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60th Anniversary Alumni Faculty Recital: Elissa Miller-Kay

In celebration of 60 years of excellence in piano teaching and learning at NSMS, we invite you to attend a very special recital, featuring performances by NSMS alumni faculty. Join us on Saturday, November 21st at 8:00PM ET. As we countdown to the recital, we will profile each performer.

When were you at NSMS, and what was your role?

I taught piano lessons and group classes at NSMS from 2011 to 2013.

What are you doing now? 

I am currently a lecturer in piano performance and musicology at the Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music (PGVIM) in Bangkok, Thailand.

What is your favorite memory from your time at NSMS?

I have so many great memories. It's hard to choose! Perhaps my favorite events were the student recitals, where I was able to hear and celebrate the developing artistry of our students and feel strongly connected to such a warm and supportive musical community — caring faculty, hard working students, and supportive families and friends.

How has NSMS impacted your teaching and your life?

Working at NSMS made me a more thoughtful and skilled piano teacher. In addition to developing my lesson planning skills and picking up some clever tips and tricks, working at NSMS helped me improve my ability to foster creativity, independence and confidence in my students. I also made some wonderful friends! I will always look back fondly on my NSMS years.

What will you be playing for the recital?

Bagatelle, op. 126, no. 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven.


Join us in celebrating the legacy of NSMS in words and music! Sign up, and you'll receive links for the recital broadcast and Zoom reception. $10 minimum donation per family.


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