PASTStudentSpotlights

Our students are exceptional. In order to highlight the phenomenal work and progress of the students, we want to share it with you.  

SrstiNiceorgaw

Srsti Niceorgaw has been doing some great work on the piano, and we are happy to announce her as this week's student spotlight! She recently performed at the Eagleview Farmer's Market, and is developing into the quite the confident musician!

Going into the fifth grade, Srsti is looking forward to continuing studying science, her favorite subject in school. 

 

When it comes to music, Srsti enjoys pop songs, and her favorite singer is Rachel Platten. Srsti, in fact, has an awesome rendition of Platten's "Fight Song" in her repertoire. Her favorite song to play, however, is a Bollywood song called "Piyu Bole." That is the song featured in the video!

 

When she is not playing the piano, Srsti is active with gymnastics; and she fuels up with her favorite food: Fried rice with chicken and veggies.

CamerynRobbins

Cameryn is in 5th grade, and likes math best in school. When talking about types of music she likes and current performers, she says that she doesn't have a favorite type of music or a favorite singer - she likes all different types of music. Her favorite piece to play on the piano is Ice Skaters (the piece above, arranged by N. Faber).  When she's not figuring out math equations or sitting down at the piano, you can find Cameryn on the softball field. Her favorite food is mac n cheese. 

 

Congrats on all the great work, Cameryn! 

NATALIERobbins

Congratulations to Natalie Robbins on being chosen for the Student Spotlight! Natalie's hard work and great attitude are paying off, and she is doing awesome work at the piano!

 

In the above video, Natalie is showing off her work on "No Moon Tonight", arranged by N. Faber. She loves this piece, but says her favorite piece is "The Juggler" (also arranged by Faber!) When she is not taking her own musical talents to the piano, Natalie enjoys listening to her favorite singer, Sean Mendes. In school, Natalie is a big fan of library and art. If she is not flipping pages in a gripping book or creating musical or fine art, Natalie can be found on the softball field. Natalie's favorite food are meatballs.

 

Congrats on all the great work, Natalie!

RohanRao

Rohan did such a great job at the Piano Guild auditions held at West Chester University of PA on June 6th. Rohan performed five pieces and executed beautifully; the judge made special note of his musicality. He passed the exam, making him a district winner!

When Rohan is not delivering a great performance, he can be found working hard at Lionville Middle School. His favorite subjects in school are math and science. Outside of school, he loves robotics, playing basketball, and practicing the piano (of course) ! 

Congrats on the recent success, Rohan!

NEW Release Alert: 

Coming off the highly successful release of Forth in October 2020, Joe Kenney has released the first two singles off his newest collection of solo piano improvisations. Listen to the latest single to drop, Reflection, No.1: Overcome 

Joe Kenney wins a Bronze Medal at Global Music Awards for new album, Forth. 

The Global Music Awards, highly respected for their esteemed panel of judges and for reviewing submissions from across the world, selected Forth as a Bronze Medal Winner for its merit as an album release.

Forth receiving airplay on 85+ radio stations in US and Canada

The fourth studio album from Joe Kenney has been featured on hip-hop shows, jazz shows, and more; a big win for the crossover album and its bid to reach widespread listeners across multiple genres. 

Forth Debuts in Top 300 on CRC report; Several Stations report album in top 5 of rotation to NACC 

Highly anticipated for the masterful blending genres, the features of six highly decorated Philadelphia-area vocalists, and the leveraging of multiple musical markets, Forth has had impressive results on the airwaves since the Oct. 23 Release. The album debuted in the top 300 in the Community/College Radio Charts, and several stations reporting to the North American College and Community Radio Charts have listed Forth in the top 5 of their rotation. 

All's Not Lost (feat. Laura Lizcano) releases with glowing review from The Key/WXPN.

All's Not Lost, The soulful and jazzy release co-written with Philadelphia vocalist/lyricist Laura Lizcano, debuted with a warm write-up by The Key's Melannie Jay: "All's Not Lost" truly succeeds as a collaboration between a gifted instrumentalist and vocalist." Read the full feature here.

NeonMusic (UK) Premieres Another Side

Another Side (Feat. Joy Ike) was premiered with a glowing review by NeonMusic. "The song is emotive but also spiritually uplifting, as it makes you look at your own life with fresh eyes. The lyrics shine through the musical styles, which are seamlessly stitched together." Check the full review here.

Another Side selected as "XPN Philly Local Pick of the Day"

On-Air personality Helen Leicht selected the new release from the upcoming album as the "Local Pick of the Day" on Friday, 5/22.