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Two Pensacola State College music students earn state honors.

The PSC Music Department attended the FCSAA Winter Music Symposium held January 25-27 at Jacksonville University.

Alaina Hannan, a graduate of Crestview High School, was named first chair clarinet in the FCSAA Symphonic Band.

Daniel Posey, a graduate of Pensacola Christian Academy, earned first chair tenor sax in the same ensemble.

PSC performer named FCSAA Theatre Student of the Month


A Pensacola State student was recently chosen the Florida College System theatre division's Student of the Month. Performing is in Carley Lambert's blood - the theatre major has been dancing since she was very young and has expanded her skill set to include singing and acting.

Since Carley Lambert was a young child, the Pensacola State College theatre major has been right at home dancing, singing and now acting in front of an audience.

MitchellPensacola State College piano and composition instructor Kadisha Onalbayeva was recently named a Steinway Artist by Steinway & Sons.

She joins a distinguished international roster of Steinway Artists including Billy Joel, Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr., Lang Lang, Michel Legrand and past music greats such as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Arthur Rubinstein.

“Becoming a Steinway Artist is a huge accomplishment for Kadisha,” said Don Snowden, PSC Performing Arts Department head. “The college and our department is very proud of her and the prestige it will bring to us.”

Onalbayeva is the very first Steinway Artist from her home country of Kazakhstan. She began her musical training at age five. She attended the Jubanov Special School for talented children and the Kurmangazy National Conservatory of Music in Kazakhstan where she studied piano and composition, gave recitals, and was involved in both piano and composition festivals and competitions all over the world.

Kadisha Onalbayeva continued her performances as a recitalist, chamber musician, composer, and as an orchestral soloist. She earned two Master of Music degrees at the University of New Orleans and then received her doctorate at Louisiana State University.  Over her career, she has given more than 60 solo concerts and has participated in more than 200 concerts as an accompanist and chamber soloist.

She is also Artist-in-Residence at the University of Mobileandis co-directorand pianist of the chamber ensemble, The Gulf Coast Virtuosi. In July 2011, she released a solo CD titled, “Muzik…Menim Wuomerym…” meaning “Music…My Soul…” that consists of live performances in both Kazakhstan and the United States.



Dr. Michael Coleman, a Pensacola State College faculty member, was awarded First Diploma in the 2018 Golden Key Piano Composition Competition.

Coleman’s winning composition, “Room 857,” is written for solo piano. A Pensacola State adjunct music instructor for more than 24 years, he will perform the piece in August at Ehrbar Hall in Vienna, and at B?sendorfer Hall at Mozarthaus during the Golden Key Music Festival at Vienna.

Since its inception in 2002, the Golden Key Music Festival of the United States has established itself as a major cultural event that attracts instrumentalists and vocalists from across the U.S. and other continents. The competition’s mission is to give musicians the opportunity to display their talents on some of the most prestigious concert stages.

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