r By Marilyn Mitchell
The Utah Valley South Chapter of National Music Clubs of America holds an annual Honors Playoffs Piano Competition. Every spring, our group of teachers from the area stretching from Springville to Santaquin adjudicates more than 500 students who play two memorized piano solos. Students are chosen from that group to compete in the Honors Playoffs.
On Saturday, March 26, Dr. Scott Holden, chairman of keyboard studies at Brigham Young University, adjudicated 82 solos and chose our top 19 students at the Chillon Reception Center in Spanish Fork. These students performed in an Honors Recital on Monday, March 28, after which they received a ribbon and a $50 check. The winners are as follows:
Vance Allred, “Monkey Mischief,” Allred; Jaron Anderson, “Ballad,” Burgmuller; Ryan Hansbrow, “Saturday Sonatina,” O’Dell; Athena Handley, “Valse Triste,” Alexander; Caleb Hayes, “Mashed Potato Clouds,” Hidy; Alyssa Wessman, “Tenderly,” Rollin; Ian Paxton, “Triton Blues,” Gerou; Grady Grimshaw, “Twilight Tarantella,” Austin; Dayna Chapa, “The Great Platte River,” Johnson; Pablo Biggers, “Appalachian Sunrise,” Schwabe; Lydia Johnson, “Le Papillon,” Austin; Davis Paxton, Sonatina Op. 36, No. 1, Mvt. 3, Clementi; Aubrey Smith, “Tango Fantasy,” Roubos; Jade McMullin, “Rustic Dance,” Creston; Fiona Ashton-Knochel, “Dreams of the Isles,” Leaf; Maya Buck, “Daydreaming,” Brown; Jeremy Wood, “Mardi Gras,” Brown; Daniel Graham, “Impressions on Yellow,” Olson; and Abby Holman, Prelude No. 6, Muczynski.
Teachers represented in this group are: Shelly Bills, Lynda Broadbent. Julie Dockter, Kristen Grimshaw, Leslie Irvine, Anna Kennington, Freda K. Leifson, Marilyn Mitchell, Ruth Owen and Lori Serr.