Local pianists compete in Ada


Staff report



ADA — The Midwest Music Teachers Association hosted the Midwest Duettist Competition, Oct. 28, at Ohio Northern University, here.

Ten teams from Ka-Jens Piano Studio in Sidney, under the direction of Kathleen Jendrusik, the founder and chairwoman of the competition, competed with other teams from throughout the midwest of the state.

The duets were required to play one classical piece in formal attire, and one creative piece in full costume with props and makeup relating to their compositions. They were graded on poise and presentation, creativity, clear melody phrasing, rhythm, tempo, dynamics and how well they conveyed the spirit of the music.

There were four levels of difficulty. The Elementary First Level, second place went to Alice Chrisman, daughter of Heather and Joseph Chrisman, of Sidney, and Haley Cox, daughter of Mindy and Aaron Cox, of Quincy.

Level Two Late Elementary: first place went to Lola and Loralei Chambers, daughters of Lorraine Rose, of Sidney; second place, to Alayna Rindler, daughter of June and Alan Rindler; and Zachery Ahrens, son of Joyce and Robert Ahrens, all of Versaillies; third place, to Amelie Phillips, daughter of Sonya and Keith Phillips, and Cassie Heath, daughter of Molly and Scott Heath, all of Sidney.

Level Three Early Intermediate: first place went to Shannon and McKenna O’Donnell, daughters of Robyn and Mike Gossard, of Sidney; second place, to Lola Chambers, daughter of Lorraine Rose, of Sidney and Meredith Klein, daughter of Sarah and Eric Klein, of Anna; third place, to Liliana Phillips, daughter of Sonya and Keith Phillips, of Sidney, and Colton Smith, son of Karen and Doug Smith, of Anna; fourth place, to Alayna Rindler, daughter of June and Alan Rindler, and Isabel Rawlins, daughter of Jennifer and Keith Rawlins, all of Versailles.

Level Four Intermediate: third place went to Martha Chrisman, daughter of Heather and Joseph Chrisman, of Sidney, and Luke Hamaker, son of Stacy and Shawn Hamaker, of Fletcher; fifth place, to Myla Cox, daughter of Mindy and Aaron Cox, of Quincy, and Keagan Smith, son of Karen and Doug Smith, of Anna.

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Staff report