Upper School Musician Excels in Competition

Noah Landis, class of 2014, has been excelling in music since his arrival at Berwick Academy. Noah plays the piano and has performed in several competitions throughout his time at BA. 

This year, Noah was chosen by audition to participate in the Maine All-State Jazz Music Festival which took place in Bangor on January 3-5, 2013. This was Noah’s second year of playing piano with the best student jazz musicians in our state. Last year he was the accompanist for the All-State Jazz Choir, and this year he was part of the rhythm section for the All-State Jazz Band under the direction of Dr. Christopher Strange. Statewide, only three student pianists were chosen to participate in the festival this year.

In addition to the Maine All-State Jazz Music Festival, Noah also competed in the Crescendo International Music Competition. Noah auditioned for the Crescendo Competition in November, and won third place honors, playing "Rhapsody," Op. 79, No. 1 in B minor, by Johannes Brahms. Noah will perform in a concert at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge on Saturday, February 9, 2013, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  He has been studying piano, both classical and jazz, for 11 years.  His piano teacher, Paul Dykstra, is pleased to have Noah as his first student entered in the competition.  Paul teaches from a private studio in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and is on the faculty of St. Paul’s School and Concord Community Music School. 

The Crescendo International Music Competition is an annual competition open to instrumentalists (piano, strings and winds) and vocalists ages 5 to 21.  Contestants compete in junior, intermediate or advanced categories, depending on skill level and years of training.  About 1,000 students from the United States and Canada, Germany, Austria and Russia participated in the 2012 competition, the fourth year of the event.  Eighty of those were students in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  Ten winners of first- and second-place honors in the piano competition will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York in February.  Winners of third-place honors will perform in Caldwell, New Jersey and in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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