Junior performs on the piano at holiday show

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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.