Five students received the coveted Outstanding rating at both District and State levels in the Alabama Music Teachers Association auditions this spring. Those participating included: Bailey Davis (Mrs. and Mrs. Eric Davis), Shea O’Donnell (Mr. and Mrs. Randy O’Donnell) and Taylor Waddell (Mr. and Mrs. James Smith). At the State level, Daniel Dempsey (Drs. David and Heidi Dempsey) and Hannah Grace Weathers (Dr. and Mrs. Carlton Weathers) were awarded the further honor of Honorable Mention and their names along with their teacher’s were included in the state Conference program.
All of these students were adjudicated in their performances of three memorized piano pieces as well as their demonstration of music theory knowledge at the keyboard. Other students presented in the recital were Jerry and Ginny Jackson (Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Jackson), Hanna Kramer (Mr. and Mrs. Chad Kramer) and Justin Westley (Dr. and Mrs. Christopher Westley) who performed earlier and is not pictured. Dr. Dempsey is a retired piano professor from JSU who continues to teach piano in an independent studio. She also serves as organist at First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville.