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 Maya Williams.
Williams, of Brighton, is a senior at Brighton High School and has studied piano with Brian Preston. Next year, Williams intends to pursue a biology major at university. She qualified in the Leading Tones auditions in the NYSMTA District 12 Student Achievement Program in 2016 and 2018 and has earned a Gold Cup from the Rochester Piano Teachers’ Guild Gold Cup Festival.