UVU’S Rebecca Marriott Champion Piano Competition Held March 23
March 26, 2013
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert
Written by: Traci Hainsworth (801) 863-6739
Some the state’s most talented child and teen pianists joined Utah Valley University’s top student pianists on March 23 at the third annual UVU Rebecca Marriott Champion Piano Competition.
UVU music students competed for a $5,000 scholarship, while elementary and high school students vied for cash awards, and one talented high school senior earned a one-year full-ride tuition scholarship to UVU. This is the second year that the competition has involved non-college students.
“A piano festival or competition that includes students of all ages is motivational for those who are younger and instructive for those who are older,” said Newell Dayley, dean of UVU’s School of the Arts. “It enables all of those involved to more easily recognize the process of development and the importance of patience, diligence, consistency and a clear vision of how to succeed.”
Marriott Champion, a member of Utah Valley University’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. Her grandmother taught her that music “broadens your horizons and makes you a more well-rounded person” — insight which has instilled Marriott Champion with a lifetime love for music and a belief that fine arts have a permanent place in higher education.
“This is a showcase of Utah Valley’s finest students, who strive to be the best they can be,” Dayley said. “These are students who are not afraid to learn from experience or grow from hard work.”
During an afternoon session, in 5-10 minute performances that ran from noon to 5 p.m., around 60 students from age 6 to 18 performed classical pieces, multiple works and unaccompanied concertos. Competition judges provided feedback and determined the winners of $150, $300 and $500 awards, and a full-tuition scholarship to the highest-ranking high school senior.
“In addition to the live competition, the gala also featured faculty performances and revealed the winners of the community competition,” said Hilary Demske, UVU’s director of piano studies.
Rebecca Marriott Champion Piano Competition Award Winners 2013
1st place – John Zhao
2nd place – Mary-Frances Oldham
3rd place – Elizabeth Zhang
Honorable Mentions: Jet Qu and Cameron Turner
1st place – Junhao Wang
2nd place – Juncen Wang
3rd place – Alinda Heder
Honorable Mentions: Alyssa Buck, Danny Jones and Amy Yao
Senior Division (all three of these winners will be under consideration for the Rebecca Marriott Champion Young Artist Award, which is a full-tuition scholarship for an incoming UVU student)
1st place – Mariah Sam
2nd place – Anastasia Magamedova
3rd place – Tiffany Xu
Honorable Mentions: Laura Mosdell and Jacob Dame
University Division – Rebecca Marriott Champion Pianist Scholarship Award, $5,000
1st place – Juyoun Lee
2nd place – Brandon Riggs
3rd place – JiYeon Lee
Honorable Mentions: Whitney Lunceford and Echo Lei