33rd Fine Arts Festival & National Piano Competition April 6-12, 2008 Southern University-Baton Rouge, Louisiana Department of Visual & Performing Arts DeBose National Piano Competition Foundation, Inc

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33rd Fine Arts Festival & National Piano Competition

April 6-12, 2008

Southern University-Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Department of Visual & Performing Arts

DeBose National Piano Competition Foundation, Inc.


~Louisiana Division of the Arts~

~Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge~Community Fund for the Arts~

~Southern University, Baton Rouge~


For Information:

Myrtle E. David, Executive Director

P. O. Box 64614


Email: DeBoseFestival@aol.com

Website: http://www.debosenationalpianocompetition.org

DeBose Fine Arts Festival


National Piano Competition


Tourgee Albion DeBose, Pianist~

Professor of Music

Southern University-Baton Rouge

APRIL 6-12, 2008

Organization: Tourgee DeBose National Piano Competition

Foundation, Incorporated

Email: DeBoseFestival@aol.com

Web: www.debosenationalpianocompetition.org

Address: DeBose Foundation, Incorporated DeBose Festival

Post Office Box 64614 Southern University

Baton Rouge, LA 70896 Post Office Box 11153

Tel/Fax: 225-387-5932 Baton Rouge, LA 70813

Tel: 225-771-4924

Frequency: Annual-April, First/Second Weekend
Applications: Downloadable
Festival Facts: Dedicated to excellence in the Arts and Classical Piano Performance, the competition-festival is distinctively programmed for the best national and international student pianists and performers. For thirty years, the programs have presented acclaimed visual and performing artists in exhibition, recital, master class and adjudication; and, have been unique in presenting talented emerging exhibitors and performers in solo and ensemble presentations/performance. The DeBose Foundation provides scholarships and awards; presents informances and clinics for teachers, aspiring professionals and for community audiences, which periodically promote all aspects of the Arts professions. The Foundation is committed to developing alliances with artists and related cultural, educational and youth agencies; providing a Calendar of Events of accomplished artistry.
The Mission of the DeBose Fine Arts Festival-Competition is dedication to the pursuit of Artistic excellence (Literary, Visual and Performing Arts). Designed to address cultural needs of the communities experiencing reduction and/or elimination of arts curricular and support in pre-college education. More than thirty years of programming have served to: (1) discover artistic talent among young performers and exhibitors who are contestants and non-contestants; (2) provide competition-festival events for students that will instill and reinforce standards of excellence and achievement in the Fine Arts; (3) promote achievement by providing pre-professional presentation opportunities; (4) provide tutelage, presentations, performances and exhibits by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and dedicated local professionals accessible to festival participants, visitors and the local community.

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This program is made possible in part by support from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and the Community Fund for the Arts.


DeBose National Piano Competition Foundation, Incorporated

Post Office Box 64614~Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70896 www.debosenationalpianocompetition.org or www.debosefineartsfestival-competition.com

Historical Site: Southern University~Baton Rouge
April 6-Sunday, 5PM





Boudreaux’s of Baton Rouge

April 1-15: 12 Noon-6PM



Baton Rouge Gallery-Center for Contemporary Art-FREE & OPEN

April 2-30: 10 AM-6PM



Baton Rouge Community College~Southern University Cade Library-FREE & OPEN

April 8-Tuesday, 9AM




Volunteer Team Coordinators: Vonda Rogers Cooper, Cathy McMannus


Southern University DeBose Music Recital Hall

April 8-Tuesday, 5PM-7PM




Volunteer Team Coordinators: Betty Chambers, Alan Morton, Ronald Kennedy

East Baton Rouge Parish Library System~Magnolia Mound Plantation~Baton Rouge Gallery

Baton Rouge Community College~Southern University Museum of Art

April 9-Wednesday, 10 AM




Volunteer Team Coordinators: Frank Williams, Eric Baskin

Southern University Student Union, Kernan Lakefront-FREE & OPEN
April 9-Wednesday, 6-8 PM

