From Concerto Competitions to practice challenges and more, our students do so many amazing things we can barely keep up! Check out these recent accomplishments by WSSTE & NSS students - and if your child has a recent musical accomplishment that warrants recognition, please let your teacher know!
William Tan, 13 recently won the Open Junior Division of the Walgreens National Concerto Competition (performance February 4). In addition, William also won the Senior Division of the DePaul Concerto Competition (performance February 11) as well as the Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition held by the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra (performance February 24). William won all three major competitions playing the Elgar Cello Concerto in e minor.
William will be featured on NPR’s From the Top which will be on a podcast later this spring.
William has been a member of Cellissimo since 2015. He began cello lessons with Sally Gross at the age of 4 and is currently a student of Hans Jorgen Jensen. Congratulations William!
Students in Nancy Jackson's studio participated in two practice challenges between September and the end of December. They did the Practice-a-thon to raise money for the Suzuki Association's Hurricane Relief Fund, plus they were challenged to practice 100 Days in the time between the beginning of the school year and the end of the calendar year. 12 students met the challenge, and were treated to a Pizza Party on January 20. Pictured are Natalie Pierson, Olga Jamnik (front row) and Merrill Lee, Wyatt Crossan, Maeve Utne, and Alex Crossan. Other students who met the challenge are Reese Phelan, Henry Buttin, Helen Lloyd, Audrey Ostwald, Gia Fredisdorf and Lucy Liu.
A group of cellists played for a standing room only crowd at the DuPage Children’s Museum on January 20th. The students played pieces that will be performed on their Cello Concert on February 4th. In between the two performances the kids enjoyed the displays at the museum.