Magical Evenings of Beautiful Music

Master Classes

Benjamin Randall, student of Dr. Joan Sawyer, performing  in a Master Class with Dr. Metchkov and Dr. Schneider.  He was invited and performed  with Dr. Schneider in the RMMA Concert the following evening.

RMMA Scholarship Program

Meg Brilleslyper,
2019 $500 Scholarship Award Recipient


Program of Study: Bachelor of Music (Applied Music Vocal Performance) at The Eastman School of Music
August 2019-May 2023: The Eastman School of Music (Rochester, New York); Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance
February 2018-April 2019: Private Vocal Coaching: Mr. Nathaniel Voelker 719-338-5475
August 2016-Present: Private Voice Lessons: Ms. Barbara Taylor 719-648-3844
September 2017-Present: Piano Lessons: Ms. Barbara Taylor, The Barbara Taylor Studio
July 2018: The MPulse Vocal Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
July 2018: The MPulse Solo Voice Intensive (Mr. Stanford Olsen), Ann Arbor, MI
June 2018: The Schmidt Vocal Institute (Ms. Sylvia McNAir, Mr. Nathan Gunn, Mr. Brian Zeger), University of Miami, Oxford, OH
June 2018: The 40th annual Kansas State Choral Institute, Director: Dr Julie Yu
June 2017: The Lamont School of Music Summer Academy, University of Denver. Voice teacher: Ms. Cathy Kasch; selected soloist and lead chamber singer; soloist in Honors Recital 2016-2019: High School Choral Experience at Discovery Canyon Campus High School Solstice -Women’s A Cappella Choir (alto section leader); Eclipse - Jazz Choir (alto section leader); Storm Singers - Show Choir (Choreographer); Varsity - Top Mixed Choir (alto section leader)

June 2019: NATS National Competitor Classical and Musical Theatre Division
April 2019: Soli Deo Gloria, Hear My Prayer Soprano Soloist
April 2019: CSMTA Rising Stars 1st place Senior Voice Competition January 2019: MTNA Regional Senior Voice Competition 1st place November 2018: NATS Regional Classical Voice Competition 1st place November 2018: NATS Regional Musical Theatre Competition 1st place
October 2018: MTNA State Voice Competition, University of Colorado Boulder 1st place April 2018: CSMTA Rising Stars 1st place classical voice duet and 1st place quartet category April 2018: NATS Colorado-Wyoming Classical Voice Competition 1st place
April 2018: NATS Colorado-Wyoming Musical Theatre Competition 1st place
March 2018: MTNA National Senior Voice Competition, Orlando, FL 4th place
March 2018: South Western American Choral Directors Association Mixed High School honor choir, Oklahoma City, OK; selected soloist
March 2018: PPMTA Sonatina and Voice Competition 1st place
February 2018: Colorado All-State Choir, Denver CO (Director: Dr. Sharon Paul)
January 2018: The Denver Art Song Project Competition 1st place and $10K scholarship to Ithaca College
January 2018: MTNA West Central Division Competition, University of Iowa; 1st place
December 2017: Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition, University of Colorado Boulder 1st place.  $2500 prize and $500 scholarship to The Schmidt Vocal Institute
November 2017: NATS Regional Musical Theatre Voice Competition 6th place
November 2017: NATS Regional Classical Voice Competition 1st place
October 2017: MTNA Senior Voice Competition, University of Colorado Boulder 1st place
May 2017-May 2018: Tri-M Music Honor Society President
April 2017: CSMTA Rising Stars Voice Competition, University of Denver 1st place
April 2017: Colorado-Wyoming NATS Classical Voice Competition 6th place
April 2017: Colorado-Wyoming NATS Musical Theater Voice Competition 1st place
March 2017: Carnegie Hall; I Hear America Singing Event NYC (Director: Andre Thomas)
March 2017: ACDA National Honor Choir, Minneapolis, MN (Director: Eric Whitacre)
October 2016: MTNA Senior Voice Competition, University of Colorado Boulder, 1st place
March 2016: SWACDA Regional Honor Choir, Kansas City, MO (Director: Lynn Gackle)
March 2015: ACDA National Honor Choir, Salt Lake City, UT (Director: Elena Sharkova)

