Piano students shine at music festival

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Alpharetta residents Emily Minchew,12, and Jace Neeb, 9, won their intermediate and elementary divisions for piano performance Oct. 28 at the Fall Festival, sponsored by North Fulton Music Teachers Association.

Emily and Jace, students of Arlene Martinides in Alpharetta, also received the highest Superior rating from their judges.

The North Fulton Music Teachers Association, is an 80-member music teacher association and is an affiliate of Georgia Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association.

The festival, held at Johns Creek United Methodist Church, saw four other students of Martinides receive Superior ratings from Fall Festival judges – Ian Sergile, 11, Mallory Chamblee, 8, Jake Chamblee, 8, and Harry Parrado, 7, all from Alpharetta. Students were asked to perform two piano pieces from memory. They were judged by directors from some of the Southeast’s top college and university music programs. Minchew, a seventh grader from Haynes Bridge Middle School, played pieces by Frederich Burgmuller and Franz Joeph Haydn.

Students were asked to perform two piano pieces from memory. They were judged by directors from some of the Southeast’s top college and university music programs.

Minchew, a seventh grader from Haynes Bridge Middle School, played pieces by Frederich Burgmuller and Joeph Haydn. 

Neeb, a Hillside Elementary third grader, played pieces by Mozart and American composer E.L. Lancaster to win the elementary division. 

Haynes Bridge Middle School sixth grader Sergile, played pieces by Beethoven and American composer William Gillock.

Mallory Chamblee and brother Jake Chamblee, both homeschooled, played pieces by German composer Cornelius Gurlitt and American composers Margaret Goldston and Martha Mier. Barnwell Elementary second grader Harry Parrado played pieces by Gurlitt and American composer William Gillock. 


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