Junior performs on the piano at holiday show

PHOTO HANNAH BOLTON

Pianist and junior Haley Gipson, winner of the Stockbridge Area Arts Council (SACC) 2019 scholarship, played songs such as the “Prelude in C Sharp Minor, Op.3, No.2” by Rachmaninoff at the Stockbridge town hall for the Home for the Holidays show.

Gipson began playing at 6-years-old with the local teacher Michelle Castle switching to Dr. Nikie Oechsle because Castle became a parent.

According to Gipson’s father, David, Haley was selected to perform at a master-class for high school pianists during the Michigan Music Teachers’ Association State Convention.

“Her performance was astounding and I was even more impressed to see she didn’t even need sheet music to play a piece of Bach,” senior and friend of Gipson, Andrew Carriero said.