Eight Hands Bring Spark To Auburn’s Pianos

Forty fingers, $2,000, eight hands, four students, two pianos and one teacher all adds up to the creation of Auburn Adventist Academy's piano quartet.

Auburn welcomed a second piano teacher to its staff this year. Tanya Bradford joined long-time piano instructor Jeanene Miller and will be working primarily with the intermediate and advanced students. The school has made provision to reward and encourage pianists by offering four $500 scholarships awarded by audition. The four recipients were sophomore Luke Elloway, junior Gift Pattanaprommas, and seniors Julian Nelson and Esther Ushijima.

The students will continue to participate in academy events throughout the school year, such as recitals, special musics and tours to local churches. Their performances demonstrate both their individual skill and their ability to work together as eight hands on two pianos. The quartet performed its first piece, an arrangement of "Sicilienne" by J.S. Bach, at the fall week of prayer.

December 01, 2003 / Washington Conference