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February 01, 2023

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Local Pianist a Finalist in Junior Piano Competition

Abigail, age 14, has been studying classical piano since age 4 and is currently a freshman at Ravenwood High School.

Abigail Goddard was named the winner of the Tennessee MTNA Competitions held at Lipscomb University on November 5th and will represent Tennessee as a Division Finalist in the MTNA Junior Piano Competition.

Abigail (“Abbie”) age 14, the daughter of Jeffery and Laura Goddard, has been studying classical piano since age 4 and is currently a freshman at Ravenwood High School. She has won or placed in many competitions including Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition (finalist), American Protegé International Competition, Brussels Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition, United States International Piano Competition Young Artists Award, etc. Recently, she also placed 2nd in the TMTA State Competition in Memphis. At age 10, Abbie performed at Carnegie Hall.

The winner of the division competition will compete in the National Finals. Division winners will be announced in mid-January. The MTNA National Competitions are the most successful and prestigious student competitions in the country. Each year, thousands of students compete for top prizes and national recognition.

The three-tiered MTNA competitions begin at the state level. Winners of each State Competition advance to the Division Competition. Division winners then proceed to the National Competition Finals.

To receive more information about the MTNA Junior Piano Competition, contact MTNA national headquarters at (888) 512-5278, mtnanet@mtna.org or visit the website at www.mtna.org.

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing and Entertainment Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra.