Pictured (l-r): Nathaniel Jennings, Dr. David Abbott, professor of piano at Albion College, and Christopher Jennings. 

ALBION, MI — Nathaniel and Christopher Jennings of O’Neill were invited to participate in the 10th Annual Albion College International Piano Festival from Nov. 2-5 in Albion, MI.

Since its inception in 2008 the piano festival has grown in popularity and stature. The purpose of this festival is unique – it offers a festival for pre-college pianists of all levels from beginner to advanced. While there is a competition element and students can compete for cash prizes, it is the college’s hope that students will find this festival to be more about performing, meeting and hearing other students, and taking lessons/master classes from Albion faculty and guest artists. Ultimately this is a festival celebrating the piano, the study and teaching of the piano and music as an essential part of education. 

Students traveled from all over the Great Lakes states, Nebraska and Albion’s sister city of Noisy-le-Roi, France, to participate. This year’s festival clinicians and guest artists were Dr. Kevin Chance, assistant professor of piano at the University of Alabama; Dr. Bradford Gowen, associate professor of piano at the University of Maryland College Park; and Dr. Diane Petrella, professor of piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Christopher placed first and Nathaniel received honorable mention in their respective divisions. While on the Albion College campus Nathaniel completed his college entrance piano audition. Following the audition he was awarded his acceptance letter earning him a place in the Albion College Class of 2022 along with a merit scholarship.

Nathaniel and Christopher attend O’Neill Public Schools and are the sons of William and Molly Jennings. They study piano with Laurie Hacker of O’Neill and Patricia Will of Omaha.

Albion College is a private liberal arts college located in Albion, MI. It was founded in 1835 and was the first private college in Michigan to have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. 


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