Six high school students from across Oklahoma will perform during Cameron University's 16th Annual Piano Competition for High School Students, hosted by the CU Department of Music. Performing a mini-recital during the competition will be Sadie Elliott, a home-schooled student from Oklahoma City; David Haralson and Meachan Ishimaru, who attend Classen School of Advanced Studies in Oklahoma City; Karis Lowery, a home-schooled student from Tulsa; Mitchell Marrs, who attends Yukon High School; and Hannah Wheeler, who attends Mustang High School. The competition takes place on Sunday, February 22 at 2 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall.
CU's annual piano competition for high school students was founded by Hyunsoon Whang, Louise D. McMahon Endowed Chair in Music and Professor of Music, to encourage select, accomplished high school piano students to pursue music as career. Students have been recommended by piano instructors throughout Oklahoma. The competition requires each contestant to perform a mini recital program before the judges in a competitive setting.
The first prize of $200 is provided by G & G Music Store of Lawton; second and third place prizes will also be awarded. In addition, the CU Department of Music offers a scholarship to winners who choose to attend Cameron.
CU faculty members Gregory Hoepfner, Thomas Labé and Hyunsoon Whang will serve as judges for the competition.
February 18, 2009