What’s Working: Students showcase talent in 50th Anniversary of piano contest

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – Over 250 students tickled the ivories in a milestone year for a local piano contest. Saturday was the 50th anniversary of the Mobile Music Teacher Association’s Sonata Contest. It was held at the University of South Alabama. Students of all ages and performance levels played a sonata, which is one movement of the piano piece. Awards are given out for first, second, third and honorable mention.

The student said they enjoyed being a part of the contest, especially during the 50th year.

“Especially in means so much on the 50th anniversary because you know all these people have gone before you and played, and now you get your chance to leave a mark on history,” Nathan Wallace said. 

“My favorite part of the Sonata contest was getting feedback from the judges and just doing my best,” Lydia Van Cleave said. 

The trophies were almost as big as some of the contestants! The students practice for months to prepare for today’s contest. 

“I put a lot of work in. I am glad it paid off,” student, Ella Fridriksson said.

I am familiar with the Sonata Contest because I participated in it for over a decade growing up. My teacher, Vincentine Williams of Spanish Fort, encouraged us to compete in contests. I always enjoyed seeing some of the same contestants year after year.  I was fortunate to win many times and received second and third place several times as well.  When I think back to my childhood, some of my fondest memories are of winning a trophy at the Sonata Contest.  It makes me so happy to see students still keeping the contest going strong. My son, Sam, competed for the second year.  Check out the photo gallery included in this story. It’s a walk down memory lane!

“If they have learned their piece, they are winners in the teachers’ eyes. We are so proud of every student here today, Williams said.

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