Monday, April 30, 2012

Spring Competitions

It's Spring time, and that means lots of competitions!  Caleb traveled down to Logan, Utah for a piano competition.  This one he enjoys quite much, not for the actual competing, but because they have a big music carnival where you can play games and win prizes.

Caleb played lots of games to win tickets and then turn in for prizes, mostly candy.

He had fun posing for pictures outside in between performance times.

The competition was held at Utah State University.  It had lots of interesting sculptures outside.

Caleb competed in 5 different categories.  He was one of the younger ones, and we felt he did pretty well.  He was playing some pretty difficult pieces for a 9 year old, but as we came to learn later, the judges didn't really like that he was a young boy playing difficult pieces.  They seemed to want those pieces left for the older kids.   

Anyway, in the end, Caleb did manage an Honorable Mention in the category of Impressionist Piece for playing Debussy's Golliwog's Cakewalk.  This was impressive, as it was a competition for kids up to 14 years old, and there were 2 other kids also playing the same piece as Caleb.  

Here he is on stage accepting his prize:

As you can see, the other kids were quite older.

Caleb had a great time and wants to go again next year.