Local piano students compete in Hymn Festival held at UMHB

Local piano students participated in the Hymn Festival Saturday, Oct. 31 at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, according to their piano teacher Dixie Whitmore.

Area students who participated were Ashton Betchan, Brian Blanchard, Emilie Compton, Geritt Davenport, Amy Gardenhire, Julia Harwell and Mary Unnasch. Each received a blue or red ribbon rating. More than 150 students from Central Texas entered this year's festival in piano, violin and voice.

In addition to playing in the festival, these students brought food items to donate to the Helping Hands Food Ministry of Belton.

The pur pose of the Hy mn Festival is to encourage young musicians to prepare for service playing and singing in their various churches, nursing homes and community, Whitmore said.

The annual event is sponsored by the Central Texas Music Teachers Association of which Whitmore is a member. Teachers who served as judges this year were Dr. Robert Steinbauer, Lisa Clement, Athalie Southard, Laneigha Schuman, Julie Atwood and Whitmore.

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