Two Logan pianists have taken top awards in the 10th annual Kingsville International Young Performers Competition in Kingsville, Texas.
They are Tamami Honma, who took first in the precollege concerto division, and Bill Stanley, who took first in the college division, for prizes of $500 and $1,000 respectively. In addition Tamami was named the winner of the $600 grand prize in the Isabel Scionti Piano Solo Competition. Both are students of Gary Amano's and former Utah Symphony-Deseret News "Salute to Youth" soloists.Another Amano student, Peter Watkins, received honorable mention in the college concerto division.
In other competition news:
- Zhang Qing, another former "Salute to Youth" soloist and a piano major at the University of Utah, was awarded second prize of $2,500 in the William S. Boyd International Piano Competition in Augusta, Ga. His teacher at the U. is Susan Duehl-meier.
- Alena Glauser, 15, of Sandy won first prize in junior piano in the Fort Collins Symphony Young Artists Competition at Colorado State University. On April 20, as part of her prize, she will solo with the Fort Collins Symphony in the Rachmaninoff First Piano Concerto. She is a student of Irene Peery.
- As a member of the Myriad String Quartet, Cecily Ward of Salt Lake City recently came in first in the Carmel Chamber Music Competition in Carmel, Calif. She currently attends the Cleveland Institute of Music. The quartet is scheduled to perform July 3 on Temple Square.
- A LONG NEWSY LETTER from New York last week detailed the fortunes of Royce and Noel Twitchell, still pealing the Big Apple. The gist of it was, no major breakthroughs but lots of small successes, and a comfortable living.
Noel (a talented actor-comedian-baritone) has been auditioning for roles whenever possible, even against type, but there have been next to no auditions lately of any sort. As a union stagehand and set builder, he has worked regularly in films such as "Three Men and a Little Lady" and "Awakenings." You can see his construction work in such NBC shows as Saturday Night Live, Dave Letterman and Donahue, and he also does free-lance set building with Set-Control in Long Island City. And he's made a couple of industrial videos for Colgate-Palmolive.
He and Royce participated in three "fabulous showcase/readings" with an all-star cast of a new musical, with the current working title "Crooked Broadway." The first was at the Dramatists' Guild, at the request of the director, Hal Prince. Present for the performance were such luminaries as Kander and Ebb, Stephen Sondheim and Peter Stone, said Royce, who acted as assistant musical director and co-pianist with the musical director, Bill Grossman of "Cats."
As pianist-coach she played at the Waldorf last spring for the annual Mother of the Year Awards, then toured the South with Opera Northeast, playing synthesizer.
After working as musical director for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts' production of "Marat/
Sade" last August, she was hired to teach vocal production to first-year students this year. She aims to teach them basic principles of production compatible with their dramatic training, and give them a song they can sing at auditions - something that's always requested, said Royce. She also plays regularly for the Broadway hit "Grand Hotel" - not in the pit, but on a platform high above the stage.
The Twitchells have a two-bedroom, eighth-floor-rear apartment in "a wonderful old show biz hotel-gone-co-op" on 45th St., between Eighth and Ninth Avenues - a block and a half from Times Square, with a great view north toward the Worldwide Plaza. Among many Utahns who have enjoyed Twitchell hospitality are singers Karen Anderson, Doris Brunatti, Clark Everitt (Utterback), Mary Billeter, Jack Morris, Lynette Olsen, Jayna Friberg and Kathy Feigal. Royce has also accompanied Utah soprano Diana Walker in recital.
- DELMONT R. OSWALD was one of 10 directors of state humanities councils recently honored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Recognition was given to Oswald for his 15 years' service as founding executive director of Utah's program.
Under Oswald's direction, programs of the Utah Humanities Council have been awarded three National Merit awards and two Exemplary Awards by the NEH. Oswald also serves as a board member of the National Federation of State Humanities Councils.