Piano Impressions 1: Sacred
Andrew Lapp, a 19-year-old concert pianist and performer, is currently majoring in a BM degree for Piano Performance at Southeastern University (Lakeland, FL) under the direction of Dr. Ching-wen Hsiao. He began studying the piano at the age of seven with Laura Spaulding, and by age eleven he studied under the direction of Sandra Lawler. Andrew's music training also includes theory with Betty Hines, pipe organ with Carol Hawkinson, and violin, which he plays in his church orchestra. Mr. Lapp had accompanied the Sarasota Christian High School Touring Choir, under the direction of Christine Ayala, from sixth through twelfth grade. Andrew has taken master lessons with several noted teachers; among them are Dr. Marc Silverman, Chairman, Ms. Rebecca Penneys, and Dr. Kevin Orr of the Manhattan, Eastman and U of FL Schools of Music respectively. In his spare time Andrew composes and his own arrangements of Inspirational music and has made several CDs of these and other works. He appears frequently at social and church events throughout the east coast, performing repertoire from a wide range of literature including the classics, ragtime, and his own arrangements of sacred music. ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2009: Venice Symphony, piano soloist; Wesley John Schumacher, conductor; Grieg: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16 2008: Munchtime Musicale (part of Artist series in Sarasota, FL) $52,000 Total Scholarships from Southeastern University $2,500 Scholarship from Sarasota Music Club $1,000 Scholarship from Sarasota Chorus of the Keys '05-'08: MSEC Choir accompanist under the direction of Dr. Andre Thomas ('05), Dr. Jerry Blackstone ('06), Dr. Ken Nafziger ('07), and Dr. Timothy Peter ('08) 2007: Luzerne Music Camp, scholarship winner 2007: Anna Maria Island Chorus and Orchestra, concerto competition winner and piano soloist, Alfred Gershfeld, conductor: Grieg Concerto Op. 16 in A Minor 2006: Solo Recital, Emerging Artist Series, Glenridge Performing Arts Center. Major works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Prokofiev, Kabalevsky, and Ginastera 2005: MTNA Senior Performance Competition (FL), 3rd place winner The World Piano Competition, Cincinnati, Ohio: Semi-Finalist 2004: FSMTA District Concerto Competition Intermediate Winner Artist series musical soiree, concerto performance with Lee Dougherty Ross Florida Orchestra Young Artists' Concerto Competition, Senior Level award winner 2003: Sarasota Pops Orchestra, piano soloist (debut), Dale Jenson, Conductor: Kabalevsky Concerto, Op. 50, No. 3 Florida Orchestra Young Artists' Concerto Competition, Junior Level: first prize 2002: Munchtime Musicale Pianists of Promise.