Applications Due Sept. 20 for Piano and Voice Students 6th Grade through College; Winners earn Cash Prizes and Summer Program Scholarships
MOBILE, Ala. – The Second Annual Gulf Coast Steinway Society Music Competition for piano and voice will be Saturday, Oct. 15 at University of Mobile. A total of $7,225.00 in cash prizes will be awarded, plus three scholarships to a summer performing arts program in Germany.
The competition is held annually to award talented young piano and voice students and also to give them an opportunity to perform and work with master teachers.
A master class will be held Oct. 14 at noon and a guest artist recital held at 5 p.m. in Martin Hall featuring Dr. Manuel Matarrita, a two-time winner of the National Music Award in Costa Rica. Matarrita is dean of the music school and professor of piano at the University of Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica.
To compete, piano and voice students should register online by Monday, Sept. 20, at www.gulfcoaststeinwaysociety.org. Application/membership fee is $35.
Participating students must be a resident of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana or Mississippi, or study with a teacher who resides in one of the four states. The piano teacher must be a Gulf Coast Steinway Society Member.
The Gulf Coast Steinway Society is a non-profit organization formed by Steinway Artist Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva, UM associate professor of piano, and Steinway and Sons NYC, among others. The Society promotes fine music through education and piano performance along the Gulf Coast of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.
The competition is for students in middle school, grades 6-8; high school, grades 9-12 with an age limit of 18 years old; and college level, who must be undergraduate students.
Participants are required to perform two pieces – contrasting and master style. Award winners will be selected on the basis of their performance. The students’ teachers are encouraged to attend.
Three cash awards will be given for each category. Also, the International Performing Arts Institute, a professional training program for musical theatre, opera and collaborative piano located in the Bavarian Alps, will award one musical theatre scholarship of $2,975, and two collaborative piano scholarships of $2,425 each. Now in its 11th year, IPAI trains young artists for careers in the opera and musical theatre industry. UM musical theatre professor Bruce Earnest directs the international program.
The Oct. 14 recital at 5 p.m. with Dr. Maneul Matarrita and the Oct. 15 student competition from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. are open to the public. University of Mobile is located off I-65 at Exit 13, at 5735 College Pkwy., Mobile, AL 36613.
Guest artist and Costa Rican pianist Matarrita is a soloist and collaborative artist whose performances have taken him to the most important venues in Costa Rica, as well as 15 nations including the United States.
Since 2006, he has participated regularly as official pianist in the “Concurso Internacional de Canto Ciudad de Trujillo” which takes place in Peru. He has performed on albums of Latin American piano music and music for piano by authors of Costa Rica, and is a published author.
Matarrita has a Bachelor of Music and Licenciatura in piano from the University of Costa Rica, a Master of Music in piano from The University of New Orleans, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Louisiana State University.
About University of Mobile:
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.