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2001-2002 MTNA student competitions national winners.


Sponsored by Warner Bros. Publications, Inc. Elementary

Natasha Sinha is eleven years old and in the sixth grade. She started playing the piano at age 5 and enrolled in the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. She began composing at 7, and by ages 8 and 9 won the first- and second-prize awards at the Massachusetts State Piano Competitions. Also at age 9, she won the 2000 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Foundation--Morton Gould Young Composers Award. Natasha studies composition with Alla Cohen. (photo [c] 2002 Harry Butler, Nashville)

Second Place: Eric Verne Eason, West Central Division (Colorado); John Drumheller, teacher

Third Place: Conrad Y. Tao, East Central Division (Illinois); Matthew Hagel, teacher

Junior High School

Fourteen-year-old Sebastian Chang began to compose at age 5. He studies piano with Mark Sullivan and music composition/theory with Bruce Miller. He has studied music composition and piano with Suzanne Wong-Abe for eight years. He is a ninth-grade student at the Orange County High School of the Arts. Sebastian has performed throughout the United States, Asia and Canada as both pianist and featured composer. Moonlight Masquerade, for violin and piano, won first prize in the 2000 MTNA Elementary Composition Competition.

Second Place: Zachary Bernstein, Northwest Division (Washington); Tanya Stambuk, teacher

Third Place: Andrew Barnes Jamieson, East Central Division (Illinois); Terry L. Tennes, teacher

High School

Daniel Tacke, 16, has studied piano since age 3 and composition from age 9. He has received honors in the Washington State MTNA Junior High School Piano Competition and was first alternate in the Washington State MTNA High School Piano Competition. Daniel has received several Outstanding Performance Awards at the Seattle Young Artists Festival and holds the Advanced Certificate with Distinction in performance from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

Second Place: Patrick Hart, Southern Division (Tennessee); Karen Ann Krieger, teacher

Third Place: Anna Katharine Lindemann, West Central Division (Colorado); Eric Lindemann, teacher


James Michael David currently is active as a composer, trombonist and teacher. He began writing music at age 11. His works have received several distinctions including performances at the 2000 International Clarinet Festival and the 1999 International Trombone Festival. He has been commissioned by the Georgia Governor's Honors Program, the U.S. Army Band of Europe and Blair Bollinger (bass trombone, Philadelphia Orchestra) with the U.S. Army Field Band. James is a master's student in composition, studying with William Davis at the University of Georgia.

Second Place: Andrew Norman, Southwest Division (California); Martha Ashleigh, teacher

Third Place: Jorge Alfredo Santa Ana Gurrola, West Central Division (Missouri); Warren P. Gooch, teacher


MTNA Junior High School Brass Competition, sponsored by The Selmer Company

Matt Schnarr has played the trombone for four years and is a student of Todd Johnson. He attends public school in Conway, Arkansas, and is in the ninth grade. Matt is first chair in his school band, in the Arkansas Region VII All-Region Concert and Jazz Bands and at the Dixie Band Camp. He has earned the musicianship award for his grade twice. Matt received superior ratings for the past two years in Region VII Solo and Ensemble Competitions. (photo [c] 2002 Harry Butler, Nashville)

Second Place: Jason Ward, Southern Division (South Carolina); Gayle Chesebro, teacher

Third Place: Kate O'Donnell, Eastern Division (West Virginia); Bonnie Miltenberger, teacher

MTNA Junior High School Percussion Competition, sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION

Michael Sayers studies percussion with Beth Gottlieb and piano with his mother, Pati Sayers. He is in eighth grade at Gray Middle School in Groveland, Florida, and lives in Clermont. He is a member of his school band, the 2001 Florida All-State Band and the Lake County Honor Band and is one of the youngest members of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra. Michael has received superior ratings in festivals and received the Windy Hill Middle School Outstanding Band Member award.

