11/4/16 - 2016 Jr. Piano Compatition Winners

Twenty-one young pianists from across South Carolina participated in the 4th Annual Junior Artist Piano Competition, presented by the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH) and sponsored by the Bichel Foundation.

While the competition was tight, Lexington County ninth-grader Catherine Black took home the first place prize of $1,500. John Wang, a ninth grade student from Central; and Aayush Karan, a tenth grade student from Cayce; received second and third place prizes, respectively. Honorable mentions were given to Nathan Sun, Greer; Lauren Chen, Irmo; and Anna Voelk, Greenville.

"This event brings out the very best talent from our state, and it is incredibly exciting to witness the artistic excellence in today's youth," said Dr. Stephen Taylor, SCGSAH piano faculty member and competition coordinator. "This year's talent level was very high, and it was a joy to hear them perform with such professionalism."

Participants in grades 7-10 performed a memorized program of works for up to twenty minutes, and received written comments and feedback from an esteemed panel of judges that included Dr. Liza Stepanova, from the University of Georgia in Athens; Dr. Sergio Gallo, from Georgia State University in Atlanta; and Dr. Agnes Wan, from Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia.