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Dordt student Sophie Jin takes second in piano competition

April 15, 2013

Dordt College sophomore engineering student Sophie Jin won second place at the 2nd Annual Grant Piano Competition in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on March 23.

“This was the first time I have been to this competition, and it was my first college competition,” said Jin. “Because I’m not a music major, I was pretty nervous.” 

Jin performed Well-Tempered Clavier Prelude and Fugue No. 20 in A minor by Bach, Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major Op. 110 by Beethoven, and Concert Etude S. 145 Gnomenreigen by Liszt.

Jin, from Ontario, California, has been studying piano for as long as she can remember. “I don’t know when exactly I started playing the piano,  but my mom says I started playing and was able to read music since I was two or three years old,” said Jin. Her mother, herself a concert pianist, was Jin’s first piano teacher. She studied for five years under Dr. Artemis Bedros and now studies with Dordt Piano and Organ Instructor MaryLou Wielenga.

Jin has competed and taken high honors in a number of competitions including first place at the Pomona branch Bach Festival in 2010, and she won a regional Honor of Bach Festival at the state level in California. She was nominated as the best senior performer and received honors from the Music Teachers Association of California Pomona branch, as well as a variety of honors in elementary school. She has been an invited performer at the Claremont Mayor’s Recital, Sequoia Concert, and the Foothill Philharmonic Society.

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