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The Stars of Tomorrow Shine

With two concert pianists in the house, life at the Piker residence in Silt must feel like a concert hall.

Eddie and Denise Piker don’t mind though, especially since their son Stephen, 14, won fourth runner-up and Joseph, 17, took third runner-up in the Stars of Tomorrow show on Friday, Feb. 27, at Glenwood Springs High School.

Stephen played “Maple Leaf Rag” by ragtime’s greatest composer, Scott Joplin. Joseph played “Prelude in D Minor” by Russian pianist, composer and conductor Sergei Rachmaninov. Stuart Stapleton took second runner-up. Stapleton won the 2002 Stars of Tomorrow competition and played brilliantly again this year, even with a sprained finger, which he injured playing basketball. He performed Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg’s “Grieg Concerto in A minor.”



The event satiated music purists, who were delighted to watch the young pianists’ fingers race up and down the keyboard playing the music of masters as if it were second nature. This made Linda Colby beam. And for good reason. She is the piano teacher for all three winners.

Secia Klocke, second runner-up, sang “The Birth of the Blues” by Ray Henderson. Klocke called on her deep-rooted talent to carry the soulful, bluesy number, which highlighted her voice and the gracious and respectful attitude towards music and performance she has that is so refreshing.



Erika Toler, a Glenwood Springs High School senior, sang Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Ave Maria,” which earned her first place and a $1,000 scholarship. With her pure and powerful voice, Toler sang the sacred classic with grace and confidence. So it is no surprise the next big stage for her will be the regional talent competition, and then Dallas Baptist University to study music and business.

The event showed two things. Each contestant is a star in his or her own way with a specific purpose to fulfill, a gift to contribute, a passion to nurture and a dream to pursue. Along with that, each one has a community of friends, family and businesses who support them in their endeavors.

Rosario Young, left, of Glenwood is co-chairman of Stars of Tomorrow and an art teacher at St. Stephen’s Catholic School, and Chuck Johnson of Glenwood, Chairman of Stars of Tomorrow is retired.

Roaring Fork High School seniors Olivia Britz, left, 17, of Carbondale sang “At Last” by Etta James and Mary Anne Pulver, 18, performed Hinsler’s “Paladium” on the violin.

From left, Aaron Poh, 13, of Basalt attends Aspen Middle School and played “Gypsy Rondo” on the piano; Stephanie Gustine, 18, of Carbondale attends Roaring Fork High School and played guitar and sang her original piece, “Someday,” and Brooke Zigurs, 18, of Carbondale attends Roaring Fork High School and sang “Fallin'” by Alicia Keyes.

From left, Olivia Hawkins, 16, of Glenwood, who is home-schooled, performed “Sonata No. 3, Second Movement,” Elyse Poterfield, 15, of Glenwood is a sophomore at Glenwood Springs High School who sang “Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend,” and Keila Olave, 16, of New Castle attends Yampah Mountain High School and sang “Always Be My Home.”

These Glenwood Springs High School students performed “Tappin” from the musical “Chicago.” From left, Hannah McGavock, 17, is a senior, Katie Jepsen, 15, is a sophomore, Molly Jankovsky, 16, is a sophomore and Post Independent columnist Audrey Schaiberger is a senior.

Winning pianists from left, Stephen Piker, 14, Joseph Piker, 17, attend the Garden School and Stuart Stapleton, 15, of Peach Valley is a sophomore at Rifle High School.

The Western Slope Stompers who clogged to “Tennessee River Run,” from left, Shonna Partain, 16, of New Castle attends Rifle High School, Brigit Hartop, 17, of Silt is home-schooled; Brittany Smith, 12, of New Castle attends Riverside Middle School and Holly Keeper, 12, of Rifle attends Rifle Middle School.

From left, Jaynie Arbar of New Castle, a legal assistant for Noone and Hall, PC., came to watch her daughter, Laci Skinner, 15, a freshman at Glenwood Springs High School, sing “On My Own,” and Stefanie Maurice, 17, of Carbondale, a senior at Glenwood Springs High School, sang “Memory.”


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