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2021 Southeastern Region Contestants


Indiria Everett

University of North Carolina at Greensboro graduate Indiria Everett is 22 year old solo and collaborative pianist, contemporary composer, and teacher Indiria Everett has a studio dedicated to students of all ages and economic backgrounds who have an interest/experience for piano and or composition.


Jeriel Jorguenson

Belizean-born pianist Jeriel Jorguenson is a promising young performer and teacher. He enjoys performing and competing, and was awarded the first place award in the Beethoven Music Club Competition in Memphis in 2018. Jorguenson has also competed in the MTNA Young Artist Competitions at Blair School of Music. His love of music has allowed him to travel far and wide, including the Governor’s School for the Arts in 2012, the Interharmony Music Festival in Italy in 2013, and a visit to the Steinway factory in New York City in 2015. He has even performed on “Live in Studio C,” a classical music radio station sponsored by NPR.

For the past two years, Jorguenson has served as the principal pianist for the University of Mem- phis Wind Ensemble, and performed with the University of Memphis Collegiate Choir in the spring of 2018. In addition to his performing, he served as adjudicator for the Piano and Harp Solo Competition at the Bellevue Baptist School of Performing Arts. Jorguenson also teaches class piano to undergraduate music majors at the University of Memphis and serves as a piano collaborator for instrumentalists and vocalists at the University.

In December 2018, Jorguenson placed second in the inaugural George R. Johnson Concerto and Aria competition, and this victory allowed him a performance with the Cleveland Orchestra of Tennessee in April 2019. Jorguenson also placed second in the Metro Atlanta Musicians Associa- tion Competition in March 2020.

Jorguenson received his Bachelor of Science degree from Lipscomb University, where he studied with Dr. Jerome Reed. He is currently completing his doctoral degree in Piano Performance de- gree at the University of Memphis with Dr. Artina McCain. While away from the piano, he en- joys reading legal and crime thrillers, drawing, and is a bit of an American history buff.

2021 Southeastern Region Competition Adjudicators

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Portia S. Hawkins

Portia Shuler Hawkins, a native of Orangeburg, South Carolina, holds degrees from Fisk Univrsity (B.A., Music) and Yale University School of Music (M.M., Piano Performance). While at Yale, she was awarded the George Wellington Miles Award for Outstanding Piano Performance. Her private piano instructors include: Francis Whang, Ward Davenny, Virginia Hutchings, Betty Nolting and Pulitzer Prize Winner George Walker.


Ms. Hawkins has taught at several east coast colleges and universities – Claflin College, South Carolina State University, Southern University, Norfolk State University, Emory University, Spelman College and Agnes Scott College. Her CD, “African-American Sampler”( piano music of John Work, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, William Grant Still, Margaret Bonds)  has been heard on several Public Broadcasting Radio stations across the country. Her performance of Florence Price’s Fantasie Negre was performed on NPR’s” Performance Today” at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia in 1996.   She has performed as a soloist and collaborative artist at the colleges and universities listed above and at Kennesaw State University, Spivey Hall at Clayton State University, Georgia State University and other prominent venues in the metro-Atlanta area.


Presently she teaches privately in her Roswell, Georgia studio, does lecture recitals featuring piano literature of African-American Composers and is a frequent adjudicator for Georgia Music Teachers Association, National Federation of Music Clubs, Mu Phi Epsilon and National Association of Negro Musicians. She holds membership in each of these organizations. She was selected as “Teacher of the Year” by Georgia Music Teachers Association on November 6, 2020.

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Dr. Joyce F. Johnson

Joyce Finch Johnson, D. Mus., AAGO, is Professor Emerita of Music and currently College Organist at Spelman College in Atlanta GA, a position she has held since 1955. She has had an active career as a college teacher, music department chair, and as a performing artist giving solo recitals, accompanying a variety of distinguished artists, playing chamber music concerts, and performing piano concertos with various symphony orchestras. She has been heralded as “pianist extraordinaire, astounding and thrilling audiences with her consummate artistry, formidable bravura technique, great sensitivity and impeccable artistry.” She is on the International Roster of Steinway Artists.


 While pursuing graduate degrees in piano performance at Northwestern University, her primary teachers were Gui Mombaerts and Louis Crowder. She studied organ there and at other institutions with distinguished teachers including Richard Enright, Karel Paukert, and David Craighead.


She has concertized in Bermuda, Haiti, the West Indies, and Brazil, performed in the Festival de Musique Baroque in Souvigny, France and in Lyon as part of a summer institute on French organ music. She has been a recitalist and workshop presenter for AGO chapters, regional conventions, music festivals, national conventions, and a number of colleges and universities. For decades she has been the organist for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Ecumenical Service at the historic Ebenezer Church in Atlanta. 


 Innumerable awards and honors she has received, including being designated Member Laureate of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. Her professional involvements include decades of participation in the American Guild of Organists (including POE faculty, performances, et al.), the College Music Society, numerous board appointments and review panels.

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Dr. Timothy Lindeman

Timothy H. Lindeman is Professor of Music Emeritus at Guilford College, where he served as Chair for more than 20 years. He taught music theory, piano, music history, world music, and an interdisciplinary course on Beethoven and the artists of the time. He received the Ph.D. in music theory with minors in piano and art history from Indiana University. He is well known as a writer, a scholar, a performer, and a lecturer.


He is a published author and has presented papers at several national music conventions.  For more than a three decades he has written about the Triad music scene in both Triad Style, the News and Record and for the on-line journal, Classical Voice of North Carolina. His most recent reviews can read be at


In 2007 he was one of 23 critics from across the country to be accepted in the National Endowment for the Arts sponsored “Reviewing Classical Music and Opera,” a 10-day seminar housed at Columbia University in New York City. 


His primary research interest is Beethoven. He was one of twelve scholars to participate in an NEH seminar on Beethoven at Harvard University under the tutelage of Lewis Lockwood. As an outcome, he designed an interdisciplinary senior seminar, “Beethoven: The Age of Revolution.”


Tim is an active pianist, giving both solo and collaborative recitals, usually with his soprano wife, Nancy Walker, a Professor of Voice Emerita at University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  They have performed throughout the US, in China, and in Europe. 


In his spare time, Tim likes to cook, exercise, walk the dog (Fanny) and spend time with his two daughters, Kelsey, a veterinarian technician in Greensboro, and Chloe, a PhD student in physics at the University of Chicago.  (Both are musically inclined . . . )

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