The National Society of Arts and Letters
Washington DC Chapter
Piano Master Class
Chairs Susan Merritt Nelsen, Janet Laird, Cynthia McDowell
The Washington DC Chapter
orchestrated an exciting
Piano Master Class Benefit
Classical Pianist and Host of National Public Radio’s
From the Top
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Steinway Recital Hall at Steinway Piano Gallery
Tysons Corner Center
Christopher O’Riley provided quality one-on-one instruction to five talented pianists: Jennifer Wang, Mary-Victoria Voutsas, Samuel Barham, Nicholas Biniaz-Harris, and Shelby Sender.
This is the best master class I’ve ever been to!
This Benefit event was the afternoon program of the Musical Marathon Day, the Musical Theatre Competition being a free event open to members and friends in the morning. Following an elegant buffet lunch for guests, renowned pianist and host of National Public Radio's From the Top, Christopher O'Riley provided helpful critique to five young pianists. Dessert following the master class, allowed the students and guests to chat with Mr. O'Riley, who sold and signed copies of his CDs, a percentage of the proceeds was donated to the Awards Fund.
Christopher O’Riley with the Washington DC Chapter Master Class Students
The students taking part were: Samuel Barham and Shelby Sender from University of Maryland, Nicholas Biniaz-Harris and Jennifer Wang from the Levine School of Music, and Mary-Victoria Voutsas from American University. Nicholas Biniaz-Harris, the following weekend received Honorable Mention in the 2012 National Symphony Orchestra Young Soloists' Competition. Mary-Victoria Voutsas subsequently agreed to be an accompanist at NSAL-DC's Award for Excellence at the Terrace Theater in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on April 29, 2012.
Washington DC Chapter President Celia Josephs with the Piano Master Class Committee:
Cici Hughes, Katherine Kyle, Cynthia McDowell, Christopher O’Riley, Susan Merritt Nelsen, Edgar Russell, Carla Jones-Batka, Laura Ivey, and Marilee Sanders
NSAL-DC is grateful to Steinway for donating the space
for the Musical Marathon Day.
Also, Seasons 52 and Tysons Corner Marriott for their
in kind contributions to this event.
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2010 Piano Master Class
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