Higgins Piano Studio

Piano Lessons and Composition Camps

 

Piano Solo and Hymn Achievements


                                                        2019
Federation District Scholarship Competition
PIANO SOLO

Musically Advanced 2
     Carson Garcia - Winner
Musically Advanced 1
     Shawn An - Winner
HYMN WINNERS
Class II
     Audrey Zhou
Class V
     Shawn An
     Carson Garcia



2018


CHARLOTTE MUSIC CLUB AUDITIONS
2nd Place:  Shawn An
2nd Place:  Carson Garcia

CHARLOTTE PIANO TEACHERS FORUM SOLO AUDITIONS
SENIOR DIVISION 3rd Place:  Carson Garcia
SENIOR DIVISION Finalist:     Shawn An

SUPERIOR PERFORMANCES:
     Shawn An    
     Sanjana Bellapu
     Carson Garcia
     Irene Yang 
     Isabel Yang
     Lynn Zhao
PERFECT THEORY TEST SCORES:
     Sanjana Bellapu
     Carson Garcia
     Irene Yang
     Isabel Yang
     Lynn Zhao
     Audrey Zhou

NCMTA District Superiors
PIANO SOLO
     Torie Grecu
     Irene Yang
     Isabel Yang

PIANO DUET
     Irene & Isabel Yang


FEDERATION Winners

ROYALTY CONTEST WINNERS
(State First Runner-Up)
      King:  Shawn An
(District Winners)
      Lady:         Lynn Zhao
      Princess:  Audrey Zhou
      King:         Shawn An

PIANO SOLO Scholarship (District Winners)
Very Difficult 2
Shawn An
Musically Advanced 1
Carson Garcia

HYMNS Scholarship (District Winners)
Class 1:  Audrey Zhou
Class 2:  Carter Craig & Sanjana Bellapu
Class 3:  Lindsay-Catherine May
Class 4:  Doug Dracon & Carson Garcia
Class 5:  Shawn An



                                                                    2017

MANC (Music Academy of NC) Winners!
ELEMENTARY
     Lynn Zhao*

JUNIOR
     Audrey Zhou

SENIOR
     Shawn An*
* Honors Medal Winners 

MTNA/NCMTA State Duet Competition
Senior Division Competitors will compete at MTNA-Southern Division Competition 
Shawn An and Carson Garcia

Limestone College Young Artist Competition
2nd Prize:  Carson Garcia


Charlotte Music Club Auditions
First Prize:  Jun Son
Second Prize:  Carson Garcia


Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum Solo Auditions
Graduating Senior (3rd Place): 
Jun Son

Solo Superiors
Sanjana Bellapu, Ellen Eichstedt, Sarah Eichstedt, Carson Garcia, Torie Grecu, Isabella Somers, Mina Somers, Jun Son, Isabel Yang, Nathan Zhang

Perfect Theory Test Scores
Shawn An, Sanjana Bellapu, Carter Craig, Ellen Eichstedt, Carson Garcia, Isabella Somers, Elaine Tang, Nathan Zhang, Audrey Zhou


NCMTA STATE Piano Performance Festival
Highest HONORS
     Piano Duet (Senior)
         
Carson Garcia and Shawn An
     Piano Solo
         
Carson Garcia (Senior B)
            Shawn An (Senior A)


NCMTA DISTRICT Piano Performance Festival

Highest HONORS
     Piano Duet (Senior)
         
Shawn An and Carson Garcia        
     Piano Solo
         
Carson Garcia (Senior B)
          Shawn An (Senior A)
          Torie Grecu (Junior A)
          Mina Somers (Junior A)



Federation STATE Scholarship Finals
HYMN CLASS III (Winner)
    
Carson Garcia
HYMN CLASS IV (Runner-Up)
     Shawn An
HYMN CLASS V (Winner)
     Jun Son


Federation DISTRICT Scholarship Winners
ROYALTY
   
  Shawn An (Prince)

PIANO SOLO SCHOLARSHIP
      Shawn An (Very Difficult 1)

