published Thursday, June 13th, 2013

2013 Lee University International Piano Festival and Competition (June 17-22)

Russell Sherman
Russell Sherman
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All festival performances are held in Squires Recital Hall, which is in the Humanities Center on Parker Street.

Monday, June 17: Ning An and Tian Ying are featured, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday and Wednesday, June 18-19: Selected festival participants will be featured, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 20: Competition round one, session one, 9:30 a.m.; round one, session two, 1:30 p.m., followed by announcement of finalists.

Friday, June 21: Russell Sherman is featured in a solo recital, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 22: Final round of competition begins at 10 a.m., with announcement of winners to follow.

Twenty young pianists from across the country will be in Cleveland, Tenn., next week as Lee University's School of Music presents its International Piano Festival and Competition.

The event, which began in 2005 as a competition for high school students, was expanded in 2011 to include opportunities for participants to study with internationally acclaimed artists in master classes and private lessons.

A highlight for the community is the chance to take in free performances by the guest artists. Featured this year are performers/teachers Russell Sherman, Wha Kyung Byun and Tian Ying. Lee faculty Ning An and Dr. Gloria Chien also will contribute their talents to the festival, which is chaired by Lee's Dr. Phillip Thomas.

For more information, contact the Department of Instrumental Music at 423-614-8264 or, or visit

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