By ROBERT S. MERRILL
DAYTON – A Highland High School student won the third-annual Dahle Piano Competition last Saturday and took home a $1,000 prize for her efforts. The second-place winner was from Marsh Valley.
Alyssa Gardner, from Highland High School, was first in the competition. Shalea Smedley, Marsh Valley High School, was second and Savanna Summers, Mountain Crest, third. Smedley won $500 and Summers, $250.
“All participants received $100 in prize money,” said West Side Superintendent Spencer Barzee.
The region’s best high school pianists competed for prize money, according to Sherry Phillips, district official.
“Gardner performed ‘The Fountain of the Acqua Paola’ by Griffes. Smedley played ‘Polonaise Op. 46 No. 12’ by MacDowell. Summers performed ‘Preludium’ by MacDowell,” said Phillips.
“A panel of professional judges determined the winners based on several criteria such as technique, rhythm, accuracy and interpretation. Southeast Idaho and Cache Valley schools were invited to enter one student per school to compete,” she said. “Each school used its own criteria to select one representative. Eleven pianists (schools) participated this year.”
This story is sponsored by Franklin County Clerk.
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