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4 OCU Pianists Win Recognition in November Competitions
Piano students from Oklahoma City University's Bass School of Music won two top pries at the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association Collegiate Competition. The award-winners study privately with Professor Amy I-Lin Cheng, OCU's director of piano studies. Winners will receive cash awards and perform at the OMTA 2009 State Convention in Tulsa. "This is the third consecutive year that OCU students won Category A and C," Cheng said. The OMTA competition was hosted Nov. 14-15 by Oklahoma State University. OCU freshman Jiao Sun of China won first place in the collegiate undergraduate category A, comprised of freshmen and sophomores. OCU's Daniel Zhander P'ng, a sophomore from Malaysia, took third. Second-year OCU master's student Siqi Li of China was named the winnee among graduate pianists in category C. That same weekend, OCU sophomore pianist E-Ling Chia of Malaysia was selected as an alternate in the Hayes Symphony Concerto Competition in Kansas. The annual event took place Nov. 15 with students in voice, instrumental and piano competing from Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.