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2003-2004 MTNA National Student Competitions winners.

Student Composition Competitions

Sponsored by Warner Bros. Publications, Inc. Elementary Composition

Zachary Garcia, of Ada, Oklahoma, is in the fourth grade. He studies piano with W.T. Skye Garcia. Zachary previously has won three state and two regional composer competitions and earned second place in a national competition. He has achieved six consecutive superior ratings for solo piano in the NFMC festivals, placing first in his division in 2003. Zachary also enjoys drama, sports and reading.

Second Place: Margareta Curuci, Southern Division (North Carolina); Juliusz Bujalski, teacher

Third Place: Maurissa Jane Weight, Southwest Division (Utah); Laurisa Ward Cope, teacher

Junior Composition

Gabrielle Haigh, age 11, began piano, theory and composition lessons in 1997 with Mary Ann Griebling and added cello in 2001. For five years she has received awards in MTNA, NFMC and NGPT composition contests, including first prize in the 2003 MTNA elementary division. Since 2001, she has sung with the Cleveland orchestra Children's Chorus and in three operettas at Laurel School of Theater. A seventh-grade member of the swim team at Laurel, Gabrielle enjoys studying Latin and algebra, as well as reading, drawing and acting.

Second Place: Natasha Kirin Sinha, Eastern Division (Massachusetts); Alia Elana Cohen, teacher

Third Place: David Kolar, West Central Division (South Dakota); Paul Kolar, teacher

Senior Composition

Calvin Chang is an engineering major at UCLA. He studies with Carlton Liu. Calvin began studying keyboard at age 8 with Yamaha Music. He later began taking private lessons for piano and composition. Calvin hopes to continue studying music as a minor, or maybe as a second major.

Second Place: Krystal Barghelame, Northwest Division (Washington); Sharon Van Valin, teacher

Third Place: Sam Peters, Eastern Division (Delaware); David Brown, teacher

Young Artist Composition

Carlo Vincetti Frizzo holds a B. A. degree in keyboard studies from Murray State University and studied piano with Stephen Brown. He is pursuing a master of music composition degree at Louisiana State University, where he studies composition with Dinos Constantinides. Carlo won second place in the collegiate level of the 2003 MTNA National Student Composition Competition, and his work Sfogato for Solo Flute was recorded on Magni Publications with flutist Iwona Glinka.

Second Place: Robert Ash, East Central Division (Michigan); David Gillingham, teacher

Third Place: Seth Custer, West Central Division (North Dakota); Elizabeth Rheude, teacher

MTNA Junior Performance Competitions

MTNA Junior Brass Competition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Drew Prichard, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, is in the ninth grade at Hendersonville High School. He studies tuba with John Sizemore. Drew is active in the Hendersonville High School Marching Band and the Ashville Community Band. In 2003, Drew received the Band Masters Award at Rugby Middle School. He has been named to the All-District Band several times, and in 2003, he was named to the North Carolina Honors Band.

Second Place: Steven Sharp, West Central Division (Missouri); Malcom McDuffy, teacher

Third Place: Meghan Wiley, Northwest Division (Montana); Gary Tangen, teacher

MTNA Junior Percussion Competition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Kelsey Tamayo, of Radcliff, Kentucky, is a freshman at John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Kelsey, a student of B.J. Morton, participates in student council, KYA, BETA Club and the JHHS Marching Band. She also is a member of the Louisville Youth orchestra, and serves as a musical ambassador to local hospitals, nursing homes and schools. Kelsey recently performed on xylophone with the Bowling Green Chamber orchestra and has won regional and national awards for her musical compositions, piano and percussion.

Second Place: Elizabeth Hoover, West Central Division (Iowa); Barry Larkin, teacher

Third Place: Kelly Breese, Southern Division (Florida); Beth Gottlieb, teacher

MTNA Junior Piano Competition Sponsored by Baldwin Piano, Inc.

