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Hope Pianists Awarded Prizes in Bach Competition

Posted June 19, 2001

HOLLAND -- A total of five Hope College piano students received cash awards following the annual Bach Competition held at the college at the conclusion of the spring semester.

The winners chosen were: Sara Bolkema, a freshman from Flushing; Susan DeKam, a junior from Caledonia; Joe Deller, a sophomore from Dearborn; Emily Parkhurst, a freshman from Lansing; and Jennifer Walvoord, a junior from Holland.

The purpose of the competition is to stimulate interest in the keyboard music of J.S. Bach, and to foster the systematic study of his music from the Inventions to the Preludes and Fugues and other extended works. The competition is underwritten each year by Dr. Anthony Kooiker, professor emeritus of music at Hope.

The adjudicator was Roberta Kraft, adjunct assistant professor of music at Hope. The prizes totaled $300.

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