Commanding Performances for Young Pianists
All over the state, young musicians who study with members of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers’ Association have auditioned this month for the honor of being presented in a Showcase Recital at Penn State University.
All of the students of Swarthmore piano teacher Donna Kay Jones who were in the area on October 13 entered the audition, and all were selected to play at Penn State University on November 23, 2019. Each student was awarded the highest score and received a gold medal for performing two memorized pieces of different styles. In addition, they all passed written theory tests at the highest level.
This year’s winners were Ted Clark (Schumann’s ‘Melody’), Vincent Zhu, (Pinto’s ‘Run Run’), Daksha Nair (Khachaturian’s ‘Ivan Sings’), and Shannon Yue (Schumann’s ‘Little Song’). Daksha and Vincent also performed duets for which they were awarded gold medals in addition to the honor of being presented in the Showcase Recital at Penn State.