Piano festival coming to UCC on Saturday

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ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Oregon Music Teachers Association is hosting the Sonata-Sonatina Piano Festival this weekend at Umpqua Community College.

The festival gives students a chance to perform, competing against other students, and receive a written critique of their performance.

Organizer Sandra Palmer, a piano teacher in Roseburg, says they expect 50 students to compete in the competition, which starts Saturday morning. "Students from across the state are participating," said Palmer. "They're playing a leveled sonata or sonatina, and they will be judged individually, they will advance on to an honors recital in the afternoon that is open to the public, and at that time, the students will be awarded their prizes for their performances."

The students, who range from age 5-18, will get some hands on experience in playing some historic replicas of old pianos that are being brought in by the registered piano technicians.

"They're bringing in pianos from throughout the Oregon-Washington region, and they will be open for demonstration or hands-on activities for students or teachers, or anyone who'd like to try those out. In addition to that, from 10:00 to 11:30 in the morning, they'll be presenting a lecture regarding those historic replicas," said Palmer.

The registered piano technicians are having their regional conference at the same time the competition is going on.

The finals for the competition start at 2:00 p.m. at the UCC Whipple Fine Arts Center.

For more information on the event, you can call Sandra Palmer at 541-680-1669.