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SMTD Piano Students Win Several Recent Awards

Hyerim Lee

Robert Yan

Yuting Ma

Vivian Chen

The Piano Department was well represented at the state level of the Music Teachers’ National Association Young Artist Performance Competition, held on November 22.

The first-place winner was MM student Hyerim Lee, a student of Christopher Harding, with the alternate position won by sophomore Robert Yan, a student of Logan Skelton. Honorable mentions were awarded to DMA student Yuting Ma, a student of Arthur Greene, and Vivian Chen, also a student of Christopher Harding. Lee will compete in the Division level by YouTube submission, with the National Competition to be held in Chicago in mid -March 2020.


Sua Lee

Sophomore pianist Sua Lee, a student of Christopher Harding, took the First Prize in her division at the Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition in New York City, on December 7, for her performance of the Bach D Minor English Suite and the William Bolcom etude “Hymne á l’amour.” As part of her award, she performed in Lincoln Center on December 8.


Xiaoya Liu, a DMA student of Christopher Harding, took the Silver Medal and a $3,000 prize at the Wideman International Piano Competition on December 8, in Shreveport, Louisiana, for her performance of the Prokofiev 3rd Concerto in C Major. Aleksandra Kasman, a DMA student of Logan Skelton, also competed and was awarded the Norman Fisher Memorial Award for her performance of the Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3 in D minor.

Xiaoya Liu

Aleksandra Kasman