2009-2010 MTNA National Competition Winners






Publication: The American Music Teacher
Date published: June 1, 2010

COMPOSITION COMPETITIONS

Elementary Composition

Sponsored by Morty and Iris Manus

Winner: Harlan Tsui, Southwest Division, (California); SuShing Chiu;, teacher

Harlan Tsui is 9 years old and a fourth-grade student at Bathgate Elementary school in Mission Viejo, California. As a Junior Special Advance Course graduate student with SuShing Chiu, he has been studying music at Irvine Yamaha Music Center since age 4. Through those years, he has won several awards including Musical Arts Club of Orange County, Cypress College Piano Competition, MTAC Contemporary Festival and the State Contest Winner of Composers Today, 2008. Besides playing piano, he also plays violin and electronic organ.

Second Place: William Zhang, Northwest Division (Washington); Sharon Van VaNn, teacher

Third Place: John Konopka, East Central Division (Ohio); Sean Schulze, teacher

Junior Composition

Sponsored by Morty and Iris Manus

Winner: Michael Bennett, Southern Division (North Carolina); Julie Harris, teacher

Michael Bennett has been studying violin, piano, guitar and drumming since age 3, followed by piano at age 5. He added composition and organ studies at age 10. Currently, Michael studies composition with Julie Harris, of Carrboro, North Carolina; piano performance with Karen Allred and organ with Peter Richard Conte. Michael is the son of Kelly and Bruce Bennett of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and is currently a fifth-grade home schooler.

Second Place: Crystal Ya n, Southwest Division (California); Suzanne Wong, teacher

Third Place: Gabriel Soileau, Northwest Division (Washington); Barbara Miller, teacher

Senior Composition

Sponsored by Hal Leonard Corp.

Winner: Benjamin Krumwiede, South Central Division (Oklahoma); William Price, teacher

Benjamin Krumwiede, 17, is a junior in high school with a domicile education. Benjamin has been studying the art of piano performance for five years and began his lifelong passion for composition at age 13. Krumwiede's discoveries made when composing the four little ones sparked an interest with what he calls "music of effect." Noting these interests, his teacher, William Roger Price, introduced him to the world of electroacoustic music.

Second Place: Joshua Wood, East Central Division (Illinois); Carol Hoepe, teacher

Third Place: Emily Tu, Eastern Division (New Jersey); Felicia Ruff man, teacher

Young Artist Composition

Sponsored by the MTNA Foundation Fund

Winner: Wenjing Wang, East Central Division (Indiana); Don Freund, teacher

Wenjing Wang was born in Shanghai, China, and was educated at Shanghai Music High School from 1999 to 2005. She entered the Royal Academy of Music in September 2006 and studied with Paul I Patterson. In 2008-2009, she was an exchange student at Indiana University School of Music, where she studied with Don Freund. In 2008, Wang won BMI Students Composers Scholarship for her orchestral piece The Peony Pavilion. She composed some works for different media. Wang is currently in her final year of the bachelor's program at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Second Place: Giselle Eastman, South Central Division (Louisiana); Dinos Constantinides, teacher

Third Place: Timothy J. Valuer, West Central Division (Nebraska); Ken Bales, teacher

MTNA JUNIOR PERFORMANCE COMPETITIONS

MTNA Junior Piano Competition

Sponsored by Kawai America

Winner: Jeff Zhang, West Central Division (Minnesota); Alexander Braginsky, teacher

Jeff Zhang, a 14-year-old Minnesota native, began taking piano lessons at age 6. He currently studies with Alexander Braginsky. Jeff has an impressive array of contest wins, including first place at the 2009 Schubert Club competition and third place at the 2009 MTNA Junior Piano Competition. He has also performed at master classes with Oxana Yablonskaya and Jerome Rose. Jeff is brilliant academically, scoring 35 on the ACT and 234 on the PSAT, and he enjoys studying microbiology.

Second Place: Eric Lu, Eastern Division (Massachusetts); Dorothy Shi, teacher

Third Place: Enoch (Ye Nok) Wong, Southern Division (Florida); Oleg Barsov, teacher

MTNA Junior String Competition

Sponsored by Yamaha Corporation of America - Orchestral String Department

Winner: Clark Ikezu, West Central Division (Nebraska); Anne Nagosky, teacher

Clark Ikezu was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1995. He began violin lessons at age 5 and has been the student of Anne Nagosky since 2004. Clark won first place at the Walgreens National Concerto Competition in the Early Music Category, in both the junior and senior divisions. Currently, Clark is a freshman at Central High School, and along with violin, enjoys math and science clubs at school.

Second Place: Minku Lee, Southwest Division (California); Jonathan Koh, teacher

Third Place: Nicole Oswald, Northwest Division (Idaho); Craig Purdy, teacher

MTNA Junior Woodwind Competition

Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Winner: Joann Lee, South Central Division (Texas); Monica Song, teacher

Joann Lee started learning flute when she was 10 with her teacher Monica Song. She won outstanding performer for the Texas Flute Festival. The next year, Joann won first place at Dallas Symphonic Festival. In 6th grade, she made second chair in the Region 25 All Region contest and in 8th grade, she made first chair. Joann was the Texas MTNA winner and also won at the Southern States competition.

