East Pennsylvania Festivals Piano Competition 2023

The PFMC East Piano Competition took place on April 15, 2023 at Asbury United Methodist Church in Allentown, PA. It was well attended with nineteen participants in 9 categories, set by five different teachers from Philadelphia North and Philadelphia Central Clubs.

Once the students attended their local Junior Federated Festivals in March and received a Superior, they were eligible to enter the Regional Competition for awards and prize money. They performed the Required Festival Composition for the three judges: Dr. Martha Schrempel, Music Professor at Moravian Academy; Jon Beitler, pianist, composer & Piano teacher; and Karen El-Chaar, WDIY Radio Host and Professor and Flautist at Cedar Crest College.

The East winners will have the opportunity to face-off with the winners of PFMC West and Central Regions at Pine Street UMC in Williamsport, PA on April 29, 2023, for

Piano Solo Level Overall Winner, prizes, and other awards. Congratulations to all!

Medium Level: Nicolas DeNora- Run and Hide by J. Sifford, Stillo, teacher

MD I: Jonathan Win – Mississippi River Rag by J. East-Wells, Ziegler, teacher

MD II: Albert Wen – Stars in the Sky by G. Austin, Ziegler, teacher

MD III: Ethan Nguyan – Moonlight Fantasy by M. Bober, Kuntz, teacher

Ethan was selected as Overall Winner for the PFMC East Competition by the judges

Diff I: Oscar Lui – Sleigh bells in the Snow by W. Gillock, Ziegler, teacher

Diff II: Minori Yamashita – Alla Tarentella Op. 39 no. 2 by E. MacDowell, Sydlik, teacher

MA I: Emma Schilling – Prelude 1 by M. Valenti, Ziegler, teacher

The East Region will be sending a Senior Concerto competitor, Liam Greenan, from the Scott Besser Piano Studio, who will perform the Concerto in D Minor, Mvt. 1, by J.S. Bach

WInner Medium: Nicolas DeNora
Winner D II: Minori Yamashita
Winner MA I: Emma Schilling
Winner D I: Oscar Liu
Winners: D I: Oscar Liu, Medium: Nicolas DeNora, MA I: Emma Schilling, D II: Minori Yamashita
L-R Top: Oscar Liu, Soumyadeep Dias, Nicolas De Nora, Everett Roy; Middle: Jesse Niu, Emma Schilling, Minori Yamashita; Seated: Declan Angulo
Winner MD I: Jonathan Win
Winner MD II: Albert Wen
Winner MD III, as well as Overall Winning Performance: Ethan Nguyen
L-R Medium Level Winners: Ethan Nguyen, MD III, Jonathan Win, MD I, Albert Wen, MD II
L-R Ayra Ismail, Ethan Nguyen, Jude Valle, Noah Valle, Max Yang, Jonathan Win, Albert Wen, Lila Burke, Ryan Khalil, Fin Durret