HYMN CLASS I SCHOLARSHIP
     Sanjana Bellapu
     Sarah Eichstedt

HYMN CLASS II SCHOLARSHIP
     Carter Craig

HYMN CLASS III SCHOLARSHIP
     Doug Dracon

HYMN CLASS IV SCHOLARSHIP
     Shawn An

HYMN CLASS V SCHOLARSHIP
     Jun Son

2016


Piano Competition
     EXCEPTIONAL HONORS
          Carson Garcia (Senior Division)
          Shawn An (Junior Division)
     HONORS
          William Pak



Charlotte Music Club Auditions
     Jun Son (Second Place Winner)



Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum Piano Solo Auditions
SENIOR DIVISION
Jun Son (2nd Place)

JUNIOR DIVISION
Audrey Zhou (Finalist)


SUPERIOR PERFORMANCES
Shawn An, Carter Craig, Sarah Eichstedt, Carson Garcia, William Pak, Jun Son, Elaine Tang, Audrey Zhou

PERFECT THEORY TEST SCORES
Carson Garcia, Elaine Tang, Audrey Zhou



Federation STATE Contest Winners
ROYALTY Runner-UP
Rachel Witner (Queen)

PIANO SOLO SCHOLARSHIP
     Carson Garcia (Very Difficult I)
     Jun Son (Musically Advanced 2)

HYMN CLASS II SCHOLARSHIP
     Carson Garcia (2nd Place)
HYMN CLASS III  SCHOLARSHIP
     Shawn An
HYMN CLASS IV SCHOLARSHIP
     Jun Son
HYMN CLASS V SCHOLARSHIP
     Vance Ayscue (2nd Place)

Federation DISTRICT Contest Winners
ROYALTY
Rachel Witner (Queen)

PIANO SOLO SCHOLARSHIP
     Carson Garcia (Very Difficult I)
     Jun Son (Musically Advanced 2)

HYMN CLASS I SCHOLARSHHIP
     Carter Craig
HYMN CLASS II SCHOLARSHIP
     Carson Garcia
     Lindsay-Catherine May
HYMN CLASS III  SCHOLARSHIP
     Shawn An
     Doug Dracon
HYMN CLASS IV SCHOLARSHIP
     Jun Son
HYMN CLASS V SCHOLARSHIP
     Vance Ayscue


NCMTA DISTRICT and STATE Contest SUPERIORS!
     Shawn An, Jun Son
Limestone College, SC Young Artist Competition
     Jun Son (First Prize Winner)

                                                                                                    2015


MANC (Music Academy of North Carolina) in Greensboro
Piano Competition Winner!
     Carson Garcia

NCMTA STATE Contest SUPERIORS!
     Colin Erb, Carson Garcia, William Pak, Jun Son
 

NCMTA DISTRICT Contest SUPERIORS!
     Shawn An, Carter Craig, Sarah Eichstedt, Colin Erb, Ivy Liu, Sophie Liu,
     Lindsay-Catherine May,  William Pak, Jun Son, Rachel Witner, Audrey Zhou
 
 
Limestone College, SC
Young Artist Competition
     Jun Son (First Prize Winner)
 
 
Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum Piano Solo Auditions
GRADUATING SENIOR DIVISION
     Mia Mathews (2nd Place)
SENIOR DIVISION
     Jun Son (2nd Place)
 
SUPERIOR PERFORMANCES
     Shawn An, Carter Craig, Colin Erb, Mitchell Erb, Carson Garcia, Ivy Liu, Sophie Liu, Mia Mathews,
     Jun Son, Natalie Tai, Elaine Tang, Rachel Witner, Christina Yang, Audrey Zhou
 
PERFECT THEORY TEST SCORES
     Carter Craig, Colin Erb, Carson Garcia, Ivy Liu, William Pak, Jun Son, Elaine Tang, Rachel Witner,
     Audrey Zhou
 
 
 
Charlotte Music Club Auditions
     Jun Son (First Place Winner)
 
 
Federation STATE Contest Winners
ROYALTY CONTEST
     Jun Son (King Winner)
 
