Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Young Artists Piano Festival: Chopin's Nocturne in C Minor

Saturday morning Elisabeth played in front of several judges for the Sandy Young Artists Piano Festival. If you place, you come back that evening at 5 where you play your piece again and then you learn how you placed. Last year Elisabeth received an 'honorable mention' which is just under the finalists, and this year we figured she might do the same, or worse since there were quite a few kids auditioning (24 is what I heard) in her Elementary 12 and under, age group. We had family pictures scheduled that evening for 445, so I secretly hoped she wouldn't make it to the finalist round. 
 She played Chopin's Nocturne in C Minor. Around 1230 that afternoon we got a message from her piano teacher saying she was one of the finalists and needed to come back that evening. So I rescheduled our pictures and then Elisabeth, Annabelle and I went back to Riverton Music where Elisabeth performed her number again at a recital, along with the other 2 finalists in her age group, and then they named off the 3rd place winner, which wasn't her, then the second, which wasn't her, which meant we got so excited because we knew she'd received first place! Way to go Elisabeth! She sure worked hard for this. And a bonus that we didn't know about was that first place receives a $25 check! She's saving up to go to a piano camp next summer that's expensive, so she put her reward toward that.

Here's a video of her playing at the recital:

 The finalists and honorable mentions for the 12 and under age group:
 And Elisabeth with her amazing piano teacher, Bridget Johansen, and Bridgets students that made it to the recital as finalists or honorable mentions.

 That night we celebrated by playing Settlers of Catan and enjoying some popcorn and caramel popcorn(after we put Jane and Nora to bed).

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