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Young Pianists Honored At UVU’s Rebecca Marriott Champion Piano Competition

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April 25, 2012
For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Jim Rayburn (801) 863-8504

Utah Valley University freshman Micah Putnam of Provo, Utah, earned a $5,000 scholarship and 21 other young pianists were honored for their performances at last weekend’s second annual Rebecca Marriott Champion Piano Competition.

Finishing as runner-up to Putnam in the UVU student competition was sophomore Arianne Judkins, also of Provo. Junior Jonathan Stevens, also a native of Provo, was honored with a third-place finish.

Elementary division winners were: Junhao Wang, first; John Zhao, second; Elizabeth Ahang, third; and Horace Gao, Kate Marberger, Anna Sung and Faith Nixon earning honorable mention. Junior division winners were: Tiffany Xu, first; Mariah Sam, second; Alinda Heder, third; with Tanner Meeves, Annie Lee, Yi Tian Zhang, Emma Call and Joseph Chang garnering honorable mention. Senior division winners were: Helena Ma, first; Do Oh, second; Haylee Bradford, third; and Natasha Pruhs, honorable mention.

Since Helena Ma, the winner of the senior division, is not a high school senior, the highest ranking high school senior in the competition was Do Oh of Salt Lake City, who was offered a UVU scholarship.

Nearly 60 non-college students performed at the April 21 competition with awards for first, second and third in each division. The non-college students each performed 5 to 10 minute pieces before two judges. Alice Hansen and Chad Schumacher judged the senior division, Amber Liao and Kimi Kawashima judged the junior division, and Jayne Galloway and Ashley Vazquez judged the elementary division.

The UVU student competitors performed at an evening public concert in the new Science Building auditorium on a 7-foot Steinway piano that is exclusive to the new auditorium. Judges for the college division and the $5,000 scholarship were Ning Lu and Jie Lu, from the University of Utah, and Ralph Van der Beek, from Weber State University.

Marriott Champion, a member of UVU’s Board of Trustees, endowed the scholarship and competition last year to stimulate and reward excellence in piano performance. She believes those who are willing to concentrate their efforts toward high accomplishment in the arts also prepare to be responsible and resourceful citizens, and they are more able to influence and increase the artistic sensitivity of society in general. Marriott Champion also wants to recognize the growing excellence of UVU’s music department.

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Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to more than 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.

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