PCSoM Faculty Prepares for 2nd Annual Faculty Concert 02-23-14
We cordially invite you to the 2nd Annual Park Cities School of Music Faculty Concert on Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 3-4pm. PCSoM faculty will come together to delight you with an array of classical and modern interpretations of some of music’s best works. This will be a ticketed event as PCSoM is raising money to complete our school’s piano lab, a project that began during Phase 2 of our school’s construction. Group piano classes/lessons are regularly requested, and as such, we felt it necessary to move forward in the full realization of the lab at our school. Here is the important info on the event:Park Cities School of Music 2nd Annual Faculty Concert WHERE: Preston Road Church of Christ 6409 Preston Road Dallas, Texas 75205 WHEN: Sunday, February 23, 2014 TIME: 3-4pm
TICKETS: Adults $10.00/Children $5.00; tickets may be purchased at our school. For ticket information, please contact Moe Ramos at 972-890-3742. For general information, please contact Eva Brandys at 214-929-1072. Thank you for your continued support as it has served as the foundation of our school’s success.
PCSoM Introduces Two New Faculty Members
NICK EARL – GUITAR
A few months ago, Nick Earl found himself on an airplane for the very first time. This flight was a modest 18-hour voyage to South Korea to play at the Ansan Valley Rock Fest with The Polyphonic Spree. Until this point, Nick considered himself a fairly well-travelled person, having toured the U.S. with The Travoltas (fronted by Dallas favorite, Salim Nourallah) & opening for The Old 97’s. It seemed that like the vans he’d made home on U.S. Highways, the flight to South Korea was just the beginning. The next several months were spent traveling to places like Belgium, Melbourne, and London, playing shows and music festivals and sharing stages with pop’s latest and rock’s greatest.
Just a decade prior, Nick was studying architecture at LSU when his guitar proved victorious in an epic battle with his drafting table. Nick headed to Denton to begin his musical endeavors at the prestigious University of North Texas School of Music. Well-versed in jazz and composition, Nick left Denton with the happy satisfaction that playing guitar would now be his job.
Now working professionally, Nick has expanded his versatility, often called on for his aptitude as the guy who can make his guitar sound like anything but a guitar. He plays with a number of local musicians, including but not limited to, The Polyphonic Spree, Salim Nourallah, Paul Slavens, Hatch, Gabrielle LaPlante and his own, Nick Earl Trio. He was recently asked by the director of the established, and local favorite, Contemporary Ballet Dallas to compose a modern version of Stravinksy’s cherished ballet, The Firebird, to be performed by the company next season.
As a teacher, he believes there a few things more important than simply learning to play what you want. Getting a student interested in music and teaching them things they can get excited about is his best method for maintaining and developing young musicians. Nick is thrilled to now be a part of the PCSOM team and looks forward to building his small army of guitar heroes here at our school.
GRACE CHUNG – PIANO
Grace Chung received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at SMU in 2012. During her years at SMU, she studied and performed at the Vienna International Piano Academy in 2009. She was recognized as an outstanding member in Piano Performance through the Division of Music Honors Convocation and received the Can Katwijik Award in 2012. Although she majored in Classical piano, Grace always had a interest in wide range of music. She is a former member of the Meadows Jazz Band as a second drummer and performed several chamber recitals with other instruments. Currently, she plans to continue her education in Media & Film Music.
Grace had her first recital in public at age 10, and by 12, she began to serve as an accompanist at the Korean United Methodist Church in Waco. Since 2013, she has also served an accompanist for the Texas Rotary Chorus. Over her years of study, her passion as a solo pianist grew, and she received awards at the TMTA State Competition, as well as the Guild Auditions.
Grace began her teaching career with the SMU Preparatory Department. Since then, she has taught students from 3 to 60 years of age. One of her main goals as a teacher is to help her students to build motivation to do their best and develop a sense of music appreciation. Her passion is in inspiring her students to build abilities in endurance, sensitivity, and creativity. She is dedicated to guide her students to find the joy of learning, and playing, music. Grace also maintains membership with both TMTA and DMTA.
PCSoM Students Shine Bright at DMTA Jazz/Pop Festival Competition
On Saturday, February 8, 2014, PCSoM students participated in the annual DMTA Jazz/Pop Festival Competition, boy, did they ROCK it!!! All student participants from our school came away with SUPERIOR ratings (blue ribbons everywhere, my friend), and we couldn’t be happier! PCSoM is proud of everyone that participated, and we know that this is just the tip of the iceberg!
PCSoM Rocks the Texas Legends Sat., Jan 25, 2014 in Frisco, TX!!!
On Sat., Jan. 25, PCSoM was honored to perform “God Bless America” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the Texas Legends home game. In a near capacity arena, our kids stood proudly and…BLEW THE DOORS OFF THE PLACE!!! Words can’t describe the scene, or the appluase that followed! Check out the videos graciously filmed by the Texas Legends from the event. We are so proud of our students!
For pictures of the event, including the behind-the-scenes prep work at Dr. Pepper Arena, check out our Google+ page: https://plus.google.com/app/basic/+ParkCitiesSchoolofMusic