April 2018

Student of the Month!


We are excited to announce that the following   has been nominated as  Student of the Month ! These honorable students exhibit the positive character traits necessary for success not only in music but in other areas of life too, such as:

  • Perseverance
  • Integrity
  • Self-discipline
  • Commitment to detail
  • Responsibility
  • Achievement of short-term and long-term goals

These students work very hard and with a positive attitude, and we are pleased to celebrate their diligence!

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Allison To named 2018 Young Artist Guild!

Congratulations to Opus119 student, Allison To awarded the highest MTAC Certificate of Merit achievement, YAG - Young Artist Guild. Woohoo!

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Stacy Chang named 2018 Young Artist Guild!

Congratulations to Opus119 student, Stacy Chang awarded the highest MTAC Certificate of Merit achievement, YAG - Young Artist Guild. Woohoo!

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Michelle Fan wins 1st place at CAPMT OC & JCM YMCC Concerto competition

Congratulations to Opus119 student, Michelle Fan receiving 1st place @ 2018 CAPMT OC & JCM YMCC Concerto competition. Michelle will be featured with Orchestra Collective of Orange County in September. CAPMT California Association of Professional Music Teachers Capmt VIII.

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Anne Liu Receives $2500 in Scholarship

Opus119 Junior student Anne Liu received JAMES and FRANCINE DOBBIN First Place $2500 @ 2018 The Grossmont College Scholarship competition. Grossmont College Music Department

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New England Conservatory Facukty Sarah Takagi at Opus119

“Stop the Boredom! Let’s P-L-A-Y!” The one and only Sarah Takagi will show you how you can get out of boring, mundane approach to classical music, by mixing up comedy, theater, and more.
Showdown: April 14th at 2pm at Opus119!

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Sarah Infini Takagi comes from Boston, where she is on the piano faculty at the New England Conservatory and  is the former chair of the piano department at Wellesley College.  As a classical pianist, she has performed at Weil Recital@Carnegie hall, John F. Kennedy Center, PBS television, radio and has performed over a dozen concerti with orchestras across the country. In addition, she has emerged as an improviser where her CD of original improvisations “@Play” has been released on CDBaby.  She is also a composer writing for various mediums, most recently, her solo piano work “Ocean Voices” was premiered at the Planetary conference in University of British Columbia, and her folk pop song “We Are Infinite” featuring her piano/voice students with original choreography has received over 5k views on You Tube.  In addition, she is known for her daring performances outside of piano -performing as an actress in comedy skits, as a dancer with the rock band “Egg Queen”, and most recently as an emerging Jazz vocalist where she has performed with top musicians in clubs in Boston and in Tokyo. 
Her unpredictable daring multi -disciplinary approach comes from her deep commitment to the concept of Infinity and unconditional acceptance, which is part of her spiritual practice.  As a reiki master and healer, her approach is to bring balance to her contexts.  As a classical musician, she feels the importance of bringing back the spirit of Play-full-ness which she feels balances the often rigid, demanding structure and culture of classical music.

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