Photo of Sofia Grzybicki ’30 with piano.
Written by Emily Leaf, Lower School General Music Teacher
 
Sofia Grzybicki ’30 began taking piano lessons when she was just 4 years old. Now a rising fifth-grade Gator, she exemplifies Goal II, a deep respect for intellectual values, and Goal V, personal growth, through her continued pursuits in the musical arts.
 
Sofia completed 5 years of the American College of Musicians' National Piano Playing Auditions (Guild) and performed a National program (minimum of 10 pieces) her first four years—all with a grade of Superior or better. In her fifth year in Guild this spring, she completed an International Program (18+ pieces memorized) and received a Superior grade. Sofia also received a special exemption to compete in the Ohio State MTA Buckeye Piano Competition. Entrants were required to be 10 years or older and she was only 8! She advanced to the state finals and represented the Elementary age group for Central Ohio.
 
When the COVID shutdowns happened, Sofia didn't let it slow her down and continued her lessons remotely via Zoom for more than two years. She truly loves to share music of all types through performance. Since moving to Maryland and beginning at Stone Ridge, Sofia found new opportunities to share her music with her community. She recently participated in the Maryland State Music Teachers Association's Spring Piano Festival, was invited to perform at a piano dedication ceremony at Stone Ridge in May, performed in Stone Ridge's Adjunct Music Program's Piano Recital, and played Christmas carols at SR's Breakfast with Santa. She hopes to continue playing through middle school, high school, and beyond and has an eye on attending Georgetown University after graduation.