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2004-2005 MTNA National Student Competitions winners.

2005 National Conference Seattle, Washington April 2-6

Jade Conlee, right, winner of the MTNA Student Composition Competition, junior level, sponsored by Warner Bros. Publications, Inc., received her award from Gail Lew, Warner Bros. Publications, Inc.

Gail Lew, Warner Bros. Publications, Inc., is pictured with Matthew Nguyen, winner of the MTNA Student Composition Competition, elementary level, sponsored by Warner Bros. Publications, Inc.

Thomas Malone, Baldwin Piano, Inc., is pictured with MTNA Junior Piano Competition winner John Sargeant.

Sebastian Chang was the winner of the MTNA Student Composition Competition, senior level. Gail Lew, representing the sponsor, Warner Bros. Publications, Inc., presented the award.

Erica MacArthur was the winner of the MTNA Junior String Competition, sponsored by Yamaha Corporation of America--Orchestral Strings Department. Larry Chamberlain, representing Yamaha, presented the award.

Mike Bates, Yamaha Corporation of America, is pictured with Pallavi Mahidhara, winner of the MTNA Senior Piano Competition, sponsored by Yamaha Corporation of America--Piano Division.

Kelsey Tamayo was the MTNA Senior Percussion Competition Winner. Shown with Tamayo is Larry Chamberlain, representing Yamaha Corporation of America--Band & Orchestral Division, which sponsors the competition.

Jane E. Snow, left, presented the winner's award for the MTNA Senior Voice Competition to Sarah Parnicky.

Brandon Stewart was the winner of the MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition, sponsored by Steinway & Sons. Sally Coveleskie, Steinway & Sons director of institutional sales, presented the award.

Laura Boone, winner of the MTNA Young Artist Voice Competition, received the award from Jane E. Snow.

Gail Lew, Warner Bros. Publications, Inc., presented the MTNA Student Composition Competition Award, young artist level, to Jess Turner.



Sponsored by Warner Bros. Publications, Inc. Elementary Composition

Matthew Nguyen, age 10, is in the fifth grade at La Veta Elementary in Orange, California. For after-school activities, he studies piano at the Yamaha Music Center with Su-Shing Chiu and is learning the cello. Matthew has received several piano composition awards. He enjoys swimming, tennis, sleeping, reading, eating and video games.

Second Place: Benjamin Davis, Northwest Divison (Washington); Sharon Van Valin, teacher

Third Place: Natalie Nakles, Eastern Division (Pennsylvania); Edward M. Kuhn, Jr., teacher

Junior Composition

Jade Adele Conlee is in the seventh grade at Rowland Hall-St. Mark's School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jade began composing music at age 7. Her current teachers are Lenora Ford Brown, piano, and Miguel Chuaqui, composition. Jade's compositions have received awards at state, regional and national levels; she wrote her first commissioned work in 2003. Jade's other interests include theater, art and poetry. She has had three original poems published.

Second Place: Parker Ramsay, Southern Division (Tennessee); Wesley Ramsay, teacher

Third Place: Douglon Tse, Eastern Divison (Massachusetts); Alla Elana Cohen, teacher

Senior Composition

Sebastian Chang, 17, began composing at age 5. He has studied composition at the Pinnacle Project with Michael Gandolfi, at the Tanglewood Institute with Richard Cornell and Paul Brust and privately with Michael Martin and Richard Derby. Currently, he is a freshman studying composition with Jennifer Higdon and Richard Danielpuor at the Curtis Institute of Music. Among Sebastian's numerous compositional honors are winning the MTNA Elementary Composition Competition in 2000 and the MTNA Junior Composition Competition in 2002.

Second Place: David Stal, South Central Division (Texas); Ann Witherspoon, teacher

Third Place: Robert Wells, Southern Division (South Carolina); Linda McKenzie, teacher

Young Artist

Jess Langston Turner, 21, lives in Greenville, South Carolina, and is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Turner. His early education was in the preparatory schools of Bob Jones University, where he was active in the bands and orchestras. Jess, a junior at Bob Jones University majoring in trumpet performance under Bruce Cox, has studied composition with Joan Pinkston and Dwight Gustafson. He plans to pursue graduate work in trumpet and composition.

Second Place: Brian Buch, Eastern Divison (Massachusetts); Alia Elana Cohen, teacher

Third Place: Zvonimir Nagy, South Central Division (Texas); H. Joseph Butler, teacher


MTNA Junior Brass Competition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Mild Sasaki is in the eighth grade at Murchison Middle School in Austin, Texas. He has been playing the trumpet since age 7 and has studied with Faith Holley, Bernie Nero and Ray Sasaki. Miki's recent accomplishments include making All-Region Band and All-Region Orchestra for the past three years and receiving first place in the Middle School Division of the 2004 National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C.