DEBOSE GALA (Invitational)
April 10-Thursday, 9AM




Volunteer Team Coordinators: Maurice Miles, Wm. Koren, Dorothea Williams


DeBose Recital Hall-FREE & OPEN

April 10-Thursday, 2PM

Southern University Music Honors Showcase


Volunteer Team Coordinators: Jackie Green, Frank Chemay

DeBose Recital Hall FREE & OPEN
April 11-Friday, 9 AM



Volunteer Team Coordinators: Jeremy Thomas, Jeremy Pleasant


DeBose Recital Hall-FREE & OPEN

April 11-Friday, 12PM



Hayden Fine Arts Theater/DeBose Recital Hall-FREE-RESERVATIONS: 225-771-4924

April 12-Saturday, 8AM-5PM



DeBose Music Building/Recital Hall-CLOSED

April 12-Saturday, 9:30AM


Volunteer Team Coordinators: Myrtle E. David, Thais Perkins

DeBose-Recital Hall-FREE & OPEN
April 12-Saturday, 1PM



Hayden Fine Arts Theater or Scotlandville Magnet High School Auditorium-OPEN

April 12-Saturday, 3PM



Hayden Fine Arts Theater or Scotlandville Magnet High School-OPEN

April 12-Saturday, 5PM



Hayden Fine Arts Theater or Scotlandville Magnet High School-OPEN

April 12-Saturday, 7:30 PM



Hayden Fine Arts Theater or Scotlandville Magnet High School-OPEN EXHIBITS: CONTINUING


Pianist/Composer/Orchestrator Mike Esneault's early studies began with two influential mentors/instructors, renowned clarinetist Alvin Batiste and composer/arranger Dr Bert Braud. With Batiste, Mike studied jazz improvisation and often performed with his quartet around the New Orleans area. Studies with Dr. Braud focused on the craft of composition and arranging for large and small ensembles including full orchestra. Esneault credits these two teachers for laying down a solid music foundation and also as a constant source of inspiration. In addition Mike has studied with Willis Delony, Bill Grimes, Lawrence Sieberth, Mike Pellera and many others.

Following these studies, Esneault went on to receive a Bachelor's of Arts from Louisiana State University and then later continued his music studies at North Texas University. Following this, he received a Henry Mancini Fellowship which allowed him to study in Los Angeles with film composers: Johnny Mandel, Dave Grusin, John Clayton Patrick Williams and Alf Clausen. Esneault has established a prolific career as a composer/arranger for various mediums, including television, motion picture, and live concerts as well as compact disc recordings. For television, he has composed music for many clients including McDonald's, Exxon, Blue Cross Blue Shield, La Lottery, US Agencies and Eatel. He has composed the score for the six part series “Louisiana: A History”, which featured actress Lynn Whitfield's narration and has also composed scores for many other documentaries including “Making Waves: Louisiana’s Radio Story.”

For motion pictures he has worked closely with film composer Terence Blanchard on projects such as “Original Sin”, “Caveman's Valentine”; and “People I Know”, starring Al Pacino. Mike also arranged music for Terence's “Billie on Broadway”; which has been performed at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. In addition, Esneault has worked on recording projects with several orchestras including the Prague Symphony Orchestra.

As a pianist, Esneault has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Peyton, Pete Fountain, Donald Harrison, Marlon Jordan, Brian Blade, Frank Morgan, Alvin Batiste, Wes Anderson as well as many others. He has performed at such venues as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Chicago Jazz Festival, as well as international festivals in Switzerland, Brazil and more.

Mike has received numerous awards including the Henry Mancini Fellowship as well as the Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship. Mike currently makes him home in Louisiana where he and his wife are raising three boys. He is also currently on staff with the Gifted and Talented Program in Baton Rouge where he works with gifted young musicians. This curriculum focuses on small group improvisation, arranging and jazz composition. Mike has been with this program for the past 9 years. clearcreeksound@eatel.com


Marie Flowers, teacher, singer, composer and music director (conductor) is currently a Gifted and Talented music teacher with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System since 1999. She was previously Assistant Professor of Music at Knoxville College in Knoxville, Tennessee. At Knoxville College, she was also director of choral activities as well as coordinator of the community outreach music preparatory program. Under her direction The Knoxville College Choir toured, performing in major cities such as Birmingham, AL; Chicago, Illinois, Detroit, MI and the District of Columbia.

Marie Flowers received her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She went on to receive further study at Arizona State University as well as Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Since her residency in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Marie Flowers has focused her talents on developing as a teacher, artist and composer. She is a state evaluator for Louisiana Department of Education’s Talented Evaluation Services. She was vocal coach and musical director for the City at Peace Project of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was principal grant writer for EBRPSS Gifted and Talented Arts Program’s Crescendo Project which brought the arts into schools with no arts programs and with high population of at-risk students. The project received funding from The Greater Baton Rouge Arts Council as well as through VSA-Very Special Arts of Louisiana.