Grace Ma, of Phoenix, Arizona, is a sixth-grade student at Altadena Middle School. She studies piano with Fei Xu. Grace received the Winners' Showcase Award of the 2003 Arizona Young Artist Piano Competition and was a scholarship recipient to International Institute for Young Musicians summer camp. in 2002, she received the outstanding Festival Performance Award of the same competition. Grace also received the Medalist with Distinction Award of the 2003 ASMTA Piano Competition.

Second Place: Monica We, Southern Division (Virginia); Nancy Breth, teacher

Third Place: Lauren Johnson, Northwest Division (Washington); Peter Mark, teacher

MTNA Junior String Competition Sponsored by Yamaha Corporation of America--Orchestral Strings Department

Benjamin Bellman, age 14, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is an eighth-grade student at Tappan Middle School. Benjamin began his violin studies at age 5 and is a student of Almita and Roland Vamos. His musical accomplishments include first prize in the 2004 Walgreens Concerto Competition and top awards in the Society of American Musicians' competitions. Benjamin also has appeared on NPR's From the Top program and in recital at the Skokie Library's Young Steinway concert series.

Second Place: Shannon Lee, South Central Division (Texas); Jan Sloman, teacher

Third Place: Paishium Nelson Hsieh, Southern Division (Florida); Sergiu Schwartz, teacher

MTNA Junior Woodwind Competition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Jennifer Zhou, age 11, of Columbus, Ohio, is in the sixth grade and studies flute with Beth Owen, NCTM. Born in China, Jennifer is a member of the Columbus Symphony Cadet orchestra and is principal flutist at Jones Middle School. Winner of the elementary level Ohio Buckeye Competition, she also earned top honors three times in the CSO Young Musicians Competition. Last year, Jennifer was a recipient of an OMTA Summer Scholarship.

Second Place: Helen McGarr, Southwest Division (Utah); Laurel Maurer, teacher

Third Place: Rashmi Trivedi, Eastern Division (Delaware); Lynne Cooksey, teacher

MTNA Senior Performance Competitions

MTNA Senior Brass Competition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Jaclyn Rainey, age 17, is a junior at The Youth Performing Arts High School in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the principal hornist in her school's Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and Philharmonia orchestra. Jaclyn, a student of D. Bruce Helm, also serves as the principal hornist for the Louisville Youth orchestra, where she has been a member for four years. She has received many awards and has been a featured soloist on Louisville's WUOL Lunchtime Classics radio series.

Second Place: Jens Peterson, Northwest Division (Washington); Ron Munson, teacher

Third Place: Patrick Thomas, South Central Division (Texans); Karen Houghton, teacher

MTNA Senior Percussion Competition Sponsored by Yamaha Corporation of America--Band and orchestral Division

Jonathan Park, of Ames, Iowa, has studied percussion with Barry Larkin for four years. Jonathan studied piano before he started to play percussion. In summers, he has attended numerous camps and seminars including NHSMI and Michael Burritti's marimba seminar. Jonathan was a winner of the Central Iowa Symphony Young Artist Competition and a second-place winner of the Des Moines Young Artist Competition in 2003.

Second Place: Gloria Cheng, Eastern Division (West Virginia); Roger Braun, teacher

Third Place: Brian Radock, Southern Division (Florida); Beth Gottlieb, teacher

MTNA Senior Piano Competition Sponsored by Yamaha Corporation of America--Piano Division

Brandon Lee, of North Logan, Utah, is in the eleventh grade. He studies piano with Gary Amano. Brandon won seventeen first-place awards, including the 1999 and 2000 UMTA Concerto Competitions; the 1999, 2001 and 2003 USU Competitions; the 1999 and 2000 Utah Symphony Guild Competitions; the 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 Utah Competitions, the 2003 Four Corners, Solo and Concerto; and the 2003 Idaho International. He was a national finalist in the 2000 MTNA competitions and placed third in the 2003 MTNA national competition finals.

