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South Shore Conservatory celebrates local piano students

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  July 13, 2011 02:35 PM

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Overall Piano Competition Winner Peter Wang of West Roxbury is congratulated by Larence Smith for his outstanding piano solo award.

Eighteen students from Boston and communities to the south won awards at the 11th annual South Shore Conservatory’s Piano Competition.

All first place winners received scholarships to the South Shore Conservatory, where all contestants are students. Every winner was then invited to perform in a winners’ concert, which followed the competition.

A total of 24 students competed in the five age divisions, with four students in division one (under 8-year olds), eight students in division two (9-10-year olds), eight students in division three (11-12-year olds) and two students each in the 13-14-year old and 15-18 year-old category.

According to HuiMin Wang, a faculty pianist at the conservatory, students were required to each learn a required piece, a scale, and a self-chosen piece in a contrasting style from the required piece.

Oftentimes, required pieces are written by the faculty themselves.

“We only have one round for our students, and three judges from colleges or music conservatories in the area are invited to give written feedback for our students,” Ming said. “It’s a great learning experience and is cherished by many supportive Conservatory families. Many have participated many years and it serves wonderfully as a goal of study at the Conservatory.”

All participants received a certificate and participation medal. All winners additionally received trophies.

“[It’s] a true celebration of music studies!” Wang said.

Peter Wang of West Roxbury was named the overall winner, and received the Larence H. Smith Award for outstanding Piano Solo Performance as well as a $250 cash prize.

Other winners include:

Hillary Jean Gilles and Wilson Lam

Jonah Torres and Ethan Torres

Victoria Anna Milun, Camden Vassallo, Emile Zahr, Devin and Diana Chen

Maria D’Ambrosio and Casey Quinn

Laura Varas and Erin Driscoll

Maddie Levesque

Karen Ji of Bourne, Jennifer Boyd of Hull, and Samuel Yuen

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