Last weekend, I participated in a piano festival at the University of Texas! Three years ago, my piano teacher suggested this festival to me and I have been going ever since. Every experience is new, exciting, and of course nerve-racking to take part in!
This year I played a blues piece named Last Chance Blues by Martha Mier and Soveniers d’Enfance by Paul De Senneville. Last Chance’s style has a lazy and swinging rhythm on both treble and bass clef. Soveniers is more of a peaceful song, taking place in the classical genre. Both pieces were fun and different and I adored playing them!
This is my third time to be playing at these festivals and it is still so different from my previous experiences. In winter of last year, I played in a Romantic/Contemporary style festival and has been my favorite event ever since!
When you arrive to UT, you receive a judge number. When you name is called for your performance, you walk in, play a warm up and begin your pieces. Honestly, I get so jittery when entering that room, but after ten minutes of playing, all there is to do is be excited for your score. After playing your songs, you receive the ratings on both pieces that night or the next day. The festivals have been my highlight when playing piano!
I definitely think everything leading up to this performance is worth it! Can’t wait to be a part of more!