Piano contest finals to be televised

DES MOINES – Iowa First Lady Chris Branstad will present the 2014 Terrace Hill Endowment for Musical Arts Piano Competition Scholarship Awards at the conclusion of the final piano competition performance Feb. 8.

Three high school seniors will compete for $5,500 in scholarships in a live performance at the IPTV Maytag Auditorium in Johnston. The rebroadcast dates of the finals on IPTV will be announced later.

The public is invited to attend the finals for the Senior Piano Competition that will begin at 2 pm followed by the awards presentation for the winners.

The finals are part of the Terrace Hill Endowment for Musical Arts piano competition for high school seniors. The Terrace Hill Endowment for the Musical Arts Piano Competition started as a tribute to musical talent in Iowa with private donations left from the reconditioning of the 1901 Steinway grand piano that adorns the music room in Terrace Hill, The Governor’s Residence.

The THEMA Piano Competition has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships by the First Lady of Iowa. High school seniors continuing their piano studies are eligible to use their scholarships at an Iowa college or university.