In 2004, Marie Flowers as well as Cathy McManus and Helen Hoffpauir formed the group, HeartVoice Trio. The trio was featured in Baton Rouge’s premiere magazine, 225. They went on to produce their debut album ”We Are”. The group featured original compositions by Marie Flowers, including “Louisiana Lullaby” which later became part of a larger trilogy musical composition with the same title. The trio traveled to Boston, MA later to host a concert for the Katrina/Rita Hurricane victims raising over $3,000 for the cause. Other engagements included Baton Arts Gallery concert, FestForAll, NAACP Festival, the Alabama NAACP State Convention and the Cultural Arts Festival.

Marie Flowers continues to perform and compose as well as support the arts through her teaching talents. She recently played the part of ‘the singer’ in Of Moving Colors dance production of Lilac Magenta... Tales of Love at the Shaw Center.
Currently Marie Flowers is the director for the summer arts camp at Baton Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, Baton Rouge’s premier arts elementary school. mflowers@ebrschools.org


Randell Henry decided to become an artist when he was in the sixth grade at South Scotlandville Elementary School in North Baton Rouge. While in Junior High School, he spent much of his “free time” in the school library studying the paintings and sculptures of master American and European artists.
He went on to earn a B.A degree in art at Southern University in 1979 and a MFA degree in Painting from L.S.U. in 1982.
Over the past ten years Henry has visited museums and art galleries in Canada, West Africa, Greece, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, China, Japan, Turkey and other places where great art can be seen. Henry has shown his paintings at art galleries and other places in Baton Rouge for more than twenty five years.
Currently, Henry is an artist member of Baton Rouge Gallery and Assistant Professor of Art at Southern University. Henry presently serves on the Boards of Baton Rouge Gallery, DeBose Foundation, and Acts and Deeds Non Profit Organization. He is President of Black Artists’ Network.
Henry is a member of Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church where he conducts art workshops for children and others who want art to make an impact on their lives.

His paintings have been in major exhibitions at The New Orleans Museum of Art, Alexandria Museum of Art, Southern University Museum of Art, The West Baton Rouge Museum, The Museum Of Arts and Science in Daytona Beach, Florida, The National Museum of Ghana, Stella Jones Gallery and several Julia Street Galleries in New Orleans and in galleries in other states of the U.S. randell_henry@subr.edu


Herman Jackson is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This master percussionist received his education in the public school system of Baton Rouge. He continued his education at Southern University majoring in Jazz Studies under the direction of Mr. Alvin Batiste. Upon graduation, in 1972 and 1973, Jackson was voted most outstanding collegiate drummer at the National Jazz Festival held in Mobile, Alabama. He was also a member of the jazz trio voted most outstanding at the National Jazz Festival held in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center. The National Endowment for the arts awarded him three travel study grants to further his professional career and perfect his craft, whereby he studied at Berkeley School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts with noted jazz great Alan Dawson; and in New York with Mel Lewis of the famous Thad Jones – Mel Lewis Big Band.

Jackson has performed and/or recorded with Clark Terry (formerly of the Tonight Show Band the Count Bassie Big Band), Sonny Stitt, Cannonball Adderly, Red Norvc, Al Green, Ronnie Foster, Henry Butler, Alvin Batiste, Ellis Marsalis, Joe Tex, Johnnie Adams, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, B. B. King, Joe Sample, Kent Jordan, Weldon Felder, David T. Walker, Stanley Clark, Willie Nelson, Branford Marsalis, Professor Longhair, Rufus Reid, Chuck Berry, Marlena Shaw, Kate Webster, Eartha Kitt, Mark Whitfield, Allen Toussaint, Eddie Harris, Les McCann, Irma Thomas, Huey Lewis of Huey Lewis and the News, Dave Holand, Nancy Wilson, Kenny Barron, Percy Sledge, The Moonglows, Boz Scaggs, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Michael McDonald, Steve Cropper and Narda Michael Walden, Wyton Marsalis and many others…

