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SIX WINNERS CHOSEN FOR MUSICAL KIDS CLASSICAL MUSIC COMPETITION BY WQED-FM 89.3

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 29, 2013

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

SIX WINNERS CHOSEN FOR
MUSICAL KIDS CLASSICAL MUSIC COMPETITION BY WQED-FM 89.3

PITTSBURGH—Classical WQED-FM 89.3 is pleased to announce the six winners for its 2013 Musical Kids classical music competition for middle school students in grades six to eight:

· Rebecca Chen, piano
Carson Middle School
Wexford, PA

· Joey Comella, violin
PA Cyber Charter School
Export, PA

· Suvir Merchandani, piano
Dorseyville Middle School
Pittsburgh, PA

· Nathan Pallotta, piano
Mon Yough Catholic School
McKeesport, PA

· Fiona Stauffer, piano
Franklin Regional Middle School
Murrysville, PA

· Lily Wang, piano “Public Choice Winner”
Franklin Regional Middle School
Murrysville, PA

Lily was selected as the “Public Choice Winner” from over 2,700 votes made online at wqed.org/musicalkids.

The other winners were selected by the Musical Kids judges comprised of local classical music experts including:

  • Patricia Neeper
    President Steinway Piano Gallery, Pittsburgh
  • Chad Twedt
    Pianist & Teacher
  • Dr. Mary Lynne Bennett
    Adjunct Professor of Piano, Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music
  • Christopher Wu
    Nancy & Jeffrey Leininger First Violin Chair, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra & Artist Lecturer in Violin, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Andrew Fouts
    Baroque Violinist, Chatham Baroque
  • Henry Spinelli
    Pianist & Teacher
  • Donna Amato
    Piano Teacher, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh

Winners will be recognized publicly at “Classical WQED-FM 89.3 Night” following the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s performance at Heinz Hall on Friday, May 10. A special program hosted by Jim Cunningham with winner interviews and recorded performances will air on Performance in Pittsburgh Friday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. on Classical WQED-FM 89.3. Winners will also perform on the Dollar Bank Stage at the Three Rivers Arts Festival as part of “Classical Music Day” on Monday, June 10 from 1-1:30 p.m. and 5-5:30 p.m.

In addition, presentations will be held at each winner’s school where prizes including a plaque will be awarded. Over 60 entries were received for this year’s completion from young musicians around the region who played the French horn, piano, violin, cello, and clarinet or sang. Funding for Musical Kids is made possible by a grant from the Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation.

WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 134 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).


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