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East End Arts School scholarship student WINS GOLD and extends a legacy! Katerina Reich of Hampton Bays (posted April 4, 2016)

East End Arts School scholarship student WINS GOLD  and extends a legacy! Katerina Reich of Hampton Bays (posted April 4, 2016)

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East End Arts School scholarship student WINS GOLD
and extends a legacy!
Katerina Reich of Hampton Bays, 12-year-old piano student
East End Arts' 2015 Ranny Reeve Memorial Scholarship Recipient

(RIVERHEAD, NY, April 4, 2016) –– East End Arts is pleased to congratulate and announce that their scholarship student Katerina Reich of Hampton Bays won Grand Prix prize at the International Concert Festival Competition and performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on March 6, 2016. In addition, the 12-year-old pianist won Gold at the 2016 National Young Musicians Showcase Competition in mid-March 2016 and has been invited to play again at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on April 24, 2016 at 5:30 PM. To top it off, Katerina also won Super Bronze in the Golden Key Festival Competition, whose concert will be held on May 15, 2016 at Lincoln Center at the Frederick P. Rose Hall in the Time Warner Building. And if those three national and international honors were not enough, she also won First Place in the late intermediate division of the Suffolk Piano Teachers Foundation's Piano Competition and will be performing at Stony Brook University's Staller Center for the Arts on June 2, 2016. All these wins are on top of many other awards won throughout her early years.

Education Director, Diane Giardi states, “Katerina is one of our top performing students, creative, hard-working, bright and talented. She has an amazing musical resume at her young age. Tatiana Balepina is a wonderful, dedicated instructor who puts time, energy and deep caring into her teaching.”

Ms. Tatiana Balepina, piano instructor of Katerina Reich comments about her student: “Katerina is a very talented and dedicated student… with a very bright future.”

Katerina Reich started her piano education when she was four years old. She is a student of Tatiana Balepina of East End Arts School in Riverhead, NY and has been taking lessons with her since 2009. In past years, as a gold, silver, first, second, or third place winner, Katerina has performed on the stages of New York in venues including Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall at Kaufman Center and Peter Norton Symphony Space Hall. Since 2011 she has successfully participated in piano competitions including Concert Festival, Golden Key Festival Competition, National Young Musicians Showcase Competition, held by the National League of Performing Arts and the Suffolk Piano Teacher Foundation’s Annual Competition. In addition, she has played twice at the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University.

Katerina works hard on her repertoire including pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Genishta, and jazz compositions. She participates in HMEA and SCMEA and gets top scores in NYSSMA and the National Guild of Piano Teachers. As a seventh grade student at Hampton Bays Middle School, she plays percussion in the Jazz and Honors bands. She also enjoys singing in her school’s Harmonizers vocal group and participates in school theatrical productions. In addition, she plays piano at the Church of St. Rosalie’s monthly Youth Group mass.

When asked what Katerina would like to do in the future, she responded, “Something to do with math and science and, of course, something to do with music.”

East End Arts congratulates Katerina on these special honors and for all of her hard work and dedication to her music education.

Diane Giardi, East End Arts Education Director comments, "When choosing a student for a memorial scholarship in the name of a musician and educator of excellence you want to get it right and East End Arts definitely got it right when piano student Katerina Reich was selected for the Ranny Reeve Memorial Scholarship Award!" The scholarship was inaugurated in December 2015 in honor of the memory of Ranny Reeve, a renowned jazz pianist, inspirational music educator, and a longtime faculty member and friend of East End Arts. Ranny Reeve was a teacher, composer and jazz musician. He taught students at East End Arts and across Long Island. Ranny was known for his commitment to nurture young students through his approach of having them learn from the pros, in his Jazz in the Living Room series. He touched the hearts of many and was likewise loved by his students. East End Arts Executive Director Pat Snyder remembers Ranny fondly: "Ranny touched the lives of so many people through music. It was always a pleasure to watch him encourage students, often by placing them side-by-side with professionals. It is fitting to honor him with a scholarship."

The East End Arts School has 200 students each semester studying voice, piano, drums, violin, guitar and orchestral instruments, as well as music composition. Currently, the School is able to provide scholarships to 20% of our student body; and scholarships are still available.

For more information about the East End Arts School’s music program, or how to contribute to the East End Arts School’s Music Scholarship fund, please contact the East End Arts School: 631-369-2171, or visit to learn more.
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