Published on November 15, 2020
Naperville Central Student wins first place
Naperville Central student Melody Xu won first place in two music competitions hosted by the Illinois State Music Teachers Association (ISMTA).
The high school freshman won first place in the Illinois State’s 2020 Illinois State Music Teachers Association (North) competition for the piano division in the junior age group.
The 14-year-old also won first place in the 2020 MTNA (Music Teacher National Association) competition in the national round for the piano department in the junior age group. She will now move to the regional department and eventually to the national round if she is successful.
“It was very exhilarating. I am very grateful to my teacher, ”said Xu. “I am very honored to both win first place at ISMTA and to become the sole state representative for MTNA.”
For the competitions she played Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6.
The Naperville student has been playing the piano for nine years.
“I think it teaches me that I have to stick through my lows and learn from my mistakes, and I should never give up on my dream,” Xu said.
This year’s competitions were virtual due to the pandemic. Xu will compete in the regional division on December 2nd.
You can find your full performance here.
Aysha Ashley Househ reported on Naperville News 17.
Photo courtesy of Melody Xu
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