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Ardean W. Watts, an accomplished musician, has been appointed chairman of the Utah Arts Council board of directors, effective July 1. Watts, who has served on the UAC board since 1987 (most recently as vice chair), succeeds Salt Lake architect Burtch W. Beall Jr., who will remain on the board until his term expires in 1995.

Among his many accomplishments, Watts served as official pianist of the Utah Symphony orchestra 1957-79, and as associate conductor 1968-79. He has been music director of Ballet West, Pioneer Memorial Theatre and the University of Utah Opera Company. On the music department faculty at the University of Utah since 1960, he taught opera workshop, choral, orchestral and theory areas. He received the U.'s distinguished teaching award in 1992. Watts retired from the university in June.- PUPILS OF PROVO piano teacher Irene Peery received many awards and recognition at the Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition for young pianists ages 7-22, held in ChampaignUrbana, Ill., June 4-13.

Janae Codner of Provo won first place and a $1,000 award among performers 17-18 years of age. She also won the $2,000 Ivo Pogorelich grand prize, plus expenses for performances in Germany, where she flew on June 30. LaMar Watts of Richmond, a pupil of Gary Amano, was also a finalist in this division.

Gregory Brown and Melody Brown of Alpine were finalists among pianists 10 and under, with Melody also winning a special prize for performance of music composed before 1750. Deondra Young of Alpine won fourth prize of $400 for ages 11-12, and among pianists ages 13-14 Dustin Gledhill of Provo took fourth prize of $400, with Desirae Brown as a finalist.

The competition is named in honor of pianist Soulima Stravinsky (son of famed composer Igor Stravinsky), longtime teacher at the University of Illinois, who returned for the awards.

- AT THE AMERICAN HARP SOCIETY National Competition, held triennially, Utahns took top honors in three of six divisions.

The contest was held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor June 20-26. There Adriana Horne won first place among harpists up to 15 years of age. Her sister Heather Horne won second place in the same division, and first place for the best performance of a work by the late Marcel Grandjany. Nicole Brubaker won first prize in the 15-18-year-old division. The Hornes study with Tamara Oswald, Nicole with Shru De Li Ownbey.

- A COMPANY OF FOUR INC. recently received a $3,500 Onsite grant from Dancing in the Streets Inc. for research and development of a new company piece. The Salt Lake dancers were among 11 groups to receive such support, from 130 applicants. Dancing in the Streets is a New York-based international commissioning fund for site-specific performances (a specialty of the Company of Four), which differ from formal theater presentation.

Onsite, the first fund of its kind in this country, is made possible by major support from the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Company of Four projects performance of a commissioned piece, "Acquacade," at the Children's Museum in an abandoned Olympic-sized pool once called the Plunge. Company directors Mark Lowdermilk, Susie McGee and Gary Vlasic will design and direct the project, which will be performed in May 1994. A second, large grant is possible in September, for which matching funds will be needed.