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Carson Weingart, a junior at Ball State University, recently won the annual Ball State University Concerto Competition.

The competition took place in Sursa Hall for the Performing Arts on the Ball State University Campus in January.

Weingart, a piano performance major, was among 23 undergraduate students who competed in the annual event. He performed the Second Piano Concerto by Dmitri Shostakovich.

As winner of the concerto competition, Weingart performed in concert with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 28.

He also will travel to Japan for 10 days this month to perform a solo recital at Mukogawa Women’s University in Osaka.

Weingart will stay with a Japanese family and spend the week studying piano with teachers at the university and traveling around the country.

A 2010 graduate of West Branch High School, Weingart is the son of Scott and Shelley Weingart of Salem.

He recently performed a solo piano concert as part of the Alliance Area Concert Series.

Weingart also majors in business administration and is a member of the Honors College.

He is president of Student Honors Council, serves on the Honors College Advisory Board, and is the vice president of the collegiate chapter of Music Teachers National Association.

Last summer, he and fellow West Branch graduate Jarred Walker performed a duo piano concert for an audience of more than 600 people in the West Branch Community Auditorium.

The concert, which featured piano arrangements of popular music and famous songs from movies and Broadway, was presented in the style of legendary piano duo Ferrante and Teicher.

This summer, an all-new concert, “An Evening with Carson and Jarred, Act II,” will be presented at 7 p.m. June 20 and 21 in the West Branch Community Auditorium.

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