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Student Achievements

We are incredibly proud of our students and all they accomplish in our programs as well as in their schools and communities. The student achievements summarized below can be viewed in the Community Music School lobby. Congratulations, everyone!

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


Fox Valley Young Artist Festival

Presented by the Fox Valley Music Teachers Association, the Fox Valley Young Artist Festival exists to inspire young musicians through educational and performance opportunities. Spencer M., student of Catherine Walby, placed second in the Junior Piano Concerto Competition. Ruben V., student of Catherine Walby, placed second in the Senior Piano Concerto Competition.


US Cellular's "Future of Good" Award

Paige G., student of Kin Chau, was one of three recipients across the world to receive US Cellular's "Future of Good" award! Paige was awarded $10,000 to develop her board game designed to teach people with intellectual disabilities financial literacy and how to stay safe from financial predators.

You can find her story featured on the news here: https://fox11online.com/news/local/appleton-north-student-nationally-recognized-and-given-10000


Rising Stars Concerto Competition

Abigail P., student of Catherine Walby, participated in the 21st Annual Richard Record Rising Stars Concerto Competition held by the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra. She competed against high school students aged 14-18 years from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois and received an honorable mention.


WAC Student Composition Contest and Festival

Harry B., student of Anna Reiser, won honorable mention for his piano composition "Sonata No. 3" at the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers 2020 Student Composition Contest and Festival. He will attend the winner recital on February 9 at UW-Whitewater, where his composition will be performed by professional and/or university musicians.


MTNA State Level Senior Piano Competition

Abigail P., student of Catherine Walby, participated in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Senior Piano Competition at UW-Stevens Point. A junior in high school, she competed against other students in Wisconsin, including college freshman, and took second place. 


Honors Performance Series

Bella T., student of Yuliya Smead, was accepted into the Honors Performance Series orchestra for the second year in a row. Bella will join other talented young musicians from around the world to learn from renowned conductors and perform in Vienna, Austria next summer.