A great performance by Justin Timberlake and Ant Clemons with a Roland LX-708 digital piano…

Roland was chosen to provide an LX-708 digital piano for Justin Timberlakes’ performance with Ant Clemons as part of the Inauguration Performance series!

Jordan Kitt’s Music is proud to represent Roland in Virginia, Maryland & DC, and have this model in stock today for you to see, hear and play for yourself.

Visit here to see the Roland LX-708 in action…

Believe in Music!

Believe in Music Week is the global gathering to unify and support the people who bring music to the world.

The online celebration, to be held over the week of January 18, 2021, will feature a mix of comprehensive programming and professional education at BelieveinMusic.tv, as well as an interactive marketplace to connect buyers and sellers – all designed to elevate the innovation and inspiration found across the industry while offering support for those most deeply affected by COVID. The event will also offer live music, content and product discovery for all who believe in music, helping connect music makers and enthusiasts across the world.

Look at the schedule here!

Jordan Kitt’s selected by Richmond School district to provide Yamaha pianos for music classrooms.

Five new pianos delivered to RPS East End schools
via wcric.com by Emma North / Jan 12, 2021

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Five new Yamaha studio upright pianos were delivered Tuesday to elementary schools in the East End community of the Richmond Public School (RPS) system, made possible by donations from the annual RVA East End Festival.

Although the 2020 festival could not be held amid the coronavirus pandemic, companies and individuals continued to make donations to support music and arts programs in the schools, according to a release.

“Elementary school, specifically, is where their life-long love of music starts, and so it is so important that we instill that in students very early,” Henry L. Marsh, III Elementary School Principal Kimberly Cook said. “My child, specifically, learned to play the violin in fourth grade and continued to play it all the way up through college. Music is super important to students and the lives of everyone.”

Henry L. Marsh, III Elementary is just one of the East End schools receiving a new piano. Chimborazo Elementary, Fairfield Court Elementary, Binford Middle, and Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School also had new pianos delivered Tuesday.

“The opportunity to dance and to sing and to play instruments, to paint, to draw, to color, to mold, to model — all that enhances our brain skills to be better readers and thinkers, and critical thinking skills are enhanced,” RPS School Board Chair Cheryl L. Burke said. “So this is an opportunity to have fun, but also to learn.”

Tuesday morning, Burke became the first person to play the new piano at Henry L. Marsh, III Elementary, recalling a song she learned back when she was still a student.

“I played a song that I learned while being in the seventh grade and I played for our moving on from junior high to high school, and the song just came back to mind,” Burke said. “Some things you never forget.”

“I played a song that I learned while being in the seventh grade and I played for our moving on from junior high to high school, and the song just came back to mind,” Burke said. “Some things you never forget.”

This is one five new Yamaha studio upright pianos delivered to schools in the East End communities of the RPS system. (Photo: Olivia Jaquith)

Likewise, Cook is hopeful that the elementary school students will never forget the experience of being surrounded by music in school.

“Our students deserve the best, and so this is a really good gift for them when they return to the building,” she said. “I cannot wait to hear all the songs that they’ll create and all the music that we will hear in our music room as a result of the East End Festival proceeds being donated to buy these wonderful pianos.”

Since 2016, the festival has raised over $300,000 to support music, visual arts, and performing arts programs at eight elementary, middle, and high schools in the East End communities of the RPS system, according to a release. RPS’ next financial goal of $100,000 through donations will be used primarily for new classroom sets of stringed instruments, so that students will have their own instruments to play during the year.

“Because of the partnerships that we have, and also knowing the importance of the arts, we’re not cutting in Richmond Public Schools that department. We are taking away too much from our children when that’s done, so we’re not cutting that,” Burke said. “We want our children to be the best and brightest that they choose to be and beyond, so it’s important that we, as community members and those persons who are making decisions, make them in the best interest of every child.”

The piano at Henry L. Marsh, III Elementary was delivered to the music room, where school officials say it will be used daily.

“Instruments aren’t models to be set in the corner,” Burke said. “So the music teachers, guest performers — it will be used every day.”

