High School Piano Competition Winner Announced

Maranatha’s Music Department hosted their third annual High School Piano Competition on Thursday, January 23 in Burckart Hall. While the majority of the contestants are from the Midwest region, contestants came from as far away as New York and Pennsylvania this year! Each performer played a Baroque or Classical piece and a Romantic or 20th Century piece. Repertoire performed included pieces such as the third movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Allegro Barbaro by Bartok, Brahms’ Rhapsody in B minor, Prelude in G minor by Rachmaninoff, Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in Bb, and many more of similar level. The advanced level of repertoire combined with the artistic flair displayed by many of the performers provided an enjoyable evening of music for those in attendance.

For the first time, the competition was set up to be a “blind competition” so that Maranatha piano faculty adjudicating the competition had no idea who was performing. Maranatha piano faculty commends all of the participants for their hard work in preparing for the competition and congratulates the following on winning the competition:

  • 1st Place: Grace Betry of Manhattan, IL performing Moonlight Sonata, 3rd mvt by Beethoven and Snow is Dancing by Debussy.
  • 2nd Place: Justine Ostrander of Beaver Dam, WI performing Fantasia in C Minor BWV 906 by Bach and Rhapsody in B Minor Op. 79, No. 1 by Brahms.
  • 3rd Place: John Sweas of New Lenox, IL performing Pastorale Sonata, 2nd mvt by Beethoven and Rondo Capriccioso Op. 14 by Mendelssohn.

All of the winners received cash prizes, and the first place winner will be giving an encore performance at the Great Lakes Music Festival Concert on January 25th.