PIANO SOLO
     Jun Son (Musically Advanced I)
HYMN CLASS II
     Shawn An
     Doug Dracon (2nd Place)
HYMN CLASS III
     Jun Son
HYMN CLASS IV
     Mitchell Erb
HYMN CLASS V
     Rachel Witner
 
 
Federation DISTRICT Contest Winners
ROYALTY
     Shawn An (Prince)
     Rachel Witner (Queen)
     Jun Son (King)
PIANO SOLO
     Shawn An (Difficult I)
     Mitchell Erb (Very Difficult I)
     Jun Son (Musically Advanced I)
HYMN CLASS I
     Carson Garcia
HYMN CLASS II
     Shawn An
     Doug Dracon
HYMN CLASS III
     Jun Son
HYMN CLASS IV
     Vance Ayscue
     Mitchell Erb
HYMN CLASS V
     Rachel Witner
 
                                                           2014
 
Piano Competition Winners!
     Shawn An
     Jun Son
 
 
MTNA/NCMTA National Competition (NCMTA State Conference)
     Jun Son (Senior Division:  Honorable Mention)
 
 
Federation State Contest
ROYALTY
     Jun Son (Winner: Prince Award)
PIANO SOLO
     Jun Son (Winner:  Very Difficult 2)
HYMN CLASS III 
     Rachel Witner (Winner)
     Mitchell Erb (2nd Place)
HYMN CLASS IV 
     Vance Ayscue (2nd Place)
    
 
Federation District Contest Winners
ROYALTY 
     Jun Son (Prince -Very Difficult 2)
PIANO SOLO           
     Jun Son (Very Difficult 2)
HYMN CLASS I
     Shawn An
HYMN CLASS III
     Mitchell Erb
     Rachel Witner
HYMN CLASS IV  
     Vance Ayscue
HYMN CLASS V   
     Anna Osment

Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum Auditions
SENIOR DIVISION
        Second Place:  Jun Son
SUPERIOR PERFORMANCES
        Shawn An, Colin Erb, Mitchell Erb, Ivy Liu, Sophie Liu, Kevin Lu, Jun Son, Natalie Tai, Christina Yang,
        Audrey Zhou
PERFECT THEORY TEST SCORES
        Colin Erb, Sohpie Liu, Anna Osment, Akshay Patel, Rachel Witner, Christina Yang, Audrey Zhou
 
NCMTA
     STATE Contest SUPERIORS!
     Shawn An, Colin Erb, Akshay Patel, Jun Son, Audrey Zhou
 
 
     DISTRICT Contest SUPERIORS!
     Shawn An, Colin Erb, Ivy Liu, Lindsay-Catherine May, Emma McQuarrie, Akshay Patel, Jun Son, Natalie Tai,
     Rachel Witner, Audrey Zhou
 

2013

North Carolina Federation State Hymn Contest
Class V Winner
               Stacey Park
Class IV Runner-Up
               Anna Osment
Class II Winner
               Mitchell Erb

North Carolina Music Teachers Association Contest-Festival

STATE SUPERIORS

Colin Erb, Ivy Liu


Charlotte Music Club Auditions

2nd Prize:          Stacey Park

 
Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum Auditions
WINNER:  GRADUATING SENIOR DIVISION

3rd Prize:          Stacey Park

FINALIST:  ELEMENTARY DIVISION

Finalist:            Shawn An

 

SUPERIOR PERFORMANCES

Shawn An, Colin Erb, Mitchell Erb, Ivy Liu, Sophie Liu, Kevin Lu, Stacey Park,

Rachel Witner, Christina Yang, Audrey Zhou

PERFECT THEORY TEST SCORES

Shawn An, Colin Erb, Kevin Lu, Sophie Liu, Anna Osment, Rachel Witner,

Christina Yang
 
North Carolina Music Teachers Association Contest-Festival

DISTRICT SUPERIORS

Colin Erb, Ivy Liu, Kevin Lu

 

2012
 
Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum Auditions
SENIOR DIVISION:

3rd Prize WINNER:     Stacey Park    

FINALIST:                   Anna Osment

INTERMEDIATE DIVISION FINALISTS:

