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Flying Solo–Duet/Duo Competitions Update.

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It seems my post from around last year did its work. I have never seen so many duet partners at LCP swarming about on the studio in my life. You’re quite a rowdy bunch too… I guess I should hand it to you. I mean you guys did win a bunch of trophies….

BUT I’M STILL DISAPPOINTED. There’s something wrong with this! Let’s have a look.


Did you notice anything? Okay here comes the next one.



Anything? Maybe I need to show you a CORRECT example.



YES. Notice the difference? IT’S A DIFFERENT GENDER DUO/DUET TEAM. If you put a boy and a girl together, they become MEN AND WOMEN. I heard a particular thing is going on with Celine and Aldric (HM. HMMMM. HMMMMMMM). Celine is usually quiet but when you put her up Aldric, it’s like they received way too much Starbucks Coffee. AS THE RUMORS SAY….(Justkiddingyou’llhavetoseethemforyourself)

So anyways, WHERE ARE ALL THESE COUPLES? I MEAN REALLY. I mean, did not my old post show THOSE INTENTIONS?


Okay. I’m kidding. There’s nothing wrong with same sex teams.

I’ll just be here in my corner.

Waiting for some drama.

You know.


Anyways, the deal’s the same. The competition at Fullerton is coming up and you need to ready your teams. Two people, two songs, one team. One piece will be chosen from a list by your teacher, and the 2nd one will be chosen BY YOUR CHOICE (or your teacher’s still LOL but it doesn’t have to be a part of the syllabus). This one is going to be in February. As for the SYMF one, it will be here next year around this time (in July). Ask for more details on the song options at the office today. 




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Ever since LCP has gotten its grand Auditorium, our Principal has been hosting more recitals than ever before. Starting with Halloween, then Christmas, then Lunar New Year, Family Recital, Open House Recital, Senior Recital, recital, recital, recital, all in ten months! As a frequent performer in these recitals I feel like I’m going insane! I even had to resort to pulling out pieces I’ve learned by myself. But the thing is, most of those were small recitals that didn’t exhibit most of our performers. Those small recitals were ones that only had one program. But the grand one is coming up.  Two days – 8 large programs. It’s been a while since we’ve had those, but it is almost around the corner and will take two weekends (to put less stress on our teachers) from 10-4 PM. 

What’s the theme? Despite it falling into the dates October 19th, 20th, 26th, and 27th, it will not be the Halloween Recital. It originally was going to take place at the end of September, but with all the large events that took place, we decided it would be best to give the students time to prepare for this main recital.

By popular demand, the recital this year will be called MUSIC WONDERLAND! The theme will be DISNEY songs! So come dressed in as your favorite Disney princesses or princes. A costume will be mandatory,  and if it motivates you more photos will also be taken! 

As with all recitals, there will be a demand for LCP helpers! We have positions as Door Monitors, Ushers, Master of Ceremony and if you quality, you can work a part of the Lights, Camera, and the Action! Come get your community service hours, as we will hand you a proof of your generous labor at the end your shift. Do not worry, we will have Teachers to instruct you on what to do, as well as past students who have had experience in doing these jobs. The full list of the jobs are posted on the window of the main office. Sign up now before they disappear! We particularly need Vietnamese MC speakers! Please sign up if you can read Vietnamese!

Before I let you go I have a few things left to say. Despite it being Disney themed, you don’t have to play Disney songs. Many Disney songs are  a little easy…and a bit slow. So as personal advice from me, choose something that challenges you! I used to play it safe, but recitals are still events designed to help you improve. It’s a break from all the Classical pieces you’re so used to playing, and a fresh dive into pieces that you’d be interested in playing. Some of you don’t know what songs to play, and that baffles me! I don’t know because there are simply too many that I want to play! So do what you must, spend hours on Youtube looking up piano pieces, or covers of songs that you like to listen to. Develop your taste for piano music and delve into the one that invigorates you! Once you find a piece, it’ll be so worth it. But don’t choose a piece that’s too easy, even if you like it! You’ll learn it too quickly, it’ll bore you, and if you stick through it, it’ll bore the audience! Spare us of your slow generic songs like “A Time for us,” “My Heart Goes on,” “Frosty the Snowman” “Rainbow Connections,” “Canon in D,” “Love Story” “Heart and Soul” “River Flows in you” “A Whole New World” THE LIST GOES ON. UNLESS you can find a harder version or one that is less commonly heard, DON’T DO IT. That is all.

Learn it, prepare it, then perform it! You have about two months.

GO FORTH LCPianists!

