Lo­cal piano com­pe­ti­tion rec­og­nizes 18 pi­anists

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Mar­i­lyn Mitchell

Ev­ery spring, 39 piano teach­ers in the area from Nephi to Springville en­ter their stu­dents in a solo fes­ti­val through the Na­tional Mu­sic Clubs of Amer­ica. This year they judged more than 500 stu­dents who each played two mem­o­rized piano so­los. The top 75 stu­dents were cho­sen from that group to com­pete in the Hon­ors Play­offs.

The judge was Daniel Olsen of Orem, who stud­ied piano per­for­mance and piano ped­a­gogy at Brigham Young Univer­sity. He main­tains a large pri­vate piano stu­dio and his stu­dents have won top awards and have been fi­nal­ists in many com­pe­ti­tions. On March 11, he ad­ju­di­cated 75 soloists and chose the top 18 stu­dents. Th­ese stu­dents per­formed in an Hon­ors Recital on March 13 af­ter which they re­ceived a rib­bon and a $50 re­ward.

The win­ners are listed be­low Along with the pieces they per­formed.. The lev­els they par­tic­i­pated in are in­di­cated as fol­lows: E - Ele­men­tary, MED - Medium, MD - Mod­er­ately Dif­fi­cult, D - Dif­fi­cult, VD - Very Dif­fi­cult and MA - Mu­si­cally Ad­vanced. Dalan Stokes: EI, Ecos­saise, Beethoven Jace Broberg: EI, Ex­pe­di­tion to Ever­est, Ricker

We­ston Gould­ing: EI, Morn­ing Song, Gurlitt

Cameron Peter­son: EII, Toc­catina, Ka­balvsky Kao­line Neo: EII, Hero Vari­a­tions Male Croshaw: EIV, Prairie Wind, Cosley

Emma Burn­ham: EIV, Asym­me­try, Rossi

Emily Peter­son: MED, Ro­manza, Mar­shall

Spencer Zabriskie: MED, To A Wild Rose, MacDow­ell

Emma Wulfen­stein: MED, A Canyon’s Rag­ing River, Rollin

Lon­don Mer­rill: MDI, Win­ter Reverie, Eck­lund Thomas Scharf: MDII, Flip, Pe­tot Brook­lyn Mur­ray: MDIII, A Morn­ing in Con­ga­ree, Bober

Travis Pitcher: De­bussy

Tia Lee: DII, A Mem­ory of Vi­enna, Gil­lock

Joshua Dew: VDII, Pa­the­tique, Mvt. 1, Beetho­van

Abby Hol­man: MAI, The Cat and The Mouse, Co­p­land

McKay Byrne: MAII Pre­lude in G Mi­nor, Rach­mani­noff

Teach­ers who had stu­dents that per­formed are: Em­i­lie Blake, Carla Cleav­inger, Tif­fany Del­gado, An­nalee Dinkel, Julie Dock­ter, Andrea El­liot, Kris­ten Grimshaw, Freda K. Leif­son, Ar­lette McCaus­land, Mar­i­lyn Mitchell, Janet Olsen, Kristi Rigtrup, Laura Ross, Lori Serr and Anna White. DII, Arabesque,

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