Local 6th grader takes 1st place in music contest

May 30, 2012
Adrienna Tran-Pearson, of Mukilteo, a student at Soundview School, won a $50 scholarship in the Snohomish County Music Teachers Association’s annual music contest.

A Mukilteo sixth grader won first place in the Snohomish County Music Teachers Association’s Scholarship Competition, an annual contest for student musicians.

Adrienna Tran-Pearson, a student at Soundview School, who plays the piano, recently competed in the sixth grade category of the music contest and won in the 6th grade category. A total of 10 students competed in the category.

The students participate by memorizing four pieces, one from each musical period: Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary. The students perform in front of judges who then place the winners and have them perform in an honors recital the next day.

Adrienna chose to memeorize and perform “Prelude and Fugue in C minor” by Bach (Baroque period), “Sonata in D Major, K284” by Mozart (Classical period), “Etude in C# minor, Opus 25 No. 7” by Chopin (Romantic period) and “Reverie” by Debussy (Contemporary period).

She said she chose these because they are all challenging to play – in fact these pieces are at a high-school level.

Adrienna’s music instructor, Dr. Ed Castro, who also teaches band at Soundview School, stated that the competition is a truly challenging program.

“Adrienna is one of the most talented students I’ve have ever had the pleasure of working with,” Castro said. “She was able to tackle the difficult program head-on and excel in every category.”

As the sixth grade winner, Adrienna won a $50 scholarship and was selected to perform at the Washington State Convention in June, where she will be playing Chopin’s “Etude in C# Mino Op. 25 #7."

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