Kevin Lu, Mitchell Erb

SUPERIOR PERFORMANCES

Shawn An, Madison Burke, Anthony Chen, Alex Chen, Colin Erb, Mitchell Erb, Ivy Liu, Sophie Liu, Kevin Lu, Anna Osment, Stacey Park, Audrey Zhou

PERFECT THEORY TEST SCORES

Shawn An, Madison Burke, Anthony Chen, Alex Chen, Colin Erb, Mitchell Erb,

Sarah Johnson, Ivy Liu, Kevin Lu, Sophie Liu, Mia Matthews, Stacey Park, Akshay Patel, Rachel Witner, Audrey Zhou
 
North Carolina Music Teachers Association Contest-Festival

DISTRICT SUPERIORS

Shawn An, Anthony Chen, Colin Erb, Ivy Liu, Sophie Liu, Kevin Lu, Anna Osment,

Akshay Patel, Audrey Zhou

 
American College of Musicians (Guild Audition Superiors)
Shawn An, Vance Ayscue, Madison Burke, Anthony Chen, Alex Chen, Colin Erb,

Mitchell Erb, Sarah Johnson, Ivy Liu, Sophie Liu, Kevin Lu, Mia Matthews,

Lindsay-Catherine May, Anna Osment, Akshay Patel, April Shi, Rachel Witner,

Audrey Zhou, Christina Yang
 
NCMTA State Conference Clara Yang Master Class

Stacey Park was invited to perform.

 
UNCG Focus on Piano Literature (Fauré) Student Recital

Stacey Park was invited to perform.

 
2011
 
Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum Auditions

GRADUATING SENIOR:

2nd Prize Winner:  Brendan Shi

SUPERIOR PERFORMANCES

Vance Ayscue, Anthony Chen, Alex Chen, Colin Erb, Mitchell Erb, Sophie Liu, Anna Osment,    Stacey Park, Brendan Shi, Rachel Witner

PERFECT THEORY TEST SCORES

Madison Burke, Anthony Chen, Alex Chen, Sophie Liu, Anna Osment, Rachel Witner

 
North Carolina Music Teachers Association Contest-Festival

DISTRICT SUPERIORS

Vance Ayscue, Madison Burke, Anthony Chen, Colin Erb, Sophie Liu, Anna Osment,

Akshay Patel

STATE SUPERIOR who performed at the NCTMA State Conference at Salem College!

Madison Burke

 
North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs State Competition

1st Prize WINNER:    Brendan Shi    (Musically Advanced 2)

2nd Prize WINNER:   Stacey Park     (Very Difficult 1)

 
American College of Musicians (Guild Audition Superiors)

Shawn An, Vance Aycue, Madison, Burke, Anthony Chen, Alex Chen, Colin Erb,

Mitchell Erb, Sarah Johnson, Ivy Liu, Sophie Liu, Lindsay-Catherine May, Anna Osment,

Stacey Park, April Shi, Brendan Shi, Rachel Witner, Audrey Zhou

 
NCMTA State Conference Robert Vandall Master Class

Alex Chen

Colin Erb

 
Charlotte Music Club Auditions

2nd Prize:          Brendan Shi

 
2010
 
Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum Auditions

SENIOR DIVISION FINALIST: 

Brendan Shi

SUPERIOR PERFORMANCES

Alex Chen, Mitchell Erb, Sarah Johnson, Sophie Liu, Anna Osment, Stacey Park,

Brendan Shi, Grace Lee Simmons, Rachel Witner

PERFECT THEORY TEST SCORES

Sarah Johnson, Sophie Liu, Anna Osment, Stacey Park

 
North Carolina Music Teachers Association Contest-Festival

DISTRICT SUPERIORS

Alex Chen, Mitchell Erb, Ian Fauchier, Sophie Liu, Anna Osment, Stacey Park,

Brendan Shi, Rachel Witner

STATE SUPERIORS who performed at the NCTMA State Conference at UNC-Wilmington!

