Piano Competition Winners

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Winners Listed Left to Right: Front Row: Jack Anglesey, Jace Broberg, Ian Paxton, Andrew Weakley, Kayden Labrum, Travis Pitcher. Middle Row: Sadie Stutz, Emily Clegg, Alicia Britt, Gracelyn Harmon, Kaylene Neo,, Maelee Croshaw. Back Row: Sophie Beehler, Lindsey Blake, Emily Wessman, Natalia Biggers, Caroline Elliott, Catie Brunson, Hayden Rouse, David Whetten.

By Marilyn Mitchell

Every February/March, the Utah Valley South Chapter of the National Music Clubs of America hold a Piano Solo Festival. 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 our honors judge was Dr. Jared Pierce, BYU Keyboard Performance Assistant Professor. He listened to 92 students and chose 20 to play at the Honors Recital on Monday, March 9, at Maple Mountain High School. Each student won a prize of $50. Congratulations to these fabulous students.

* Winners listed by level: E-Elementary

Jack Anglesey EII – Bird’s Eye, Schinske

Jace Broberg EIV – Follia

Ian Paxton Med – Fur Elise, Beethovan

Andrew Weakley MDI – Ragamuffin, Evans

Kayden Labrum MDIII – Big Time Blues, Bober

Travis Pitcher MAI – Prelude, No 3, Gershwin

Sadie Stutz DII – Robotics, Bober

Emily Clegg EII – Damani’s Dance, Hamm

Alicia Britt EIV – Tango Taboo, Hidy

Gracelyn Harmon Med – Canyon’s Raging River, Rollins

Kaylene Neo Med – Romanza, Marshall

Maelee Croshaw MDI – Invention No. 8, Bach

Sophie Beehler MDII – Mighty River, Linn

Lindsey Blake DI – Wizard Fantasy, Leaf

Emily Wessman DI – Sonata K545, Mvt. 2, Mozart

Natalia Biggers DII -The Enchanted Wood, Leaf

Caroline Elliott VDI – Le Petite Negre, Debussy

Catie Brunson VDII – Hungarian, Op. 39, No. 12, MacDowell

Hayden Rouse MAI – Elegie Op. 3 No. 1, Rachmaninoff

David Whetten MAII – Prelude in B Minor, Op. 32 No. 10, Rachmaninoff