Albert Xu is a 7th grader and joined Mrs. Sarratt’s studio in 2021. His past achievements include 1st place in the WMTA Viola Hartman Competition and the NVMTA Concerto Festival, Honorable Mention in the Northern Virginia District Auditions, and the honors recital in the NVMTA Bach Baroque Competition. He also has received awards in the NVMTA Sonata Festival, MSMTA Gottlieb Competition, MSMTA Solo Piano Festival, WMTA Hungarian Competition, William Knabe International Piano Competition, and George Mason Spring Music Competition. In addition to piano, he also enjoys playing the cello. He looks forward to studying the piano with Mrs. Sarratt
Richard Wu is a 7-year old second-grader, and a Davidson Young Scholar. He has been learning piano since he was 5, and this is his first year studying with Mrs. Sarratt. He got into the second round for the NVMTA Bach/Baroque Competitions and NVMTA Sonata Competitions four times, and received First Class Honors with Distinction and State Certificate of Excellence in RCM. Besides music, Richard fosters a broad interest in math, reading, science, coding, chess and solving logic puzzles. He also plays tennis, runs track and field, and enjoys swimming. He is excited about challenges and aspires to further develop musicianship with Mrs. Sarratt.
Aiden (Chan Wook) Seo is a 10th grader. This will be his fourth year to work with Mrs. Sarratt. He has competed in many prestigious competitions for young musicians; a Gold Medal at "ADDGT" competition, first prize in the American Protege International Competition, the VMTA State Audition, and the Steinway Piano Competition. Aiden has received awards in various Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association competitions, including being selected for Honor's in the NVMTA and WMTA Judged Recital serious, winning first place in the Viola Hartman Piano Performance and in the Music and Arts at Providence competition, which gave him an opportunity to perform with the Providence orchestra. Aiden is interested in contemporary music. When he is not practicing the piano, Aiden enjoys reading books. His favorite subject in school is math and science. He also has fun playing video games.
Angela (Angie) Zhang is a 10th grader and she has studied music for ten years. This is her fourth year as a student of Lisa Emenheiser Sarratt. Angie has won awards and scholarships in numerous piano competitions, including first place at the NVMTA Robert Spencer Concerto Competition, the NVMTA Piano Achievement Awards Competition, the WMTA Hungarian Piano Competition, the WMTA Viola Hartman Piano Performance Awards, and the WMTA Bi-Annual Bartok Piano Competition. Angie has been invited to perform at the Embassy of Hungary three times and to perform at the Young Artists Musicales two times. She has also performed at the Embassy of France after being awarded second place and the Best Performance of a French Work prize at the Steinway & Sons Washington Piano Competition. Angie’s passion for music also includes playing chamber music and performing with orchestras. In January of 2020, she performed Franz Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center as a participant of the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program. The same year, Angie was also invited to perform Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 5 with the Amadeus Orchestra. Angie believes that music is meant to be shared with others to ignite hope and joy. She volunteers regularly at the Sunrise and Larmax elderly homes as a member of the Tacy Foundation. Besides playing the piano, Angie also enjoys gardening, baking, and rocketry.
Sasha Wang is a rising senior and has been a student of Lisa Emenheiser Sarratt for eleven years. She has competed in various competitions such as NVMTA Sonata Festival, WMTA Viola Hartman Awards, and NVMTA Piano Achievement Awards. She has consistently been awarded top scores for both Music Theory and Sight Reading in national exams. Aside from piano, Sasha studies the violin, drums, and percussion. She has made it into VBODA All District Band as first chair multiple times, has been a section leader in marching band for three consecutive years, and is the first female tenor player in marching band for the past 20 years. Outside of school, she enjoys exercising, cooking, traveling around the world with her family, and is an avid volunteer for many local animal shelters.
Melissa Wu is in 11th grade and has been studying with Lisa Emenheiser Sarratt for 5 years. Melissa has been a prizewinner in many competitions; she received first prize in the Alexandria Host James Bland Competition and Alternate in the MTNA Senior Performance Duet Competition with her duet partner Hana Wang. She was also awarded second place in the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music and will perform at Carnegie Hall in April 2021. Melissa was also accepted to the 2020 Summer Residential Governor's School for Visual and Performing Arts. She has been awarded many prizes in other competitions such as the Steinway Washington Piano Competition, NVMTA Concerto Competition, Knabe Young Artist Piano Competition, NVMTA Achievement Awards, VMTA District and State Auditions, MSMTA Gottlieb Competition, WMTA Bach Tselentis Competition, WMTA Specialty Music of the Americas Competition, and James Bland Music Competition. She has been awarded Honor’s for events such as NVMTA Judged Recitals, WMTA Judged Recitals, and NVMTA Sonata Festivals. Outside of piano, Melissa enjoys learning about computer science, international affairs, and Chinese culture through her extracurricular activities. She is also a part of student government and enjoys serving the school community by fundraising and planning events.
