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 winners are Suzanne John and Kristina Pendelbery.
John, of Penfield, has studied piano with Bonnie Choi for the past four years. She is a senior at Penfield High School and intends to pursue clinical psychology in college. John has participated in various piano-related competitions and recitals. In addition to piano, she studies voice at Nazareth College and participates in classical Indian dance.
Pendelbery is a senior at Penfield High School. In addition to piano, she plays drums in her church praise band and composes music. She is a member of the PHS drama club; she will appear in this year’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” along with serving as assistant choreographer. Pendelbery is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.