Rice earns highest medals for piano

PLYMOUTH — Korie Rice of Plymouth earned the highest awards for 2012 of the 47 piano students of the Clara Woolley Music Studio who participated in the National Guild of Piano Playing Auditions held recently at Ancilla College, Donaldson Rice, 15, was awarded the Sonatina Medal, Founder’s Medal, International Pin and Composer’s Pin at one of the Studio’s two May piano recitals, in the Ancilla Domini Chapel.
“I’ve been playing piano for eight years,” explained Rice. “I had always wanted to play since I was really young, and my mom got me a lesson with Mrs. Woolley. I’ve loved it ever since.”
Rice is the daughter of Lisa Bailey and Jeff Rice and a rising sophomore at Plymouth High School.
The Sonatina Medal (plaque) was awarded to Rice for memorizing and satisfactorily performing for a judge from out of the area five sonatinas, totaling 15 movements (approximately 30 minutes of memorized music). Her program included works by Beethoven, Spindler, Clementi, Kuhlau and Lichner.
The unbiased, objective judge who knows none of the students wrote of Rice’s program on her scorecard, “ìBravo! Well prepared. You played with great expression and vitality. Lovely finessed ending. Great attention to details. Beautifully shaped phrases.”
Rice said that this particular medal means a lot to her because she put a year’s worth of practicing into it.
“(The medal) really shows me how much I’ve improved since I first started,” said Rice. “I have a lot to be thankful for.”
The Founder’s Plaque was awarded to Rice for playing required pieces from the Irl Allison Library List for Special Medals.
She earned the International Pin for playing a 15-piece program.
Rice was awarded the Composer’s Pin for playing at least a 10-piece memorized program every year for five years. This is the third year she has earned the Composer’s Pin.
“Music has always been a huge part of my life, and it’s something that I want to pursue in the future as a career,” said Rice, adding that she would like to become an orchestra director someday.
“You can really express yourself through music, as you play the piece,” continued Rice. “I’m appreciative that I have this talent, because it means the world to me.”
Rice also plays the violin, flute, and clarinet, and is active in marching band, concert band, jazz band and orchestra band at Plymouth High School.
Other piano students of the Clara Woolley Music Studio who participated in the National Piano Playing Auditions and participated in one of two recitals at the Ancilla Domini Chapel include: Joseph Badowski, Rachel Badowski, Jessica Bala, Tobias Bala, Riley Baughman, Autumn Baumgartner, Forrest Baumgartner, Heather Baumgartner, Brooklyn Beatty, Katherine Beckman, Kamrynn Burkett, Mickaela Bush, Holly DeSalle, Nathan Filson, Hannah Friberg, Jacob Friberg, Aimee Gladieux, Hali Hanley, Harlie Hanley, Harrison Hanley, Hunter Hanley, Lindsay Janus, Alexandra Jeffirs, Eleni Kurtis, Takis Kurtis, Ali Manges, Lauren Manges, Amanda Morrison, Grace Nellans, Julianna Noble, Allena Peacock, Hannah Peacock, Calvin Petrucelli, Madeline Petrucelli, Jacqueline Pratt, Jordan Pratt, Ian Rutherford, Owen Rutherford, Billy Sanchez, Hipolito Sanchez, Emma Shoue, Hugh Smith, Leah Smith, Rosemary Szalay, Eowyn Webb and Olivia Wendel.
Piano teachers Ellen Rowland, Pierceton, and Elizabeth Wiegand, Michigan City, sent 20 students to the Ancilla College site bringing the total to 67 piano students who participated in the National Guild of Piano Teacher Auditions (annual tests).

Staff writer Lydia Beers contributed to this article.