Mary (8) competed in the Primary age group (grades K-3) and scored a Superior, but a few points shy of placing. I recorded her playing her songs at home:
Mary performs "Musette in D Major" by J.S. Bach (18th Cen.)
Mary performs "Prelude in b minor" by Alexander Morovsky (19th Cen.)
Mary performs "Hungarian Folk Song" by Bela Bartok (20th Cen.)
John (10) competed in the Elementary division (grades 4-5).
John performs "Minuet in G Major" by Petzold (18th Cen.)
John performs "Innocence" Op. 100 No. 2 by Friedrick Burgmuller (19th Cen.)
John performs "A Warlike Dance" by Kabalevsky (20th Cen.)
The Music Theory exam at the Forum competition is used to break ties. Both our children scored 100 on their exams, which made all the difference for John: there was another student in our studio who also earned a 98 on piano, but he earned a 98 on theory, so John advanced to the finals while he didn't. These events come down to hair differences!
|Daddy took the kids to doughnuts afterward.|
Chris had to dash straight to the airport after Mass, so I managed to get all five kids (including the 20-month-old who hadn't been able to nap yet) to John's final competition. I was so grateful that another couple we know was there, so we two wives went in to watch the competition while the husband stayed out with both our sets of younger (louder) children.
Parents weren't permitted to take photos, but you will simply have to envision John performing in the main performance hall at the university, on a huge stage in an auditorium that probably seats 1,000 people (although was filled only with us few parents). I was so proud of him for walking that long walk down the aisle alone and performing with poise up on that stage, which can be such a daunting experience.
|The finalist right before performing|
Tonight, we celebrate with delivery pizza and ice cream!