Second Place: Matthew Graybil, Eastern Division (Pennsylvania); Harvey Wedeen, teacher

Third Place: Amy Wu, Northwest Division (Oregon); Rachelle McCabe, teacher

MTNA Senior String Competition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Paige Kossuth, of Bellevue, Washington, studied with Donald Weilerstein and David Updegraff during her freshman and sophomore years in high school and now studies with Kent Coleman. Paige studied at the Cleveland institute of Music in the Young Artists program. Her recent accomplishments include winning the Grand Prize at the Washington State ASTA competition in October and a concert engagement with the Bellevue Philharmonic in May. She was a national finalist in the 2001 MTNA competitions.

Second Place: Jessica Hung, East Central Division (Illinois); Gerardo Ribeiro, teacher

Third Place: Amanda Smith, Southern Division (Mississippi); Paul Kantor, teacher

MTNA Senior Voice Competition Sponsored by Jane E. Snow

Theresa Dunigan, age 17, of Richland, Washington, is a junior at Richland High School. She is a student of Elaine Scherperd-Burgess. Theresa is a member of the Washington East opera Bravo Troupe, performing leads in their productions for children and the chorus of main stage productions of Carmen and La Boheme, as well as one of the spirits in The Magic Flute when she was 13.

Second Place: Christopher Cobbett, West Central Division (Missouri); Janice Ragland, teacher

Third Place: Emily O'Koren, Eastern Division (Delaware); Mary Ellen Schauber, teacher

MTNA Senior Woodwind Competition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Christopher Bartz, of Kirkwood, Missouri, studies saxophone with Leo Saguitguit. Christopher has studied saxophone for seven years and piano for ten years. For three years, he was selected for the Missouri All-State Band, serving two years as first chair. He was the lead alto saxophone in the Missouri All-State Jazz Band this year. Christopher also was accepted as an extra player for the St. Louis Symphony orchestra. Christopher plans to pursue a saxophone performance degree.

Second Place: Christopher Matthews, East Central Division (Kentucky); Heather Verbeck, teacher

Third Place: Matthew Younglove, Southern Division (South Carolina); Clifford Leaman, teacher

Young Artist Performance Competitions

MTNA Young Artist Brass Competition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Nathan Gay, of Gladstone, Missouri, graduated from Southwest Missouri State University (SMS) with a bachelor of arts degree in religious studies and a K-12 Instrumental/Vocal reaching Certificate. While at SMS, he studied with Win Prather, a former student of Arnold Jacobs of the Chicago Symphony orchestra. Nathan is studying with Thomas Stein at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music while pursuing a master of music degree in euphonium performance.

Second Place: H. Carl Hess, Jr., Eastern Division (West Virginia); Timothy DeWitt, teacher

Third Place: Eric Leday, South Central Division (Louisiana); J. Mark Thompson, teacher

MTNA Young Artist Guitar Competition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Joao Paulo M. Figueriroa da Cruz, of Florida, is pursuing a master's degree in guitar performance as an assistant to Bruce Holzman at Florida State University. A native of Brazil, Joao won the first prize at the Fourth Annual Musicalis National Competition. He also was a laureate in the Second Annual National Competition IBEU/RJ and in the II National Competition of Young Soloists, hosted by the Symphony orchestra da Bahia. He received a bachelor's degree at Universidade Federal da Bahia, where he studied with Mario Ulloa.

Second Place: Robert Gibson, South Central Division (Texas); Adam Holzman, teacher

Third Place: Adam Pettit, Eastern Division (Maryland); Julian Gray, teacher

MTNA Young Artist organ Competition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Jennifer Hudson Gay earned a bachelor's degree in organ performance from James Madison University. Currently, she is working on a master's degree in sacred music at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where she studies with Janette Fishell. In 2003, Jennifer was the winner of the Metropolitan Music Ministries organ Scholarship Competition. Jennifer and her husband, Joel, are the music ministers at the First United Methodist Church in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

Second Place: Joanna Li, South Central Division (Texas); Joyce Jones, teacher

Third Place: Carrie Spronk, West Central Division (Iowa); Joan Ringerwole, teacher

MTNA Young Artist Percussion Competition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Casey Cangelosi is a percussion performance major at Utah State University, where he studies with Dennis Griffin. He has won several Percussion Art Society awards, including the Yamaha scholarship to P.A.S.I.C. 2003, by playing his original marimba compositions. This year Casey will perform a self-composition of one movement for solo marimba and orchestra with the Utah State University orchestra. Casey's interests and strengths with percussion are in marimba literature, rudimental snare and drum set.

