(article) Big Squeeze 2019 Grand Prize Winners

The #BigSqueeze2019 winners are:

 

Conjunto 18-21 Anthony Ortiz Jr prize: Eduardo Garza

Conjunto 17 under: Perla Hernandez

Polka: Elijah Clements

Cajun/Zydeco: Chloe Johnson

 

Thank you to all of our contestants, the judges decisions were very hard, every player was exceptional. Texas Folklife's goal is to encourage young accordion players to carry on these vital traditions, we want to continue to support you in every way we can.

 

Photo by David Dodd. More photos of Big Squeeze 2019 Finals - Austin here!

 

The Big Squeeze is supported by the board and members of Texas Folklife, by generous support from Hohner, Inc., and by grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, H-E-B, Music Water, Texas Music Office, Southeast Texas Arts Council, the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board, and Rancho Alegre Radio. Additional support is provided by regional partners including Full Gallop, Ennis Czech Music Festival, Museum of the Gulf Coast, Cajun Sounds Internet Radio, Latino Cultural Center Dallas, zydecoevents.com, Texas Polka News, Multicultural Engagement & Counseling through the Arts (MECA), Jax Bar & Grill, La Joya Independent School District, Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District, Roma Independent School District, Museum of South Texas History, Conjunto Heritage Taller, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Bullock Texas State History Museum, Central Texas Accordion Association, and more!