Austin, Round Rock Student News
“AUSTIN BELLA CORDA” GUITAR ENSEMBLE WINS INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
Austin Bella Corda is an elite performing group of students who started guitar with the Childbloom Guitar Program. Even though all the players are teenagers, many of them started at age 5 and 6. In June they traveled to Fullerton California to compete in the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Ensemble competition. They competed against conservatory groups from California and Arizona. We are happy to report that the group was awarded the top prize of 1st place!
The performers are (l to R): Noah Kentros, Aaron Mink, Jakob Giles, Simon Krauskopf, Linden Meyer, Kevin Taylor (Director), Aytahn Benavi, Ben Parrish, Elle Smith and Kabeer Motwani.
They performed works by Astor Piazzola, Mozart and an original work by Director, Kevin Taylor. Participation in Austin Bella Corda is free but students must audition each year.
Dec. 9, 7 pm at Ken’z Guitars on the square in Georgetown, the premier guitar ensemble of the Childbloom Program, Austin Bella Corda, will give a free performance. Come on out and hear some great playing from these kids!
Dec. 17, noon, the Childbloom Christmas Guitar Choir will perform in the Rotunda of the State Capital building.
Dec. 18, 4 PM in the Round Rock Public Library the Childbloom Christmas Guitar Choir will accompany a reading of O’Henry’s “Gift off the Magi.” Introduce your family to this inspiring story of the season from one of America’s created storytellers.
CHILDBLOOM STUDENT WINS MAJOR INTERNATIONAL AWARDS
In June of 2016, Aytahn Benavi, a 14 year old student of Kevin Taylor, recently was awarded 2nd place at the Guitar Foundation of America’s International youth guitar competition JR. Division. He competed agains dozens of the world’s finest young players. This is the toughest competition in the world and Aytahn showed that he is one of the best players in the USA. In October he was awarded 1st place in the Texas A&M Guitar Symposium high school competition and the Indiana University high school guitar competition. Congratulations to him for his outstanding work!
AUSTIN BELLA CORDA WINS CHILDBLOOM NATIONAL AWARD
The local performing group, Austin Bella Corda, was recently awarded “Best Guitar Ensemble” for 2016 by The Childbloom Co. The group competed against Childbloom ensembles throughout the nation. Members of the winning ensemble are: Aaron Mink, Aytahn Benavi, Elyce Garcia, Simon Krauskopf, Kabeer Motwani, Maxwell Dodge, Elle Smith and Ben Parrish. You can see their winning entry HERE.
GUITAR DAY IN DOWNTOWN ROUND ROCK ON APRIL 30
On Saturday, April 30, the students and teachers of the Childbloom Guitar Program will be in downtown Round Rock for ”Childbloom Guitar Day.”
At 11 am pedestrians may walk by one of our volunteer ”Sound Oasis” teams, students playing near the Plaza and on the street to provide a bit of musical interest and beauty for pedestrians and passer-byes.
From noon to 1 pm, the teachers of the Childbloom Program will be out near the Plaza giving free mini-guitar lessons to interested kids. Come meet the extraordinary teachers of the Childbloom Program!
At 3 pm, Childbloom students of Round Rock and Austin will have an open mic at Star Coffee on Main Street.
At 7 PM in ArtSpace, the Austin Bella Corda Guitar Ensemble will perform a ”Sunset Concert.” This concert will also feature the award-winning soloists, Aaron Mink and Aytahn Benavi. This is free. Seating is limited. Come early
CHILDBLOOM STUDENT TAKES NATIONAL COMPETITION HONORS
A 14 year old student of Kevin Taylor, Aytahn Benavi, just was awarded 1st prize in two national youth competitions. He traveled to Columbus, Georgia and performed in the youth competition, at the Columbus Guitar Symposium. He also competed in the University of Dallas Sr. Youth competition and took 1st place. We congratulate Aytahn on his impressive achievements!
”GIFT OF THE MAGI”
A reading. Free and open to all ages. Introduce your family to this inspiration seasonal favorite, Saturday, December 12, 5 PM at the Round Rock Public Library. Music by the Childbloom Christmas Guitar Choir.
Austin Bella Corda Guitar Ensemble
Austin Bella Corda Guitar Ensemble is a premier guitar ensemble drawing students from the Childbloom Guitar Program. The 2015/16 performers are (from l to r) Ben Parrish, Aaron Mink, Simon Krauskopf, Jeneve Wider, Maxwell Dodge, Elle Smith, Elyce Garcia, Aytahn Benavi. Click here to listen to them playing an original tune.
Austin Bella Corda
Austin Bella Corda, the elite performing group of advanced Childbloom students, will be performing at Lakeway Activity Center ballroom on Sunday, April 19, 4 to 5 p.m. Their performance is free to the public. Players are (l-r) Aytahn Benavi, Avi Medina, Sam Forbes, Jeneve Wilder, Aaron Mink, Annalise Irby, SImon Krauskopf, Elle Smith, Ben Parrish.
