The first two contestants for the 41st annual edition of the World Championship Old-time Piano Playing Contest, which takes place in East Peoria IL over Memorial Day weekend 2015, are both in the Junior Division.
First entry was Nina Madeleine Freeman of San Antonio TX, who will be 15 years old at contest time. Next to enter was Amberlyn Aimone of Champaign IL, who will be 10 years old when competing. They will compete against defending junior champ Daniel Souvigny.
No entries have been received yet in the Regular Division, the defending champ of which is Ethan Uslan of Charlotte NC, or in either the New Rag Contest or the newly-established duet contest.
Ethan Uslan of Charlotte, NC won the 2014 World Championship Old-Time Piano Contest. Daniel Souvigny of Hampshire, IL won the Junior Division.
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