Performance by Dr. Rochelle Sennet During Zelpha Wells Piano Competition
Two free concerts will be held at Stillman College during the annual Zelpha Wells Piano Competition on Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, in the Cordell Wynn Humanities and Fine Arts Center.
Dr. Rochelle Sennet, Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will perform April 19 at 7 p.m. Dr. Sennet is a well-known performer, teacher, and scholar. Her recital programs showcase her versatility at the keyboard, with frequent performances of works by Bach, Beethoven, H. Leslie Adams, Adolphus Hailstork, and Pulitzer-Prize winning composer George Walker.
On April 20, after intense individual piano competitions for students in the collegiate division and in the 12 to 18-year-old division, finalists will perform in a concert at 7 p.m. in the Warner Presentation Room.
“This year, Stilllman has attracted competitors from universities and colleges throughout Alabama and Mississippi. We also have twelve students competing at the junior level. Most of these pianists have already won either national or regional competitions,” states Dr. Hye-Sook Jung, Assistant Professor of Music in the Division of Arts and Sciences at Stillman College. “We encourage the public to come to both performances. Our competitors have exceptional credentials, and Dr. Sennet is an outstanding pianist who has won numerous competitions and performed with orchestras across the country.”
The Zelpha Wells Piano Competition pays homage to one of Tuscaloosa’s most distinguished citizens, music educators, and humanitarians. A graduate of Talladega College, where she majored in piano and minored in organ and public school music, Zelpha Wells received certificates in music from Peabody College and Fisk University. She has been featured in Time magazine and on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and is a member of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. Wells has taught music for more than 50 years and is internationally known as a pianist and purveyor of music. Wells began her career by teaching music in public schools. In 1976, she formed Zelpha’s Cultural Development Corporation in order to give free music lessons to children.
For additional information on the Zelpha Wells Piano Competition, phone 205-248-3401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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