By Jean Gordon Cook
Six Jackson State University piano majors from the Department of Music participated this past weekend in the 2011 “James A. Hefner” National Piano Competition held at Tennessee State University in Nashville. This prestigious competition is designated for piano majors who attend one of the 105 Historically Black Colleges or Universities throughout the nation.
Participating students included: Amber Jones (sophomore), Eddie Crews (sophomore), Jacob Dodd (sophomore), Carroll McLaughlin (sophomore, Ursula Patrick (senior) and Jon DuBard (senior). Four students received awards for their outstanding performances including Jacob Dodd, who earned second place with a $700 monetary award; Eddie Crews, who earned third place with a $500 monetary award; and Amber Jones and Urshula Patrick, who each received honorable mention awards for their outstanding performances. The Jackson State University Department of Music was also commended for bringing the most students to this year’s competition.
The students were accompanied by their piano professors, Harlan Zackery Jr., assistant professor of music, and Karen Laubengayer, professor of music. The Department of Music and the university wish to congratulate these fine musicians on their accomplishments and for their outstanding representation of Jackson State University at the national level.
Universities represented in this year’s competition included: Jackson State, Tennessee State, Florida A&M, Central State, Alcorn State, Spelman, Wiley and Claflin College.