Mar 152016
 

William performed two concerts this past weekend on March 5th and 6th in support of the 2016 Grand County Concert Series in Tabernash, Colorado.  The first was a “Classical Pops & Pizza” free community concert designed especially for young people.  And by any measure, the concert proved to be a resounding success.  William played for a full house that included as many adults as it did children, opening with a movie medley to engage the audience and emphasize that many modern-day composers like John Williams use classical form in the movie scores that everyone enjoys today.  One could actually argue that if you like many modern-day movie scores, you like classical music!  William continued the concert by introducing some classic pieces from Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and many others.

“We are thrilled to offer our first free community concert with a young artist, performing for young people,”    – Judy Baxter, President of the Concert Series

The second concert was a private “Soiree” recital for Grand County Concert season ticket subscribers.  This concert was more traditional, as William introduced groups of pieces and spoke about important compositional and musical elements in each work.  As with many of his performances, William strove to provide musical and historical context necessary for the audience to find meaning and joy in each genre.

“I am so thankful to the Grand County Concert Series for allowing me to share my passion for classical music and performance with such a receptive and generous community.  I hope to be able to return again in the near future!”   – William Hume

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William and Members of the Board of Directors

 March 15, 2016  Posted by on March 15, 2016 News No Responses »
Oct 032015
 

William has just released a CD of some of his favorite recordings from 2015 – a variety of selections from the classical, romantic, and contemporary genres.  This CD features some performances from his 2015 recital and concert season, all of which were performed in one or more different 2015 concert/recital venues.  These pieces were recorded in Dickinson College’s Rubendall Recital Hall, Carlisle, PA, by Matt Miller.

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If you are interesting in receiving a CD, please use the contact form to send me a note.  I look forward to hearing from you!

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May 062015
 

William, a former 1st Place Winner of the 2014 Enkor Piano and Violin International Competition, has been selected to be a jury member for the 2015 competition.  The 2015 competition deadline is June 20, 2015 with results expected to be announced on July 20, 2015.

More information can be found on the ENKOR COMPETITION web site.

“I look forward to reviewing this year’s submissions, and I will endeavor to do my best in helping the diverse and experienced jury determine the final results.”   – William Hume

As the Enkor Competition web page says,

“ENKOR is the only competition in the world with jury board consisting of 279* soloists and recording artists, rising stars and renowned personalities, lecturers and professors, conductors and composers, prize winners and judges of major competitions, owners of private music academies, founders and directors of festivals, associations, foundations and cultural institutions, record label executives and other professionals from 46** countries/territories on 6 continents…  ENKOR is also the first ever truly international classical music competition entirely held on Internet.”

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Aug 252014
 

WILLIAM HUME of Carlisle, PA is the 2014 winner of The American Prize in Piano, high school solo divisionMr. Hume was also awarded 2nd place in the concerto division. William was selected from applications reviewed this summer from all across the United States. The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit, competitions unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings.The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts. Complete information on the website: www.theamericanprize.org

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The artist provided this autobiographical sketch:

18 year old William Hume is a graduate of Carlisle High School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and has studied piano for over eleven years.  He has won various awards and competitions and has performed at the Kennedy Center, Weill Recital Hall, and on the National Public Radio Program “From the Top.”  He was recently named a 2014 ENKOR Piano and Violin Competition Winner, New Jersey Young Artist Competition Winner, and a National YoungArts Foundation Winner.  William has performed as a soloist with several orchestras, playing concerti by Mozart, Bach, Grieg and Beethoven.  His other interests include basketball, running and writing, and he has earned a varsity letter in Cross Country and a Gold Key Award in the Scholastic Art and Writing Contest.  He was a member of the National Honor Society and volunteers as pianist at area nursing homes and the Salvation Army.  William is a student of Dr. Jennifer Blyth and he will begin his studies in piano performance this fall at the Eastman School of Music.      

William Hume - Pianist

William Hume – Pianist

Among judges’ comments: “…exquisite dialogue and voicing between the hands…” 

 

For runners-up in this category and for additional winners already announced in 2014 in other competitions, please follow this link: http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/

Winners of The American Prize receive cash prizes, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition based on recorded performances. In addition to monetary rewards and written evaluations from judges, winners are profiled on The American Prize website, where links will lead to video and audio excerpts of winning performances.


THE AMERICAN PRIZE—History & Judges

The American Prize grew from the belief that a great deal of excellent music being made in this country goes unrecognized and unheralded, not only in our major cities, but all across the country: in schools and churches, in colleges and universities, and by community and professional musicians.

With the performing arts in America marginalized like never before, The American Prize seeks to fill the gap that leaves excellent artists and ensembles struggling for visibility and viability. The American Prize recognizes and rewards the best America produces, without bias against small city versus large, or unknown artist versus well-known.

David Katz is the chief judge of The American Prize. Professional conductor, award-winning composer, playwright, actor and arts advocate, he is author of MUSE of FIRE, the acclaimed one-man play about the art of conducting. Joining Katz in selecting winners of The American Prize is a panel of judges as varied in background and experience as we hope the winners of The American Prize will be. Made up of distinguished musicians representing virtually every region of the country, the group includes professional vocalists, conductors, composers and pianists, tenured professors and orchestra, band and choral musicians.

