All I can say is WOW! I was honored to sit and listen to so many well prepared and calm performers.
This past Saturday the Stevens Point School of Performing Arts held its annual Winter Recital at the Church of the Intercession in Downtown Stevens Point. This is one of the best spaces to perform in Stevens Point because it has such wonderful acoustics and visual beauty. In total 23 School of Performing Arts students offered performances on Piano, Violin, Voice, and Cello. For all of you who played a big Kudos! Not only did you play your pieces well, but you did something very courageous, sharing your music with your friends, family, and strangers. Well Done!
In a flurry of excitement, the winners of the Fall 2014 Practicing Competition were presented with their trophies and prize money right after the recital. This year was the largest participation at the Stevens Point School of Performing Arts with seven people submitting their practicing hours. This is a very demanding competition as you are truly competing to get the most hours practiced. We had beginners, seasoned practicers and advanced players compete. (Just a side note, yes this is a competition, yes there are trophies and money to be won, but at the heart of this is the idea that even if you don't place in the top three, you practiced! YOU PRACTICED! That is a huge deal. So, if you ever think, "well, I won't win" that isn't the point. The point is that you try, do your best, hand it in and know that you are a better musician because you practiced.) Okay, off my soapbox and onto the participants and winners:
Gabriel H. with 3hrs
Brianna H. with 15.5 hours
Brooke S. with 22 hours
Alexander and Andrew W. with 40 hours
Anika H with 67.5 hours
Congratulations to all the practicers for their dedication and awesome work!