Y grad receives national award for piano abilit

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    By KAMBER HON

    A 1995 BYU graduate was honored Tuesday when she was given a national award for her piano instruction and performance.

    Jill Winters, from Provo, who received her master’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy in 1995, was one of three national winners of the 1995 D.H. Baldwin Fellowship Award.

    The Baldwin Piano and Organ Company has offered the D.H. Baldwin Fellowship Award for excellence in piano on a national level of recognition. The award has now been discontinued and will not be offered again, making Winters the last applicant to receive it.

    Ronald S. Ginsberg, district sales manager for Baldwin Piano and Organ Company, presented a congratulatory plaque to Winters for her accomplishments. Bruce L. Christensen, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, Clyn Barrus, chair of the Music Department, Paul C. Pollei, professor in the Music Department, and Kevin Rindlisbacher, from Riverton Music Company, were also at the presentation of the plaque.

    Along with the plaque, Winters received a travel grant that allowed her to attend a national convention for the 1996 Music Teachers National Association in Kansas City, Mo. in March. She was also given a Baldwin Piano to be used in her studio for two years.

    To apply for the award, interested performers had to submit a 25 page application to show eligibility, Winters said. In addition to the application, Winters said she submitted a mandatory 30 minute video of her piano instruction on an individual basis and in group instruction sessions.

    Three judges met in Los Angeles, Calif. to decide who would be the recipients of the 1995 award.

    Winters taught piano lessons to BYU students for three years through the Music Department and is now teaching private lessons from her studio in her home. Her husband is Alan Winters. They and their two children live in Provo