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Erickson Center for the Arts
A Piano Recital
The Beckman Sisters
Sunday March 8th, 3pm
Free – Donations are welcome.
Emily and Kristin Beckman began their music studies at ages nine and seven, respectively. Their first instructor was veteran piano teacher Ginnette Hallead, who had them playing duets almost as soon as they could competently read music. During their high school years, piano studies continued under Dr. Helen Marlais of Grand Valley State University, under whom they also began competing with both solo piano and one piano-four hands.Successes included (for solo piano) finishing as state finalists in the 2009 MMTA Student Achievement Testing, and obtaining 2nd place(Emily) and 3rd place(Kristin) in the 2009 Grand Valley State University 20th/21st Century Piano Competition. During this time, they also completed five levels of private music theory instruction which included harmony, composition, and counterpoint.
As a piano duo, they participated in the 2009 Chicago Duo Piano Festival Competition, and their accomplishments include finishing as national finalists in the 2010 MTNA Senior Piano Duet Division, and receiving back-to-back honorable mentions in years 2010 and 2011 in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition (one piano-four hands division). They also took part in the 2011 Liszt 200 Chicago International Duo Piano Competition.
Being primarily a pianist, Emily Beckman began playing the flute eight years ago as a “for fun” instrument. This blossomed into playing in youth symphonies and community orchestras, performing solos for different concerts at various local venues, playing both second and first flute in the pit orchestras for La Boheme and Hansel and Gretel, and subbing on flute and piccolo in the Sault Symphony. Most recently, Emily received first place in the American Protege International Woodwind/Brass Competition, and will be making her Carnegie Hall debut on April 5th, with her sister Kristin as her accompanist. Her private studies continue with Sharon Sparrow, assistant principal flutist in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Emily and Kristin are both registered Suzuki teachers, and run their own private studio. They both teach piano, as well as flute(Emily) and cello(Kristin). They have performed in various venues throughout the state of Michigan, and have even hosted their own chamber music concert