Alex Chen, Stacey Park, and Brendan Shi

 
American College of Musicians (Guild Audition Superiors)

Vance Ayscue, Madison Burke, Alex Chen, Mitchell Erb, Sarah Johnson, Anna Osment,   Brendan Shi, Rachel Witner

 
NCMTA State Conference James Giles Master Class

Brendan Shi was invited to perform

 
UNCG Focus on Piano Literature (Schumann) Student Recital

Brendan Shi was invited to perform

 
2009
 

Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum Auditions

SENIOR DIVISION FINALIST:    

Brendan Shi

JUNIOR DIVISION FINALIST:    

Stacey Park

SUPERIOR PERFORMANCES

Madison Burke, Alex Chen, Anna Osment, Stacey Park, Grace Lee Simmons,

Brendan Shi

PERFECT THEORY TEST SCORES

Madison Burke, Alex Chen, Brendan Shi, and Grace Lee Simmons

 
North Carolina Music Teachers Association Contest-Festival

DISTRICT SUPERIORS

Alex Chen, Madison Burke, Sarah Johnson, Anna Osment, Brendan Shi,

Katherine Williams

STATE SUPERIORS who performed at the NCTMA State Conference!

Alex Chen and Anna Osment

 
American College of Musicians (Guild Audition Superiors)
Madison Burke, Alex Chen, Sarah Johnson, Anna Osment, Brendan Shi,
Rachel Witner
 
Charlotte Music Club Auditions

1st Prize WINNER:     Brendan Shi

 
2008
 
Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum Auditions

JUNIOR DIVISION FINALIST:    

Sara Lee

SUPERIOR PERFORMANCES

Alex Chen, April Dai, Tony Geppert, Brandon Ho, Sarah Johnson, Sara Lee,

Molly McDade, Anna Osment

PERFECT THEORY TEST SCORES

Suzanne Arant, Madison Burke, Alex Chen, Brandon Ho, Sarah Johnson,

Molly McDade
 
North Carolina Music Teachers Association Contest-Festival

DISTRICT SUPERIORS

Suzanne Arant, Tony Geppert, Sarah Johnson, Sara Lee, Kate Player, Blair Williams,

Katherine Williams

STATE SUPERIORS who performed at the NCTMA State Conference!

Tony Geppert and Sara Lee

 
American College of Musicians (Guild Audition Superiors)

Madison Burke, Alex Chen, Sarah Johnson, Anna Osment, Brendan Shi

 
2007
 
Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum Auditions

GRADUATING SENIOR DIVISION

3rd Prize WINNER:          Christa Fields

SENIOR DIVISION FINALIST:    

April Dai

JUNIOR DIVISION FINALIST:    

Sara Lee

ELEMENTARY DIVISION FINALISTS:

Suzanne Arant, Mengmeng Fang

SUPERIOR PERFORMANCES

Suzanne Arant, Madison Burke, Alex Chen, April Dai, Mengmeng Fang, Christa Fields,

Tony Geppert, Emily Ho, Sara Lee, Molly McDade, Anna Osment, Kate Player, Brendan Shi, Emily Zhu

PERFECT THEORY TEST SCORES

Ian Anderson, Suzanne Arant, Madison Burke, Brandon Ho, Emily Ho,

Allison Hofmann, Sara Lee, Molly McDade, Anna Osment, Brendan Shi, Emily Zhu
 
North Carolina Music Teachers Association Contest-Festival

DISTRICT SUPERIORS

Suzanne Arant, Madison Burke, Alex Chen, Natalie Clark, Mengmeng Fang, Kate Player, Natalie Popovich, Brendan Shi, Grace Lee Simmons, Katherine Williams

STATE SUPERIORS who performed at the NCTMA State Conference!

Madison Burke, Brendan Shi, Grace Lee Simmons

 
American College of Musicians (Guild Audition Superiors)

Madison Burke, Alex Chen, Sarah Johnson, Anna Osment, Brendan Shi

 
Charlotte Music Club Auditions

1st Prize WINNER:     April Dai

 
FEDERATION CONSECUTIVE SUPERIORS

North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs Consecutive Superiors

Natalie Popovich         (12 Consecutive Superiors)     (1996-2008)

Deanna Lomax            (13 Consecutive Superiors)     (1993-2005)