Childbloom students at our Austin Open Mic
Austin/Round Rock Instructors, Adam Carney, Jody Moseley, Chris Stone and Katie Kerwin just put on an open mic for any students who wished to participate. And WOW! did they. Childbloomers packed the New World Cafe. Students from the most beginning to the most advances performed. What a great outpouring of young guitarists!
THE 12TH DAY OF CHRISTMAS IN ROUND ROCK
The Childbloom Christmas Guitar Choir will accompany a reading of O’Henry’s ”Gift of the Magi” on Dec. 13 in the Round Rock City Council chambers. This group is comprised of 24 Childbloom students. The performance is free!
CHILDBLOOM STUDENT TAKES FIRST PLACE AT TEXAS A & M YOUTH GUITAR COMPETITION!
Aytahn Benavi received 1st prize at the Texas A & M Jr. youth guitar competition in October. He competed against 14 other players from around the state. He performed two pieces. He started guitar lessons at age 5 with Childbloom Instructor Chris Stone and now studies with Kevin Taylor.
TWO AUSTIN CHILDBLOOM STUDENTS EARN HIGHEST AWARDS AT INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL COMPETITION
The University of Houston’s Classical Minds festival featured two youth competitions that included young players from around the United States and beyond. We are pleased to announce that two Austin/Round Rock students of Kevin Taylor received top awards at that festival. Aytahn Benavi (12) won 1st in the Jr. competition performing Giuliani’s Op.15 2nd mvmnt. and ”Tango de Lejos” in a perfect performance. Avi Medina (17) was awarded 2nd place for her spellbinding set of ”Lament” by Mark Cruz, ”Fantasie VII” by Dowland, ”Usher Waltz” by Nikita Koshkin and ”Maria” by Tarrega. All the players were at an extraordinary high level and we congratulate our young artists for their work and beautiful efforts.
AUSTIN BELLA CORDA TO PERFORM AT ST. MATTHEW’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH MAY 31, AT 7:30 PM
Austin Bella Corda is a unique performing group of older Childbloom students. They play music from the Medieval to the Rolling Stones. Bella Corda™ Groups have performed in Washington, South Carolina, St. Louis, Dallas, Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Houston, and Austin. In 2010 a national Bella Corda group of Childbloom students won ”The Best Youth Ensemble” Award at the the Guitar Orchestra Festival and Competition in Bad Nauheim, Germany. This is a benefit concert for Heifer International.
CHILDBLOOM STUDENT WINS 1ST PRIZE AT PRESTIGIOUS GUITAR COMPETITION
12-year old Childbloom student, Aytahn Benavi was awarded 1st prize at the University of Dallas Youth guitar Competition on March 1. Aytahn competed in the under 14 category. There were dozens of competitors from around the state and beyond. Aytahn began his studies with Chris Stone at age 5 in the Childbloom Guitar Program. He currently studies with Kevin Taylor. Aytahn performed 2 pieces for the judges: Prelude from J.S. Bach’s 1st Cello suite (BWV 1007) and Tango de Lejos by Maximo Pujol.
Student Music Examples
Africanon & Dance
Angels We Have Heard on High
Childbloom Student Awards since 2010
These are some of the awards that Austin/Round Rock students have earned in the last four years:
1st place at the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Youth Ensemble Competition.
1st Prize – Indiana University High School Guitar competition.
1st Prize – Texas A&M Guitar Symposium high school competition.
3rd prize – Classical Minds adult competition – Houston, TX.
2nd prize – Guitar Foundation of America International Jr. Youth Competition
1st Prize – Domain Forget Youth Competition – Quebec, Canada
1st Prize – Texas A & M Jr. Competition
1st Prize – U. of Dallas Jr. Youth competition
1st prize – U. of Houston’s “Classical Minds” Jr. Competition
2nd prize U. of Houston’s ”Classical Minds” Sr. Competitiom
3rd Prize Mid-America Jr. Youth competition
3rd Prize Mid-America Sr. Youth competition
2nd Prize Mid-America Jr. Sr. competition
1st Prize – Webster University Sr. Youth Competition
2nd prize – U. of Houston’s “Classical Minds” Sr. Competition
2nd Prize – U. of Dallas Jr. Youth competition
3rd Prize – U. of Dallas Sr. Youth competition
Amerian String Teachers” Association youth competition – Honorable mention
2nd prize – Mid-America Sr. Youth Competitiom
Appearance on the national NPR radio show “From The Top”
Winner of the “Jack Kent Cooke” $10,000 Young Artist Award
Yamaha Young Artist Recognition
1st prize – Mid-America Sr. & Jr. Youth Competition
2nd prize at U. of Houston’s “Classical Minds” Sr. Competition
4th prizeat U. of Houston’s “Classical Minds” Sr. Competition
1st prize Mid-America Sr. Youth competition
Austin/Round Rock Chidbloom students have been winning guitar competition awards every year since the very first Childbloom students discovered them in 2007! We won’t list them all because the list might break the internet.