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MUSICAL KIDS FINALISTS CHOSEN FOR CLASSICAL WQED-FM 89.3 CONTEST
Public invited to vote online at wqed.org/musicalkids Aprill 11 - 30, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 8, 2014

CONTACT:
George Hazimanolis
412-622-1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org

MUSICAL KIDS FINALISTS CHOSEN
FOR CLASSICAL WQED-FM 89.3 CONTEST

Public invited to vote online at wqed.org/musicalkids April 11 – 30, 2014

PITTSBURGH—Over 40 entries were received from young musicians around the region who play the piano, violin, cello, and classical guitar or sing for Classical WQED-FM 89.3’s Musical Kids competition for middle school students. Twelve finalists in grades six to eight have been chosen, and half of the students hail from North Allegheny School District in Pittsburgh. In addition, two are from Monongalia County schools in West Virginia, with the remaining students attending private and charter schools, or being home schooled.

Finalists include:

• Issac Che, 13, Eighth Grade, Piano, Home School

• Elizabeth Edwards, 13, Seventh Grade, Cello, Home School

• Christopher Fedor, 13, Eighth Grade, Piano, Marshall Middle School, North Allegheny School District

• Enoch Hsiao, 12, Seventh Grade, Piano, Marshall Middle School, North Allegheny School District

• Benjamin Kiehl, 13, Seventh Grade, Classical Guitar, Westwood Middle School, Monongalia County, West Virginia

• Devin Lai, 12, Seventh Grade, Violin, Suncrest Middle School, Monongalia County, West Virginia

• Amanda Lu, 13, Seventh Grade, Piano, Ingomar Middle School, North Allegheny School District

• Stephanie Petinaux, 11, Sixth Grade, Piano, St. Kilian Parish School

• Rebeka Rest, 12, Sixth Grade, Piano, Marshall Middle School, North Allegheny School District

• Celeste Shannon, 13, Seventh Grade, Vocalist, Environmental Charter School at Frick Park

• William Wang, 12, Seventh Grade, Piano, Ingomar Middle School, North Allegheny School District

• Andrew Zhang, 13, Eighth Grade, Piano, Carson Middle School, North Allegheny School District

The public is invited to cast their online vote for their favorite finalist from April 11 through 30 at www.wqed.org/musicalkids. One of six winners will be chosen by the public through the online voting portal. The remaining five winners will be selected by the Musical Kids judges comprised of local classical music experts including:

Donna Amato, Piano, Carnegie Mellon University

Devin Arrington, Violin, Musicians With A Mission

Mary Lynne Bennett, Piano, Duquesne University

Jim Cunningham, Artistic Director, Classical WQED-FM 89.3

Amanda Iannuzzi, Flute, East Winds Symphonic band

• Joanna Marie, Singer

Julie Mutmansky, Trumpet, East Winds Symphonic band

Patty Neeper, Piano, Steinway Piano Gallery, Pittsburgh

Jim Rodgers, Contrabassoon, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Anna Singer, Singer, Weekday Host and Music Coordinator, Classical WQED-FM 89.3

Jordan Winkler, Trumpet, River City Brass

Roger Zahab, Violin, University of Pittsburgh

Winners will be announced Monday, May 5 on Classical WQED-FM 89.3 by Anna Singer at noon and recognized publicly at “Classical WQED-FM 89.3 Night” following the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s performance at Heinz Hall on Friday, May 9. A special program hosted by Jim Cunningham with interviews and LIVE performances with the winners will air on Performance in Pittsburgh Friday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. on Classical WQED-FM 89.3. In addition, presentations will be held at each winner’s school where prizes including a plaque will be awarded.

Funding for Musical Kids is made possible by grants from the Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation and The Fine Foundation.

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