2007-11-21 / News

Pianist Hollister advances to division music competition

Jamestown resident Samuel Hollister, 11, has been selected as Rhode Island's state representative to the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Student Competitions in the Junior Piano category (ages 11-14).

He will compete in the MTNA Eastern Division Competitions at Penn State University in State College, Pa. on January 11-12, 2008. The top pianists at the seven regional Division Competitions occurring throughout the country will move on to the MTNA National Finals, which will be held in late March in Denver, Colo.

The Eastern Division Competition, to include pianists from all of the New England states as well as New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, requires performers to play, from memory, up to 20 minutes of classical music from at least two contrasting style periods. Hollister's selections include the following pieces from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods: Bach Fugue No.10 in E minor; Mozart Sonata K 280 in F major, 3rd movement; Chopin Waltz, Op 69, No. 1 in A-flat major; and Kabalevsky Sonatina in C major, Op. 13, No.1, 1st movement. He also played the Kabalevsky selection in Jamestown last Sunday, at a piano recital for the URI students of Grace Urrico and Dr. Manabu Takasawa, which was held at St. Matthew's Church. This well-attended event was sponsored by the Jamestown Community Piano Group.

Hollister is a grade 6 student at the Lawn Avenue School in Jamestown, and has been playing the piano for five years. He is a piano student of Dr. Manabu Takasawa, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Piano Studies at URI.

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