Dr. Lim Lectures on Performance Anxiety

Philippine-born Elaine Lim began playing the piano at the age of 7, under the tutelage of George Ong.  As the first Alo-Dee memorial Scholarship recipient, she studied with Dr. Raul Sunico after which, she won second-place in the Beethoven club Piano competition.

She was invited by Mrs. Odum to give a lecture on Performance Anxiety during masterclass.  The students were given opportunity to ask questions and to create points in thought to curtail extreme nervousness while performing on piano.


Back Row L-R:  A. McNeil, J.Rodgers; Front Row L-R: Arielle Hardaway, Grace Bell, Dr. Lim, Kajayah Cowans, Kaitlyn Chang

Gladys P. Norris Piano Competition Participants

Jackson State University Piano Scholarship recommendations: Najah Sims and Grace Bell.  This competition was sponsored by Dr. Harlan Zackery, Head of Piano Studies.

Students who rated, “Superior” and “Excellent”in the Piano Competition:

Gladys P. Norris Honorable Mention


Mr. Jadyn Rodgers, Junior

After the judges’ deliberation, Mr. Jadyn Rodgers received an Honorable Mention for a job well done in playing the Revolutionary Etude by F. Chopin.  Congratualtions!

Najah Sims Winner of the Gladys P. Norris Piano Competition 2017


Miss Najah Sims, Senior

The Jackson State University Department of Music presented the 30th Annual Gladys P. Norris National Piano Competition.  This competition featured talented young pianists grades one through twelve from throughout the States of Mississippi and Tennessee. Najah Sims, a senior of Overton High School placed as the winner. Although several of the Overton High School students rated “Superior” the special award was given to Miss Najah Sims for a most flawless performance in playing “Breathe” by Greg Maroney!

Overton Performs at the Canon Center

The CAPA Piano students were invited to perform at the Canon Center before the Guest Artist, Stewart Goodyear.  Mr. Goodyear performed a Rachmoninoff Piano Concerto with the Memphis Symphony.  The Overton High School Piano students performed pieces of great composers such as Chopin, Bach, Haydn, and Rachmoninoff on the fabulous Steinway B arranged by Amro Music.  The students received great reviews from the guests.

-D. Odum, Insructor


A big CONGRATULATIONS to our CAPA Piano Scholar, Steven Mickens being awarded Most Valuable Player (MVP) for Overton High School 2017!