Laramie native and pianist Caroline Henson will compete as a Northwest Division Finalist in the Music Teachers National Association, and the winner of the division competition will compete in the National Finals, according to a release.

Caroline, a Taiwanese-American, the daughter of Olen Henson and Sandy Hsu, will represent Wyoming after winning the Wyoming State Junior Performance in piano on November 4th in Laramie at the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts. 

Caroline is a seventh grader at UW Lab School. She has been studying piano for seven years and is currently a student of Lisa Rickard. 

Caroline appreciates her piano teachers’ encouragement. She took piano lessons from the late Cindy Peterson during the first four years. Cindy has helped her develop strong foundations in techniques and good practice habits, while Lisa has inspired her to continue pursuing her interest in piano and improved her ability significantly.

Caroline’s mother is a professor who goes to conferences internationally. This has given her many opportunities to practice piano in different settings. She has played in airports and various countries and places, such as the House of Music in Vienna, Austria.

Caroline performs annually at the local/state MTNA’s Area Achievement Days. She has won 1st place twice in Stars of Tomorrow for the elementary group in Laramie. Besides her achievement in piano, she has won a blue belt in Kempo Karate and gold with her school team in the 7th/8th-grade girl’s volleyball tournament. She enjoys playing guitar and ukulele, creating art, playing video games, and watching anime.


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