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Piano students place in state competition


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jun. 17, 2020 - 2:04 PM

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Piano students place in state competition

Photo courtesy Fernando Ramos

Local students who placed in the Georgia Music Teachers Association Piano Competition included, from left, Khumo Simelane, Sophia Madani, Lina Wang, Paul Yi and Jiho An; not pictured, Yelin Kim and Vedita Sawhney.

Seven students taught by instructors from the Coweta-Fayette Music Teachers Association recently placed in the final state round of the Georgia Music Teachers Association Piano Competition.

The GMTA event is the biggest student competition in the state, and every year local students begin the competition at the CFMTA local auditions before moving ahead to regionals and state.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, students had to participate virtually for the regional and state rounds. Students are extremely competitive at the state level, and advancing to the state competition is considered an accomplishment.

Once there, a few select students are placed into three different categories and ranked. Local students who received those rankings included:

Jiho An, fourth grade, Honorable Mention – student of Inyoung Choi; Yelin Kim, ninth grade, Honorable Mention – student of Inyoung Choi; Sophia Madani, sixth grade, Award of Excellence – student of Fernando Ramos; Vedita Sawhney, seventh grade, Honorable Mention – student of Inna Satunovsky; Khumo Simelane, ninth grade, Honorable Mention – student of LuAnn Latzanich; Lina Wang, fifth grade, Honorable Mention – student of Eric Clay; and Paul Yi, 10th grade, Honorable Mention – student of Inyoung Choi.

“CFMTA and our local community were very well represented by these amazing students,” said Ramos, who serves as president of CFMTA.