Local piano students conclude busy season

Mary Goodwin’s piano students recently held their final performances for the year.

Memorial Day weekend may find many traveling on the road, but music continues here in Clinton.

Nine students of Mary W. Goodwin performed their final performances of the school year at the First United Methodist Church Friday night. Three adult students, Larry Barnes, Susan Richer and Betty Joe Wright supported the group with their presence. Ms. Goodwin also performed.

Students were recognized for their participation in the North Carolina Music Association. Kaya Kusmierczuk and Maura Westbrook received certificates for participating respectively in the Elementary D and Elementary B categories; each were District winners in the solo event.

Mary Johnson in the Intermediate D category and Lilyana Wilson in the Elementary A category came in second in the State Finals in the solo event.

The following students received trophies from the NCMA: first time: Phoebe Howerton and Karol Kusmierczuk, solo and hymn events; second time: Danny Johnson, solo event; Melanie Ruggles, solo and hymn events; and Chloe Zeng, solo event.

On May 1, the following students were privileged to play for Mrs. Willa D. Carlton of Durham. Mrs. Carlton came as adjudicator for the students as part of the National Piano Playing Auditions, for which Ms. Goodwin was the chairperson here in Clinton. The auditions are sponsored by the National Guild of Piano Teachers, Teacher Division of American College of Musicians, USA. Local students who are now recognized as members in the National Fraternity of Student Musicians for one year are Logan Howerton, Phoebe Howerton, Danny Johnson, Mary Johnson, Karol Kusmierczuk, Kaya Kusmierczuk, Lauren Naylor, Brittany Tran, Maura Westbrook, Lilyana Wilson and Chloe Zeng. Mary Johnson received special recognition for her participation in the guild for 10 years at the national and international level. She was honored to receive the Paderewski Gold Medal.

In December, students were privileged to have their Christmas Recital at Mary Gran Nursing Center.

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