We proudly recognize students taking lessons at McCutcheon Music that recently graduated. Thank you for letting us be a part of your lives. We wish you the best in your next adventure and have a special gift certificate for you waiting at our store. Congratulations class of 2018!
If you are taking lessons at McCutcheon Music and recently graduated high school, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to recognize you!!
Meet our 2018 high school graduates. To learn more about each graduate, click on their photo.
Instrument: Violin, as well as piano, organ, and trombone
McCutcheon Music Teacher: Colleen Braid
Future Plans: To attend Wright State University
“Thank you to Colleen Braid for teaching me the violin!”
McCutcheon Music Teacher: Teresa Hermiz
Future Plans: To continue to build his piano tuning company, A.C.B Piano tuning, and to focus on a career as an entertainer
“Music has played the biggest role in my life in so many ways. It keeps my happy, it is the career I have chosen. To me it is the best way to communicate to people, because everyone loves music. If I could say anything to my teacher is would be: thank you for presenting this gift and talent of music to me, and helping me to master it. Without her I wouldn’t be the person I am today in any way. She has truly helped shape me to the person I am today, and I can’t thank her enough. Thank you so much for featuring me and I will be happy to help your business in any way I can in the future! Thanks!”
Instrument: Primarily cello, as well as piano, violin, and bass
Future Plans: To attend Miami University and major in Music Performance and Computer Science
McCutcheon Music Teacher: Dr. Linda Katz
“Music is the biggest part of my life. It is how I express myself, and I couldn't imagine a world without it. Thanks so much for everything you've done for me, Mrs. Katz! I wouldn't have gotten to where I am now without you. I've had so many amazing opportunities and experiences, all thanks to you. I'll miss you so much in college!”
Instrument: Primarily Bb Clarinet, as well as guitar, trumpet, and vocals
McCutcheon Music Teacher: Matthew Snyder
Future Plans: Double major in Music and History at the University of Dayton and participate in musical ensembles. He would like to pursue a doctorate degree in either Music or History and become an interpretive park ranger and a church music director.
“Music is an integral part of my life. Since I enjoy over two hours every day playing music or singing, life without music is unimaginable. When beginning high school, I was undecided as what degree to pursue in college. My musical involvement in the Springfield Youth Symphony, my church worship team, and co-worship leader on my church’s youth mission trip have been the contributing factors in my career plans. Without these experiences, I would not be pursuing a music major. Since I moved to Dayton, Matthew Snyder has motivated me to pursue my goal of playing music in college.”
Instrument: Bb Clarinet
McCutcheon Music Teacher: Haley Kendall
Future Plans: Attend the University of Dayton to major in music performance or education.
“Music has been important to me because it has allowed me to express myself in different ways.
Thank you, Haley Kendall for preparing me for my next step in music. You have improved my musical abilities so much since the beginning and I am very grateful.”
Instrument: Primarily piano, as well as guitar and ukulele
Future Plans: To attend Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia to study Creative Writing
McCutcheon Music Teacher: Teresa Hermiz
“I’ve always been musically inclined, even before I took up lessons. It’s always just been something I’ve loved, something I’ve felt deep down. Music helps me to escape whatever I may be struggling with, it allows me to express what I’m feeling through the touch of a finger. Music, especially classical music, holds a very special place in my heart. Even though I’m not going into music, there is no way I am stopping. I will for sure be finding a way to continue my love for piano in college. I’d like to give one big thank you to Teresa Hermiz, my teacher, who has taught me everything I know today about the piano. She’s known me since I was 8 years old and has believed in me so profoundly, always pushing me to be the best that I can be. Thank you, Mrs. Hermiz, for all that you do.”
Future Plans: Attending The Ohio State University next year, majoring in microbiology, and participating in their Buckeye Philharmonic
McCutcheon Music Teacher: Jim Braid
“Music has allowed me to connect with and get to know wonderful people, whether it be at McCutcheon, orchestra, or elsewhere. It’s also provided an opportunity for me to explore my creativity, which I don’t often get to do during a school-day or at my job. I would like to thank my teacher, James Braid, for helping me make so much improvement in my violin playing. Not only did I get better at the instrument, but through Mr. Braid’s teaching, I was able to enjoy the instrument even more. He helped me make progress while still allowing me to play music I loved. I would also like to thank my former teacher, Mr. Mark Reis, for all that he did for me in my early years playing the instrument, and for helping me maintain my interest even when I was young and not always focused.”
Instrument: Classical Guitar
Future Plans: Attend Kenyon College to pursue a degree in chemistry
McCutcheon Music Teacher: Jim McCutcheon
Garrett has been studying with Jim for over ten years! He is taking his guitar and looks forward to making musical friends at college.