Sally Litchfield: Students make beautiful music; party has holiday spirit
by Sally Litchfield
December 28, 2011 12:00 AM | 2009 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Here is noteworthy news on local piano students of Adriana van Rensburg, Ph.D., who achieved outstanding results at the recent Georgia Music Educators Association All-State Piano Solo Auditions. Auditions take place annually at Mercer University in Macon.

Moore Wannamaker, a senior at Whitefield Academy, achieved seventh place (alternate for the Savannah Master Classes) in his age division playing the Debussy Arabesque no. 1. Carys Thompson, a sixth-grade student at Eastside Christian School, made the top 12 and the honorable mention list in her age group division with her performance of Reinhold’s Impromptu Op. 28 no. 3. Kai Yost received a Merit award in the 4th level Theory Exams of the Royal Schools of Music, London. Royal Schools is the leading authority on international musical assessment and examine more than 600,000 people in more than 90 countries every year.

In addition, piano students perform for the Piano Guild of America, where they consistently achieve merits and distinctions. Local events, church and school concerts, as well as performances at Delmar Gardens have heard the talents of these outstanding young pianists.

Dr. Rensburg holds music BMus, BMus (Hon) degrees and two concert diplomas in Piano Performance as well as two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in music education. Piano students at her studio continue to excel at local and state events. She can be reached at (770) 312 0260 or


Claire and Bill Leisy welcomed friends and family to their Marietta home the evening of Dec. 21 for their annual Christmas party. As always, friends of their children — Kate, Davis Ridley and Grant — are included on the guest list.

Among those mixin’ and minglin’ were Martha and Sean Cook and their children, Max and Emory; Doris and Hugh Davis; Carol and Jeff Estep; Phyllis and Gerald Kiker; Byron Long; Lisa and Pete Moraitakis and their children, Catherine and Peter; Teri Anne and Steve Shockley; Jennifer and Matthew Smith; and Joanne and Bob Walsh and their children, Mary Grace and Rob.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.
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