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Local Piano Students Tickle the Ivories in May 13 Spring Recital
June 5, 2014 by Staff Report | No Comments

On May 13, at Hawken School Auditorium, 23 local piano students were featured in their annual spring recital. The selections included many toe-tapping rhythms, flowing…

On May 13, at Hawken School Auditorium, 23 local piano students were featured in their annual spring recital.

The selections included many toe-tapping rhythms, flowing melodies, a Tarantella, played with blistering speed, as well as two duets.

For a few of the students, both young and older, this was their first experience with piano performance.

The solo performers were: Louka Babic, Rachael Brinning, Haley Caldwell, Brenna Carr, Kaitlyn Carr, Charlie DiFranco, Gianni Fleck, Evan Gardner, Danny Greene, Kara Hill, Maya Hill, Meghan Hren, Amanda Judy, Meizi Kershaw, Dan Kiec, Mark Kiec, Leah Kotheimer, Will Kotheimer, Ethan Kulp, Dane Schinness, Mark Tirabassi, Matthew Tirabassi and Natalie Tirabassi.

Approximately 100 guests were in attendance and enjoyed the evening. These solo performances were the highlight of the evening as parents, grandparents, siblings and friends appreciated the accomplishments of the students.

The evening was enhanced by the performance of two duets. The participants in these were Dane Schinness and Natalie Tirabassi, performing “Best Friend,” by Dodson, and Mark and Matthew Tirabassi playing “Ragweed Rag,” by Averre.

In addition to these performances, awards were given to the students who had participated in the Piano Teachers’ Guild Auditions in April.

At that time, 19 students presented memorized programs, with the required scales and chords, in the presence of a visiting judge, Jeanne Hansen.

All students received either an excellent or superior rating. An international program consisting of 15 pieces — and these being all Bach pieces — earned Matthew Tirabassi an Early Bach Medal as well as the international medal. Louka Babic and Will Kotheimer earned Founder’s Medals for their two-piece programs.

National programs consisting of 10 pieces were played by Louka Babic, Haley Caldwell, Brenna Carr, Kaitlyn Carr, Evan Gardner, Maya Hill, Meghan Hren, Mark Kiec, Katherine Kulp, Mark Tirabassi and Natalie Tirabassi.

State programs consisting of seven pieces were played by Leah Kotheimer and Dane Schinness. District programs consisting of four pieces were presented by Meizi Kershaw and Will Kotheimer. Charlie DiFranco, Gianni Fleck and Ethan Kulp prepared two pieces for the auditions.

Composer Pins — earned only when a national program of 10 pieces is performed for five years or more — were awarded to Haley Caldwell (8), Kaitlyn Carr (7), Katherine Kulp (7), Matthew Tirabassi (7) and Mark Kiec (6).

Congratulations are in order for all of these accomplishments in the area of piano study. These are students of Joanne Ruppe, of Munson Township.

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