Gould Academy Hosts 2013 Biennial Pine Tree Piano Festival

April 22, 2013

Nearly forty students from around the state will compete in the Maine Music Teachers Association’s Pine Tree Piano Festival on Saturday, April 27 at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine.

Students from elementary through senior high school grades will compete before a panel of judges made up of professional concert artists and teachers. The state-level competition seeks to recognize and reward excellence in performance by the best young pianists in Maine, many of whom will continue on to college-level conservatory study and eventual careers as concert artists and teachers.

Shu Jing Lian ’14 performs on one of Gould Academy’s Steinway Pianos.

Gould Academy’s Shu Jing Lian ’14 of Mechanic Falls will compete in the senior division at this year’s competition. Two years ago she won the junior division.

The general public is invited to attend the day’s events at no charge. The competition begins at 10:00 a.m. in two venues on the Gould campus. The elementary and senior-level pianists will appear in Bingham Auditorium; middle school-level competitors will be heard in McLaughlin Science Center’s Trustees Auditorium.

All will assemble later in the afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in Bingham Auditorium for the announcement of awards and the Winners’ Recital.

Gould Academy, located at the eastern edge of the White Mountains, is on the list of “All-Steinway Schools,” an honor shared by other distinguished educational institutions, including Oberlin College Conservatory, Yale School of Music, and The Juilliard School.

Steinway and Steinway-designed pianos are exclusively used in the school’s performance and practice spaces, affording students, teachers, and visiting artists the best facilities possible for music study and performance.

The Maine Music Teachers Association (MMTA) encourages excellence in music education by offering professional development opportunities for music teachers, and performance opportunities for music students on all levels. It nurtures the next generation of musicians and music lovers by supporting musical activities in schools and communities throughout the state.

Visit the MMTA website, www.mainemusicteachers.org, for more information on the Pine Tree Piano Festival.

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