Bryan students sweep state piano honors
November 21, 2008

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Bryan piano students swept top honors during the recent Tennessee Music Teachers Association state competition in Nashville.Pictured, from left, are Molly Gehring, Brittany McGehee, Natalie McGehee and Kimberly McKennett


Kimberly McKennett, a junior piano pedagogy major from Port Alworth, Alaska, won the competition. A year ago, she received honorable mention in the contest.


Natalie McGehee, a sophomore piano pedagogy major from Rustin, La., was runner-up, and her sister, Brittany, a senior piano pedagogy major, earned honorable mention.


Also competing was Molly Gehring, a senior piano pedagogy major from Marietta, Ga., who received a superior rating.


All four competitors from Bryan qualified for the state competition by receiving superior ratings at the local competition last spring in Chattanooga. The local competition was run by the Chattanooga Music Teachers Association, an affiliate of TMTA. The state competition was held at Tennessee State University in Nashville, and included 10 finalists from colleges and universities across the state.


Bryan College has had a number of winners and other honors in the past, but has never won all three top state spots until this year.