Second Place: William Solomon, West Central Division (Missouri); James Snell, teacher

Third Place: Justin Nace, Eastern Division (Pennsylvania); Chris Harming, teacher

MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition Sponsored by Steinway & Sons

Nathan Brandwein studies piano with Pavlina Dokovksa at the Mannes College of Music in New York City. Nathan, who made his orchestral debut at age 7 with the Kansas City Philharmonia, he has received numerous awards, prizes and scholarships. His performance travels include two trips to Germany, concerts at the 2002 Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Rome, Italy, and most recently a month studying and performing at the summer session of the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France.

Second Place: Hong Xu, Eastern Division (New York); Douglas Humpherys, teacher

Third Place: Tanya Karyagina, Southwest Division (California); John Perry, teacher

MTNA Young Artist String Competition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Anna Burden is a sophomore at Northwestern University, where she studies cello with Hans Jensen. In 2002, she won first place in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition with the Orion Piano Trio, and in 2003 she received an honorable mention from the Washington International Competition and from the Society for American Musicians competition. Anna has performed with the Kishwaukee Symphony, the Washington Chamber Symphony and the Midwest Young Artists Orchestra.

Second Place: Jared Scott, Southwest Division (Arizona); Nelzimar Neeves, teacher

Third Place: Jay Tilton, Southern Division (Tennessee); Felix Wang, teacher

MTNA Young Artist Voice Competition Sponsored by Jane E. Snow

Thomas McCargar is a senior vocal performance major at Drake University, studying with Leane Freeman-Miller. He is a two-time winner and five-time Iowa NATS finalist, and he won the $7,500 grand prize in the 2002 Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair. Thomas recently sang the baritone solos in Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and sang the role of Adam in Haydn's The Creation. He also played Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro.

Second Place: Jamie Barton, Southern Division (Georgia); Brian Home, teacher

Third Place: Stephanie Harris, East Central Division (Indiana); Vergene Miller, teacher

MTNA Young Artist Woodwind Competition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Alexander Lipay attends the University of California-Santa Barbara, where he studies with Jill Felber. Alexander has won numerous competitions, including the Seattle Young Artist, Seattle Flute Society's Horsfall, Santa Barbara Music Club, Performing Arts Foundation and Leni FeBland Foundation. He has performed with the Seattle Youth Symphony and UCSB Symphony Orchestra.

Second Place: Nathan Nabb, East Central Division (Illinois); Frederick Hemke, teacher

Third Place: Anne Dervin, Southern Division (North Carolina); Christopher Grymes, teacher

MTNA Chamber Music Competition Sponsored by the Allen I. McHose Scholarship Fund

The Ichos String Quartet, the University of Colorado at Boulder, was awarded the Denes Koromzay Chamber Music Award for outstanding Chamber Performance in 2003. The quartet has participated in master classes and private coachings with Lynn Harrell, Judith Glyde, Erika Eckert and all members of the Takacs String Quartet. Members are John Hilton, violin; Azaduhi Anmahian, violin; Megan Tipton, viola; Marcelo Sanches, cello; Erika Eckert, teacher/coach.

Second Place: Bulldog Brass Society, University of Georgia, Southern Division (Georgia); Chris DeMeglio, trumpet; Colin Jones, trumpet; Heidi Lucas, horn; David Nelson, trombone; Ian Melrose, tuba; W. Fred Mills, coach

Third Place: Arizona State University Saxophone Quartet, Arizona State University, Southwest Division (Arizona); Ryan Bledsoe, soprano saxophone; Steven Yarbro, alto saxophone; Harout Boyajian, tenor saxophone; Julian Peterson, baritone saxophone; Joseph Wytko, coach
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