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AUSTIN STUDENT WINS 1ST PRIZE IN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

We just found out that  Aytahn Benavi, competed at the “Domain Forget” guitar festival in Quebec, Canada. Although only 16, Aytahn competed in the college division, playing “Caprice 1” by Mario Castlenuevo Tedesco, “Etude 12” by H. Villa Lobos and “Joyful Island” by Angelo Gilardino. He won 1st prize! This includes an honorarium, full tuition next year and a concert at the festival! Congratulations to Aytahn on his well-deserved awards! Aytahn began in the Childbloom Program at age 5 with Chris Stone. He is currently studying with Childbloom Founder, Kevin Taylor.


CHIARA STELLA GUITAR ENSEMBLE PERFORMS AT CHILDBLOOM OPEN HOUSE

The Chiara Stella Guitar ensemble, comprised of guitar students of the Childbloom Guitar Program, performed music outdoors at the Childbloom Porgram’s Open House on June 6. The group is Directed by Childbloom Instructor, Adam Carney.


ROUND ROCK STUDENTS SHOW “CAN-DO” ATTITUDE

The latest Round Rock students news is that students can and are contributing canned food for the Round Rock Food Bank every week. The Round Rock studio is now a drop off point for donations. So bring a can to your lesson! Lets see how quickly we can fill up that barrel!


AUSTIN BELLA CORDA GUITAR ENSEMBLE PERFORMS AT FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS IN GEORGETOWN

The Austin Bella Corda guitar ensemble performed before the Round Rock Symphony’s initial performance for this year’s Festival of the Arts. The theme of the Festival was music of Latin America. The group performed music by Astor Piazzola and a selection of arrangements from South American and Mexican folk traditions.


AUSTIN BELLA CORDA GUITAR ENSEMBLE PERFORMS AT FESTIVAL HILL IN ROUND TOP

The Childbloom performing group, Austin Bella Corda, played for a Mother’s Day Concert at Festival Hill in Round Top on May 15, 2018. They performed in the Edythe Bates Chapel.


AUSTIN BELLA CORDA TO PERFORM AT THE ROUND ROCK ARTS GALA ON MARCH 3

Round Rock Arts patrons will hear the award-winning Austin Bella Corda Guitar Ensemble perform at the 10th “Imagine” Arts show.


THE CHILDBLOOM CHRISTMAS GUITAR CHOIR TO PERFORM IN THE TEXAS STATE CAPITOL ROTUNDA

On Sunday, Dec. 17 from noon until 1 pm, the 30 piece Childbloom Christmas Guitar Choir will decorate the Texas Capitol with the sounds of Christmas. This is the 12th year students from The Childbloom Guitar Program have performed their holiday classics in this glorious rotunda. Everyone is welcome!


CHILDBLOOM CHRISTMAS GUITAR CHOIR AT ROUND ROCK LIBRARY

30 young guitarists will perform accompaniment to a reading of the traditional O’Henry Christmas story, “Gift of the Magi” on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2:30 in the Round Rock Library. This is the 10th year the Childbloom students have presented this Christmas classic. Introduce you family to this inspiring story by one of America’s greates storytellers. Free and open to the public.


AUSTIN BELLA CORDA PERFORMS IN ROUND ROCK AND GEORGETOWN

Childbloom’s premier performance group will play Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Barnes & Nobles “Bookfair” in Round Rock at La Frontera. This is the first performance of the season of the re-formed group. They will play at 7 p.m.

AUSTIN BELLA CORDA TO PERFORM FOR A MUSICAL BENEFIT FOR HARVEY VICTIMS

Austin Bella Corda will also perform Sunday at 1 pm at Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown for a benefit for the victims of hurricane Harvey.

Harvey benefit poster #2 2017“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! You can see and hear their competition performance here.

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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!

GUITAR DAY IN DOWNTOWN ROUND ROCK ON APRIL 30

Sunset-concert-April-30-2016-jpgOn 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

ABC-2015-16-300x168Austin 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

ABC-2014-15-waterfall-copy-small-300x135Austin 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 festivalAytahn 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

ABC-on-the-porch-reduced-300x296Austin 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

Aytahn-e1393880276312-227x30012-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.

Childbloom Student Awards since 2010

Austin/Round Rock Childbloom 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. These are some of the awards that Austin/Round Rock students have earned since 2010.

2018

1st Prize COLLEGE DIVISION (!) at the Domain Forget Guitar Festival competition, Quebec, Canada.

4th Prize Boston Guitar Competition (18-21 division).

Highest scores in Texas UIL competitions.

2017

1st place at the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Youth Ensemble Competition.

2016

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

2015

1st Prize – Domain Forget Youth Competition – Quebec, Canada

2014

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

2013

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

2012

Amerian String Teachers” Association youth competition – Honorable mention

2nd prize – Mid-America Sr. Youth Competitiom

2011

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

2010

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