Lauren Joelle is a rising 10th grader and has been studying under Mrs. Sarratt for five years. This past summer, Lauren had an amazing opportunity to participate in The National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, where she performed Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A Major (better known as the “Trout” quintet). She now has a newfound love and passion for chamber music and hopes to do more of it in the future. Lauren competed in two recorded events: the MSMTA Gottlieb competition, where she was awarded first prize, and the NVMTA Sonata Festival, where she was selected for the top award. When not practicing her piano repertoire, Lauren enjoys recording contemporary and Disney music for the TACY Foundation, creating virtual concerts for the elderly in nursing homes and children in hospitals. Outside of her life as a musician, Lauren enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies, playing sports, and writing.
Amber is a 10th grader at Oakton High School and has been playing piano for 11 years. This will be her sixth year studying with Mrs. Sarratt. She has participated in many events in the past years, such as the WMTA Viola Hartman Awards, NVMTA Piano Achievement Awards, Robert Spencer Concerto Competition, James Bland Music Competition, Providence Music and Arts Competition, NVMTA Sonata Festival, and more. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many competitions have been canceled or delayed, but this did not stop Amber from competing in online events. This year, Amber has gotten many awards in numerous events, such as becoming a finalist in the Ylda Novik Competition, getting third place in the online MSMTA Gottlieb Competition, and receiving the top award for the NVMTA Sonata Festival. Besides the competitive aspect of playing the piano, Amber also enjoys playing music to the elderly in senior homes through the Tacy Foundation and using her music to spread joy. Outside of piano, Amber is also on the Oakton Dance Team. Last year, her team received 13th in the entire nation! During quarantine, Amber has also picked up some new hobbies. For instance, she enjoys building legos, drawing, bullet journaling, embroidery, and baking. She is looking forward to another year full of musical growth with Mrs. Sarratt!
Hana Wang is a senior and has been a student of Lisa Emenheiser Sarratt for 9 years. Hana has participated with excellence in numerous competitions. Most recently, she received Alternate in the MTNA Senior Performance Duet Competition with her duet partner Melissa Wu, first place in the MSMTA Gottlieb Competition, and second place in the WMTA Hungarian Competition. She also placed second in the VMTA State Auditions, NVMTA 2019 Robert Spencer Piano Concerto Competition, and the WMTA Nora Lichtenberg Competition. Additionally, Hana has been the first place winner of numerous competitions including the MSMTA Gertrude S. Brown Memorial Concerto Competition, the NVMTA Achievement Awards, the Music and Arts at Providence Solo Competition, the NVMTA Robert Spencer Concerto Competition, and the WMTA Ylda Novik Memorial Piano Concerto Competition. She has also performed in Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Embassy of Hungary in Washington D.C., in "Young Soloists Concerts" at the Alden Theatre, and in "Young Artist Musicales" at the George Mason University Center for the Performing Arts. Two years ago, Hana participated in the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program at the Kennedy Center and had the opportunity to play in chamber ensembles, attend NSO rehearsals, meet renowned musicians, and perform in Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center. In past summers, Hana has participated in The Governor’s School for Visual and Performing Arts at Radford University for piano and the Indiana University Summer Piano Academy. She is also a member of the Tacy Foundation, where she actively volunteers to perform at assisted living centers. Aside from her piano activities, Hana enjoys reading and singing; she has been singing in the Glorystar Children’s Chorus for 7 years. In school, Hana participates in Science Olympiad and has received awards at both regional and state levels.
Sophia Go is in 10th grade and has been studying the piano for ten years. She is looking forward to her third year of musical instruction and development with Ms. Sarratt. Sophia won the VMTA District Audition and was the Alternate in the VMTA State Audition in 2019. She was selected as the "Best Performance of a French Work" in the Steinway Competition in 2019 and performed at the Embassy of France and has received awards and honors at various WMTA, MSMTA, and NVMTA competitions and judged recitals. Sophia also plays the violin and has been part of the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras since 6th grade. She had the honor of performing as a soloist with the AYCO in 2019 as the concerto competition winner for the year. Sophia also serves as an accompanist and performs in chamber groups with friends and family. This summer, Sophia participated in the NSO Summer Music Institute and produced a video of the first movement of the Vaughan Williams Piano Quintet in C minor. Sophia regularly shares music with the elderly at retirement communities and nursing homes through her church and the Tacy Foundation. Apart from her studies and music, Sophia is a part of her high school track team and enjoys spending time with her new puppy.
