Friday Musicale Announces its 2016 Outstanding Young Pianists

Pictured from left to right: Jacob Skiles, Zach Yu, Brenna Rodriguez, Viann Yu

On Monday, December 7, 2015, advanced piano students of grades 5-12 auditioned to perform at Friday Musicale as the 2016 Class of Outstanding Young Pianists.

7th-8th Grade Winner: Zach Yu (Mary Lou Krosnick, piano teacher)
Andante and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14 | Felix Mendelssohn
An Elfin Round, Op. 7, No. 6 | Edward MacDowell

9th-10th Grade Winner: Brenna Rodriguez (Joan Cordell, piano teacher)
Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2 | Frédéric Chopin
The Cat and the Mouse (Scherzo Humoristique) | Aaron Copland

11th-12th Grade Winner: Viann Yu (Peggy Edwards, piano teacher)
Scherzo Op. 20, No. 1 | Frédéric Chopin
The Fountain of the Acqua Paola Op. 7, No. 3 | Charles T. Griffes

Honorable Mention: Jacob Skiles (Vickie Stake, piano teacher)
Ballade in G Minor, Op. 23 | Frédéric Chopin
Toccata Op. 15 | Robert Muczynski

Being the Outstanding Young Pianists of 2016, they will be presented in concert at the Friday Musicale Auditorium, 645 Oak Street, on Friday, January 8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Concert is free and open to the public. No tickets necessary.

We appreciate the competition judges for sharing their time and expertise at Friday Musicale with the students.
Dr. Lucy Chen, Assistant Professor of Piano, Edward Waters College
Dr. Sue Holder, Professor of Music Emeritus (Piano), Louisiana Tech University
Dr. Scott Watkins, Associate Professor of Music: Piano, Music Theory, Jacksonville University

Thank you to the chair and members of our Outstanding Young Pianists Committee for their time and efforts in preparing for and presenting this competition!
Dr. Michael Mastronicola, Chair
Rodney Cleveland, Dan Francobandiero, Mary Lou Krosnick