Photo Update for August 2013

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Hello! We’ve uploaded 44 new photos into the 2013 Photos album.

Schedule for our Senior’s Graduation Recital posted

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Schedule for our Open House Concert posted

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The schedule for our Open House concert has been posted. Thank you for your patience!

UPDATE: We’ve made some minor changes and have posted the final schedule.

Media Update for August 2013

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Hey everyone! We’ve added 22 videos to the 2013 Videos album. These cover the best performances from our recent Anime & Video Game concert, as well as our Family recital.

Two Big Events, Right around the Corner!

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Word has been getting out from the fliers and from teachers to the students, on some Facebook events, and on the upcoming events side of our website, but it’s time I’ve formally announced it on here. We have two large recitals this weekend, covering both Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday the 10th at 4:oo PM will be the “Open House” Event. A large advertisement has been sent out and people are welcomed to come into LCP to check out our studio. After half an hour, they are invited to attend our concert which showcases our student winners at the 51st SYMF. This includes some of our best players at LCP! You can read a lot more about their stats below and on the awards tab. Anyone who attends the concert gets $10 off their first lesson if they register as well. DO NOT FORGET to bring your trophies to this event. 

The following day we’ll have another concert, and this is a very special concert that features the seniors at LCP. These seniors have been at LCP for years and are our most experienced group of pianists. They’ll most likely be leaving next year, but they do have a few words of thanks in Vietnamese for their parents who attend. This is the Senior Recital! and it starts at 4:30 PM on Sunday the 11th.

Good luck to all our performers this weekend!


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Left to right: Nathan Lam, Principal Molly Nguyen, Eric Phan, Mayvera Doaran (1st place, 1st place, 2nd place, respectively)


Open Chopin Waltzes:

-Megan Pham – 2nd Place Winner

Open Chopin Impromptus: –

-Mayvera Doaran – 2nd Place Winner

Qualified Solo Categories:

-Eric Phan – 1st place

-Nathan Lam – 1st place

2nd person from left to right: Megan Pham with 2nd place

TEACHERS AND STUDENTS HERE AT LCP ARE SUPER PROUD OF YOU OF ALL AS THE WINNERS IN THE 51ST SYMF COMPETITION. Just make sure you do it again next year! (-; Let’s give a recap of all the winners this year at SYMF!


Open Chopin Impromptus:

-Susan Le- 1st Place Winner

Open Chopin Nocturnes:

-Aldric Gozon-2nd Place

-Megan Pham-3rd Place Winner

Qualified Solo Chopin for age 16

-Jennifer Le, 3rd place

Open Chopin Waltzes:

-Megan Pham – 2nd Place Winner

Open Chopin Impromptus: 

-Mayvera Doaran – 2nd Place Winner

Open Solo 7 – age 11 and under:
-Aldric Gozon-2nd Place Winner
– Susan Le – 4th Place Winner

Open Duo/Duet:
Category 2 – Age 13 or under
– Aldric Gozon and Celine Tseng – 1st Place Winners
Category 4 – Age 19 or under
– Mayvera Doaran and Thinh Le – 2nd Place Winners

Qualified Duet 5:
– Travis and Andrew Luu-1st Place winners

Qualified Duet 6
– Jessica Nguyen and Jade Hoang-1st Place Winners

Qualified Duet 16
-Darius Lam and Kevin Nguyen-1st Place Winners
-Nathan Lam and Tina Nguyen-2nd Place Winners
-Minh Anh and Minh Chau Ho-4th Place Winners

Qualified Baroque 5
-Tu Trinh-1st Place Winner.

Qualified Solo Categories 1-66 in their separate categories

-Tedman Nguyen -2nd place

-Thang Tong – 2nd place

-Tu Trinh – 3rd place

-Jade Hoang – 2nd place

-Andrew Luu – 2nd place

-Darius Lam- 2nd Place,

-Fiona Vo – 4th Place

-Maggie Bui – 4th Place

-Eric Phan – 1st place

-Nathan Lam – 1st place




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Our student, Maggie Bui, on the far left

Open Chopin Impromptus:

-Susan Le- 1st Place Winner

Open Chopin Nocturnes:

-Aldric Gozon-2nd Place

-Megan Pham-3rd Place Winner

Qualified Solo Categories:

-Darius Lam- 2nd Place,

-Fiona Vo – 4th Place

-Maggie Bui – 4th Place

Fiona Vo in 4th place!


Susan Le, Principal Molly Nguyen, and Darius Lam. (1st place and 2nd place, respectively)


Megan Pham, Principal Molly Nguyen, and Aldric Gozon (3rd place and 2nd place, respectively)