MISSION - South Texas Piano Competition welcomed talented pianists from across the state to compete for awards on April 23.

The state-wide competition was open to pianists in grades 9-12 who reside in the state of Texas and who study with a private teacher. Competitors were required to perform compositions by memory from composers in the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Impressionistic/Contemporary eras. Finalists were invited to compete before a live audience and jury. This year the competition took place at Mario’s Banquet and Conference Center in Mission.

The three Judges were Dr. Dino Mulic, Professor of Piano at UTRGV, Dr. Joachim Reinhuber, Professor of Piano at Texas A&M University Kingsville, and Dr. Jonathan Tsay, Van Cliburn Artist from Dallas, Texas. The students were judged on memory, accuracy, rhythm, technique, and musicianship. All three Judges also taught masterclasses after the competition for the students to receive feedback on their performances.

The goals of the competition are to provide a competitive platform and to provide young pianists with evaluations from the judges. It is also our goal to present these young artists with scholarships to further their education and to recognize them for their achievements and dedication to the arts.

The competition platform is a musical experience like none other. It is the young pianists themselves who truly benefit the most as these competitions are opportunities in which they develop and learn. It is also a growing experience meeting other students and connecting with them as well as competing and listening to others. The competition is simply a great opportunity to learn from each other and share their passion for music. It gives the students a means to develop and improve. It takes many hours of practice and dedication to compete. It is a great opportunity to build one’s potential through disciplined practice sessions to present their performances. To win, it takes not only the technical aspect of playing the notes, but also the expression and artistry that each pianist will have to show that will set them apart from the others. The competitor must also display utmost composure and confidence in their performance. This competition hopes to influence and inspire more piano students in South Texas and throughout the state to compete and achieve artistic excellence in the arts.

For those looking to be a sponsor for next year’s competition or for more information, visit us at southtexaspianocompetition.org or contact Alma E. Ornelas, Founder & President, at southtexaspiano@gmail.com.