2010 National Piano Guild Audition Results

September 18th, 2010

Hello all:

I am happy to announce our Piano Guild auditions are finally complete. All students testing higher than Elementary B with a National (10 piece) or International (15 piece) program performed scales – ¬†musicianship phases and most chords / cadences and arpeggios musicianship phases as well. I used the book “Play Piano in All Keys” fingering charts to prepare these musicianship phases. And all I can say, I could not have been able to get everyone through their preparations if I would not have had this manual at hand. The students worked their phases and just turned pages. Accurate, traditional fingering – for the first time, as a teacher, could I relax – accurate fingering in all scales is so hard to achieve. But my students did and they were happy and so was I – what a great feeling (for me) to provide such an essential piano playing fundamentals book. Even the late Intermediate and Preparatory (for College) students could benefit from using the scales charts. Never before could I get “clean” scales fingering in 4 octaves – all Major and parallel Minors. This year it was a breeze!

Congratulations to all my students who worked hard setting their goals and achieving them. 10 and 15 piece programs are not easy, regardless how you look at it and everyone who put their mind to it completed it with many commendations and solid performances, all from memory. All National (10 pieces) and International (15 pieces) programs are Gold Medal programs; the 5 piece program is a Bronze Medal. We had a total of 26 Gold Medal programs and 1 Bronze Medal program. The Specials category is for those gifted young pianists who are able to play repertoire in a higher category than expected for their age.

Congratulations to everyone working so hard, staying focused and dedicated:

    Riverside, CA May 21, 2010: Judge Beatrice Mosburg:

    Name

    Number of

    Years

    in Guild

    auditions

    Number of

    Years National

    Winner

    Classification

    Program

    Number of

    pieces

    performed

    1

    Jothy Yogarajah

    5

    5

    Intermediate E

    National

    10

    2

    Thulasi Yogarajah

    5

    5

    Intermediate A

    National

    10

    Temecula, CA June 6, 2010: Judge Ana Stahl:

    Name

    Number of

    Years

    in Guild

    auditions

    Number of

    Years National Winner

    Classification

    Program

    Number of

    pieces

    performed

    3

    Chloe Lovato

    5

    5

    Intermediate B

    National

    10

    4

    Sai Sivapalan

    8

    8

    Preparatory Special

    International

    15

    5

    Shalini Nair

    9

    9

    Preparatory B

    International

    15

    6

    Cynthia Nguyen Phan

    4

    4

    Intermediate Special

    National

    10

    7

    Kathleen Nguyen Phan

    4

    4

    Intermediate A

    National

    10

    8

    Stacey Nguyen Phan

    4

    4

    Elementary Special

    National

    10

    9

    Ranen Unger Hicks

    5

    5

    Elementary Special

    National

    12

    10

    Sierra Rupnow

    5

    5

    Intermediate C

    National

    10

    11

    Brittany Durgiah

    6

    3

    Intermediate A

    District

    5

    Escondido – Sand Diego, CA July 8 and 11,2010 judge: Ann Vanderschaaf, TX

    Number of

    Years in Guild auditions

    Number of

    Years National Winner

    Classification

    Program

    Number of

    pieces performed

    12

    Thien-Sa Luyen

    1

    1

    Elementary A

    National

    10

    13

    Thien-Sam Luyen

    1

    1

    Elementary B

    National

    10

    14

    Bret Paddock

    7

    7

    Preparatory B

    International

    15

    15

    Cassiopea Bostan

    2

    2

    Elementary Special

    International

    15

    16

    Robechelle Mina

    1

    1

    Elementary A

    National

    10

    17

    Rossale Mina

    1

    1

    Elementary A

    National

    10

    18

    Roxanne Mina

    1

    1

    Elementary A

    National

    10

    19

    Anais Perkins

    2

    2

    Intermediate A

    National

    10

    20

    Shanti Ryle

    9

    9

    Preparatory D

    International

    15

    21

    Mitchell Johnson

    5

    5

    Intermediate F

    National

    10

    22

    Patrick Xu

    1

    1

    Intermediate Special

    International

    15

    23

    Kelly Rausch

    4

    4

    Elementary E

    National

    10

    24

    Song Nguyen

    3

    3

    Intermediate A

    National

    10

    25

    Andrew Vu

    4

    4

    Preparatory A

    National

    10

    26

    Nessa Vu

    4

    4

    Intermediate B

    National

    10

    27

    Victoria Vu

    4

    4

    Intermediate B

    National

    10

Sincerely, Eva

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