Second Place: Nathan Bosen, Northwest Division (Washington); Elizabeth Ward, teacher

Third Place: Rebecca Gruskin, West Central Division (Minnesota); Sarah Schmalenberger, teacher

MTNA Junior Piano Competition Sponsored by Baldwin Piano, Inc.

John Sargeant, of Orem, Utah, is in the ninth grade at Oak Canyon Junior High School. He studies piano with Gary Amano. John has twice won first prize in the Utah State University Piano Competition. He also has won first prize in two Utah statewide concerto competitions. As a guest soloist, he has performed with the Pleasant Grove Orchestra, Nachtmusik, Utah Valley Symphony and, most recently, the Utah Symphony, conducted by Keith Lockhart.

Second Place: Christine Yoon, East Central Division (Illinois); Theodore Edel, teacher

Third Place: Yvonne Chen, Southern Division (Virginia); Rosita Kerr Mang, teacher

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

Erica MacArthur, 15, has studied violin for twelve years. A student of Anthea Kreston at the Hartt School of Music, Erica is concert-mistress of the Connecticut Youth Symphony and plays with Hartt Honors String Quartet. Among her many recitals and competitions, Erica has performed in Bolivia and Morocco and performed a solo at the Smithsonian Institute's Bach Festival.

Second Place: Mikaela Holland, Northwest Division (Washington); Ronald Patterson, teacher

Third Place: Benjamin Lash, East Central Division (Illinois); Tanya Carey, teacher

MTNA Junior Woodwind Competition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Dale allen Forsythe, 14, of Greenville, South Carolina, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lance Forsythe. Dale, a freshman at Bob Jones Academy, studies saxophone under Alexander Fields. He began saxophone lessons in the fifth grade and has participated in the National Federation of Music Clubs Festival auditions and was a winner in woodwinds. Dale is active in his church's music program.

Second Place: Alyssa Van Lanen, East Central Division (Wisconsin); Angela Jrajnek, teacher

Third Place: Rebecca Swain, Southwest Division (Nevada); Cynthia Man, teacher


MTNA Senior Brass Competition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Patrick Thomas, a high school senior, is co-principal horn of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, which he toured Europe with in 2004. Grand Prize winner of the Lewisville Lake Symphony Young Artist Competition, second-place winner of the Juanita Miller Young Artist Competition, third-place winner of the 2004 MTNA Senior Brass Competition and ARTS awards winner, Patrick spent the summer of 2003 at the Brevard Music Center and recently participated in ARTS week in Miami.

Second Place: Daniel Kirk, Southern Division (Georgia); Kenneth Kirk, teacher

Third Place: Darren Lee, Northwest Division (Washington); Jeremy Berkman, teacher

MTNA Senior Percussion Competition Yamaha Corporation of America Band and Orchestral Divison

Kelsey Tamayo, a sophomore, attends John Hardin High in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and studies with B.J. Morton. She has been featured on the radio program From the Top and on WUOL 90.5 in Louisville. Kelsey has won performance prizes with the Louisville Orchestra, Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra, Jackson Mississippi Symphony, Clayton Symphony and Louisville Youth Orchestra. She has performed as a featured soloist with the 113th United States Army Dragoons, the University of Louisville and the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.

Second Place: Brian Radock, Southern Division (Florida); Elizabeth Gottlieb, teacher

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

Pallavi Mahidhara, 17, made her orchestral debut at age 10. Since then, she has performed regularly in solo recitals and with orchestras. Pallavi was the national winner of the 2001 MTNA Junior Piano Competition, grand prize winner in the 2003 Kingsville International Young Performers Competition and a prize winner in the 2004 Kosciuszko Competition. Pallavi studies piano with Julian Martin and Rachel Franklin. She is a senior at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland.

Second Place: Andrew Tyson, Southern Division (North Carolina); Thomas Otten, teacher

Third Place: Bo Hu, West Central Division (Minnesota); Alexander Braginsky, teacher

MTNA Senior String Competition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Paishiun Nelson Hsieh studies with Sergiu Schwartz. Nelson was the winner of the prestigious Irene Muir Award in the 2003 FFMC Annual Junior Convention and 2004 New World Symphony's Senior High Concerto Competition. He was a finalist in the 2002 and 2004 Young Artist Competition of the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. He also won second place in the 2005 National Arts and Letters Violin Competition. Nelson received third place in the 2004 MTNA Junior String Competition.

