Evan Booher, of Hermitage, walked away with the first place $1,000 Herman Godes Award after performing a piece by Beethoven and modern composer Carol Vine. Booher is the student of Jerome Reed of Lipscomb University.
“This competition showcases some of the best musical talent in Tennessee,” said TTU director of piano studies Catherine Godes. “It is my hope that this event will grow in the future and continue to inspire young pianists to achieve artistic mastery.”
Godes started the competition four years ago to honor her late husband, Herman.
Carolyn Craig, of Knoxville, won the second place $500 S.K. Ballal Award. She studies piano with Fay Adams at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Germantown resident Mira T. Xie, student of Rose Wang, took the third place Hope High Award, worth $250.
The 10 pianists were judged by Allison Nelson, UT Martin professor emeriti; Paul Thurmond, TTU accompanist; and Yoomi Paick, TTU music professor.