Local piano competition honors 18 top students

r By Marilyn Mitchell

Every February, the Utah Valley South Chapter of the National Music Clubs of America holds a Piano Solo Festival at UVU. This group of 45 teachers who teach in the area from Springville to Nephi, adjudicate over 500 students who play two memorized piano solos. The top students are chosen from that group to participate in a competition called Honors Playoffs.

This year the honors judge was Hilary C. Demske, Associate Professor and Director of Piano Studies at Utah Valley University. She listened to 86 students and chose 18 to play at the Honors Recital on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at Salem Hills High School. Each student won a prize of $50.

Winners listed by level: E=Elementary, M=Medium, D= Difficult, VD=Very Difficult

Sadie Fulmer EI ……………………………………..Little Flower, GurlittrDeuel Cheney EI ……………………..….Expedition to Everest, RickerrAnnie Thompson EII ……………..……………Winter Memories, BoberrIsaac Johnson EII ………………..…………Spinning Song, ElmenreichrCourtney Peterson EII ………………….….…….Rainbow Prelude, LinnrRobbie Lewis EIV ………………………………….….Tango Taboo, HidyrMcKayla Gibbons EIV ……..………..……….Meerkat Capers, CostellorMatt Hunt EIV ..………………..Prelude to a Long Goodbye, SprungerrBritta Broberg Med ………………..………..Minuet in D Minor, HandelrVance Allred Med ………….………………The Grand Tetons, RoubosrElla Mendez MDI ………………….…….….Toccata in A Minor, BrownrRebecca Hales MDIII ……………………Morning in Congaree, BoberrTristie Whiting MDIII ……………………………Lofty Peaks, ThompsonrHaylee Glazner DI ……….…………..Album Leaf, Elegy, No. 7, GriegrKatie Losee DI …………………………Golliwog’s Cakewalk, DebussyrTessa Tuttle DI ………………………Sonata in E L. 37, Mvt. 2, HaydnrAlivia Winkel VDII ……………..……………………..Romance, SibeliusrAndrew Holley VDII ……….……….…………Allegro Burlesco, Kuhlau

Teachers represented in this group are: Emilie Blake, Lynda Broadbent,rCarla Cleavinger, Tiffany Delgado, Kristen Grimshaw, Arlette McCausland,rMarilyn Mitchell, Joanna Oshida, Tiffany Pickett, Kristi Rigtrup, Lori Serr & Shivonne Tuoti.

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