“It is a pleasure to once again be part of the Dallas Songwriters Association Song Contest – one of the longest running international songwriting competitions for amateur songwriters,” said Stephane Schmidt, vice president of Casio’s electronic musical instruments division. “We couldn’t be more delighted to provide our innovative musical instruments – especially the PRIVIA PX-S1100BK digital piano – to the winner whose passion for music is both inspiring and encouraging to all.”

Amateur songwriters from around the world compete each year for more than $5,000 in the DSA Annual Song Contest Awards. This year, the three Grand Prize winners received a one-year subscription to Broadjam Primo MoB ($199.95 Value), Song Review of Barbara McMillenassociate professor of songwriting at collin College, recording time at JoMusik Studio and two tickets to the Between the Waves music conference. Additionally, the first grand prize winner, Louis Cate of Alexandria, Virginiaalso received a Casio Privia PX-S1100BK digital piano.

“I’m very happy to have won this year and I can’t wait to continue making music with my new Casio keyboard,” said Cate.

“We are grateful for Casio’s continued commitment and generosity not only to our annual song contest, but to all musicians,” said Michael BrandenbergerPresident of ASD.

Casio’s PRIVIA PX-S11000 offers innovations that make playing the piano more enjoyable than ever. Despite its slim profile, the feel of the PX-S1100 replicates a grand piano with a weighted action that is subtly heavier in the lower range and becomes lighter as the player moves up the keyboard. Enhanced string resonance reproduces the complex harmonics of an acoustic piano. Improved drivers and speaker positioning give the PX-S1100 a warmer-than-ever tone, and the multi-dimensionally morphing AiR sound source delivers a sense of ambience, localization, and clarity. This advanced sound engine mirrors changes in volume and timbre, allowing users to move from soft, delicate playing to dynamic, powerful performances, all with ultimate musical expressiveness.

The PX-S1100’s connected features stand out from its competitors, as the included WU-BT10 adapter adds Bluetooth® MIDI and audio capabilities, allowing users to wirelessly connect to compatible Bluetooth® devices and turn the piano itself into Bluetooth® speaker. This revolutionary upgrade provides opportunities for self-study and music production, as users can jam along to their favorite songs and hear it all through the Privia’s high-fidelity speakers.

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About the Dallas Songwriters Association
Dallas Songwriters Association is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing information about the craft and business of songwriting. All styles of music are welcome in the DSA, and membership includes writers of all ages. DSA’s monthly activities include meetings with guest speakers, song reviews, and performance presentations open to the public. In addition, the DSA supports and promotes workshops and competitions and publishes a monthly newsletter. For more information, visit

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