Southern music professor will judge pianists in Taiwan

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - Southern University's Music Professor Joao Casarotti will be one of two judges participating in an international piano evaluation in Taiwan this summer.

Casarotti will join the International Piano Performance Examinations Committee (IPPE) traveling through Taiwan evaluating around 1,200 pianists ranging from the ages of five to 25.

"I am super excited for this invitation. I will be emerged in the Asian piano world. I will be meeting hundreds of students and piano teachers around Taiwan," Casarotti says.

Every year, IPPEC selects two judges from important music institutions around the world to evaluate Taiwanese piano students and talk with students, parents and teachers. An interpreter travels with the judges to help community the assessments.

Casarotti will take the opportunity while in Taiwan to speak with students about Southern's piano program. "I am planning some performance, master classes and lectures at high schools and universities as an effort to recruit Asian students to our piano program at SU."

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