Local pianist Gabreilla Loiacano of Bay St. Louis recently won 1st place in the upper college piano division and 3rd place in the college concerto division of the 3rd Annual Gulf Coast Steinway Society Music Competition for Voice, Piano and Concerto on January 20.

The competition was held at the Alabama School of the Arts at the University of Mobile in Mobile, AL, with participants from all over the Gulf states from Florida to Texas and judged by an international array of college professors, professional musicians, and master teachers.

Gabriella is a junior piano performance major studying with Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva at the University of Mobile.

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