Provo pianist Christie Peery has emerged with top prizes in two recent piano competitions, first the ninth annual Competition for High School Students, held earlier this month in Ithaca, N.Y., and the senior high school division of the Utah Regional Kawai America Piano Competition, which took place Nov. 12 at Summerhays Music Co.
Christie, 15, placed first in both solo and concerto categories in the New York contest. Second-place in the Kawai contest went to 16-year-old Holly Jean Miller of Logan, with 15-year-old Jennie Watson of Bountiful coming in third. Junior high school winners were Amanda Moody, 12, Orem (first); LeMar Watts, 13, Richmond (second); and Alena Kay Glauser, 12, Draper (third).Christie and Amanda will compete with other regional winners in the national finals next May in Park City. Winners of that contest will then perform in Symphony Hall with the Summerhays Philharmonia directed by Harold Goodman and Terry Hill.
- SALT LAKE SOPRANO Jayna Friberg was the lone survivor of a choral contingent from the city that had made plans to travel with Performance Tours by invitation to Europe to sing Bach's St. Matthew Passion in German. Not wanting to give up the trip, Friberg prepared independently and joined 300 other singers from around the world - Sweden, Denmark and Germany, as well as 40 singers from San Francisco State University.
The massed choir first sang in the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen on Aug. 7. Then soloists, choir and the Tivoli Orchestra traveled by train to West Berlin to sing in the Waldbuehne amphitheater, built for the 1936 Olympics, as a feature of the Berlin Music Festival.
"The concert in Berlin was a huge success, and by far the highlight of the trip," said Friberg. "An audience of 19,000 gave us a 19-minute ovation, and we were taped by two television stations and broadcast live over German radio."
- UTAH SOPRANO Anna Mooy is now a member of the Dale Warland Singers, based in Minneapolis. On Nov. 2-5 Mooy was soloist in "Voices" by Stephen Paulus, a song cycle for mezzo-soprano, chorus and orchestra. Performances were in Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and the Ordway Theater in St. Paul, with the Warland Singers and Minnesota Orchestra, Richard Buckley guest conductor.