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The academy was such a perfect place for me and I had the opportunity to play such
important chamber repertoire that I felt prepared for college.
I am writing this letter in support for the Academy of Music Northwest (AMN). As an
alumnus of AMN, I have reaped the benefits and advantages form attending such an
intensive pre-college program. I was able to take piano lessons, music theory, ear
training, music history, and other related courses to not only help me become a
well-rounded musician, but to prepare me for college studies at the Juilliard School
(and graduate studies later at the Cleveland Institute of Music).
Beyond my college education and experiences, I truly believe that my studies at AMN
are also responsible for my successes in my career. I have developed strong
friendships with the faculty and they have frequently invited me to give master
classes, presentations, and performances at the school.
While the AMN caters to a wide variety of students, it is a premier program for
young musicians who are passionate about music and want to pursue it as a career.
I am extremely grateful for the knowledge acquired there—it was truly priceless.
The instructors are first-rate and are able to promote a warm, friendly, and
non-competitive environment. As a former student of top music conservatories and
currently an Assistant Professor of Piano at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, I
have seen several pre-college programs throughout the United States and can say the
AMN provides high quality instruction. I hope you will consider providing
scholarships for these young and talented students who are serious about music.
From the parents of Sarah Hall
Our 18 year old daughter, Sarah, was a 5-consecutive -year participant in the
Academy of Music Northwest’s pre-college curriculum, from 2006 to 2011. Before
competing (and winning her division) in the April 2013 American String Teachers
Association National Solo Competition finals in New York City, the Academy
afforded her an opportunity to present her program in recital. This is a good
example of the kind of support she has received over the past years since coming
to the Academy.
The pre-college program consisted of a school year model, every-Saturday
commitment, and included various concerts, performance opportunities and
special events, such as master classes, in addition to classroom instructional
material and study.
When we first learned of the Academy, both Sarah and her cellist-brother Aaron were
excited to begin, along with a pianist/harpsichordist friend, who was at the time
playing some early music ensembles with them. The Academy was just what they needed!
They all applied at he same audition, and began their journey with AMNW with a
fund raising benefit concert (see poster).
About this same time, Sarah moved in her violin study to her current teacher.
Her growth, fueled by weekly Academy ear training, Solfege, and theory classes,
along with coached chamber music group, became very noticeable. Regular weekly
performance opportunities (at the close of the Saturday instructional day) gave
Sarah and her brother regular opportunities to receive (and give) peer and
instructor critique and feedback, which became a much valued asset during
preparation for local, state, regional or national competitions. Watching older
students also had great value and gave inspiration to our children.
Since the time Sarah began at AMNW, she has entered many competitions,
including Seattle Young Artists Music Festival (yearly), Music Teacher National
Association (local, state, regional, and national levels), and in 2012, an
international violin competition (Johansen Violin Competition). Sarah has
received many prizes and gained invaluable experience. During all of this,
Academy directors and staff have always given freely of facilities, time,
resources, and preparatory recitals and advice to bolster her success.
Although our daughter has had a colorful and rewarding musical career thus far,
she is currently choosing somewhat of a different path than many of her peers.
She lives on a small family farm in a rural setting, and enjoys other aspects
of her life as well as music. She does teach a small but growing studio of
young violin and piano students, and she continues with her own private study,
concertizing and competition activities. She continues to benefit from the
advice and guidance of many peers and Academy personnel. The foundational
musical education she has received at the Academy has certainly contributed to
her moving performances and, no doubt, to her ability to teach young ones.
Our daughter, son and entire family have benefited from the supportive attitude
and caring found at AMNW, and recommend them without reservation to young
musicians and their families wishing to augment and enrich their musical
I have followed the Academy since its inception and I’m happy to say that it is among the ﬁnest pre-college music programs in the country. Its faculty is outstanding, the curriculum is excellent, and it attracts the ﬁnest young performers from our region.