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Areté Music Academy Piano Student Wins Award

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Areté Music Academy is pleased to announce the recent notable achievement of its piano student Radovan Lumban-Tobing. Radovan was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall on March 16, 2014 as a recipient of the 2013 Tri-State Certificate of Excellence Award from The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. Among all the students from the tri-state area who took The Royal Conservatory Music Development assessment exams in 2013, Radovan received the highest mark for Grade 4 Piano assessment exam. As a result, he was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall on March 16, 2014.



ABOUT Radovan Lumban-Tobing

Fourteen-years-old Radovan Lumban-Tobing is a resident of Edgewater, NJ.  He began his piano studies at the age of 6. He is currently a sophomore at the Bergen County Technical High School (Law and Justice program) and he has attended the Eleanor Van Gelder Elementary School in Edgewater and Leona Middle School.  His mother Stella Martomo, Ph.D., is working in New York as is a scientist for a pharmaceutical company. His father Pago Lumban-Tobing, Ph.D., is an investment researcher for a Fortune 500 Company.

ABOUT the Tri-State Certificate of Excellence Award

A Certificate of Excellence is an exceptional distinction – the result of a student’s hard work, dedication, and talent – and a testament to the skill and creativity of the recipient,” says Angela Elster, Vice President, Academic, The Royal Conservatory. “Certificate winners represent a national standard of music achievement upheld by support from teachers and parents of music students across America.”



ABOUT The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program

The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program focuses on periodic assessments for students and one-on-one adjudicator-to-student performance evaluations. The State Certificate of Excellence Awards recognizes students each academic year who have obtained the highest marks for performance assessments in each instrument in levels ranging from Preparatory through Associate Diploma. To be eligible for these awards, recipients need to obtain a minimum of 80% on performance assessments and complete theory requirements for their assessment level.


ABOUT Areté Music Academy

Areté Music Academy, located in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, is a community music school serving the North Bergen area. Founded and directed by Juilliard alumna and cellist Li-Ling Wang, Areté is committed to providing a high caliber music education to students of all ages and levels. Areté Music Academy has recently been named the official Assessment Center for The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, which provides a recognized national standard of music success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels. Areté Academy is the first and only assessment center available in Bergen County, NJ. 

                The Academy’s mission is to enrich each individual by developing their innate musicality and creativity through a high standard of music education and to inspire success so that each student may achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders, or global citizens. The school’s namethe wordαρετήin Greek, which can be translated as “reaching one’s fullest potential” or “being the best one can be.”

With a world-class faculty and specialized curricula, Areté Music Academy offers comprehensive programs to suit individual needs and interests. One-on-one private lessons as well as group lessons are currently available for the following instruments: piano, violin, cello, double bass, guitar, flute, and voice. The Academy also offers Suzuki program for strings; youth vocal ensemble forstudents who love to sing; Early Childhood Music Program for children of 18 months old to 5 years old; music theory classes modeled after The Achievement Program’s syllabi; and many more. Summer programs will also be available this year starting in June.


ABOUT Carnegie Hall


Carnegie Hall presents exceptional performances by the world’s finest artists on its three stages—the renowned Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, the intimate Weill Recital Hall, and the innovative Zankel Hall—ranging from orchestral concerts, chamber music, and solo recitals to jazz, world, and popular music. Extensive music education and community programs developed by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute play a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as many people as possible. WMI’s programs annually serve over 170,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York City metropolitan area, across the country, and around the globe, with more than an additional 100,000 people taking advantage of WMI’s online music education resources. For more information on Carnegie Hall or other Weill Music Institute national/international music programs, please visit 

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