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Tourgee DeBose National Piano Competition (1983)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-05-08

Duration: 00:26:32

Subjects: Music | Piano | Southern University and A & M College


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Stewart, Genevieve Host
  • Turner, Mallalieu Interviewee
  • David, Myrtle Interviewee
  • Martin, Joel Performer
  • Johnson, Kimberly Performer
  • Means, Candace Performer
  • Pate, Karla Performer
  • Turnipseed, Loletheia Performer
  • Gray, John Performer
  • Joseph, Clark Performer
  • Dolliole, Michaele Performer


This episode of the series “Folks” from May 8, 1983, focuses on the Tourgee DeBose National Piano Competition at Southern University in Baton Rouge. Genevieve Stewart first looks back at the career of pianist Tourgee DeBose. She interviews Mallalieu Turner, a student of DeBose, and Myrtle David, the director of the piano competition. Rob Hinton then introduces the highlights of a performance by Joel Martin of Princess Anne, Maryland, the winner of the 1982 Young Artists’ competition. Lastly, Genevieve Stewart presents highlights from the 1983 Young Artists’ competition, including performances by Kimberly Johnson, Candace Means, Karla Pate, Loletheia Turnipseed, John Gray, Clark Joseph, and Michaele Dolliole.