Piano students give Christmas program

ABERDEEN – The piano students of Mary Cunningham gave their annual Christmas program on Friday night, Dec. 14, at First Pentecostal Church. The purpose of the event, other than enjoyment of holiday music, was to allow students to experience sight reading while playing before an audience. (This will be needed when several students will go to a keyboard festival in January.) Family and friends heard traditional, religious and contemporary pieces played by young people from grades three through 11.
Those participating were Terrell Griffin, Cameron Daniel, Rosie Lee Fort, Todyana Chapman, Takiyah Ford, Lauren Derrick, Jamiyah Braylock, Kiersten Dancy, Madaline Kelly, Natasha Braylock, Andrew Parker and Destiny Rowe. Each one played a solo, and a duet with Mrs. Cunningham. Lera Winders was prepared to play but became ill that afternoon and was unable to attend.
Church members, Jim Cucchiara and Zach Bowen, using Power Point, put each student’s image up in color on overheard screens as he or she played.
The students each received a gift as a thank you for their hard work and participation. Afterwards, punch and finger foods were served to the students and their guests.

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