Naperville Central student, Melody Xu, won first place in two music competitions hosted by the Illinois State Music Teachers Association (ISMTA).
The high school freshman won first place in the Illinois state competition, 2020 Illinois State Music Teachers Association (North), for the piano division in the junior age group.
The 14-year-old also won first place in the 2020 Music Teacher National Association (MTNA) competition in the state round for the piano division in the junior age group. She will now move on to the regional division, then eventually the national round if she succeeds.
“It was very exhilarating. I’m very grateful to my teacher,” said Xu. “I’m very honored to win both the first place of ISMTA and become the only state representative for MTNA.”
For the competitions, she played Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6.
Picture Source: Naperville Community Television