“Most artists may never win a Grammy award, or a Pulitzer, or a Tony, or perhaps even be nominated,” Katz said, “but that does not mean that they are not worthy of recognition and reward. Quality in the arts is not limited to the coasts, or to the familiar names, or only to graduates of the most famous schools. It is on view all over the United States, if you take the time to look for it. The American Prize exists to encourage and herald that excellence.”

By shining a light on nationally recognized achievement, winners of The American Prize receive world-class bragging rights to use in promotion right at home. “If The American Prize helps build careers, or contributes to local pride, or assists with increasing the audience for an artist or ensemble, builds the donor base, or stimulates opportunities or recruitment for winning artists and ensembles, then we have fulfilled our mission,” Katz said.

In addition to conducting and ensemble awards, The American Prize sponsors competitions for vocalists, composers, pianists and chamber musicians.

The American Prize
 is administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit performing arts organization based in Danbury, Connecticut.

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Aug 252014
 
William participated in a great Ann Schein masterclass on March 28, 2014.  Here is a short video excerpt that was recently posted:

This piano masterclass was part of Market Square Concerts’ 2014 Soundscape Educational Outreach Program.  MSC is grateful to Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra as well as Messiah College School of the Arts & Music Department for collaborating with us on presenting this masterclass to the Harrisburg Community.  MSC also would like to thank the performers, William Hume, Monica Frank and Bryan Jones, for participating, as well as letting MSC use the footage recorded at the event.

Ya-Ting Chang, Professor of Piano, Messiah College
Executive Director, Market Square Concerts, Harrisburg, PA.

 

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Jan 312014
 

William Hume is a recent recipient of a Gold Key Award in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition for his essay in the writing category “Personal Memoirs.”  He and other award winners will be recognized in a ceremony on Saturday, March 15th, at the Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg at 10:00 a.m.  As a Gold Key recipient in the South Central Pennsylvania Region (highest level at the regional level), William‘s essay will now be considered for national-level recognition.

Click here to see William’s essay – “Sixty-five Pages.”

As described in the sponsoring Alliance for Young Artists & Writers website, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards “recognize the exceptional vision of our nation’s youth, and provide a singular opportunity for students to be noticed for their creative talents.”   

Founded in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is now 90 years old.  Over that time it has grown to become one of the longest-running and most prestigious recognition programs for creative teens in the United States.   It has also become one of the largest sources of scholarships for young artists and writers.

“Each year, increasing numbers of creative teens submit their work, and they become a part of our community–-young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets, and sculptors, and countless educators who support and encourage the creative process. The Awards received 230,000 original works from students during its 2013 program year…  In just the past six years alone, submissions have topped 1 million works, and partnering colleges, universities, and art schools have made over $30 million available to top winning students across the country.”   (Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)

 

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Oct 302013
 

(From “Artsong Update”  WHRO Public Media, Hampdon Roads/Norfolk, Virginia) 

Sunday, November 10, 2013, 4 pm
Williamsburg Choral Guild: Beethoven Fantasy

Guest pianist William Hume joins the 85-voice chorus, chamber orchestra and six vocal soloists, under the direction of Jay BeVille, in a dazzling performance of Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” and Mass in C Major.  Also on the program is Mozart’s “The Little Masonic Cantata,” sung by the men of the Guild with tenor and bass soloists. 

A pre-concert discussion begins at 3 pm (Dr. Joel DuBois, Executive Officer of Student Company at the U.S. Army School of Music in Virginia Beach), followed by the music at 4 pm.

Beethoven Fantasy Art

For more information, visit http://www.williamsburgchoralguild.org/ or call 757-220-1808.  Season subscription: $50; single ticket: $20 ($25 and $10 for students with ID, at the door).  Warhill High School Auditorium, 4615 Opportunity Way, Williamsburg

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Sep 172013
 

Pianist William Hume performed a free community concert, Sunday, September 15, 2013 at Rubendall Recital Hall on the campus of Dickinson College in Carlisle Pennsylvania.  The concert was sponsored by the Carlisle Musical Arts Club who presents a Special Artist Concert Program for the enjoyment of the Carlisle community annually every September.

This year’s program featured 17 year-old William Hume who recently returned to Carlisle Pennsylvania after living in Yorktown, Virginia for the past two years.  Although William is already an accomplished performer and concerto soloist, this was his first major solo recital.  He was grateful for the chance to perform, exclaiming,

“This was a great opportunity to share some wonderful music with a community who loves and appreciates all genres of classical music.  I was able to perform my entire repertoire in preparation for conservatory auditions, and I think the audience enjoyed it as much as I did.  It’s nice to have such a supportive community and organizations like the Carlisle Musical Arts Club that provide opportunities for growing musicians like me.”

