Student of the Month / Sarah Thaxton
Sarah Jane Thaxton is a sophomore at Milford High School. Sarah takes voice and acting lessons with Katie McLain. On October 6th, 7th, and 8th, she will be portraying the role of Alice Blake, a main supporting role, in Up the Down Staircase. Past roles include Henrietta Morganthaw in Annie, Belinda Crachett in A Christmas Carol, and the chorus of Bugsy Malone. A member of Milford’s select concert choir, she is also a member of drama club, girl scouts, and spring water polo. In addition to singing, Sarah also enjoys drawing, playing the piano, and baking.
LMA Welcomes Michael Pringle to the Faculty
The magic of music showed up early in Michael’s life; specifically in the person of a Chicago Symphony Orchestra string player, who demo’ed the instruments of the Viol family. Michael decided he HAD to play the viola, because it sounded so incredible! Fast-forward through Suzuki string classes, elementary school and onward to junior and senior high school, with private lessons for most of this time. Michael’s orchestra conductor began pestering him to consider going to music camps like Interlochen, getting one of the “right” teachers, and getting on the road to CCM for classical music. However, at about 13 years old, Michael had concurrently taken up… the… guitar. Concentration on private lessons and viola practice began to fade, and playing the guitar began occupying every spare moment.
Michael has studied jazz theory with several wonderful teachers, including CCM Theory & Composition grad Keith Bowers, and Rick Fitzgerell of the Manhattan School of Music. He has played in several blues, pop and country cover bands, and currently is working with a keyboard collaborator, writing and recording original music in the project studio in his home; Michael is also a pro-level slide guitar player. He is also responsible for the dubious scientific discovery that if you have played for four hours, you can put toothache gel on the tips of your fingers, and play for another four hours.
“I feel that any song that the student would love to be able to play can be a jumping-off point for learning not only the song, but also the ‘nuts and bolts’ of how music works, and different techniques their favorite players may be using. There is a magic to seeing someone’s favorite song come together under their fingers, and realizing, ‘This is how my favorite song is really played!’”
LMA Students Recording at Babblefish Studios
18 students from Loveland Music Academy will be recording 2 songs at Babblefish Studios in Franklin, Ohio. The first song will be “Pull Me Under” by Dream Theater, an extremely complicated piece that is 8:21 minutes long. Then the students will be recording “Number of the Beast” by Iron Maiden.
And in a few weeks you can expect another video from their Nashville trip in May. Their cover of Tangerine Dream’s “Loved By The Sun” is currently being mixed by Clemens Schleiwies, an incredible mixing engineer in Munich, Germany. We decided that since Tangerine Dream is a German band why not get our version mixed and mastered in Germany. You can check out Clemens website here: http://www.analogmix.com/ He actually owns the mixing console that David Bowie recorded his album Heroes on. Clemens’ recording gear is definitely top notch!
Rock n’ Bowl Recital a Success!
The students had a great time performing nearly 50 rock songs at the Rock n’ Bowl Recital. A big thanks goes out to Carl, Josh and Morgan for helping to organize the event.
Formal Recital on Sunday, October 2nd
Our next formal recital be at the Epiphany United Methodist Church on Sunday, October 2nd from 2:00 to 6:00. The recital will feature guitar, piano, string, voice and percussion students.
Noah Stubenrauch Sings National Anthem
Noah Stubenrauch did a fantastic job singing the National Anthem at a Kings High School soccer game.
The video of his performance is here: http://www.youtube.com/user/luv80smusic12?feature=mhee#p/a/u/1/Bs28eJgJSLU
Loveland Music Academy Show Choir
“A New Venture” is the very first Loveland Music Academy show choir. Open to all 7th and 8th graders in the area, this is not an audition entry process- the first 50 registrants are in! This is an exciting new opportunity to hone your skills and gain group experience. There will be several performance opportunities throughout the year at both public and private venues. This group will not be competitive, but it will be educational and A LOT of fun! For more information please follow this link: https://www.lovelandmusicacademy.com/images/stuff/Showchoir.pdf
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LMA Students Featured in Loveland Herald
Drew Lowry and Blaine Hamilton, in addition to being in marching band and taking private lessons at LMA, also formed a rock band, Verbatim. They play a wide range of rock classics from the 60’s, 70’s , 80’s and beyond. They already have several gigs under their belt including Shooters, a family friendly restaurant here in Loveland. Verbatim’s next performance will be at Shooters on Sunday, October 23rd. Definitely make a point to check out this fantastic group of musicians!
LMA Instructor Performs on Fox 19 News
Joshua Cole, a guitar instructor at LMA, performed on Cincinnality, a new show from Fox 19 News. Josh is the singer and guitarist in the band Local Ghost. You can see there performance here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tBQMNsXXXc&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Congratulations to LMA Acting / Voice Students
Congratulations to all of the students from LMA that made the Middle School Show Choir, the Middle School musical, and the High School musical.
LMA Students’songs now available on iTunes
9 of the students’ songs are now available to purchase through iTunes. We obtained the license to sell digital downloads of these cover songs through songclearance.com All proceeds will go towards improving the quality of future recording sessions and to continue making it as affordable as possible for the students.
Link to the songs: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-students-of-aaron-okeefe/id455402028
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