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Piano Profs at HSU Excited about Daughter’s Chance to Play to National Audience

By Janlyn Thaxton



Halle Puckett is a piano-playing prodigy. She is the daughter of Hardin-Simmons University professors Dr. Mark and Lauren Puckett. Tonight, she will play two piano pieces to be heard by a national audience.HSU Assistant Professor of Piano Lauren Puckett says she’s been teaching her daughter Halle to play piano since she was four years old. Now, the 12-year-old Craig Middle School student has been selected to perform two piano pieces during the taping of the National Public Radio show From the Top. {{more}}Puckett says producers for the NPR show notified Halle about 10 week ago that she is one of five young musicians to be featured during the live taping of the From the Top performance at First Baptist Church in Abilene at 7:30 p.m. November 16. The event is hosted by Abilene Public Radio /KACU-FM.Puckett says this summer, the piano playing family submitted a DVD of Halle performing. “Mark and I both work with her,” says Puckett, referring to Halle’s dad, Dr. Mark Puckett, professor of piano and artist in residence at HSU.Halle performed two pieces by Moritz Moszkowski, Spanish Dance, Op. 12 No. 1 and Etude in F major. She won first place in the Abilene Music Teachers Association’s 2009 Performance Contest and attended the Abilene Summer Piano Camp 2009, hosted at HSU each summer. “Halle’s application was selected from a multitude of applications,” says Puckett. “All submitted by other musicians ages eight to 18 from throughout the nation.”

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