Dickinson Program

William finished the concert by thanking everyone for attending and recognizing his former teacher, Mrs. Carol Turner Compton who traveled from Virginia and his current teacher, Professor Jennifer Blyth of Dickinson College.  He then played an encore piece – the Rachmaninoff Etude Tableau Op. 33 No. 4, for the appreciative audience.

William practicing the day before the concert in Dickinson's state-of-the-art Rubendall Recital Hall in the Weiss Center for the Performing Arts.

William practicing the day before the concert in Dickinson’s state-of-the-art Rubendall Recital Hall in the Weiss Center for the Performing Arts.

William at the piano during the performance.

William at the piano during the performance.

WIlliam and Professor Jennifer Blyth after the concert.

William and Professor Jennifer Blyth after the concert.

William talking to fans after the concert.

William talking to the audience after the concert.

William and friends.

William and friends.

William with Carlisle Musical Arts Club Program Director, Mrs. Janis Glosenger.

William with Carlisle Musical Arts Club Program Director, Mrs. Janis Glosenger.

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May 062013
 

Performances of pianist Paul Badura-Skoda presented by Wednesday Club

By Sean Adams | sadams@pennlive.com 
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on May 06, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Paul Badura-Skoda (artist provided photo)

Paul Badura-Skoda
(artist provided photo)

Midstate fans of classical piano will have two chances to enjoy the talents of Austrian pianist Paul Badura-Skoda.

The first is a master class with the pianist on May 10. Joining him will be William Hume, Wednesday Club Young Artist and student at Dickinson College; Katelyn Bouska, piano doctorate student at Temple University; SoYoung Jun, doctoral student at Penn State University; and Caleb Flick, professional accompanist and solo artist with a degree from Lebanon Valley College. The group will perform sonatas by Beethoven and Chopin.

Then, on May 11, Badura-Skoda will perform in concert. Maestro Badura-Skoda’s concert will feature a varied program including Bach’s Partita No. 1, Mozart’s Sonata in C minor, K. 457, and Beethoven’s sonatas, Op. 110 and 111.

The 86-year-old musician has performed around the world with renown orchestras and in famed music halls. Followed by teachers and students throughout the classical music world, Bakura-Skoda is considered a particular authority on the works of Mozart.

IF YOU GO

Master class: 7 p.m. May 10 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2000 Chestnut Street, Camp Hill. Cost: $15, $5 for ages 10 through high school.

Concert: 7:30 p.m. May 11 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2000 Chestnut Street, Camp Hill. Cost: $20, $18 for ages 65 and up, $12.50 for college students with ID, $5 for students 10 through high school.  www.wednesdayclub.org, 717–234-4856.

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Mar 242013
 

William Hume was a finalist and second place winner in the 2013 Harold Protsman Classical Period Piano Competition.  The competition was sponsored by the Old Dominion University (ODU) Music Department and was held on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at the ODU Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center in Norfolk, Virginia.  Local college professors and piano teachers adjudicated preliminary competition rounds and selected three finalists in each of five categories –  pre-school to grade 3, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, and college undergraduate.

The competition is named after Professor Harold Protsman who joined ODU as an adjunct professor of piano and music history in 1957, and taught full time from 1970 until his retirement in 1995. A professor emeritus of music, he continues to teach piano on an adjunct basis. In recognition of his professionalism and service, the department’s annual classical period piano competition, which Protsman directed for 18 years, was named in his honor in 2007.

Selected finalists preformed a second-round recital that was open to the public.  Internationally acclaimed Irish pianist John O’Conor who has earned a worldwide reputation as a masterful interpreter of the Classic and early-Romantic repertoires, adjudicated the final round.  At the end of the competition, Professor O’Conor acknowledged every finalist and gave each a public critique before awarding 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes in each category.

William and three other finalists were selected to participate in a master class with John O’Conor that was held on Sunday, March 24, 2013.

William with his teacher, Anna Kijanowska, and John O’Conor.

William with his teacher, Anna Kijanowska,
and John O’Conor.

 “I really enjoyed the competition and it was a great honor to meet Professor John O’Conor.  The highlight of the event was his master class.  It was an amazing experience to work with Professor O’Conor.  His knowledge and enthusiasm helped me understand Beethoven’s intentions and bring his music to life.  Professor O’Conor had a great sense of humor which made us all feel more comfortable – especially as he helped me with my rendition of Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 10 No. 2!  What a great learning experience!” –William Hume

 

William with Professor Harold Protsman who joined ODU as an adjunct professor of piano and music history in 1957, and taught full time from 1970 until his retirement in 1995. A professor emeritus of music, he continues to teach piano on an adjunct basis. In recognition of his professionalism and service, the department’s annual classical period piano competition, which Protsman directed for 18 years, was named in his honor in 2007.

William with Professor Emeritus Harold Protsman.

 

John O’Conor will be featured in the F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series Recital
Monday, March 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center, Old Dominion University.

“The Harold Protsman Classical Period Piano Competition at ODU is held annually in March.  Next year’s competition will take place on March 22, 2014, featuring the return of distinguished concert pianist and teacher Lambert Orkis and National Symphony cellist, David Hardy.”  (2013 Competition Program, for more information: http//al.odu.edu/music/competition)

 

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