Second Place: Brian Mengwasser, West Central Division (Missouri); Chris Treloar, teacher


MTNA Junior High School Piano Competition, sponsored by Baldwin Piano Company

Denise Yen is a student of Ginger Chen. She is in ninth grade at Dunwoody High School in Dunwoody, Georgia. In addition to the piano, she plays viola in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. She has received first place for four years in the Kawai Piano Competition and was a division winner. She has won the Jo Evans and A.S.Y.O. Competitions and received third place in the Brevard International Piano Competition. She has appeared on the National Public Radio show From the Top.

Second Place: Lindsay Garritson, West Central Division (Missouri); Zena Ilyashov, teacher

Third Place: William Huang, Eastern Division (New Jersey); Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield, teacher

MTNA Junior High School String Competition, sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION

Joel Christopher Link studies violin with Sonja Foster. He is a seventh grade home-schooled student in Cartersville, Georgia. Joel also plays the piano. He has been a member of the Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra in Lincoln Center and the Conservatorio Joaquin Rodrigo Orchestra, touring Spain and the Philippines. Joel has appeared as a soloist with the Gwinnett, Georgia, Philharmonic Orchestra and at the IV Virtuosi Music Festival in Brazil. He won first place in the Atlanta Jewish Community Center Young Artist Competition. (photo [c] 2002 Harry Butler, Nashville)

Second Place: Felicia Tan, Eastern Division (New Jersey); Ann Setzer, teacher

Third Place: Hiro Matsuo, East Central Division (Illinois); Gilda Barston, teacher

MTNA Junior High School Woodwind Competition, sponsored by the MTNA


Alison Hazen has studied the flute for nine years and is a student of Cindy Henderson. She is in the ninth grade at Ogden High School in Ogden, Utah. Alison has performed extensively in master classes. She won the Utah State Fair Intermediate Wind Division in 1999 and 2000. Alison was the youngest member of the Olympic Spirit Band for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. She was the second-place winner in the MTNA Junior High School Woodwinds Competition in 2001.

Second Place: Judith Ross, West Central Division (Minnesota); Ruth Giles, teacher

Third Place: Mia Choi, Southern Division (Virginia); Kenneth Lee, teacher


MTNA High School Brass Competition, sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION

Anna Marie Dodd, a tenth-grader, currently studies horn with Richard Deane. She has participated in the All-State Band and Chorus for four consecutive years. In addition, she has played with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony for two seasons and performed with them at the Piccolo Spoleto. She is now in her second year with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and also serves as their librarian. Anna placed second in the MTNA National Competitions in 2000. (photo [c] 2002 Harry Butler, Nashville)

Second Place: Jodi Lynn Herbert, West Central Division (Kansas); Craig B. Parker, teacher

MTNA High School Percussion Competition, sponsored by Yamaha Corporation of America, Band and Orchestral Division

June Hahn, 16, currently studies with Dong-wook Park. She made her debut in 1996, and, since then, has won second prize in the First Percussion Competition in Korea and first prize in the Journal of Music Concours. In 1998, she won grand prize in the First Marimba Competition in Japan. June has performed with the "Cave and Concert" in Cheju Island, 1997, Prodigy concerts at the Kumbo Art Gallery and Seoul Arts Center, 1999, and in 2001 the Marimba Concerto, "Prism Rhapsody," with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

Second Place: Jacob Finkbeiner, East Central Division (Michigan); Don Raaymakers, teacher

MTNA High School Piano Competition, sponsored by Yamaha Corporation of America, Piano Division

Joseph Liccardo, a senior at Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville, New York, is a student of Donald Pirone at the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College. Joseph has been a prizewinner and recipient of scholarship awards from the Associated Music Teachers League, the Piano Teachers Congress, New York State Music Teachers Association, the Great Neck Piano Competition and the Brooklyn Arts Council Piano Competition. He has performed with orchestras as a winner of piano concerto competitions.

