Welcome to our Community Page!

Our Community page serves as an online bulletin board where you can keep up with all the exciting things we're up to at the Academy, including community projects, student achievements, program photos, and more. Be sure to check back often for updates (also pushed out through our Facebook page) or join in the fun yourself by attending an Academy event.


Student Achievements

We are incredibly proud of our students and all they accomplish! The following student achievements can be viewed in our lobby:
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ABRSM Piano Exam

ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and the world’s leading provider of music exams, holding over 650,000 assessments in more than 90 countries every year. An ABRSM grade has a worldwide currency, and the exams are designed to motivate learners at all levels and ages, providing realistic goals and tangible rewards for their achievements. This year, 19 Academy students took the piano exam and prep exam, which is an honor in itself and requires a great deal of preparation. 6 students passed with merit and 3 passed with distinction among other passing grades.


Birch Creek Summer Concert Series

Birch Creek Music Performance Center is an elite summer music academy located in the heart of Door County Wisconsin. Students ages 13-19 attend from up to 15 states and from other countries. Together, the students and faculty present over 30 concerts in the historic Dutton Barn and over 30 outreach concerts during the academy season. 2 Academy string players were selected to participate in the concert series.


Carnegie Hall Honors Performance

The Middle School Honors Performance Series showcases the most talented middle school performers from around the world. Selected Finalists receive the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with and learn from renowned conductors as they prepare for and perform at a truly world-class venue – Carnegie Hall. 1 Academy student was selected to participate in the honors orchestra this year.


Steinway Junior Piano Competition

Steinway & Sons held their second annual Steinway Junior Piano Competition for young pianists ages 18 and under. The competition, which was held at Steinway showrooms throughout the United States and Canada, represents the pursuit of superior artistic expression through piano performance. Academy students placed in both the second and third division categories.


Sydney Opera House Honors Performance

The High School Honors Performance Series at Sydney Opera House builds upon the heritage of the Carnegie Hall Series and challenges accomplished 9th-12th grade musicians at one of the world’s most recognized and revered performance institutions: the Concert Hall at Sydney Opera House. Selected Finalists from across the world will spend six days in Sydney, where they will study under master conductors, experience the highlights of “the Harbour City,” and get to know accomplished musicians from around the world. 1 Academy student was selected to participate in the honors orchestra this year.


WMTA Badger State Keyboard Competition

Hosted by the Wisconsin Music Teacher Association (WMTA), Badger is the state level competitions for students’ progressing on from District Auditions. The goal of this exciting state competition is to challenge students to perform the same repertoire as at District Auditions, but at a more advanced level. Highly motivated students are provided with an opportunity to hone performance skills, grow as musical artists, and compete with others across the state. 3 Academy students won their age group, 3 were runners-up, and 6 received honorable mentions.


WSMA Honors Ensembles

The Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) has posted the results for the 2019 WSMA High School State Honors Project: This year, more than 1,400 students auditioned for 428 positions in five honors ensembles. 27 Academy students were selected to participate in the Honors Music Project, and various others were selected as alternates.

For the Middle Level Honors Project, around 1100 auditions occur for the 311 available positions in the Middle Level Honors State Music Project. 15 Academy students were selected to participate in the Honors Orchestra.


WSMA Exemplary Performance Award

The Exemplary Performance Recognition Project expands recognition of outstanding student performers at the WSMA State Solo & Ensemble Festival: State festival adjudicators identify exceptional performances at each of the state festival campuses through a two step process: nomination and final selection. Students who are selected for the award receive a certificate from WSMA in recognition of their outstanding performance at the State Festival. 14 Academy student events received this award, and many others were nominated.


Congratulations, everyone!

Did you receive an award or honor? Be sure to tell your studio teacher so we can celebrate with you!

Teacher Spotlight

Learn your teacher's biggest inspiration, ideal travel destination, and more in our Teacher Spotlight. Our current featured teacher is Catherine Walby (piano). Click the button below to read more.

Teacher Spotlight

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Music Enrichment for Those with Special Needs

Being immersed in a music class is a joyful and potentially transformative experience for all ages and backgrounds; it's clear to see in these photos from our spring session classes!

Gamelan Performance

Congratulations to the Academy and LU galeman students who performed on Memorial Day! Our community gamelan is named Gamelan Sekar Kemuda, which means "Gamelan of the Lotus Flower." This symbolizes the symmetrical beauty of the lotus flower created when members of a community come together with one, shared goal of making music. Thank you for sharing this beautiful experience with us.

Come play with us!


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