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Susan Lawson, Sun Lakes, AZ
Bach Partita #6 in E Minor, Toccata
Widmung by Schumann/Liszt
This was from a live performance at the Kinhaven Adult Piano Workshop several years ago. I selected it because I loved the Schumann song and this Liszt transcription.
I earned a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Although my career has headed in a different direction (20 years in clinical research), my heart still belongs to music. I stay inspired by my membership in the wonderfully supportive Phoenix Piano Club and by playing regularly in a variety of chamber music groups in Arizona.
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Mary Munson, Camano Island, WA
October by Tchaikovsky
Last year I spent one month on each of the 12 Seasons by Tchaikovsky Opus 37b. At the end of each month I posted the work on YouTube. It was quite a challenge. I'm a private piano instructor and a choir director for a local church. I love to teach and play piano. I enjoy spreading my love of music to those I meet.
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Woody Norvell, Norfolk, VA
Quartet for Flute, Bassoon, Violin & Cello (I) - Woody Norvell
Trio Sonata for Flute, Bassoon & Cello (II)
Czardas by Vittorio Monti, arr. Woody Norvell
Debussy-Petite Suite-Ballet
Performed at the Chrysler Museum Theater, 10/19/2008 by Arpeggio & Friends (Lisa Tharp, Fl; John Friedeman, Bsn; Ross Winter, Vl. & Karen Koger, Cello) Recorded by Terry Knight, former recording engineer with NPR.
Freelance composer/arranger; got my DMA from ARizona State U. in 1988. Hoping to get my music more widely distributed.
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Erica Ogihara, Pinecrest, FL
Gabriel Faure, Elegie
Played at "The Fair" at Florida International University in Miami, FL in Spring 2009. Erica Ogihara, Cello, and Dr. Maria Letona, Piano.

Erica is a middle school student attending Palmetto Middle School in Pinecrest Florida. She wishes to become a professional musician. She has been playing the cello for 20 months. Prior to that she took piano lessons for three years.
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Paula Pressnell, Sunbury, NC
Debussy's "Claire de Lune" and "Danse"
I performed these solo piano pieces at my solo recital at Chowan University in March 2007.

I am Artist in Residence at Chowan University, Murfreesboro, North Carolina. I accompany three choirs, voice lessons, instrumentalists, and also perform collaborative and solo recitals.
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Prokofiev's Sonata No. 3
I chose this one-movement piano sonata by Prokofiev to play on my sophomore piano recital at Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC. I was required to play a twentieth century piece, and this piece is full of fire and beauty.

I am Artist in Residence at Chowan University, Murfreesboro, North Carolina. I accompany three choirs, voice lessons, instrumentalists, and also perform collaborative and solo recitals.
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Chopin Nocturne in Db Major, Op. 27 No. 2
This is a solo piano piece performed by me at Chowan University in a solo piano recital in March of 2007. I chose this because it is a beautiful piece of music and I loved playing it.

I am Artist in Residence at Chowan University, Murfreesboro, North Carolina. I accompany three choirs, voice lessons, instrumentalists, and also perform collaborative and solo recitals.
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Rachel Phillips, Fort Pierce, FL
"Rhapsodic Fantasie" by Franz Liszt
Marimba Soloist - Rachel Phillips
Piano Accompaniment - Ginger Phillips
This classical piece was my 10th grade solo and ensemble selection, as well as the piece I performed on a local radio station. I chose it for it's liveliness, and playful melody, as well as for it's Romantic background.

