|Adelphi, MD. April 25, 1999. Ottley Music School prepares
81 piano students to take the 1999 student auditions of the National Guild of Piano
Teachers. From 5 year olds to 50+, students from beginners to high school diploma program,
from the one-piece Pledge certificate to the 20 piece, Mrs. Ottley and her colleagues,
Craig Teer and Fabian Faccio, have prepared these students to present their memorized
program to the adjudicator. This year is by far the largest class, since 1998 saw 55
students successfully taking the auditions.
This is first year that the Ottley Music School is sending up a Diploma candidate, Nicole Lynette Greene, a graduating senior from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D. C. Ms. Greene began with Nevilla Ottley, and presently studies technique with Sukey Goh at Duke Ellington, and literature with Dr. Raymond Jackson, professor of music at Howard University. Ms. Greene has been accepted and plans to attend New England Conservatory.
It is also the first time that the studio will present a duo team, as Gerard Ransford Limerick (12-year-old graduating 8th grader) and one of his classmates, Andre Robert Matthews, team up to present Marie Seuel-Holsts "Springtime Symphony" in three movements. Gerard will also team up with Lauren Renee Reed (13-year-old 7th grader) as part of both of their National (10+ memorized pieces) Gold Pin program, they will perform the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from Tchaikovskys Nutcracker Suite.
It is also the first time that over 50% of the candidates are presenting Gold Pin programs. Ms. Ottley teaches over 60 students.