Central Pennsylvania Festivals Piano Competition

The PFMC Central Competition took place on April 8, 2023 at Pine Street United Methodist Church in Williamsport, PA. It was an inaugural year with 4 participants in 4 categories, sent by 2 teachers in the Central Region.

Once the students attended their local Junior Federated Festivals in March and received a Superior rating, they were eligible to enter the Regional Competition for awards and prize money. They performed their required festival composition for the three judges: Dr. David Curtain, Piano professor at Lock Haven University & Steinway Artist; Hyun Ju Curtain, Carnegie Mellon University music faculty at Prep School & Steinway artist, and Dianne Peeling, Williamsport Symphony Trustee & area accompanist.

The Central winners will have the opportunity to face-off with the winners of PFMC West and East at Pine Street UMC in Williamsport, PA on April 29, 2023, for Piano Solo Level Grand Champion, prizes, and other awards. Congratulations to all!

Moderately Diff 1 Level: Jayden Jiang, Joanne Yang, teacher

Moderately Diff 3 Level: Elijah Yuhze Lin, Joanne Yang, teacher

Difficult 1 Level: Jocelyn Stroud, Terrie Scarboro, teacher

Jocelyn received the Overall Winning Performance award from the judges

Very Difficult 1 Level: Polina Goncharova, Terrie Scarboro, teacher

Level winners: MD 1; J. Jiang, MD 3: E.Lin, D1: J. Stroud, VD 1: P. Goncharova