Students from six area piano studios auditioned for membership in the National Fraternity of Student Musicians (NFSM) recently at San Marcos Academy.
The NFSM is the student organization sponsored by the National Guild of Piano Teachers and the American College of Musicians.
Students qualified in five different membership levels. Receiving National Membership pins were Andrei Apostol and Sabrina Zheng.
Those achieving district membership status were Cristen Cost, Kate Fu, Cathy He, Zephan Matteson, Will Ryan and Jonathan Tucker.
Several students qualified for Local Memberships, including Sophie Bathrick, Reed Bi, Raven Goad, Nancy Huang, Diana Jiang, Jeremy Laue, Tyler Laue, Kai Lee, Sophia Lee, PeiChiao Lin, Amberly Malone, Anouk Martin-Gachot, Tung Ming, Eliana Paloma, Bella Russo, Sebastian Russo, Sean Ryan, Aiden Seale, Jesikah Tucker, Tanner Yarbrough and Rachel Zhang.
Those receiving pins for Duet Membership were Andrei Apostol, Sophie Bathrick, Kate Fu, Cathy He, Nancy Huang, PeiChiao Lin, Amberly Malone, Will Ryan, Ceilidh Welsh and Tanner Yarbrough.
Finally, the following students achieved Ensemble Membership: Sophie Bathrick, Amy Batiste, Reed Bi, Kate Fu, Cathy He, Nancy Huang, Diana Jiang, PeiChiao Lin, Amberly Malone, Tung Ming, Tanner Yarbrough and Rachel Zhang.
Participating studio instructors were Emilee Head (San Antonio), Gayle Dobbs (New Braunfels), and local teachers Diane Osborne, Annette Paulin, Peter Steigerwald and Dr. Karen Munson (Guild chairman). Adjudicating the auditions was Elizabeth Currens.