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Clark Atlanta University Junior Joshua Porter Wins James A. Hefner Piano Competition

Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2016

The 2016 James A. Hefner HBCU Piano Competition Winner Joshua Porter, a junior music major at Clark Atlanta University, is joined by Tennessee State University's Dr. Joseph Van Dyke (left), coordinator of piano and of the competition, and Department of Music Chairman Dr. Robert Elliot (right).


Contact: Donna L. Brock

ATLANTA (April 14, 2016) – Clark Atlanta University (CAU) junior Joshua Porter, a native of Akron, Ohio, April 9 won first place in the James A. Hefner HBCU Piano Competition held at Tennessee State University in Nashville. The award included a $500 cash prize.

Clark Atlanta University President Ronald A. Johnson, Ph.D., said “we are tremendously proud of Mr. Porter, especially since this particular competition honors the legacy of the late James A. Hefner, Ph.D., an alumnus of Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University) who served his alma mater with distinction throughout his distinguished career, as professor of economics and, ultimately, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Porter, a music major with double concentrations in piano studies and jazz studies, performed "Concert Etude in D-flat Major" (“Un Sospiro”) by Franz Liszt and five of Alberto Ginastera’s "Twelve American Preludes."  The competition was named after Hefner, who was president of Tennessee State at the time of the competition’s creation. Now in its 13th year, the competition attracted competitors from throughout the Southeast. The State of Georgia was represented by Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College.

CAU Department of Music Associate Professor Mark Boozer, coordinator of piano studies at the University,” says this award underscores the institution’s focus on artistic excellence both as a key aspect of campus life and an integral track in the University’s academic experience.  “The arts,” Boozer noted, “have always been an integral aspect of the CAU pedigree.  Mr. Porter’s award affirms and uplifts our longstanding tradition of artistic excellence and, of course, the Department of Music’s role in advancing it.  We are tremendously proud of his accomplishment.”

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