2005 Winners
First Annual West Coast Ragtime Society Youth Ragtime Piano Competition

The First Annual West Coast Ragtime Society Youth Ragtime Piano Competition was held on November 5, at Larrick Piano & Organ in Sacramento. Forty-eight students, ranging in age from 8 to 18, gathered in four divisions to play. This competition served one of the goals of the WCRS, which is to foster and encourage young pianists to play and enjoy ragtime. Judging were Jack Bradshaw, Tom Brier and Candace Fazzio. Trebor Tichenor served as consultant to the judges.

The place winners were:

Division 1 (ages 8-10)

First - Shayon Konjkav - age 10
Played: Jelly Bean Rag by Martha Mier, Teacher: Mirim Kim

Second - Alice Zhu - age 8
Played: The Cascades by Scott Jopin, Teacher: Rui Zhang

Honorable Mention: Shirley Kim - age 10
Played: Missouri Rag by Martha Mier, Teacher: Mirim Kim

Honorable Mention: Devyn Noriel - age 10
Played: Razzle Dazzle Rag by Melody Bober, Teacher: Eileen Shaffer

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Division 2A (ages 11-14 - Junior)

First - Sherry Lai - age 12
Played: Silly Rag by Gaill, Teacher: Linda J. Parker

Second - Luke Salsbury - age 12
Played: Rusty Rag by Bober, Teacher: Linda J. Parker

Honorable Mention: Katie Crippen - age 12
Played: Wild Honey Suckle Rag by Martha Mier, Teacher: Adela Parada

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Division 2B (ages 11-14 - Classic)

First - Joel Hill - age 14
Played: Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin, Teachers: Les Counts/Johnny Hodges

Second - Hazel Hyon
Played: Frisco Rag, by Armstrong
Teacher: Helena Watt-Shen

Honorable Mention - Shelley Marie Brunkan - age 13
Played Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin, Teacher: Jim Taormina

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Division 3 (15-18)

First - Susann Almasi - age 15
Played - Bethena by Scott Joplin, Teacher: Virginia Tichenor

Second - Jared DiBartolomeo - age: 18
Played: Ethiopia Rag by Joseph Lamb, Teacher: Marty Eggers

Honorable Mention - Matthew Felver - age: 16
Played: Magnetic rag by Scott Joplin, Teacher: Mark Anderson

Honorable Mention - Travis Perry - age: 16
Played Swipesy by Scott Joplin, Teacher: Dave Ratcliffe