By Dawn Pearson
Peter Sanders is no stranger to musical accolades, but the Traders Point Christian Academy senior recently hit a new high note: a perfect score at a state competition.
The Zionsville resident was joined by an elite group of students in earning a perfect score at the Indiana State School Music Association state competition last month. The event featured students from across Indiana performing solos and ensemble pieces for judges.
Sanders, a Zionsville resident, impressed the judges with his rendition of “Ching-a-Ring Chaw” by Aaron Copland.
“It is really quite an honor to receive the perfect score. I was beyond surprised. I felt like this was the perfect way to end my high school singing career,” Sanders said.
Gail Powell, the choir teacher at TCPA, helped Sanders prepare for the state competition.
“Peter has challenged himself to take Group 1 solos all through high school, and it was amazing to see him finish his senior year with a perfect score,” Powell said.
Sanders has been studying under Powell for eight years, and the student credits his teacher with much of his success.
“She is my musical hero and inspiration,” Sanders said. “She teaches us that as we should always strive to do our best, and that will bring the greatest satisfaction. I’m so thankful for what she’s taught me.”
Although he’s achieved an honor few others have, Sanders is not planning to pursue music as a career.
“Next year, I will be attending Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. I plan on studying Sports Management and Communications,” he said. “I will always continue to sing. I also hope to keep playing piano, guitar and saxophone.”