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I’ma Semi-Finalist in the Ima Hogg Competition: From Coast to Coast

Installment 6:

Tomorrow, Houston’s very own Mercedes Smith, principal flutist of the Houston Grand Opera will be competing alongside San Francisco Bay Area native and pianist, Stephanie Ng, along with eight other musicians for the chance of a life time for a young musician – the opportunity to perform a complete concerto with the Houston Symphony. As an 11 year old, Mercedes decided to play the flute because “well, duh – it is the coolest instrument ever. It is like being head of the cheer leading team, there was no other option.” Stephanie quoted Liszt in describing her love for the piano: “You have the entire symphony at your fingertips.” On Thursday May 31st, find out if one of these semi-finalists, from one coast to another coast, will be selected to perform with the Houston Symphony as a finalist on Saturday June 2nd.

Mercedes Smith, Flute

Mercedes Smith, Flute

Stephanie Ng, Piano

Stephanie Ng, Piano

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