February 2019: Into the Woods (The Witch) Discovery Canyon HS
September 2018: Chicago! High School Edition (Velma Kelly) Discovery Canyon HS
February 2018: Almost, Maine ( Marvalyn) Discovery Canyon HS
September 2017: The Sound of Music (Maria) Discovery Canyon HS
March 2017: The Game's Afoot (Daria Chase) Discovery Canyon HS
September 2016: The Addams Family (Wednesday Addams: Understudy) Discovery Canyon HS
July 2016: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Cora) Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center September 2015: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Ensemble) Discovery Canyon HS
April 2015: Shrek the Musical (Fiona) Discovery Canyon HS
August 2015: Oliver! the Musical (Oliver Twist) Discovery Canyon HS

August 2016-May 2018: Discovery Canyon Campus HS Show Choir Choreographer (multiple choreography awards)
2011-2016 The Colorado Youth Ballet, (Director: Ms. Patty Hoffman)
The Colorado Springs Ballet Society: Studied in the advanced ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, broadway, modern, conditioning, african dance, and variation work
2016: Youth Repertoire Academy, (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center),
December 2016: Main Stage Production of The Addams Family at Colorado Thescon
High School GPA: 4.3 (weighted) 3.8 (unweighted) 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019: Academic Achievement Award 2018-2019: Thespian Society Vice President, Member
2016-2018: Student Senate (Freshman President, Sophomore Secretary, Junior Student body VP)
2018-2019: National Honor Society member
With the busyness of my senior year; choir concerts, 5 weekends of musical performances, and 9 college auditions, I was only able to make it to one RMMA Concert this year. However, I was very glad I made it to this one specifically.
I got the privilege to sit front row at your winter concert at The Church at Woodmoor, with a direct view of Dr. Metchkov’s fingers on the stunning grand piano. I had never seen or heard anything like the pieces he played that night. I most vividly remember the sheer amount of passion he played each piece with. As I go into college in the fall, I do not think I will forget about this incredible image. I am so glad I got to attend D. Metchkov’s concert.

Andrea Bonita

Andrea Bonita received a $500 HS Senior RMMA Music Scholarship.  

Andrea performed in RMMA's October 2017 concert as the recipient of the HS Senior Scholarship of $500.  She graduated from The Classical Academy High School and is attending the University of Colorado, Boulder, pursing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and a Minor in Business.  
Her piano teachers were Donna Caulfield (primary teacher and classical instructor) and Brad Bietry (jazz instructor).  Christina Schwartz-Soper was her HS band director.

Andrea’s audition pieces were Gershwin’s Prelude No. 1 and a Bach piece.  

RMMA College Music
Scholarship Program

Eligibility Requirements
  • High school seniors who have been accepted into a music degree program at a college or university as of the fall of 2020 are invited to apply for the $500 scholarship by submitting the following information: 
    • Picture and music resume which includes name, address, high school, instrument, teachers, music studied, performances, and the college/university you will be attending.
    • Video recording of two contrasting pieces/songs on DVD
    • An essay of no more than 500 words describing the impact of music in your life
    • Must attend at least one of the RMMA concerts during 2019-2020. Mention in your resume which concert(s) you attended and what you remember most about it.
Deadline:  May 15, 2020
Mail to:  RMMA, Barbara Taylor, 1420 Lone Scout Lookout, Monument, CO 80132
Contact for Questions: , 719-488-9040, home 719-648-3844 cell

Attendance at RMMA Concerts:  Since attendance at the RMMA concerts is a scholarship eligibility requirement, senior HS students interested in applying for the scholarship should let the registration desk know of their attendance at each RMMA Concert.

Three or more RMMA board members will review the applications and choose one recipient.  The recipient’s picture and bio will be posted on the RMMA web site, congratulations will be sent to the student’s high school, and congratulations will go out in an RMMA email to all subscribing members.