June Newsletter 2014

  1. Flexible Scheduling –You can conveniently schedule summer music lessons around vacations, camps and other fun summer activities through our unlimited make-up classes and still keep your lesson time and teacher for the fall! Plus there is no expiration date on the classes so you can make-up your missed lessons any time even after you come back from vacation. It’s a win-win ☺
  2. Fun and Motivating – Summer is the perfect time to break from the routine and help students learn music of their choice whether it’s a song they heard on the radio or a challenging classical piece.
  3. Greater Focus – Without the worries of homework, sports games and practices, and other school-time activities, students can devote time and attention to their summer music lessons and practice. Better focus leads to better practice!
  4. Time for Something New – Many of our students show interest in learning an additional instrument during the school year. Summer is the best time to try out a new instrument or two!
  5. No Backtracking – When students take a full summer break from their instruments, it only means one thing – time to backtrack in the Fall! Everyone knows that saying, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” This is true in all disciplines including learning how to play an instrument. Instead of back tracking for the first month or two in the Fall, our students use their summer music lessons to keep making progress.

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Upcoming Events

SATURDAY JUNE 7th: VMA Summer Concert At Houston Baptist University

The summer recital will be held in the Belin Chapel at Houston Baptist University (7205 Fondren Drive). Please check with the front desk for your designated recital time and double check your recital piece with your teacher. All family and friends are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

MONDAY JULY 21st: Presentation of National Award

Vivaldi Music Academy will officially receive its 2014 National Music School of the Year Award at the Academy! Come and Celebrate with us!

SUNDAY JULY 27th: Performance Opportunity For Students At Family Fun Fest

Academy students will have the opportunity for a stage performance at the Houston Family Magazine’s Family Fun Fest. If you are interested in performing on stage, please notify the front desk. We will begin assembling group and individual practice times in the months of June and July in preparation for the event. More details to follow!

  • Event Date: July 27, 2014 • 12-4pm
  • Location: Discovery Green • 1500 McKinney Street • Houston, TX 77010

Is your teacher SOLD OUT? About Available Lesson Times:

Many VMA teachers are currently completely booked and on a waiting list basis. Prospective students, please note we still have openings, but not many. If you are thinking about signing up for lessons or adding an instrument, please do so ASAP before they’re all gone. Once we’re sold out, we can add you to a waiting list. To inquire about openings for June or July, please call our office at713-858-9617 or email us at info@vivaldimusicacademy.com.

Teacher of the Month


Megan Berti is a mezzo-soprano in the studio of Melanie Sonnenberg and a recent graduate of the University of Houston, Moores School of Music’s Performance Certificate program. She is currently singing with Houston Grand Opera’s Opera to Go! as Mother and Nightingale in their newly-commissioned opera Rapunzel throughout the Houston area and is preparing Hansel for Opera in the Heights’ 2014-2015 season. Most recently Ms. Berti performed the title role in Strega Nona for Opera to Go!, Flora in La Traviata for her debut with Opera in the Heights, and Angelina in La Cenerentola with the Lakes Area Music Festival. Other recent roles include Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Vava in Moscow, Cheryomushki by Shostakovich, and Magali in Catán’s Salsipuedes at Moores. Last season at Moores she performed Annina in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, the title role in Daron Hagen’s Amelia, and Mistress Quickly in Verdi’ Falstaff. Megan is also preparing the mezzo-soprano solo for Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra, with whom she sang a European tour this past summer. Previous appearances with BCCO include Mozart’s The Great Mass in C Minor, Dvořák’s Requiem, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. While at Eastman, Ms. Berti played the role of Anne in To Hell and Back by Jake Heggie and the complete role of Dryade in a scene from Ariadne auf Naxos. Ms. Berti also performed the mezzo-soprano solos for Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with Rochester’s Gregory Kunde Chorale, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Oakland’s Cantare con Vivo, and for Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Eastman Chorale. During her undergraduate studies, Ms. Berti performed Sesto in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito and La Messaggiera in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, and she was a soloist in Verdi’s Requiem and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony; the latter she also sang with the Pasadena Pops Orchestra. Megan has participated in the summer programs Le Chiavi di Bel Canto, SongFest, the International Lyric Academy in Italy, and SummerSong where she performed the roles of Orpheus in Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice, Sesto in Handel’s Julius Cesar, and Otto in Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea. She was a scholarship recipient for the Fine Arts Affiliates, the Dramatic Allied Arts Guild, the Presser award, and she has received two CSULB Choral awards. Megan is also a member of the SAI music fraternity and the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society.