Denison Performing Arts Announces Annual Regional Piano Competition

By: Press Release
By: Press Release

Denison, TX – April 22, 2013: The Denison Performing Arts will be hosting its Annual Regional Piano Competition this Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Grayson College’s Arts & Communication Center.

The Annual Regional Piano Competition is open to all piano students in grades 1st through 12th. Registration is made by the student’s piano teacher with students competing at their grade level. Approximately 100 students participate annually with trophies given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each grade. The Denison Performing Arts has been conducting the annual competition for over thirty (30) successful years. Awards will be presented at 1:00 pm with a performance provided by the winners of each category.

Impartial judges from outside the area judge each student’s performance with critique given to each. This year’s judges are Emily Ryan Tarpenning, Priscilla Stovall Long and James Dering.

Emily Ryan Tarpenning, BA, MM, NCTM, holds a Master of Music in Music Theory and is a private piano and music theory teacher in Fort Worth, Texas. Ms. Tarpenning has over forty (40) years in private piano and music theory.

Priscilla Stovall Long holds a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance and teaches students at the Long Studio where former won awards and several pursued music degrees in college ranging from piano performance to composition.

James Dering is a pianist, composer, piano teacher, and online entrepreneur. As a teacher, he has taught privately and at schools ranging from kindergarten through college. Online, James is the voice behind The Better Piano Podcast, and he offers free piano instruction on his website, "I was especially honored to have been asked to be a judge in this year's Denison Performing Arts competition," says Dering. "I have much respect for the DPA as an organization, and for all those kids who are working so hard toward this event."

The Annual Regional Piano Competition is generously supported by the Thelma Braun Foundation. The Thelma Braun Foundation was established in 1980 to support and promote quality education, cultural, human services, and health care programming for underserved populations. Miss Braun was a gifted musician who spent many years playing the organ and piano for area organizations and churches.

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