I study piano, and percussion, and I prefer to perform either by myself, or with only piano accompaniment. I have always possessed a love for music and it's influence. I am only 15, but I plan to devote my entire life to music, and I know I will never stray from my musical studies.
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Nicholas Roseth, Saint Paul, MN
Farewell Cane, Nick Roseth
This is a classical piece that includes horns, strings, percussion, wind and more.
I write and record music in my free time, but would like to be able to get a piece in a movie some day. I have been playing music for 15 years and my primary instrument is the guitar.
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Sarah Rushing, Denham Springs, LA
Prelude and Fugue No. 17 in A-Flat Major, from WTC Book 1 by J.S. Bach
This recording is from my second solo recital of my senior year of high school. Previously, I have not been much of a fan of Bach, so my teacher picked this piece for me. At the recital, this piece went so well that my views on Bach are starting to change!
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Fugue
Etude in f minor, Op. 25 No. 2
This was my first Chopin etude to ever learn. My teacher picked it out for me, and it turned out to be quite delightful to play!
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Sonata Op. 2 No. 3, Allegro Assai by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Sonata Op. 2 No. 3, Scherzo: Allegro by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Sonata Op. 2 No. 3, Adagio by Ludwig van Beethoven
This is the second movement of Beethoven's 3rd sonata, recorded at my second solo senior recital on May 21, 2009. I first heard this piece recorded by Alfred Brendel several years ago. Since then, I heard it live many more times and felt compelled to play it.
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Sonata Op. 2 No. 3, Adagio by Ludwig van Beethoven
This is the second movement of Beethoven's 3rd sonata, recorded at my second solo senior recital on May 21, 2009. I first heard this piece recorded by Alfred Brendel several years ago. Since then, I heard it live many more times and felt compelled to play it.
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Prelude No. 3 from 3 Preludes for Piano by George Gershwin Listen
Prelude No. 2 from 3 Preludes for Piano by George Gershwin
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Prelude No. 1 from 3 Preludes for Piano by George Gershwin
This recording is from my junior recital of high school, recorded in the LSU School of Music Recital Hall on June 5, 2008. These three pieces were so much fun learning and performing!
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Rhapsody in b minor, Op. 79 No. 1 by Johannes Brahms
This recording is from my second solo recital during my senior year of high school, on May 21, 2009. It took place in our newly built church sanctuary with our new Yamaha C7! This piece means a great deal to me - it was my first Brahms to ever learn, and now I have a huge "wish list" to play, including about 10 other Brahms pieces.
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Toccata, from Trois Pieces by Francis Poulenc
This recording is from part two of my solo high school senior recital. I've already submitted a video of this piece, but this recording (and piano) is much better! Listen
Toccata, from Trois Pieces by Francis Poulenc
At the time of the recording, I had been playing this piece just under 2 months. It served as one of my competition pieces for the Spring 2009 semester. My teacher picked this one for me. I'd like to learn the rest of the Trois Pieces!
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Sonata in C Major, Op. 2 No. 3, Movement 1 by Beethoven
This performance was recorded in December 2008. The program was an "honors recital" for the winners of a local competition. It was recorded in LSU's recital hall.
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Toccata by Aram Khatchaturian
This performance was recorded during my 10th grade year of high school. It was on an "honors recital" after winning a local competition. I chose this piece myself, as I love contemporary music. My current teacher at the time hated the piece and I was forced to go to a different teacher to learn it! I taught it mostly to myself. In the end, I successfully convinced my teacher that some modern music isn't so bad after all.
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Passacaglia - Copland
This performance was recorded on my first solo recital of my senior year of high school. The piece was written by Aaron Copland in his early 20s while studying with Boulanger. My teacher picked out this piece for me, and I was quite afraid of it when I started learning it. After I began to analyze and understand the structure of the piece, I became fascinated with it.
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Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, Movement 1 by W.A. Mozart
