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Tarleton piano professor to travel to Taiwan

For Immediate Release
June 19, 2008

Stephenville, Texas – Dr. Leslie Spotz, assistant professor of piano at Tarleton State University, was recently awarded the opportunity to travel to Taiwan as a result of being named an “Internationally Recognized Piano Teacher” by the International Piano Performance Examinations Committee (IPPEC) of Taiwan.

While in Taiwan, Spotz will evaluate approximately 1,300 piano students (grades K-12) and teach seminars to about 500 to 600 piano teachers. Her trip will last five weeks.

“It is tremendously exciting for me to receive this honor and to be granted such an amazing opportunity,” Spotz said. “It will be not only a positive experience for me both as a teacher and musician, but I am certain it will prove to be a once-in-a-lifetime cultural exchange experience as well.”

Spotz is an acclaimed pianist who has played in such prestigious venues as Tchaikovsky Hall of Moscow University, the South Bank Center of London, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, and the inaugural opening of Philadelphia''s Kimmel Center, as well as several tours of Germany. She also regularly performs well-received concerts at Tarleton. Spotz joined the Tarleton faculty in fall of 2003.

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