responsible for overall details to polish the program.

Helpers are responsible for but not limited to organizing and providing chairs, making sure they are neat, checking stickers, arranging food and water, and setting up tables. They provide additional assistance for staff whenever possible.

 

This year’s Halloween Workshop was fantastic! Students wore their costumes and so did the teachers! You’d wish you were there after seeing this…

halloween workshop

All of our teachers dressed up!

We’ve posted the National Guild results for 2014.

Here’s the breakdown:

Superior Plus : 32% ( A+ equivalent )
Superior : 56% ( A equivalent)
Superior Minus: 10% ( A- equivalent)
Excellent Plus: 2% ( B+ equivalent)

Congratulations everybody!

How To Calculate Your Pupils Current Rating in Guild Auditions:

The numbers of C and A Checks on a pupil’s report card will determine his/her current years rating in the National Piano Playing Auditions, as follows:

Family Circle Current Rating

means the pupil’s preparation shows he/she is not yet ready to appear in public, but that they should find pleasure in playing the piano daily, trying always to improve their technical facilities as the golfer does his/her stroke so as to be able to please a wider audience, outside his/her family group; More A than C Checks. Fair.

Room Circle Current Rating

means the pupil’s preparation shows he/she is prepared to appear before his fellows in his room at school, who, being held for the most part, unaccomplished in music, are therefore not critical; 1 to 6 more C’s than A’s. Good to Good Plus.

School Circle Current Rating

means the pupil’s preparation shows he is prepared to the extent that he could creditably represent his school or club in a musical program at his school. 7 to 10 more C’s than A’s. Excellent to Excellent Plus.

Citywide Circle Current Rating

means the pupil’s preparation shows his/her playing sufficiently polished or outstanding to make him a possible selectee to represent his school in a citywide or countywide concert. 11 to 27 more C’s than A’s. Excellent Plus to Superior.

Top-Talent Circle Current Rating

means the pupil’s preparation shows he/she is adequately equipped musically and technically to appear before any audience anywhere, even though newspaper critics may be in the audience to herald his/her faults and virtues to the world. 28 (or more) more C’s than A’s. Superior Plus.

We’ve added some media from our recent Asian Composers recital. You’ll find 13 new videos in the 2014 Videos album and 10 new photos in the 2014 Photos album.

The workshop sign-up form has been opened for the upcoming Halloween performance evaluations on October 25th and 26th. Please remember to wear your costume!

Last Night!

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Were YOU there at the Asian Composer Recital?!

It was a great success! Seats were overflowing with people and the program flowed smoothly along; parents were deeply engaged and excitement hummed throughout the room. Special to today were singers Thanh Trúc from Asia Entertainment and Ninh Cát Loan Châu from Paris by Night . Aldric Gozon composes his own five page piece and more student vocalists like Kassandra and Katrina Tran have stepped onto the stage. Combined with the grand collection of Asian music (mostly Vietnamese), the professional work offered by our staff, door managers, and technicians, this recital was one not to miss!

The schedule for the Asian Composers Recital has been posted. We’re still making some last minute changes, and will let you know when everything has been finalized.

Update: The schedule has been finalized. Thank you for your patience!