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Winners of the Tennessee Tech Young Artist Piano Competition announced

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Celebrating the success of the 12th Annual Young Artist Piano Competition at Tennessee Tech are, from left, Wendy Mullen, director of Tech’s School of Music; Catherine Godes, professor of piano at Tech; Mary Nerren, runner up; Daniel Hosny, fourth-place winner; Sean Yang, third-place winner; and SK Ballal. Seated is winner Chad Miller.

Published Friday Oct 13, 2017

The 12th annual Tennessee Tech Young Artist Piano Competition was held Saturday, Oct. 7 in Wattenbarger Auditorium.

Eleven high school pianists competed for four cash awards given by local donors. Judging the competition were Artina McCain, professor of piano at the University of Memphis; Karen Krieger, professor of piano at the Blair School of Music; and Brian Diller, newly appointed director of bands at Tennessee Tech.

The winner of the 2017 competition was Chad Miller, student of Cahill Smith. Miller is from Soddy Daisy. Mary Nerren from Johnson City, a student of Esther Park, was runner up. The third-place winner was Sean Yang from Germantown, a student of Yukiko Whitehead. Daniel Hosny of Brentwood, a student of Jerry Reed, was the fourth-place winner.

The Competition was started 12 years ago by Catherine Godes, professor of piano at Tech, and SK Ballal, biology professor at Tech. Designed to encourage young pianists in the region, the event fosters artistic excellence and gives the students the opportunity to mature as performing artists. 

The event was sponsored by Cookeville Pediatric and Adolescent Center.

Donors included Ballal, Rodney Carlson, Chris McCall, and Hope High.  

For more information about this competition, contact Godes at cgodes@tntech.edu.

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