Yuting Liu is 15 years old, and she has been playing piano for almost ten years now. It is her fifth year studying with Mrs. Sarratt. In previous years she won second and third place for the NVMTA Concerto Festival, and was selected for the 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 twice. Yuting received Honors in the NVMTA Judged Recital, and was awarded third place in the WMTA Specialty Competition. Recently, she was awarded with Honorable mention in the NVMTA Judged Recital and the Piano Achievement Awards Competition. Apart from piano, she loves track, reading, skiing, and programming. She looks forward to another year of learning with Mrs. Sarratt!
Albert Xu is a 10th grader. He joined Mrs. Sarratt’s studio in 2021. His past achievements include second place in the NVMTA Achievement Awards, first place in the WMTA Viola Hartman Competition and NVMTA Concerto Festival, Honorable Mention in the Northern Virginia District Auditions, MTNA State Competition, and honors in the NVMTA Bach Baroque Competition. He has also 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. Albert recently was invited to join the NSO Youth Fellowship as a chamber musician. In addition to piano, he also enjoys playing the cello. He is enjoying studying piano with Mrs. Sarratt.
Caroline Su is a rising 9th grader. She started her piano studies at the age of 6 and has been studying with Mrs. Sarratt since 2021. Caroline draws great inspiration and knowledge from her teacher.
Caroline made significant musical strides in the past year. She performed at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall as part of the Summer Youth Institute, and at the prestigious PYPA Young Artist Concert Series. She made her ensemble debut at the AAMS Young Artist Concert and her first solo recital at the Goodwin House. Caroline won first place at the MTNA VA state competition. She continued to excel at various NVMTA events. Her awards included first places at the NVMTA Achievement Awards, the VMTA District Auditions, and the WMTA Hartman Competition.
Caroline performs regularly as member of the Tacy Foundation, now as a chief intern. In the past year she performed at the NIH Clinical Center, and at the Benefit Concert for Syria and Turkey Earthquakes. She cares very much about preserving the planet and enjoys research, writing on many topics, swimming and volleyball.
My name is Jessica Chen, and I am 15 years old. This is my eighth year studying piano with Mrs. Sarratt, and I enjoy studying music with her! I have been the first place winner of numerous events including the VMTA State Auditions, NVMTA District Auditions, the Robert Spencer Concerto Competition and NVMTA Achievement Awards. Most recently, I was awarded 2nd in the Lions Club State Bland Competition, where I was awarded a scholarship of $2,500, as well as first place in the MSMTA Gertrude S. Brown Memorial Concerto Competition, giving me the chance to play with orchestra! In addition, I was a pianist in the NSO Youth Fellowship Program during the 2022-2023 year as well as during the 2023 NSO Summer Music Institute, and I performed as a soloist and chamber musician at the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage and Concert Hall. I was selected to participate again as a NSO Youth Fellow for the 2023-2024 year! I’m an active member and chief intern of the Tacy Foundation, and I regularly perform at assisted living centers. Besides piano, I enjoy drawing, reading and hiking. In school, my favorite subject is CS, and I avidly participate in school clubs, including the Game Development Club of which I am vice president!