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Fla. student goes from homeless to Carnegie Hall

March 30, 2014
Associated Press

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A former homeless college student is realizing his dreams as he prepares to perform at Carnegie Hall.

James Matthews, 24, sometimes slept in his instructor's piano studio for shelter while he was a student at Florida Southern College. The professor found Matthews a temporary home and helped him enroll at Chipola College, where Matthews could afford to stay in a dorm.

After earning his associates degree, Matthews transferred to the University of West Florida. An instructor there suggested he submit a video of himself performing a Prokofiev piece for the 2014 American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition.

The Pensacola News Journal reports ( ) he was the honorable mention winner. As a prize, Matthews will play the Weill Recital Hall at the world-renowned New York City concert venue on April 20.


Information from: Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal,



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