Second Place: Thomas Hu, Eastern Division (Pennsylvania); Hong-Guang Jia, teacher

Third Place: Samantha Bennett, West Central Division (Iowa); Almita Vamos, teacher

MTNA Senior Voice Competition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND Supported by Jane E. Snow

Sarah Michelle Parnicky is a senior at Walla Walla High School. She studies with Winnifred Ringhoffer. Sarah's vocal credits include NFAA Arts Awards Merit winner, gold medalist at Music Fest Northwest, ACDA National Honor Choir member, two-time Washington State Solo/Ensemble competitor, MENC and ACDA All-Northwest Honor Choir. She also has performed in a master class at the Richard Miller Vocal Institute, at the Walla Walla Hometown Idol and with the WA-HI Chamber Singers/Treble Ensemble/Concert Choir.

Second: Elizabeth Winders, Eastern Division (Delaware); Marian Johnson-Healey, teacher

Third: Karen Hayden, Southern Division (North Carolina); Catherine Charlton, teacher

MTNA Senior Woodwind Competition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Mira Magrill is a senior at Edmond Memorial, playing in the wind ensemble and orchestra. She performs with the All-State Band and Orchestra and the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra. Mira has participated in master classes with Katherine Kemler, Leone Buyse, Walfrid Kujala, Bonita Boyd and others. She was named Oklahoma Flute Society Outstanding High School Soloist and OMTA Outstanding High School Woodwind Soloist. She has performed at recent National Flute Association conventions. Mira is a student of Amy Zuback.

Second Place: Natalie Parker, Southern Division (South Carolina); Robert Chest, teacher

Third Place: Rachel Maclary, Eastern Division (Delaware); Lynne Cooksey, teacher


MTNA Young Artist Brass Competition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Aaron Tindall is a euphonium and tuba performance major at Penn State University, where his principal teacher is Velvet Brown. He also has additional studies with Roger Bobo, Steven Mead and Benjamin Pierce. Aaron has been a prize winner in various solo competitions throughout the United States and also has performed in Finland, Hungary and Italy.

Second Place: R. Patrick Creel, West Central Division (Iowa); Jeffrey Agrell, teacher

Third Place: Scott Stone, Southern Division (Georgia); David Zerkel, teacher

MTNA Young Artist Guitar Competition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Sebastian Acosta-Fox was born in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. He began playing the guitar when he was 11. His classical guitar teachers were Alex Acosta-Fox, his father; Jose Adan, a graduate of The University of Miami; Celin Romero from the world-renowned Los Romeros; and currently Bruce Holzman of Florida State University. He has been a participant in numerous guitar competitions around the country, such as the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition and the Schadt String Concerto Competition.

Second Place: Nicholas Ciraldo, South Central Division (Texas); Adam Holzman, teacher

Third Place: Edward Trybek, Southwest Division (California); Brian Head, teacher

MTNA Young Artist Organ Competition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Ahreum Han is an artistic diploma student at the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Alan Morrison. She holds a bachelor's degree in organ performance from Westminster Choir College, where she studied with Ken Cowan. During her senior year in high school, Ahreum won first place in the undergraduate division of the Westminster Choir College Scholarship Competition. Ahreum is currently organist and minister of art and music at the First Presbyterian Church in Trenton, New Jersey.

Second Place: David Jernigan, Southern Division (North Carolina); Janette Fishell, teacher

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

MTNA Young Artist Percussion Competition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Brett Baxter is a senior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In the fall, he will pursue graduate studies in percussion performance. Brett studies with James Snell.

Second Place: Andrew Beall, Eastern Division (New York); Jonathan Haas, teacher

Third Place: Joshua Priest, Southern Division (Florida); Elizabeth Gottlieb, teacher

MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition Sponsored by Steinway & Sons

Brandon Stewart is a piano performance major at Brigham Young University, studying with Irene Peery-Fox. Before college, he studied with Susan Bana in Orange, California. Brandon recently won the BYU Concerto Competition and performed with the BYU Philharmonic. He won first place in the International Young Artist Peninsula Competition, the Los Angeles Liszt Competition and the Glendale Piano Competition and was winner in the Junior Gina Bachauer Competition. He is a Young Artist Guild winner for the state of California.

Second Place: Dmitri Shelest, Southern Division (Kentucky); Sergei Polusmiak, teacher

Third Place: Jacob Ertl, East Central Division (Ohio); Robert Shannon, teacher

MTNA Young Artist String Competition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Karen Sinclair holds a bachelor of music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, a diploma of postgraduate performance from London's Royal Academy of Music and a master of music degree from Rice University. Karen has been a prize winner in several competitions, including the Delaware Contest for Young Musicians, the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition and the Austrian-American Society's Competition. While in London, she served as concertmaster of the Royal Academy Chamber Orchestra.

Second Place: Mialtin Zhezha, East Central Division (Michigan); Renata Artman Knific, teacher

Third Place: Stirling Trent, South Central Division (Texas); Jan Mark Sloman, teacher

MTNA Young Artist Voice Competition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND Supported by Jane E. Snow

Laura Boone is a junior at Arizona State University, where she is pursuing a B.M. degree in music education and studying voice with Robert Barefield. Last summer, Laura performed at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska. She also has performed with the ASU Lyric Opera Theatre. In 2004, Laura won first place at the Arizona NATS Student Auditions. Her future goals include pursuing a vocal performance degree at the graduate level.

