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Students of Mike Lively awarded by piano guild


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The National Piano Guild Auditions were held in Roswell last month. Twenty-five students performed in front of guild judge Shane N. Galentine of Emporia, Kansas. Galentine maintains a private teaching studio in Emporia, where he received a bachelor’s of arts degree in music from Emporia State University in 2006.

He completed his master’s of music degree in 2013 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, with a joint concentration in piano performance and piano pedagogy. He studied with Guy Johnson, Dr. Richard Angeletti, Dr. Slawomir Dobrzanski, Elaine Edwards and Elizabeth Grace. In addition to teaching, he serves as pianist/organist at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Topeka, Kansas.The students were judged on accuracy, tone quality, technique, rhythm, phrasing, dynamics, interpretation and repertoire.

Twenty-five piano students from the Lively Piano Studio auditioned and were awarded certificates and pins associated with how many musical pieces they performed from memory on various programs, arranged as State, National, or International. Silver pins were awarded for State programs. Gold pins were awarded for National programs and large gold pins were awarded for International programs.

State programs — seven pieces memorized: Jackson Elwell and Nicole Lopez.

National programs — 10 pieces, memorized: Makylah Apostol (eight years National), Elijah Baltazar (eight years National), Matthew Baltazar, Lilli DeGroot (seven years National), Ella Hobbs, Emma Hobbs (six years National), Taylor Le (10 years National, Paderewski Gold Medal winner), Hannah Lilley (nine years National), Sarah Lilley (nine years National), Erynn McKelvy (six years National), Raylene Moore (six years National), Lorelei Rahlf, Soren Rahlf, Micaela Rodriguez and Claire Seley (eight years National).

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International— 15 pieces, memorized: Claire Coble, Abigail Dodson, Joshua Dodson, Reid McKelvy, Lucas Tang, Olivia Tang, Steven Xu an Sylvia Xu.

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