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5/23/21 6:18 P

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Yes, the competition is in Fort Worth. It was really cool. I stayed downtown in the Worthington Hotel (the "official" hotel of the Cliburn) and every time we went out to eat anywhere downtown, people saw my Cliburn competitor tag hanging around my neck and treated us like rock stars. They all knew the competition and knew that the green tags meant we were the contestants.
I made it to the top 12, which made me so happy because I hadn't played in front of an audience in 25 years. My own children had no idea I was a piano virtuoso because they never heard me play anything other than super easy church music (I-IV-I-V-I) all those years growing up.

The international adult amateur pianists are a pretty small and tight-knit group. I feel so lucky to have made such great friends in the last few years and gotten to play in some beautiful, exciting venues.

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5/22/21 8:01 A

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Is the Cliburn competition in Fort Worth? I used to play for the Fort Worth Symphony from 1996-1999 . We had Cliburn Competitions ever year there. Bass Hall is a great place to play and the pianist were and are amazing. I love that you are apart of that wonderful talented group.



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5/19/21 9:39 P

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Thank you!
Very interesting. The Cliburn Amateur is great, and difficult, Congratulations!
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5/19/21 9:06 P

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I spent my young life going to tons of piano competitions. After a 25-year hiatus, I started doing them again, making my return at the Cliburn Amateur in 2016. I've done pretty well on the adult amateur circuit, and gotten some pretty cool opportunities from that. My day job is working as a middle school Music Appreciation and Chorus teacher. I am married and have 3 adult children. In my spare time, I enjoy running, walking, hiking, camping, Star Trek Voyager, Lord of the Rings, and Downton Abbey.



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