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11 year old Emma Schneider of Arden Hills, Minnesota only came to the Mall of America on Saturday November 13 to buy a pair of shoes, but instead she received thunderous applause from the crowd who listened as she won the "Hang On to the Dream Sing & Jam Competition". "My mom and I only came here to buy some shoes," she told the media on hand at the event. "Now this! I can't believe I won! Wow!", said the talented young pianist. For winning the music competition she receives 10 hours of free studio time at Winterland Recording Studios in Minneapolis, where such singers as Sarah McLachlin, Sheryl Crow, Avril Lavigne, Sting and others have recorded. There, Schneider will receive guidance from a top music producer as she records the music of her choice. Her recording will then be made into 500 cd's, courtesy of Media Technics of Sutter Creek, California.

The competition was sponsored by the "Hang On to the Dream Foundation" and its founder, Christopher Ewing, the host of a kids television show named "Hang On to the Dream", which is currently shooting new episodes that will air on stations around the country. The show, which won an Emmy Award for "Best Children's Program" when it aired in a series of specials in the late 1990's, features kids who are positive role models for other kids because of their skills, talents or triumph over tragedy. Those kids are then presented with "things" in order to help them realize their dreams in life. "Emma was awesome" says Ewing. "She's an incredibly gifted young musician and helping kids like her realize their dream is what "Hang On to the Dream" is all about."   The "Hang On to the Dream" -Live! Tour is currently on a 15-city nationwide tour that began in Minneapolis at the Mall of America and will include stops in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and New York City.

Emma began recording her cd on April 7, 2005 and her experience was taped 
for an upcoming episode of "Hang On to the Dream".  

To make a donation to the 
Hang On to the Dream Foundation, click here.

Emma with Hang On to the Dream Foundation president/T.V. host Christopher Ewing, left, 
and owner of Winterland Recording Studio Todd Fitzgerald.

Emma gets a congratulatory hug from her mom.

To see & hear a clip from Emma's winning performance,
"Impromptu in E flat Major, op. 90, no.2 by Schubert", click here.




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