Second Place: Tomo Matsuo, East Central Division (Illinois); Emilio del Rosario, teacher

Third Place: Risheng Xu, South Central Division (Texas); John Weems, teacher

MTNA High School String Competition, sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION

Jennifer Hsiao, 16, studies violin with Teri Einfeldt at the Hartt School Community Division. She was the first-place winner of the ASTA Connecticut State, Connecticut State MTA concerto and Musical Club of Hartford competitions. In 1998, her winning composition was performed by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Jennifer has performed as soloist with the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. She is concertmaster of the Connecticut Youth and a member of the Hartt School Community Division's honors quartet.

Second Place: Peter Myers, West Central Division (Missouri); Kenneth Kulosa, teacher

Third Place: Hamilton Douglas Berry, Southern Division (Tennessee); Felix Wang, teacher

MTNA High School Voice Competition, sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION

Christie Hageman, 18, currently studies with Donald Pihlaja. She is the valedictorian of the Billings Senior High class. A soprano, she sings for nonprofit organizations' benefits and is gaining singing experience through a local opera company. Christie has been selected to three All-Northwest audition choirs for ACDA and MENC, and has two NATS Exceptional Achievement Recognitions. Christie plans to study voice and civil engineering after high school.

Second Place: Erin Thompson, East Central Division (Illinois); Carol Stubbs, teacher

Third Place: Yulia Van Doren, Eastern Division (Pennsylvania); Yelena Van Doren, teacher

MTNA High School Woodwind Competition, sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION

Robert Young, a senior at the South Carolina's Governor's School for Art and Humanities, currently studies saxaphone with Clifford Leaman. Robert has received numerous awards and honors such as the All-State Jazz Band, first place in the North Greenville Woodwind Competition, first place in the South Carolina MTA Woodwind competition and first place in the MTNA Southern Division Competitions. Robert plans to attend college and major in music education.

Second Place: Anges Hahn, Southwest Division (California); Myung So Kim, teacher

Third Place: Carin Powell, West Central Division (Iowa); Sandra Wacha, teacher


MTNA Collegiate Artist Brass Competition, sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION

Jason Koi started playing the tuba in sixth grade and quickly began showing great talent. He amassed several awards throughout middle and high school. Jason also has done very well in college. He competed in the MTNA Collegiate Artist Brass Competition in 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 and received first runner-up at nationals and national alternate respectively. Jason also has competed in taped and live rounds at the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference and the Leonard Falcone Competition. (photo [c] 2002 Harry Butler, Nashville)

Second Place: Christopher Nierman, West Central Division (Kansas); Christopher Moore, teacher

Third Place: Jeffery Taylor, South Central Division (Texas); Charles Gavin, teacher

MTNA Collegiate Artist Guitar Competition, sponsored by Gibson Musical Instruments

In 1999, Joshua Shillair began attending the Florida State University School of Music, where he is a student of Bruce Holzman and pursuing a bachelor's degree in guitar performance. He has performed in the Florida State University Semi-Annual New Music Festival and was a member of the International Guitar Foundation of America Competition. He also was a semi-finalist in the first International Leo Brouwer Competition and the winner of the 2000 Columbus State Guitar Competition. Joshua also has performed in numerous master classes.

Second Place: David Olson, Southwest Division (Nevada); Ricardo Cobo, teacher

Third Place: Nathan Kolosko, West Central Division (Colorado); Ricardo Iznaola, teacher

MTNA Collegiate Artist Organ Competition, sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION

Weil Sawyer is the son of Rev. and Mrs. William Sawyer of Goldboro, North Carolina. Weil is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. William Sawyer of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Carl Edwards. Mr. Sawyer is a student at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, majoring in organ performance under the tutelage of John Mitchener. Weil also studies piano with Clifton Mathews. (photo [c] 2002 Harry Butler, Nashville)

Second Place: Joseph Donald Daniel, South Central Division (Texas); Joyce Jones, teacher

Third Place: Susan DeKam, East Central Division (Michigan); Huw Lewis, teacher

MTNA Collegiate Artist Percussion Competition, sponsored by Slingerland Drum Company

Gene Koshinski has studied percussion with Robert Nowak and Louis Piazza. He currently studies with Chris Hanning at West Chester University as an undergraduate. He has been a featured soloist numerous times with the West Chester University Percussion Ensemble, the Wilkes University Percussion Ensemble and the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary summer music camp. Along with directing the Unionville High School Percussion Ensemble, he is the percussion counselor at the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary summer music camp.

