Meet KVNO’s Classical Kid for September

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September 27th, 2012

Omaha, NE – This month’s Classical Kid is highly competitive -on the court and at the piano.

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KVNO’s Classical Kid for September is fourteen-year-old pianist Ryan Parmenter. Parmenter attends Concordia Jr./Sr. High, and started playing the piano at a young age. “I started when I was three or four years old, studying with my mom,” he said. “She played piano for high school and college, so she taught me for a while.”

Ryan Parmenter

Parmenter then moved on to the Omaha Conservatory of Music, where he is currently studying.

For Parmenter, the big payoff in music isn’t practicing, it’s performing. He enjoys playing in groups such as the school jazz band and a praise band with some friends. One of his favorite musical activities, he said, is competing. “Practicing is just a pain,” he said. “I like getting up in front of people and especially going into competitions and doing your best. Our family is pretty competitive. I like going into those types of situations and performing for the judges.”

And music isn’t his only competitive outlet. He also swims and plays basketball. “This summer I was on a swimming team and got to compete against other teams and it was really fun,” he said. “I hope to continue doing that.”

In addition to performing and competing, Ryan likes to compose his own music and teach piano lessons. He said the money is nice, but the real benefits are the improvements in his own technique and the satisfaction of helping other students. His advice to young musicians? “To persevere.”

For more information on KVNO’s Classical Kids, click here.

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