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Keyboard king

Dedicated young pianist to vie in 12th annual Chopin Competition

 J.T. Sterle, 11, of Clifton Park, will compete Saturday in the local Chopin piano competition. He won last year in the novice division and is competing this year in the apprentice level. Here,  Serle practices his chosen piece at his home.
Photographer: Stacey Lauren-Kennedy
J.T. Sterle, 11, of Clifton Park, will compete Saturday in the local Chopin piano competition. He won last year in the novice division and is competing this year in the apprentice level. Here, Serle practices his chosen piece at his home.
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LATHAM -- Most 11-year-old boys spend their free time out on some athletic field or in video games. But not J.T. Sterle. He practices piano. “I do about two or three hours a day,” he said. Sterle, who lives in Clifton Park and attends Acadia Middle School where he’s in sixth grade, spends this much time at the keyboard because he has a special goal. He wants to win his division in the 12th annual ...

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