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FGCU Music Student Wins First Prize in State Competition
11/2/2006

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University music student Faith Lanctot won first prize in the Florida division of the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist Piano Performance Competition Oct. 28 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Lanctot, sophomore music major in the new music program at FGCU, competed against pianists at all university levels, including masters and doctoral students from well established universities in Florida.

Winning the competition makes the 19-year-old piano virtuoso eligible to compete in the regional competition.

The competition is open to serious piano students from 19 to 26. The top students from universities around the state compete to be declared the winner in Florida, and go on to compete against the winners of eight other southern states. The succeeding winner competes for the national title.

"The Florida Gulf Coast University music program is thrilled with Faith Lanctot's accomplishment. This is a major competition, and Faith was competing in the midst of students who have had many more years of study," founding director of Music Nancy Cobb-Lippens said.

"We also congratulate Dr. Michael Baron, our new faculty member in piano, as Faith's teacher. He is to be commended for being such an outstanding mentor."

Lanctot recently moved from Colorado to Southwest Florida to follow her piano instructor, pianist and FGCU associate professor of Music Michael Baron, who has taught Lanctot for the last 10 years.

"I am very proud of Faith," said Baron. "I have had the pleasure of watching a promising little girl develop into a fine young artist. I am gratified to see all of her talent and hard work be recognized by this distinguished competition."

Lanctot said, "I was excited and surprised to win the competition. I love performing for others."

Lanctot has studied music at the Corsi Internationali di Musica program at the University of Urbino, Italy, as well as performed in concerts and recitals in the U.S. and Italy.

For more information, media representatives should contact Baron at (239) 287-9224.

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