Prairie Middle and High School Pianists Take on Baroque Music at Contest

Classical competitors — Middle and high school pianists take on baroque music at contest

(Racine Journal, Pete Wicklund) – It’s nerve-wracking enough having to perform anything in front of judges, be it speaking, acting, singing or playing an instrument.

But notch up the complexity of the music and you get a little bit of the idea of what a group of 30 middle school and high school students were facing Saturday as they competed for medals and cash prizes during the Racine Music Teachers Association’s Piano Competition 2015.

Students had to memorize and perform selections from the Baroque period, a time encompassing roughly the 17th century and early 18th century. Among the prominent composers from that time is Johann Sebastian Bach; his pieces dominated the competition held at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Terri Seitz, chair of the competition and one of the independent music teachers who make up the RMTA, explained that the era of music selected for the competition changes from year.

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