RPS Instructional Specialist for Fine Arts Christie-Jo Adams had the opportunity to play the new piano, as well. She tells 8News that she’s hopeful more music teachers at RPS will soon have a chance to try out the new instrument.

Read more here!

Everybody loves to play the piano…

A wildlife photographer in Scotland has captured remarkable images showing a red squirrel reaching out for hazelnuts encased in a miniature grand piano, British news agency SWNS reports.

Jeffrey Wang, who works as a music teacher, took the images at Carnie Woods, outside Aberdeen. He spent a couple of hours watching the squirrels play in the wooded area and used the tiny instrument, which he purchased off eBay, to create the moments.

Read the full article here

Jordan Kitt’s Music presents a virtual student recital!

Jordan Kitt’s Music is pleased to present a virtual student recital featuring students from our Virginia Beach Showroom & Music Education Center, led by Studio Manager Mun Lee Han!

We’re extremely proud of the perseverance of these students and teachers in the spirit of “The Show Must Go On”, using a virtual platform so that all can enjoy the hard earned fruits of their practice!

Find out more about Jordan Kitt’s lesson programs here!

Jordan Kitt’s Music featured on WTTG Fox 5 on the importance of music in the home…

Jordan Kitt’s Music CEO Chris Syllaba was interviewed by reporter Holly Morris of WTTG Fox 5 in Washington, DC on the importance of music now that people are spending more time at home than ever before.

Jordan Kitt’s Music, representing Yamaha throughout Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC., is currently open for business in all four of its locations, and lessons are continuing through online interactions.

For more information on lessons, rentals or new & used piano sales, visit https://www.jordankitts.com

Join us for a Facebook Live Concert featuring Yamaha Artist & Product Developer Craig Knudsen

Join us for a very special event featuring Yamaha Artist and Product Developer Craig Knudsen as he performs on the new flagship Clavinova CVP 800 series digital piano on Thursday, June 4th at 7pm EDT.

You can join it on Facebook Live here, or see it below!

Tony DeSare and the “Jordan Kitt’s Music Piano Song”

Here’s an interesting and entertaining video from international recording and performance artist (and our good friend) Tony DeSare coming to us from his studio with a recollection of writing the “Jordan Kitt’s Piano Song”.

It’s a piece he wrote to help us commemorate our 100th anniversary, and one you may have heard on the radio on stations like WTOP.

And here’s another performance of the song from the grand opening of our Rockville Showroom & Music Education Center:

See and hear more of Tony at his website here, and keep up to date on his area concert appearances!

Clarissa Bevilacqua wins International Mozart Competition

Our good friend Clarissa Bevilacqua has won the first prize at the 14th International Mozart Competition of the Mozarteum University Salzburg.  Clarissa performed at Merriweather Post Pavilion in the fall at a special event sponsored by Jordan Kitt’s Music and Howard County Plays as part of a series designed to bring music education and outreach to the general public.

Here are the details from thestrad.com:

The 18-year-old, from Italy, received not only the €10,000 first prize but also the €1,000 audience award and the special award for the best interpretation of a piece by Mozart – a copy of Bärenreiter’s New Mozart Edition. Bevilacqua, who has studied with Maria Luisa Ugoni, Daniele Gay, Olga Kaler and David Taylor, performed the composer’s Violin Concerto no.5 KV219 in the final round. Two years ago, aged 16, she became the youngest student ever to receive a Bachelor of Music in Italy.

Second prize and €7,000 went to Yun Tang, 27, from China. She has previously won prizes at the Shanghai Isaac Stern Competition, the International Yankelevich Violin Competition and the Schoenfeld International String Competition. Third prize went to 18-year-old Lorenz Karls, who was born in Vienna to Austrian-Swedish parents.

This year’s jury was chaired by Benjamin Schmid (Austria) and comprised Pierre Amoyal (France), Lars Anders Tomter (Norway), Jan Vogler (Germany), Andre Mijlin (Spain), Hanna Weinmeister (Austria) and Gerhard Schulz (Austria). A total of 182 applicants from 37 nations registered for the 2020 competition, with 28 violin candidates admitted. Each of the three finalists performed with the Salzburg Orchestra Soloists under the direction of Tibor Bogányi.