2020 News


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Eastern Festivals Competition


Alexander Tang, of Fogelsville, PA won the prestigious Aikens Cadman Award at the PFMC Eastern Piano Competition on June 27th  in Stroudsburg, PA. Alex, age 17 is a student of Darlene Ziegler and has been studying with her for twelve years. For his winning performance, he performed Polichinelle Op 3 No.4 by Rachmaninoff in the Musically Advanced II category.

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Alexander Tang
1st Place

The PFMC Eastern Festivals Competition was held June 27, 2020 in Stroudsburg, PA after being delayed nearly two months. Under the direction of Chairwoman, Susan Stillo, and the help of teachers Terrie Scarboro and Darlene Ziegler, new procedures using all safety guidelines made it possible to have a “live” performance and host it properly. We are looking forward to continuing the tradition, now in its third year, but host a statewide event. What an AMAZING opportunity and goal for these young members and their teachers. The event was attended by 15 students and five participating teachers. $1,075 in prize money was awarded. — Susan Stillo, Eastern Chair


Thomas Gilchrist
2nd place
President’s Award

Jordan Chen
3rd place
Honorary Award

Julia McDonnell
4th place
Memorial Award

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Western Festivals Competition


David Ban, 18, a graduated from North Allegheny Senior High School. He is a student of Professor David Allen Wehr at Duquesne University. He started piano age five. His previous teachers include Professor Gary Amano and Ms. Anarie White at Utah State University. He has performed as a featured piano soloist with the Utah Symphony and four other local orchestras.

David has won many awards including first place in American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music, Pittsburgh International Piano Competition, Pittsburgh Piano Teacher Association Scholarship Competition, 6th Annual Dahle Piano Competition (Dayton, Idaho, and placed second at the Steinway Junior Piano Competition.. In addition, David loves sharing his music with the community, and regularly visits hospitals and nursing homes to perform.

David Ban
1st Place

It was so wonderful to hear the talented students perform “LIVE” music at the Western Festivals Competition in Wexford, PA. Congratulations to all the students who participated. Thank you to the parents for their support of the children and giving them the opportunities to share their musical abilities. Thank you to all the teachers without whom none of this is possible and for giving the gift of music to the students. We appreciate the time and abilities of the judges to make the decisions that can be difficult. They did a fantastic job. — Charlene Hubbard, Western Chair

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Noah Waldenville
2nd Place
President’s Award

Ethan Kamau
3rd Place
Honorary Award

Liam Delaney
4th Place
Memorial Award