Blinn hosts pianist contest

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Blinn College is inviting the state’s most talented young piano players to its 14th Annual Young Pianist Competition.

The competition will be held Saturday, Jan. 30, and is open to musicians from grade levels 5-12. Pianists from four age groups can win a $300 top prize or $150 as the runner-up. Piano scholarships will also be offered to talented high school junior and seniors.

Prizes were donated by Dr. Henry and Teddy Boehm and Larry and Mary Whigham.

“It is a good chance for students to have someone critically listen to their playing,” said John Dujka, Blinn piano professor and competition judge. “The whole idea is to get them on campus and give them a good experience at Blinn while they rub elbows with other talented kids in the area.”

This year’s guest judges are Courtney Crappell and Timothy Hester from the University of Houston and Ilonka Rus-Edery from Sam Houston State University.

The competition begins at 9 a.m. in the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center and is open to the community. Finalists from each age group will perform at 3 p.m. Students must have two memorized pieces of music of different styles. The entry fee is $30.

For more information on courses or upcoming performances, visit: www.blinn.edu/vpa.

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