Second Place: Margo Folwick, Southwest Division (California); Janelle Barrera, teacher

Third Place: Angela Li, Eastern Division (Delaware); Lynne Cooksey, teacher

MTNA SENIOR PERFORMANCE COMPETITIONS

MTNA Senior Brass Competition

Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Winner: McCormick Wooden, Southern Division (South Carolina); John Sizemore, teacher

McCormick Wooden, 17, was born in Pontiac, Michigan. At age 11, he moved to Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he began his musical studies on tenor saxophone. At 15, he began playing the euphonium. That same year, he matriculated to the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, where he studies privately with John Sizemore. McCormick plays trombone secondarily and hopes to attend Northwestern University in the fall of 2010.

Second Place: Ethan Shaw, South Central Division (Arkansas); Larry Jones, teacher

Third Place: Tricia Herbert, West Central Division (Kansas); Craig Parker, teacher

MTNA Senior Piano Competition

Sponsored by Yamaha Corporation of America - Piano Division

Winner Fifi Zhang, Eastern Division (Virginia); Marjorie Lee, teacher

Fifi Zhang was the winner of the 2008 MTNA Junior Piano Competition in Denver, Colorado. This year, she was winner of the Daniel Piano Competition at Furman University and the Gustavo Romero Young Artists Piano Competition. She was one of five finalists in the New Orleans International Piano Competition for Young Artists. Fifi has been featured numerous times as a soloist in the Concerts at the Alden and the Young Artist Musicales at George Mason University.

Second Place: Min Joo Yi, Northwest Division (Washington); Duane Hulbert, teacher

Third Place: Steven Chang, East Central Division (Michigan); Mary Siciliano, teacher

MTNA Senior Piano Duet Competition

Sponsored by Dallas Weekley and Nancy Arganbright

Winner: Alie Yorgason/Elise Peterson, Southwest Division (Utah); Vera Watana be/Eugene Watanabe, teachers

Alie Yorgason has been studying piano since age 4. She currently studies with Vera Oussetskaia-Watanabe. Among her many awards and honors are: Utah State Fair Winner in 2005, second place at the UMTA Concerto Competition, MTNA State Duet Winners for 2008 and 2009, and MTNA Piano Solo State Winner in 2009. Alie enjoys watching and participating in basketball. Her future aspirations include studying piano performance and music composition.

Elise Peterson plays the violin and viola, as well as the piano, and particularly enjoys participating in chamber music. Her soccer team won the state championship for several years. She is a senior at the Waterford School and has been admitted for entry into Stanford University for Fall of 201 0. She is the youngest of seven children of Joel and Diana Peterson. Although born in California, she has resided in Salt Lake City since age 4.

Second Place: Gabriel Mo/Nathaniel Mo, Southern Division (Kentucky); Janet Bass Smith, teacher

Third Place: Anneliese Dailey/Rachel Dailey, Northwest Division (Washington); Peter Mack, teacher

MTNA Senior String Competition

Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Winner: Leah Ferguson, East Central Division linois); Roland Vamos, teacher

Leah Ferguson is a viola student of Roland Vamos. She has pursued further studies with Mark Jackobs (Cleveland Orchestra and CIM). Awards include first place in the Society of American Musicians, ASTA state division and North Suburban Symphony. She was a prizewinner in the 2010 Lennox International Young Artists Competition and a semi-finalist at the 2010 Stulberg International String Competition. As a member of Quartet Danae, Leah received a bronze medal at the 2009 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.

Second Place: Aaron Hall, Northwest Division (Washington); Toby Saks, teacher

Third Place: Brian Hong, Eastern Division (Virginia); June Huang, teacher

MTNA Senior Voice Competition

Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Supported by Jane Snow

Winner: Christina Arroyo, Northwest Division (Washington); Linda Appert, teacher

Christina Arroyo is 17 years old and a junior at Union High School in Camas, Washington. She maintains a 4.0 GPA while taking a rigorous curriculum including Advanced Placement classes. Christina has studied voice privately with Linda Appert for five years and piano privately with Judy Ebel for 1 1 years. As a sophomore, Christina took third place in soprano at the Washington State Solo and Ensemble Contest. She swims and plays tennis for Union High School.

Second Place: Coraine Tate, Southern Division (Georgia); Earl Coleman, teacher

Third Place: Madelyn Jarmon, South Central Division (Texas); George Variamas, teacher

MTNA Senior Woodwind Competition

Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Winner: Anna Darnell, Southern Division (North Carolina); Anthony Taylor, teacher

Anna Darnell began studying the clarinet in 2003 with Monty Cole of Mercer University. In 2007, she won the Macon Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and attended lnterlochen Arts Camp as an Emerson Scholar. In 2008, Anna placed third in the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium Young Artist Competition and was a finalist in the International Clarinet Association Competition. Anna is pursuing a performance degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro under the instruction of Anthony Taylor.

