January 21, 2018

Yesterday, our great Nita Qiu took Second Place in the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra's Rising Stars Competition.  Nita gave stunning performances in both Prelims and Finals of the first movement of Chopin's Concerto No. 2 in F minor.  The Rising Stars Competition i...

January 21, 2018

One week ago yesterday, January 13, Beatrice (Bea) Grant and Nita Qiu, both fifteen, auditioned at the Golden Valley Orchestra's Young Artists Competition for an opportunity to perform with the orchestraBoth Bea and Nita were among those selected to perform with the...

December 4, 2017

We just had a very rewarding weekend!  On Saturday, Beatrice "Bea" Grant and Orion Kim were chosen as two of six finalists to perform in the Saint Paul Piano Teachers Concerto Competition.  Bea was awarded Third Place giving an awesome performance of the first mov...

October 26, 2017

Here is From the Top's Press Release of this great news!

October 18, 2017 Erin MacCurtain, 617.437.0707 x103, emaccurtain@fromthetop.org

WOODBURY TEEN RECEIVES FROM THE TOP’S JACK KENT COOKE YOUNG ARTIST AWARD

Nita Qiu, a 15-year-old pianist from Woodbury, Minnesota, has...

September 4, 2017

We are so happy to announce that our fifteen year old sophomore, Nita Qiu, has just been chosen for an appearance on the celebrated national radio program, From the Top!!  This is a remarkable artistic accomplishment as hundreds and hundreds of America's top musical ta...

July 30, 2017

As so many of you who followed the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas already know, our great alumnus, Kenny Broberg, won the Silver Medal.   Many in the Classical Music world consider the Cliburn to be the most important competition on th...

July 23, 2017

Our radiant Nita Qiu just received a National Career Development Grant from the Chopin Foundation of the United States!!  "The purpose of the Chopin Foundation Scholarship program is to support and encourage young, talented American pianists through up to four years of...

April 1, 2017

As I wrote on March 7th, our beloved Nita Qiu was selected by Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) as a Minnesota Varsity 2017 Featured Artist.  Her blazing performance of Chopin's B minor Scherzo was subsequently aired on Minnesota Public Radio on March 7th.  This past week a...

March 25, 2017

As many of you know, Jo Anne and I traveled to Baltimore last weekend to attend the National Finals of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Young Artist Competition.  The competition is a long grueling one beginning at the State Level in the fall, mo...

March 8, 2017

Nita Qiu has been selected a Minnesota Varsity 2017 Featured Artist of Minnesota Public Radio!! Nita's"hair raising" performance of Chopin's Scherzo No. 1 in B minor will be aired this Thursday, March 9, at 7:45 am and 3:45 pm on Classical MPR (in the Twin Cities, KSJN...

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