The Howard Hanson Certificate of Merit is awarded annually by the Rochester Piano Teachers’ Guild to high school seniors who exhibit excellence in piano performance.
This award is named in honor of Howard Hanson, renowned American composer, conductor, educator and director of the Eastman School of Music from 1924 to 1964.
The Hanson Winners’ Recital took place on March 10 at Nazareth College’s Wilmot Hall.
The winner is Joseph Saber.
Saber, of Webster, attends Webster Thomas High School. He has studied piano for the past five years with Brian Preston. He has attended the Csehy Summer School of Music on a yearly basis since 2014, where he won the Csehy Piano and Music Theory Award. He has also qualified for the Leading Tone auditions through the NYSMTA District 12 Student Achievement Program. He will enter the computer science program at the Rochester Institute of Technology next year.