Second Place: Jana Gardner, Southwest Division (Utah); Cindy Henderson, teacher

Third Place: Jordan Lulloff, East Central Division (Michigan); Joseph Lulloff, teacher

MTNA YOUNG ARTIST PERFORMANCE COMPETITIONS

MTNA Young Artist Brass Competition

Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Winner John Gruber, East Central Division (Ohio); William Mathis, teacher

John Gruber is a senior music education major at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. His teachers include Daniel Saygers, William Mathis and Garth Simmons. He performed with the 2006 OMEA All-State Honor Band and is currently the principal trombonist in the Bowling Green Wind Symphony. Although he enjoys performing, John's ambition is to teach music at the secondary or post-secondary level.

Second Place: Travis Netzer, West Central Division (South Dakota); Boyd Perkins, teacher

Third Place: MattShipes, South Central Division (Arkansas); Benjamin Pierce, teacher

MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition

Sponsored by Stein way & Sons

Winner: Fan-Ya Lin, Southwest Division (Utah); Yu-Jane Yang, teacher

Fan-Ya Lin, born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1989, began her piano study at age 4. Fan-Ya has been selected as the first-place winner of the 2009 UMTA Concerto Competition, the third-place winner of the 2009 Beethoven Club International Piano Competition and the first-place winner of the 2009 Snowy Range Piano Competition. Fan-Ya is currently a piano student of Yu-Jane Yang at Weber State University.

Second Place: Julia Siciliano, East Central Division (Michigan); Logan Skelton, teacher

Third Place: Geraldine Ong, South Central Division (Texas); Nancy Weems, teacher

MTNA Young Artist String Competition

Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Winner: Yu-Jung Su, Eastern Division (Massachusetts); Edwin Barker, teacher

Yi-Jung Su is a master's student at Boston University. She spent two seasons with the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach. Yi-Jung has won numerous solo competitions including third place in International Society of Bassists Competition, winner of the New England Conservatory Erik Larsson Concerto Competition and winner of the lnterlochen Arts Camp Concerto Competition. Her past teachers include Todd Seeber, Derek Weiler and Yung-Chaio Wei. Yi-Jung will study with Edwin Barker until May 201 1 .

Second Place: Jing Yang, Southern Division (Georgia); Sergiu Schwartz, teacher

Third Place: Katrina Bobbs, East Central Division (Ohio); Paul Kantor, teacher

MTNA Young Artist Voice Competition

Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Supported by Jane Snow

Winner: Molly Clodius, Southwest Division (Arizona); Carole FitzPatrick, teacher

Molly Clodius, soprano, is currently pursuing her master of music degree in vocal performance at the University of Missouri, where she studies with Ann Harrell. Molly was last seen as Pamina in Show-Me Opera's performance of The Magic Flute and will be performing the role of Musetta in Show-Me Opera's upcoming performance of Act Il of La Boheme. Molly received a B.A. degree in music from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.

Second Place: Shelby Massey, South Central Division (Texas); Robert Best, teacher

Third Place: Heather Barnes, Northwest Division (Montana); Kimberly James, teacher

MTNA Young Artist Woodwind Competition

Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Winner Daniel Velasco, South Central Division (Texas); Marianne Gedigian, teacher

Daniel Velasco is a native of Quito, Ecuador, where he studied with Luis and Luciano Carrera. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Northern Iowa, under Angeleita Floyd. Daniel has won prizes at the UNI Concerto Competition, Presser Scholarship Competition, National Flute Association's Young Artist competition, WAMSO Concerto Competition and the Claude Monteux Flute Competition. He currently attends the University of Texas at Austin, studying with Marianne Gedigian.

Second Place: Stephen Page, West Central Division (Iowa); Kenneth Tse, teacher

Third Place: Xin Gao, Eastern Division (Pennsylvania); James Houlik, teacher

MTNA CHAMBER MUSIC COMPETITION

Sponsored by the Allen I. McHose Scholarship Fund

Winner: Axius Quartet, West Central Division (Iowa); Kenneth Tse, teacher/coach

The Axius Quartet consists of current graduate students from the University of Iowa, studying under Kenneth Tse. The members of Axius have previously studied with renowned saxophonists Eugene Rousseau, Claude Delangle, JeanMarie Londeix, Otis Murphy, George Wolfe, Nicholas Prost, Timothy McAllister, Eric Lau, Matthew Sintchak, Tom Bergeron and Thomas Walsh. As performers, the members have been heard across the United States, Mexico, Canada, Belgium, Japan, Thailand and Hong Kong.

Second Place: Halcyon Winds, Southern Division (North Carolina); Tadeu Coelho, teacher/coach

Third Place: NubarTrio, Eastern Division (Maryland); Marian Hahn, teacher/coach

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