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First Annual Hanna Powell Memorial Piano Competition on Jan 22 in Sanford

Dear Piano Students and Teachers:

I am excited to tell you about the first annual Hanna Powell Memorial Piano Competition on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Sanford Performing Arts Center. This is an open competition for performers ages 15-30 who live or study in Maine. The application deadline is December 15.

Cash prizes will be awarded as follows: 1st Place – $2,000 / 2nd Place – $1,500 / 3rd Place – $1,000. In an effort to also attract performers at the high school level, we are also offering a $1,000 High School Honor Prize for the top high school student, which may be awarded in addition to a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place prize. 

The Hanna Powell Memorial Piano Competition is part of the 1st annual Maine Piano Festival, a three-day celebration which includes the following events at Sanford Performing Arts Center:

Performance by Portland Piano Trio
Friday, January 21, 2022  –  7:00PM

Hanna Powell Memorial Piano Competition
Saturday, January 22, 2022  –  1:00PM

Performance by Pianist Daniel Hsu – 2017 Cliburn Bronze Medalist
Sunday, January 23, 2022  –  3:00PM

(More information and tickets for the Maine Piano Festival will be available October 1, 2021.)

I have attached the flyer for the Hanna Powell Memorial Piano Competition to this message. Please share this competition with your students or any other pianists who may qualify to participate! 

The goal of the competition is to inspire and recognize young performers in Maine. To that end, we are trying to remove all barriers for competitors. There is no application fee and only those who live or study in Maine may participate. 

Thank you for your help in sharing this event!

Brett Williams
Sanford Performing Arts Center Director

Bangor Symphony Orchestra is auctioning a Schimmel piano.

The Bangor Symphony is auctioning off a beautiful Schimmel piano. It belonged to Marianne Lynch and Dr. Robert Hand.  Brian Catell appraised it at $40,000 and the opening bid is $15,000.  Please help spread the word.  Hopefully there is someone out there in the market for a piano. 

Here is the link with more information and pics:

Update: 2021 Pine Tree Competition is going virtual

2021 Pine Tree Competition is going Virtual

Due to the Covid19 pandemic and subsequent loss of our competition space, the Pine Tree Committee has reformatted this year’s competition as an entirely virtual event. Contestants and their teachers will be given detailed information on how to record and submit material after the March 1st application deadline. Please note the following schedule changes:

March 1, 2021: Application Deadline

April 30, 2021: Contestant Video Submission Deadline

May 8, 2021: Announcement of Winners

Bridget Convey to perform John Cage on Sunday, Nov. 15th online


Please join us this Sunday, November 15, 2020,
in our first ever live-streamed concert!

We will be featuring Faculty member Bridget Convey who will perform John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano. Bridget has performed at Lincoln Center, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ojai Music Festival and many other venues. She regularly works with several Maine-based groups, including Venticordi and the Resinosa Ensemble, of which she is the co-founder and director. She can also be heard performing on the labels: Navona, Cuneiform, Independent and Nataraja. She holds an MFA from CIA and teaches at Bates as well as her home studio.

“…the piano shining like a star, without dictating a thing… Convey realized the part perfectly.”  
– Christopher Hyde, Maine Classical Beat

“…words of praise are insufficient to acknowledge what Ms. Convey did on this program.”   – Dr. Morton Gold, Journal Tribune John Cage was arguably the most influential American-born composer and music theorist of the 20th century. A student of Henry Cowell’s and pioneer of the Avant-Garde and Ultra-Modernist music movements, he embraced many alternative compositional methods, and perhaps most famously, by “preparing” the piano – which is a piano whose sound has been altered in pitch, timbre or texture by the insertion of foreign objects on or between the strings. This, in effect, turns the piano into a whole percussion orchestra but allows for standard musical notation to be utilized while creating an entirely new sonic landscape. “It dawned on me,” Cage recalled, “that screws or bolts would stay in position, and I was delighted with the sounds they produced. With just one musician, you can really do an unlimited number of things inside the piano.” “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas I am frightened by the old ones.”

– John Cage
The Live-Streamed video can be viewed here:

Students can reserve their in-person tickets here: