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Ragtime and classical musician Tiffany Personett offers her junior college recital
BILLINGS, March 24, 2014 – Tiffany Personett (’16) grew up in Billings and graduated from Billings West High School in 2011. She expects to earn degrees in piano performance and business management in the spring of 2016. Her junior recital is planned for Sunday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m. in Taylor Auditorium in Losekamp Hall.
Personett’s program features a range of music, from a formal yet emotional classical Mozart sonata to the syncopated rhythm of William Bolcom’s contemporary ragtime.
“I started playing piano at age 6 because of my grandma Betty Personett's musical capabilities. My grandpa Jim sang. They drew me into piano,” she said. She wavered between piano and trombone until her grandma bought her a keyboard when she was 12, and she re-learned all of her 6-year-old piano books.
Since age 13, when she “fell in love with playing ragtime,” Personett has developed a piano teaching studio, spends time accompanying, and plays at numerous churches. “I came to RMC because I had taken previous lessons from both Jen Bratz and Tony Hammond and loved Rocky's atmosphere,” Personett said.
“I love that my program contains such a wide variety of music. It is the most challenging music I have played yet,” she said.