July 13, 2011.
Dear Alla, Leonid, Boris, Victoria, and Eugeny,
We would like to thank you for contributing to our son's St. Petersburg Music Academy scholarship. Jonathan had an amazing opportunity to learn and grow musically in so many areas including violin, piano, chamber music, conducting and orchestra and we are so gratefull.. You created such a fun yet wonderful learning environment. It was such a joy to watch Jonathan interact with kids and young adults 8-17 years older who shared his love for music. You all made Jonathan feel right at home from the moment he arrived till the moment he left.
Once again, thank you for supporting our son's love and passion for music. It's people like you who make a positive influence in the lives of others.
Edwin and Desiree Okseniuk
July 14, 2009.
The St. Petersburg Academy is one of the most incredible experience in my life! If it were not this program, I probably would have given up the viola. For years I struggled with playing the insturment because I always expereinced such extreme physical pain when playing and since I had not been given a solid foundation, I winded up figuring out how to play the instrument myself. After calling Alla and having a deep conversation, I decided to go; The two weeks were incredible and filled with intense rehearsals, quartet coaching, and amazing private lessons. Thank you Boris, for teaching me how to play the viola and giving the foundation that I've never had, and thank you Alla for encouraging me, and thank you everyone for bringing me back to Music. I now play without pain and the tension in my left arm is nearly all gone. I can look forward to pursuing a Music degree once more.
July 16, 2009.
Xeno had an incredible time. He learned a great deal from studying with and playing alongside world class musician. The small personalized classes were great - lots of attention compared to the big camps. Being in an orchestra with the pedagogues was just wonderful. Xeno played elbow to elbow with Boris! I also thought the celebrations and social gatherings were nice to build camaraderie. Xeno made many friends. We were all very pleased and if we are back in the states in time both Xeno and Yuma will be there next summer!
Mother of Xeno Carpenter-New,Liz Carpenter
July 21, 2009
"I wanna say something!!!
This was the first summer camp that I have gone to that was solely based on orchestra. I was nervous at first because I was a bass player and for the fact that I was nervous I wouldn't know anyone as crazy as I was. I was excited that i got to play with people who are world famous! it was an amazing experience that i would love to do again and again to further my musical abilities and meet new people that share my interest in music and love playing as much as I do. I learned more about my bass and had the time of my life playing with everyone! Its an experience that I will never ever forget!
Maylia Long, Bass player
Dear Ms. Aranovskaya! My name is Lauren Nichols; you gave me a lesson when you and the St. Petersburg Quartet traveled down to Texas here at Trinity University.
First of all, thank you so much for you amazing comments and help on my technique, especially dealing with my bow-hand. It was so incredibly beneficial for me, mainly because no other teacher has really been able to point out the cause of my shoulder tension or some may not even notice it.
I feel that your teaching techniques match my learning preferences, enabling me to reach my full, potential capacity as a violinist Thanks so much for everything!
June 29, 2010
Hi dear Ms Alla, and Mr Boris,
I feel really hollow and sad today without all of you....><..
But I feel really good inside about music.
I am happy because I gave two piano lessons which went very good.
I always feel hard to inspired them, especially they don't want to learn playing piano seriously.
They never practice. Today, I try to explain music I know to them, and I told them more about imagination and breathing. I realize that all the small elements of music are important for making "healthy music".
Moreover, I can feel that the lesson did not go boring any more.
I think I learnt a lot from you as a teacher and a musician. At least today, I feel more confident about what I have.
Anyway, just miss you so much already, trying hard to remember everything I learnt from the camp.
Wish you the best, and talk to you soon~~
sincerely, Ai-Wei ( violin, piano)