Alexander (Sasha) Suh is a rising senior and has been playing piano since the age of five. He has been a student of Mrs. Lisa Emenheiser Sarratt since August 2015 and has been the first-place winner of various competitions, including the Nora Lichtenberg scholarship
competition, the Ylda Novik Memorial Concerto Competition, and the MSMTA Gottlieb and WMTA specialty competitions. Along with Jialin Tso, his duet team was the top prizewinner at the national level of the MTNA Senior Piano Duet Competition, and this past spring, they
performed with Anderson & Roe on the national radio show From the Top. This year will be Sasha’s second as a National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellow, where he will get opportunities to interact with esteemed musicians and perform chamber music with students throughout Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. In the past, he has
participated in the National Symphony Orchestra's Summer Music Institute as well as the Governor's School for Visual and Performing Arts at Radford University. He enjoys performing at many senior homes as part of the Tacy Foundation and has been invited to perform at the National Institutes of Health. With an energetic and curious mind, he
enjoys exploring various other subjects, including computer science and math when he is not immersed in classical music.
Amy Tsou is a senior and this will be her fourth year studying with Mrs. Sarratt. She has played piano for 11 years and participated in various events including NVMTA District Auditions, WMTA Lichtenberg, NVMTA Piano Achievement, NVMTA Robert Spencer Concerto Competition, and James Bland Music Competition. During the summer these past few years, she attended the Summer Residential Governor’s School for Visual and Performing Arts, National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute Program, and Peabody Summer Institute. Amy is also a Chief Intern for the Tacy Foundation at two assisted living centers where she manages live music events. In school, she actively participates in pit orchestra, medical club, and founded the Science Olympiad Club. Her other hobbies are reading, playing the flute, and pressing plants. She is looking forward to another year of enrichment and excitement with Mrs. Sarratt!
My name is Jessica Chen, and I am 12 years old. This is my fifth year studying piano with Mrs. Sarratt and I enjoy studying music with her! This year, I won NVMTA District Auditions, and it will be the second time I compete in VMTA State Auditions. I have won numerous events including NVMTA District Auditions, VMTA State Auditions, Viola Hartman Performance Awards, NVMTA Achievement Awards, and WMTA Raissa Tselentis Bach Competition. I was selected as one of the seven finalists in the Robert and Frances Allen Young Artist Competition. I earned third place in the NVMTA Robert Spencer Concerto Competition and second in the WMTA Haydn Sonata Competition. I was awarded Honors in the WMTA Judged Recital, the NVMTA Judged Recital, and the NVMTA Sonata Festival. Besides piano, I enjoy drawing, reading, and playing soccer. I play on a travel soccer team and we have won many tournaments. In school, my favorite subject is math, and I am excited to participate in some math competitions starting this year!
Wilson Chen is a 10th grader. He has been studying with Mrs. Sarratt since summer of 2015, and he really enjoys his piano lessons. Wilson won several awards at regional and state competitions, including the Robert Spencer Concerto Competition, the MTNA Junior Performance Competition, the Steinway Competition, the NVMTA District Auditions, Piano Achievements, the Bland Competition, the WMTA Viola Hartman awards competition, the NVMTA Sonata Festival. Wilson also regularly volunteers to play piano at assisted living centers. Besides piano, Wilson is an avid participant in math competitions, and also enjoys playing baseball and programming. He is eager to keep playing the piano and is looking forward to another great year of studying under Mrs. Sarratt.
Yuting Liu is 12 years old, and she has been playing piano for 7 years now. It is her second year playing with Mrs. Sarratt. Recently Yuting was awarded first place in the Maryland State Music Teacher's Association Gottlieb competition. She also won 2nd and 3rd place for the NVMTA Concerto Festival, and was selected for that NVMTA Sonata Festival Honors recital. She received Honorable Mention twice at the MSMTA piano solo festival, and was selected for the second round in the NVMTA Bach festival. Yuting received Honors in the NVMTA Judged Recital. Apart from piano, she loves snowboarding, skiing, and hiking in the mountains. She looks forward to another year of learning with Mrs. Sarratt!