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Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) students excel in music competitions Waxahachie, TexasApril 13, 2012Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) students and faculty excelled in music performances on March 24, 2012. SAGU student Heidi Borden and her brother Derek won first place at the Fourth Annual Texas Wesleyan University Youth Duo-Piano Competition. The SAGU Jazz Ensemble participated in the 22nd Annual Temple College Jazz Festival.

The Borden duo performed Anton Arensky’s Suite No. 1 for Two Pianos (II – Valse), Opus 15 in the Upper Division Level (open to students ages 15-18). 

Heidi said, “We spent a good deal of time preparing for this competition. This was our first performance on two separate pianos, and we were excited to be able to perform as a brother-sister duo. I think that we have a unique chemistry when we play as siblings.” 

She continued, “We felt extremely honored when they announced the winners. I feel that God has blessed our hard work and endurance in being faithful with the gift He has given us.”

The Duo-Piano Competition was organized in cooperation with the Fort Worth chapter of the Piano Teachers Forum. Texas Wesleyan University hosted the event in Nicholas Martin Hall.

Heidi Borden was also a National Award of Merit recipient (keyboard division) of the 2011 Assemblies of God Fine Arts Festival, a recipient of the B. Wayne Cox Music Scholarship presented by the Arlington Music Teachers Association, first runner-up at the 2012 Young Artist Competition (instrumental division), and an Award of Merit recipient at the 2009 North Texas District Assemblies of God Fine Arts Festival (keyboard division).

The SAGU Jazz Ensemble participated in the 22nd Annual Temple College Jazz Festival on March 24. This is the second time the group has participated in the event. Ensemble members include Kristen Neel, James Anderson, Daniel Borden, John Lewis, Ruth Aldrich, Dadrian Taylor, Joel Griffin, William Carter, Elizabeth Odom, Chris Legan, Del Guynes, Grant Hood, Tom Lepper, Megan Sschwendemann, and Elijah Aldrich under the direction of SAGU Instructor Tyrone Block.

The Jazz Ensemble performed Bone Voyage, Pipe Dreams and Count Bubba and received all superior ratings. SAGU student Dadrian Taylor (alto saxophone) and SAGU Instructor Joel Griffin (alto saxophone) were both named outstanding soloists.

Block says, “I am excited about my students’ growth and maturation in music. God’s Word exhorts us to do everything with excellence, and this is the standard we strive for."

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

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