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Stillman College will Host Zelpha Wells Piano Competition April 25-26


TUSCALOOSA, AL--Stillman College will host its annual Zelpha Wells Piano Competition April 25-26, 2014 in the Cordell Wynn Humanities and Fine Arts Center. Two free performances will be held in conjunction with the competition. There will be a guest artist performance by Dr. David Berry on April 25 at 7 p.m. and a performance by competition finalists on April 26 at 7 p.m.  Both events will be held in the Wynn Center's Warner Presentation Room.

Dr. Berry, who will also serve as judge of the competition, is a sought after soloist and chamber musician whose performances have been featured in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Jacoby Symphony Hall, the UW World Series, and in live broadcasts of WQXR (New York). He received his Bachelor of Music with High Distinction from the Eastman School of Music, and Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance from the Juilliard School. He is a resident member of the Jacksonville, Florida based Ritz Chamber Players as well as the Core Ensemble. He has also served as Coordinator of Chamber Music for the Gateways Music Festival, which is currently in residence at the Eastman School of Music.

The Zelpha Wells Piano Competition pays homage to one of Tuscaloosa’s most distinguished citizens, music educators, and humanitarians. A graduate of Talladega College, where she majored in piano and minored in organ and public school music, Zelpha Wells received certificates in music from Peabody College and Fisk University. She has been featured in Time magazine and on The Oprah Winfrey Show. A member of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, Wells has taught music for more than 50 years and is internationally known as a pianist and purveyor of music.

Applications for the competition may be accessed at Zelpha Wells Application.  A brochure which includes details regarding rules and repertoire requirements, competition fees and information about last year’s winners may be accessed at Zelpha Wells Piano Competition Brochure. There are two levels of competition, the Junior Division and the College Division. The College Division competition is open to students between the ages of 18 and 25 who are enrolled at the undergraduate level at a college or university. The Junior Division competition is for students 12 and older through Senior High School.

For more information, call Dr. Hye-Sook Jung at (205) 247-3401.

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