Western's student pianists showcase their talents at the Firehouse Piano Series

Submitted by gallagm7 on Mon, 08/19/2013 - 5:06pm

Western's Firehouse Piano Series concerts, held at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center in Fairhaven, featured some of the university's finest student pianists.

They included:

Madeline Slettedahl, currently pursuing a degree in Piano Performance at Western. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including winner of the WWU Concerto Competition, first prize in the Bellingham Music Club Virginia Glover Scholarship Award, and Honorable Mention at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Piano Competition. Slettedahl has also received numerous scholarships for her education at Western and was recently chosen to perform with the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Players this December in a trio with esteemed musicians Jennifer Rhyne and Timothy Christe.

Ben Rosenblatt, who is working toward a master's degree in Piano Performance after earning his bachelor’s degree in Music from Gonzaga University and teaching privately for a short period. He is the recipient of this year’s Ford Hill Piano Scholarship and is studying under Jeffrey Gilliam.

Jeanette Ojala, who is pursuing a Piano Performance degree at Western under the instruction of Jeffrey Gilliam. She is a winner of the Snohomish County Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition, has been recognized numerous times in the Northwest Chopin Festival, and has had the pleasure of attending the International Institute for Young Musicians at the University of Kansas.

Amelia Nye, currently a junior at Western pursuing a degree in piano performance under the tutelage of Dr. Milica Jelaca-Jovanovic. She currently is a recipient of the Ford Hill Piano Scholarship, and was invited to perform in a recital with two other Western piano students at Ford Hill’s home in May of 2011.