WQED-FM's 'Musical Kids' classical music competition

Written by Andrew Druckenbrod on .

Classical WQED-FM 89.3 announced the winners of a classical music competition it has held this spring for middle school students (grades six to eight). It is called  2013 Musical Kids. As you can see, the winners are from around the region, one that continues to produce excellent talent! Well, that makes it seem like it's in the water. I should say a region in which there are many teachers and parents and hard working ... and talented ... kids. Congrats to these winners and really to everyone who participated in the competition:

  • Rebecca Chen, piano
    Carson Middle School
    Wexford, PA
  • Joey Comella, violin
    PA Cyber Charter School
    Export, PA
  • Suvir Merchandani, piano
    Dorseyville Middle School
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • Nathan Pallotta, piano
    Mon Yough Catholic School
    McKeesport, PA
  • Fiona Stauffer, piano
    Franklin Regional Middle School
    Murrysville, PA
  • Lily Wang, piano “Public Choice Winner”
    Franklin Regional Middle School
    Murrysville, PA

Winners will be recognized publicly at “Classical WQED-FM 89.3 Night” following the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s performance at Heinz Hall on Friday, May 10. A special program hosted by Jim Cunningham with winner interviews and recorded performances will air on Performance in PittsburghFriday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. on Classical WQED-FM 89.3. Winners will also perform on the Dollar Bank Stage at the Three Rivers Arts Festival as part of “Classical Music Day” on Monday, June 10 from 1-1:30 p.m. and 5-5:30 p.m.

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