World tours include performances in Iceland, Greenland, Canada, Mali, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, the Cameroons, Zaire, Ireland, Helsinki, London, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Zurich, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Tel Aviv, Carnegie Hall, Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, the Royal Festival Hall in London England; the Playboy Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival and the JVC Jazz Festival among others. In South America, he performed in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. During a trip to Japan, Herman played at Jazz spots in Tokyo and Osaka along with several Jazz festivals in the country. His work in Canada has included stops in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. It seems Herman makes an annual trek to Europe where he has made several appearances at renowned festivals like the Berlin, Pori (Finland), Monteaux, Perugia, Nice and North Sea Jazz Festivals, in addition to annual performances with the Herman Jackson Ensemble at New Orleans Jazz Festival.


Sean Joffrion is a native of Alexandria, Louisiana. Being the youngest of five children, Sean’s passion for the arts has always been encouraged by his parents, Howard and Vivian Joffrion. Becoming a National Thespian in high school, he began to embark on a lifelong career in the world of theater arts. After high school, Sean graduated from Southern University, with a B.A. in Theater Arts. While at Southern, Sean was able to showcase his talent locally in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His oral interpretations were annually showcased at area public schools throughout the city. His education at Southern, also gave him the opportunity to work with famed dramatist, actor, director, and producer, Douglas Turner Ward.
Not a stranger to performing, Sean has performed throughout the state of Louisiana. He is most noted for his comedic roles. He received critical acclaim for his role as “Percy”, in the local Baton Rouge native, Ed Barnes’ musical, Between Floors. Sean received rave reviews for his role in The Colored Museum, which was sponsored by Baton Rouge Community Chorus and Playhouse. This play led to an encore presentation and other opportunities to perform the role of Miss Roj throughout the U.S.
He also has played the role of director. His skills as a director include the plays, A Raisin in the Sun, The Blessed King, Wizard of Oz, and Annie. In 2007, he wrote and directed, A Tribute to the Harlem Renaissance. This production paid tribute to the literary writers, musicians, visual artist, and performing artist of the Harlem Renaissance era. In the spring of 2008, Sean will direct the musical; The Music Man. Sean has been a teacher in East Baton Rouge Parish for ten years.

During his tenure as a teacher, he has touched the lives of hundreds of children, who develop and cultivate a love for the performing arts. His children have been showcased throughout Baton Rouge, as well as televised throughout the state. Sean has also been awarded several honors since being an educator. He has been awarded the honor of Teacher of the Year in 2003 and 2007, Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citations 2000 and 2005, and Cox Communication Teacher of the week. Currently, Sean is teaching Drama and Public Speaking at McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Leon Bates' work with young people is extraordinary. In one season alone he often performs over fifty artist residency programs in conjunction with orchestral engagements and recitals to inspire, motivate and delight America's youth as he opens their minds and hearts to the love of music. Bates, a student of Natalie Hinderas (DeBose Premiere Artist and America’s premiere Concert Pianist-Temple University, Rile Artists Management),established a commitment and allegiance to the DeBose National Piano Competition; serving as DeBose Artist for four seasons. The sheer mastery of his instrument has

led to many invitations to perform with major symphonies such as the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the American Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Detroit Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony. www.rilearts.com

Willis Delony has won national and international acclaim as a jazz and classical pianist, conductor, chamber player, commercial composer, and arranger. Concert explorations of the jazz and classical worlds have been showcased in a recording entitled, A New World A' Comin' – Classical and Jazz Connections, was released on the Centaur Label. Previous credits include a recording of sonatas by Barber and Prokofiev, also on the Centaur label, and a jazz album entitled Civilized Conversations, featuring Delony and bassist Bill Grimes. Newest release is collaboration with William Ludwig, bassoonist, entitled Rhapsody in Bassoon, Mark Records label, which also features the world premiere recording of André Previn’s Sonata for Bassoon and Piano. www.music.lsu.edu

David Evenson, a native of Minneapolis, Minn., Evenson began piano study at the age of nine. He received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Indiana University under the tutelage of the late Cuban-American virtuoso Jorge Bolet. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Arizona as a student of the late Ozan Marsh. Additional Study: Écoles des beaux arts, Fontainebleau, France, followed by the Alfred Brendel ‘Beethoven’ master class at Carnegie Hall. Evenson joined the Southeastern Louisiana University faculty in 1979 and, in 1992, received the university's prestigious President's Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity. He has been chair of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts since 1994. DeBose Artist 2004 and Adjudicator. www.selu.edu

Samuel Dilworth-Leslie His distinguished career, originating in the United States, has taken him throughout Europe and the Caribbean. Interests in rarely heard piano music became evident when be became the first pianist to present the complete piano music of Gabriel Faure in Paris. His study with Nadia Boulanger led to a commemorative tour of recitals and orchestral performances at leading concert halls throughout France, England, Sweden, Italy and Spain. Success as a Faure authority led to esteemed premiere endeavors celebrating the works of Frederico Mompou and Anthony Louis Scarmolin. Claudio Recordings.

