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Eight student pianists take part in national auditions

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PEPPERELL — Eight local piano pupils from the class of Tonya Callahan, of Pepperell, have registered as candidates for membership in the National Fraternity of Student Musicians.

The fraternity is sponsored by the National Guild of Piano Teachers, the teacher division of the American College of Musicians, of which Callahan is a member.

The young pianists performed in the National Piano-Playing Auditions, held in Concord in May and they achieved local, district and state honors. The American College of Musicians evaluated the students’ performances based upon their presentation of baroque, classic, romantic and modern works. Each student will perform in the presence of a professional adjudicator, chosen by the national organization, who will examine their repertoire.

Throughout the United States and abroad, over 100,000 enthusiastic piano pupils will participate in the annual National Piano-Playing Auditions, which are held in over 880 music centers. Each entrant will be given a certificate, a gold, silver or bronze embossed pin, a report card, and a year’s membership in the National Fraternity of Student Musicians.

Established in 1929 by Dr. Irl Allison, the first auditions were held at Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas. The national headquarters is maintained in Austin, Texas.

Information regarding the American College of Musicians and guild auditions can be obtained by contacting the organization at P.O. Box 1807, Austin, TX 78767.

The names of the local entrants are: Shalee Callahan, Trey Callahan, Monica Desmond, Jackie Gagnon, Casalyn Gamble, Kayla Gjelsvik, Maeve Murphy and Alexandra Powers.

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