The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program congratulates 11-year-old Summit resident Anne Carmack, who was awarded a 2012 Certificate of Excellence for scoring the top marks on her Grade 1 Cello assessment in the academic year ending in August 2012. Anne’s teacher is Sariah Johnson.
Despite the snowy weather, many of the winners performed at a public recital and award ceremony at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. in Zankel Hall.
“A Certificate of Excellence is an exceptional distinction – the result of a student’s hard work, dedication, and talent – and a testament to the skill and creativity of the recipient,” says Angela Elster, Vice President, Academic, The Royal Conservatory. “Certificate winners represent a national standard of music achievement upheld by support from teachers and parents of music students across America.”
In addition to recognizing the top scorers in the Music Development Program, Certificates of Excellence honor music teachers across the United States and the time and effort put forth into training the next generation of great artists. This year’s winners include 11 students from Connecticut, ranging in age from six to 15 years old; 14 students from New Jersey, aged eight to 12; and 24 students from New York, ages seven to 17.
Certificates of Excellence are awarded each academic year (Sept. 1 to Aug. 31) to Music Development Program students in Preparatory A and B and Levels 1 to 10 who achieve the highest standard of excellence in their respective state. Eligible candidates must score at least 80 percent on their examination and must have completed the co-requisite theory requirements for their respective level and discipline.
The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program provides a recognized national standard of success in music study from beginner to advanced levels. It inspires excellence through individual student assessments that are central to The Program while also supporting teachers with high-quality and innovative resources. The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program allows students to measure and celebrate accomplishment and track their progress across the country. All students and teachers across the United States are invited to participate. To learn more, please visit www.MusicDevelopmentProgram.org.
Editor's note: this information was submitted to Summit Patch by The Royal Conservatory.