Dr. William Chapman Nyaho is an active international performer, scholar, teacher and clinician. Raised in Ghana and now living in the United States, Chapman Nyaho studied at Achimota School, Ghana, and the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve, Switzerland, and holds degrees from Oxford University, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Texas-Austin. The winner of prizes from international piano competitions, Chapman Nyaho has performed in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, and the Caribbean. He is a regular guest clinician giving masterclasses, presentations, lecture-recitals and workshops, and continually advocates music by composers of Africa and the African Diaspora.www.nyaho.com

Charles Pettaway, a native of Pennsylvania is Professor of Piano and Chair of the Lincoln University Music Department. Inspiring mentor pianist was Natalie Hinderas (Temple University). An artist and winner of competitions, his career has chartered new horizons in National Public Radio/Television and Arts and Humanities presentation and consultancies. Performance experiences are diverse and scholarly in addition to adjudication for national and international piano competitions. www.lincoln.edu

Jade Simmons. Known for musical creativity and unique stage presence, the South Carolina native expands boundaries of Classical music. Recently she was honored as Fellow of New Music, New Places, by the Concert Artists Guild. Graduate of Rice University, the Piano Performance degree as a Provost Fellow was received, under concert pianist Jon Kimura Parker. Notable performances: PBS and National Public Radio, abroad in Barcelona, Canary Islands, Paris, Greece and Italy. Master classes include: Menahem Pressler, Anton Kuerti, Andre LaPlante, Nelson Delle Vigne, Jerome Lowenthal and Phillipe Entremont. www.jademedia.org


Atty. Cheryl Hall-DeRouen, President

Mrs. Melba A. Moye, Vice-President

Mrs.Shirley Whitfield, Secretary

Ms. Regina N. Thomas, Administrative Secretary

Mrs. Geraldine R. Edwards, Treasurer

Ms. Myrtle E. David, Executive Director (Founder-1974)
Mr. J. D. David, Jr., Trustee Mrs. Allene K. Rayford

Mrs. Isabel M. Herson, Trustee Mrs. Doveal A. Essex

Mrs. Esther Q. Moran, Trustee Mrs. Inez W. Chrisentery

Mr. Frank E. White Atty. Charles B. Sklar


Dr. Jada Armstrong

Dr. Prince Armstrong

Mrs. Faye Burns Barnes

Mrs. Mary G. Burton

Mrs. Velta J. Cross

Dr. Rebecca T. Cureau

Ms. Marie Flowers

Dr. Eva B. Fields

Mrs. Helen M. Gist

Mrs. L. Dorothy Hall

Dr. Elton C. Harrison

Mrs. Dorothy Haysbert

Mr. Randell Henry

Mrs. Connie H. Hicks

Dr. Laurabeth Hicks

Mr. Herman C. Jackson

Mrs. Joyce M. Johnson

Mrs. Isceola W. Johnson

Dr. Kathryn N. Jordan

Mrs. Eilenn Kennedy

Mr. Donald V. Lee

Dr. Bernestine McGee

Mrs. Carolyn A. Morris

Mrs. Mildred Patrick

Ms. Geraldine Simms

Dr. Ruby Jean Simms

Mrs. Patricia Sterling

Mrs. Aolar A. Wilson

Mrs. Anne B. Wright

Leon Bates Dr. David Evenson Dr. W. Chapman Nyaho

Dr. Willis Delony Samuel Dilworth-Leslie Charles Pettaway

Jade Simmons

CERTIFICATE AWARDS: Contestants and Performers.