Second Place: Christopher Holley, West Central Division (Colorado); John Pennington, teacher

Third Place: Phillip O'Banion, South Central Division (Texas); Drew Lang, teacher

MTNA Collegiate Artist Piano Competition, sponsored by Steinway & Sons

Amir Khosrowpour, originally from Irvine, California, is a junior studying piano performance with Jack Winerock at the University of Kansas. He also takes composition lessons, trying to balance time to write and practice. He is supremely indebted to his current teacher, his former teacher, Scott McBride Smith, and his parents.

Second Place: Gerald Lee, East Central Division (Michigan); Arthur Greene and Logan Skelton, teachers

Third Place: Catherine Brower, Southwest Division (Utah); Gary Amano, teacher

MTNA Collegiate Artist String Competition, sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION

Carmelo de los Santos began his violin studies at age 9 with Guido Reinke, later studying with Fredi Gerlings. He graduated from Rio Grande do Sul Federal University, Brazil, and came to America in 1997 to study at the Manhattan School of Music. He is pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Georgia. In 1993, Carmelo won Brazil's most prestigious music competition, the "VII Eldorado Prize," Sao Paulo. He also has won other numerous awards.

Second Place: Daniela Shtereva, South Central Division (Louisiana); Kevork Mardirossian, teacher

Third Place: Jonathan Lewis, East Central Division (Illinois); Hans Jensen, teacher

MTNA Collegiate Artist Voice Competition, sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION

Kory Bickel, baritone, is a senior vocal performance major studying with Jo Ella Todd at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He won first place in the state and regional competitions (1998, 1999) of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Kory has appeared as baritone soloist in Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Charpentier's Te Deum and Stravinsky's Les Noces and has performed numerous roles with Show-Me Opera. In 2003, he will world premiere the role of John Potts in Corps of Discovery, a new opera commissioned by the University of Missouri.

Second Place: Alexis Lundy, Southern Division (Georgia); John Ramsaur, teacher

Third Place: Raines Bailey Taylor, South Central Division (Texas); Virginia Dupuy, teacher

MTNA Collegiate Artist Woodwind Competition, sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION

Michael Ibrahim, 22, graduated with a bachelor of music degree with distinction from the University of Calgary. Studying saxophone with Jeremy Brown, he was awarded the Faculty of Fine Arts Graduation Award for Creative Achievement. He has performed and recorded with the National Youth Band of Canada, Canadian Ceremonial Guard Band, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Calgary Saxophone Quartet. He is completing graduate studies at Bowling Green State University, studying with John Sampen.

Second Place: Erica J. Hendryx, West Central (Missouri); Mary Posses, teacher

Third Place: Brina Bourliea, Southwest Division (Arizona); Joseph Wytko, teacher


Sponsored by the Allen I. McHose Scholarship Fund The Bohica Saxophone Quartet is comprised of four graduate saxophone students studying at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) under the supervision of distinguished research/artist professor John Sampen. Bohica has premiered several works, including the award-winning Orbits by BGSU composition professor Mary King. The quartet also will be featured at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference in Denton, Texas. Members are Jeffrey Price, James Flowers, Lee Morrison and Michael Ibrahim.

Second Place: President's String Quartet, Truman State University, West Central Division (Missouri): Katie Collins, Carol Carlson, Carrie Jones, Aaron Ludwig; Elaine Boda, teacher/coach

Third Place: Ronin Trio, Arizona State University, Southwest Division (Arizona): Debbie Dennis, Joel Morgan and Jian Liu; Walter Cosand, teacher/coach
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Date:Jun 1, 2002
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