Several weeks ago, I got an email from Kelin’s Violin Shop (Kelin Zhang is a skilled luthier who runs a violin shop here in Plano, Texas) with news that he had finished building his new recital hall, and was hosting a contest for local music students to celebrate the grand opening. I immediately thought about getting one of my younger students who has shown unusually good progress to enter. Jennifer has been taking lessons for about a year now, and I thought she would enjoy the experience.
The contest was held a week ago yesterday (Saturday, November 11th). I was able to attend, and I thought Jennifer did well, although the contest itself come off with several glitches, which I attribute to being the first time that Kelin has put on this sort of event, and I expect that future events of this kind will be run more smoothly.
I found out the following Monday that Jennifer won in her age group! Yesterday, she was featured in a performance for the winners of each age group. I have a video of her performance, but I will need to get her father’s permission before posting any photos or videos of her, so that may or may not happen.
It is very rewarding as a teacher to have a student win a contest! This may be an annual event, so I hope that I have other students enter (and hopefully, win) in the coming years.