By ROBERT S. MERRILL
DAYTON – The second-annual Dahle Piano Competition will be held on Saturday, May 4, at the Dahle Fine Arts Center in Dayton.
“One student representative from 12 surrounding high schools (Idaho and Utah schools) will compete for an opportunity to receive a $1,000 grand prize,” said Spencer Barzee, West Side School District assistant superintendent.
He said the second-place contestant will receive a $500 prize and whomever takes third place will get $250.
“All participants receive $100 in prize money. The participant pool is capped at the first 12 applicants.
“The music departments from participating schools will determine an equitable method for selecting one student representative in grades 9-12 for the competition,” said Barzee.
The Dahle Piano Competition is the vision of Larry and Joan Dahle of Logan. Throughout his life Dahle has been able to see the difference that music can make in a person’s life, officials continued.
“Larry, a trumpet player in high school and former military man, has always valued discipline and work ethic.
Those characteristics have benefitted him throughout his life as an entrepreneur and businessman,” said officials.
Dahle said music is very important for kids.
“Too many kids today lack discipline. Pursuing musical training not only helps kids learn this discipline, but it makes them better students and better citizens,” he said.
When asked why he approached West Side School District about hosting this competition Dahle said, “I wanted to stimulate the talent in these young kids. I see so much potential and sometimes it just takes a challenge for kids to rise to the top.”
The Dahle Performing Arts Center is a tribute to the Dahle family and their support of education in the region. The Center comfortably seats 775 and is a state-of-the-art facility in its construction, acoustics, sound and décor.
The Dahles donated a new Yamaha C7 concert grand piano when the facility was completed just over three years ago.
The auditorium is used for a variety of school and community events throughout the year. (See www.wssd.k12.id.us for a list of scheduled events).
West Side School District is proud of this facility and is excited to welcome audience members throughout the area, said officials.
“Such a fine performance hall should be appreciated and used for events such as this competition,” said Barzee.
The Dahles have donated the start-up funds for this competition and it is the goal of West Side School District to raise the funds needed to continue this annual event, Barzee added.
This story is sponsored by Studio 220 Auditions.
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