TROPHY AWARDS: First, Second and Third Place Winners in all Categories.
DEBOSE FOUNDATION: Guaranteed Awards to all First Place Winners: Pre-College Division (A through IV-B/ AA through DD/ G-A through G-IV-B, VI-A) and College/Young Artist Division (Levels: V and VI-B).
BERDIE B. T. I. AARON AWARD-presented to the Contestant of Highest Achievement in Pre-College Division: Non-Accelerated-Levels: A/B.
WILLIAM R. HICKS AWARD-presented to the Contestant of Highest Achievement in Pre-College Division: Non-Accelerated-Level: C.
RUTH QUARLES LASAINE AWARD-presented to the Contestant of Highest Achievement in Pre-College Division: Non-Accelerated-Level: D.
DEBORAH K. DAVIS AWARD-presented to the Contestant of Highest Achievement in Pre-College Division “Late-Starter”-Level: AA.
T. LEROY DAVIS AWARD-presented to the Contestant of Highest Achievement in the Pre-College Division “Late Starter”-Level: BB
NAOMI SMITH DAVID AWARD-presented to the Contestant of Highest Achievement in the Pre-College Division: “Late-Starter”-Level: CC.
TOP LADIES OF DISTINCTION: Non Pareil Chapter Award-presented to the Contestant of Highest Achievement in the Pre-College Division: “Late-Starter”-Level: DD.
ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY: Gamma Eta Omega Chapter Award presented to the Contestant of Highest Achievement in Pre-College Division: Non-Accelerated-Level: IA.
ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY: Nu Gamma Omega Chapter Award presented to the Contestant of Highest Achievement in Pre-College Division: Non-Accelerated: Level: IB.
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY: Baton Rouge Sigma Alumna Chapter Award-presented to the Contestant of Highest Achievement in Pre-College Division: Non-Accelerated-Level: II-A.
SIGMA GAMMA RHO SORORITY: Mu Sigma Chapter Award-presented to the Contestant of Highest Achievement in Pre-College Division: Non-Accelerated-Level: II-B.
ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY: Mu Zeta Chapter Award-presented to the Contestant of Highest Achievement in Pre-College Division: Non-Accelerated- Level: III-A.
R. NATHANIEL DETT AWARD-presented to the Contestant of Highest Achievement in Pre-College Division: Non-Accelerated-Level: III-B.
WILLIAM GRANT STILL AWARD-presented to the Contestant of Highest Achievement in Pre-College Division: Non-Accelerated-Levels: IV-A/IV-B.
HERITAGE AWARD-presented to the Contestant of Highest Achievement from Alumni Studios of Land-Grant Institutions.
NATALIE HINDERAS AWARD-presented to Contestants of Highest Achievement in Pre-College Division: Accelerated Levels: G-A through GIV-B.
ALLENE KNIGHTEN RAYFORD AWARD-presented to Contestants of Highest Achievement in College Division: Levels: V-A through V-D.
MARGARET BONDS AWARD-presented to the Southern University Contestant of Highest Achievement: College Division Levels: Level V-A ~ V-D.
GENESIS B. JACKSON FAMILY AWARD-presented to the Southern University Contestant-Honorable Mention-Level V.
ESTELLE LESLIE YOUNG ARTIST AWARD-presented to the Contestant of Highest Achievement in Pre-College VI-A and/or College VI-B. Not available to IMMEDIATE PAST WINNER(S)-First Place Only.

APPLICATION. PIANO SOLO REPERTOIRE ONLY. Contestant must register for participation through his/her Piano Teacher to the DeBose National Piano Competition, Southern University, Post Office Box 11153, Baton Rouge, LA 70813. Telephone Inquiries: 225-771-4924/225-387-5932. Fax: 225-387-5932. Executive Director: Myrtle E. David.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE. Registration Forms must be completed, signed and received, March 1 – Postmark. Confirmations will be sent via EMAIL OR U.S. MAIL, at LEVEL ENROLLMENT COMPLETION, upon receipt of application with appropriate fees. Contestants will not be scheduled without the Registration Fee (Non-Refundable after March 15).
REPERTOIRE/LEVEL/PROGRAM CLEARANCES/CHANGES DEADLINE. March 15th,-by Piano Teacher to the Registrar or Director. For questions regarding appropriate or comparable repertoire (i.e. Op. 36 No. 5 or Op. 36 No. 6) contact Registrar or Executive Director.
LATE REGISTRATION DEADLINE. Registration Forms will be accepted after March 1. The forms must be thoroughly completed and signed by the Contestant and Teacher. Registrations after March 1 will be subject to a Late Fee Charge of one dollar ($1.00) per day from March 1 to Postmark Date.