This performance was recorded on my first solo recital of my senior year. I am being accompanied by my piano teacher, Dr. Willis Delony. I began learning this piece in the summer of 2008 for a local concerto competition. I won the competition and performed the movement with the Louisiana Youth Orchestra in February 2009.
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Elegie, Op. 3 No. 1 by Rachmaninoff
This performance was from my first solo piano recital of my senior year. I performed this work as a set with "Polichinelle", number 4 in the opus. My teacher picked these two pieces for me to learn.
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"Polichinelle" Op. 3 No. 4 by Rachmaninoff
This performance was from my first solo piano recital of my senior year. I performed this work as a set with "Elegie", number 1 in the opus. My teacher picked these two pieces for me to learn.
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Megan Saslow, Boca Raton, FL
'Think of Me', from Phantom of the Opera, by Andrew Lloyd Webber
This is a vocal performance done at an open mic night at the Willow Theater in Boca a few weeks ago by my 15 year-old daughter, Megan. She selected this song to fit her soprano vocal range, because she loves this musical, and because she wants to be an opera singer some day.
Megan is 15 and will be starting 10th grade in August at Boca Raton Christian High School. She has had no formal vocal training except in choir in her high school and a few local voice lessons. She wants to major in music performance in college and hopes to be an opera singer one day.
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Angela Schmidt, St. Paul, MN
"Ain't it a pretty night" from the opera Susannah by Carlisle Floyd Watch
"The Trees on the Mountains" from the opera Susannah by Carlisle Floyd Watch
"Knoxville: Summer of 1915" by Samuel Barber Watch part 1
"Knoxville: Summer of 1915" by Samuel Barber Watch part 2
"Take My Mother Home," the last piece from Andre Previn's song cycle "Honey and Rue" Watch
"Summertime" from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess Watch
"Heavenly Grass" by Paul Bowles Watch
"Lonesome Man" by Paul Bowles Watch
"Cabin" by Paul Bowles Watch
"Sugar in the Cane" by Paul Bowles Watch
"Mercy" by Andre Previn. From Four Songs for Voice, Cello, and Piano Watch
"Stones" by Andre Previn. From Four Songs for Voice, Cello, and Piano Watch
"Shelter" by Andre Previn. From Four Songs for Voice, Cello, and Piano Watch
"The Lacemaker" by Andre Previn. From Four Songs for Voice, Cello, and Piano Watch
Angela Schmidt, soprano; James Barnett, piano; Nicholas Donatelle, cello This was part of a benefit recital that I gave in April 2009 in Minneapolis; our goal was to raise money for Tipitina's Foundation in New Orleans, LA. Part of Tipitina's mission is to provide instruments and supplies to young musicians who could otherwise not afford them. Therefore, all the music in this recital had a "southern" theme to it. Floyd's opera "Susannah" was an obvious choice, as it is set in the mountainous wilderness of Tennessee. "Knoxville" was one of my favorite pieces on the program. As a young man observes his loved ones and the town he grew up in, his viewpoint shifts between that of an innocent little boy and and an adult who is aware of the tough times his family will go through. Barber's music is both stunningly beautiful and heartbreaking in this small masterpiece. Previn's "Take My Mother Home" is set to a poem by Toni Morrison. This quasi-spiritual was the last piece in the program. I sang "Summertime" as a rousing encore to the program. I also sang the four songs in the set "Blue Mountain Ballads" by Paul Bowles, with text by Tennessee Williams, and the four songs in the set "Four Songs for Voice, Cello, and Piano" by Andre Previn, with text by Toni Morrison.

I recently graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Music. Although I currently have a full-time job as a technology consultant that keeps me very busy, I sing whenever I get a chance and am planning to pursue a MM in a year or so. My ultimate goal is to have a career as a classical singer.

Daniel Schreiner, Winston-Salem, NC
Kapustin Twenty-Four Preludes, Op. 53 No. 18: Animato No. 9: Lento No. 17: Allegretto
I performed this trio of pieces at the Community Music School of Winston-Salem's annual Honors Recital. I am a piano student who has studied piano for 11 years. I hope to perhaps pursue a music degree in college.
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Carl Seale, McAllen, TX
Homage to Igor
Follow the Leader
Tarantella
Windtet 1. Merryment (woodwind quintet)
Composed by Carl Seale
These are fine community musicians who are professional music educators. They are exceptional performers who play for the pleasure. The trio (tracks 1, 2, and 3) call themselves "Tres Bien". The woodwind quintet (track 4) call themselves "Valley Symphony Woodwind Quintet". This would be the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas where music is made in abundance by many and enjoyed by the rest.
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