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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Nov. 10, 2010

Horace Mann student earns top place at music competition

Sabrina Olson

Horace Mann student Sabrina Olson was awarded a first place trophy at the Missouri Music Teachers Association state music theory competition.

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Sabrina Olson, a student at the Horace Mann Laboratory School and Early Care and Education Center at Northwest Missouri State University, earned first place at the Missouri Music Teachers Association state music theory competition.

Olson researched the life and music of a classical composer, analyzing one of his pieces. In addition, Olson earned an honorable mention medal for her piano performance. At the piano, she performed "The Tarantella" by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev and "The Little Bird" by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg.

The annual competition is sponsored by the Missouri Music Teachers Association and attracts hundreds of competitors from across the state, who compete in music performance and theory. Students qualified at district competitions throughout the state and advanced to the state competition. This year's state competition was at Truman State University in Kirksville.

Olson is in Ms. Heeler's fifth grade class at Horace Mann. She studies music with her father, Dr. Anthony Olson, assistant professor of music at Northwest, and began studying piano at age 4.

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Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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