yrtle E. David, Executive Director,
is Professor of Music in Piano, Director of the DeBose Musical Arts Preparatory Music Program-Continuing Education, and Executive Director of the Tourgee DeBose National Piano Competition Foundation, Incorporated. Early academic credentials include Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, Cum Laude, Dillard University of New Orleans, Louisiana and Master of Music degree from Boston University of Boston, Massachusetts in Music Education/Musicology and Piano Performance. Additional study was pursued in the doctoral program at Boston University with special studies at Boston Conservatory of Music.
Piano studies began at an early age with parental support and encouragement from Mr. and Mrs. Jesse D. /Naomi S. David, Jr. who realized the talent, drive and creative initiative that their daughter possessed; inherited from the maternal and paternal family. Her formative piano teachers were: Annabelle Davis, Melba S. Simmons and Joyce L. Rochelle, from elementary through high school. During this period, Myrtle David was a Louisiana First Place Winner of the Louisiana Interscholastic-Athletic and Literary Organization for three consecutive years; subsequently performing in area recitals in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Upon entering college, performance experiences expanded, where she represented Dillard University in music competitions and at university sponsored cultural programs. At this time, her piano teachers included: Marcia Pickwell, Hester Savage James, and Mildred Greenwood Hall.
Graduate study in piano at Boston University included professors: Leon Tumarkin and Bela Boszormenyi-Nagy. The private piano, master class and coaching experiences, specifically with Dr. Nagy, extensively influenced her musical perspective and concepts of performance and, later, teaching.

The Masters Thesis: Piano Pedagogy: A Comparative Study of Selected Methods includes a History of Piano Pedagogy from the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century with a comparative analysis of Tobias Matthay, Theodore Leschetizsky, Alfred Cortot and Isidor Philipp. This comprehensive document has been consistently used as a resource for Boston University piano performance and pedagogy students.

Additional documents of research and authorship include: A History of Microtone Music which includes the theses of Jullian Carrillio, An Analysis of Study and Performance Problems of the Piano Major with special emphasis on style and interpretation, and a Principles and Procedures Manual for Piano Departments. Non-piano performance documents include: The Black Woman and the Folk Music Tradition in collaboration with Alvin Batiste, Director of the Louisiana Music Program at Southern University.
Significant early professional experiences include:(1) Concerto Performances with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra (Peter Paul Fuchs, Conductor) and Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (John Shenaut, Conductor), (2) featured soloist for Louisiana’s Premiere African American organization, the legendary New Orleans B-Sharp Music Club, and area South-Louisiana performances for cultural organizations, elementary/secondary schools, piano studios and related church/community events, and (3) other general university calendar performances and community observances.
Since the establishment of the DeBose National Piano Competition in l974, Ms. David has guided the DeBose Piano Competition from its initial position as an extra-curricular activity of the Southern University Music Division, to its current position as a major arts festival of the Southern University Department of Visual and Performing Arts. In l986, the Tourgee DeBose National Piano Competition Foundation was established as an independent non-profit arts program. This latter effort enabled the program to become the DeBose National Piano Competition Foundation, Incorporated with a recipient status of grants from: (1) The Sternberg Family Foundation (Goudchaux’s-Baton Rouge), (2) Freeport McMoran Foundation (New Orleans), (3) Louisiana Division of the Arts-National Endowment for the Arts, (2) Decentralized Arts Fund Programs, (4) Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge Programs, (5) Community Fund for the Arts Recipient Organization, (6) Baton Rouge Chapter of the Junior League, (7) Baton Rouge Area Foundation, (8) Milton J. Womack Foundation, (9) ExxonMobil Volunteer Involvement/Cultural Gift Matching Program(s), (10) Irene W. and C. B. Pennington Foundation, (11) Target Charitable Foundation-Siegen Lane Super Store, (12) Entergy Charitable Foundation, (13) Southern Arts Federation, (14) Pennsylvania Council of the Arts. debosefestival@aol.com

Opus 33

DeBose Fine Arts Festival

Embracing the Arts”

April 6-12, 2008




Opportunities: Competition ~

Visual & Performing Arts

Schools, Studios, Students


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