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Megan Lee of Hudson will travel to Anaheim, Calif., in March to compete as a National Finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Senior Piano Competition.
Megan, 15, the daughter of Peter and Grace Lee, earned this opportunity after winning the Central Division of the MTNA Senior Piano Competition.
A sophomore at Hudson High School, she has been studying piano for 10 years and is a student of Dr. Sean Schulze at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Megan has performed as a soloist with the Suburban Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Orchestra at Severance Hall, and Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. She has also soloed at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall eight times as a winner of numerous international and national competitions.
In 2012, she was selected as Performing Arts scholar by the Anthony Quinn Foundation, and she received the Betty Belkin Memorial Scholarship and the Linda Greenbaum Scholarship of the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Megan was selected to perform at the institute's opening ceremony for Mixon Hall in 2007.
Her recent achievements include First Prize at the 2012 Ohio MTA/Graves Piano Solo Competition and First Prize at the 2012 OMTA State Buckeye Piano Competition, in addition to being selected as a winner in the Inaugural Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Concerto Showcase Competition. This spring, Megan was invited by CIM president Joel Smirnoff to perform for legendary American pianist Van Cliburn during CIM's annual Commencement weekend.
The Final of MTNA Senior Piano Competition will take place March 10 during the MTNA National Conference. The national winner of this competition receives a $2,000 prize and will perform in a Winners Concert during the conference.
This is a tremendous achievement and this news will be well received all around town ... as it should be! I know first-hand the amount of dedication and discipline needed for a teenager to attain the sort of prowess in playing the piano that is required to be recognized in this fashion. BRAVA! GOOD LUCK IN MARCH!!!