Augustana Hosts Lee Piano Competition
SIOUX FALLS, SD – Augustana College hosts the Seventh Biennial Lee Piano Competition June 4-5.
The competition honors the memories of the late J. Earl Lee and Clara Lee, two esteemed Augustana professors. The event features competitors from across the country, ranging in age from 15 to 28, competing for a total of $5,850 in cash awards.
A guest artist recital featuring Dr. Jay Hershberger (shown above, right), associate professor of piano at Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) opens the program at 8:00 p.m. Friday, June 4. Dr. Hershberger has played throughout the United States and Canada, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Library of Congress. He has also been a frequent guest artist at the Great Romantics Music Festival in Canada.
Preliminary auditions begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 5, and continue to 5:00 p.m. The final round of the competition begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature the top performers from each of three divisions: senior, ages 15-18; young artist, ages 19-22; and artist, ages 23-28. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony beginning at 8:30 p.m.
All events are free and open to the public. Competition will be held in Kresge Recital Hall and the choir room, both located in the Humanities Center.
In recent years, Dr. Hershberger has performed in Europe, including the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in southern Italy, and the South Bohemia Music Festival in the Czech Republic. As an active adjudicator, he has judged for the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, the Phoenix Young Artist Competition, the San Angelo Symphony Sorantin Awards, the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Young Artist Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association.
He is vice president of the American Liszt Society, and is an advocate for informed scholarship and performance of the Hungarian composer’s music. His first compact disc recording, featuring works by Franz Liszt was released in the fall of 2006 and was featured on Michael Barone’s New Releases program on Minnesota Public Radio.
Dr. Rick Andrews