Second Place: Rebecca Drury, West Central Division (Missouri); Rose Mary Owens, teacher

Third Place: Natasha Ospina, South Central Division (Texas); Robert Best, teacher

MTNA Young Artist Woodwind Competition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Jesse Dochnahl is a senior music education/performance major at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he studies with Steven Jordheim. Jesse, 21, also studied for two years at the University of Oregon in Eugene with J. Robert Moore, Kevin Hoferer and Colin Lippy. Jesse was a student of Monte Grise and Steve Meier during high school.

Second Place: David Parks, West Central Division (Iowa); Kenneth Tse, teacher

Third Place: Robert Young, Southern Division (South Carolina); Clifford Leaman, teacher

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

The Hyperion String Quartet has performed to rave reviews since its formation in 1999 at the Eastman School of Music. They have been selected to participate in such prestigious programs as the Juilliard String Quartet seminar, Quartetfest with the Penderecki String Quartet and the Lake Tahoe Summer Chamber Music Festival with the Miro Quartet. The quartet has won top prizes at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. They have been the quartet in residence at the Strings in the Mountains Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and will be the Young Artist Ensemble in Residence at the Vail Valley Music Festival this summer. The Quartet is the graduate string quartet in residence at the Hartt School with the Miami String Quartet. Members include Amanda Brown, violin; Rachel Englander, violin; Jamie Arrowsmith, viola; and Jonathan Brin, cello. They are coached by Anthea Kreston.

Second Place: The Blue Rose Trio, University of Southern California, Southwest Division (California); Audrey Solomon, violin; Lars Hoefs, cello; Rose Huei-Ju Chen, piano; Kevin Fitz-Gerald, teacher/coach

Third Place: Blue Square Saxophone Quartet, Bowling Green State University, East Central Division (Ohio); Jeff Heisler, soprano saxophone; Nathan Mandel, alto saxophone; Chris Chmielewski, tenor saxophone; Allison Balcetis, baritone saxophone; John Sampen, teacher/coach
2005-2006 MTNA Student Competitors

State Date Location

Alabama November 4-5 Samford University, Birmingham
Alaska November 12-13 UAA Arts Building, University
 of Alaska, Anchorage
Arizona November 19 University of Arizona, Tuscon
Arkansas November 4-5 University of Central Arkansas,
California November 12-13 San Francisco State University,
 San Francisco
Colorado October 28-29 Wells Music, Colorado Springs
Connecticut TBD
Delaware October 29 University of Delaware, Newark
District of
 Columbia TBD
Florida November 11-13 Naples Philharmonic
 Center Cultural
 Complex, Naples
Georgia November 2-3 University of West Georgia,
Hawaii November 11 University of Hawaii at
 Manoa, Honolulu
Idaho November 19 Boise State University, Boise
Illinois November 4-5 Illinois State University,
Indiana November 12 Ball State University, Muncie
Iowa November 5-6 Central College, Pella
Kansas November 12-13 Pittsburgh State University,
Kentucky October 22-23 Morehead State University,
Louisiana October 29 Loyola University, New Orleans
Maine November 5 University of Maine, Orono
Maryland TBD
Massachusetts November 20 Regis College, Weston
Michigan November 20 Michigan State University,
 East Lansing
Minnesota October 22 Gustavus Adolphus College,
 St. Peter
Mississippi November 4 University of Mississippi,
Missouri November 3-6 University of Missouri-
 Columbia, Columbia
Montana November 3-5 Venture Theater, Billings
Nebraska October 20-21 University of Nebraska-Omaha,
Nevada October 29 University of Nevada, Reno
New Hampshire November 5 St. Paul's School, Concord
New Jersey November 12 Rowan University, Glassboro
New Mexico November 11-12 Junior/Senior College of the
 Southwest, Hobbs
New Mexico November 5 Young Artist, University of
 New Mexico, Albuquerque
New York October 21 Ithaca College, Ithaca
North Carolina October 28 Davidson College, Davidson
North Dakota October 28-29 Bismarck State College, Bismarck
Ohio October 28-30 Ohio State University, Columbus
Oklahoma November 19-20 Oklahoma Baptist University,
Oregon November 5 Western Oregon State University,
Pennsylvania November 11 Penn State University, State
Rhode Island November 13 Providence College, Providence
South Carolina November 3-5 Converse College, Spartanburg
South Dakota November 4-5 Northern State University,
Tennessee October 29 Tennessee Technological
 University, Cookeville
Texas November 6 Southern Methodist University,
Utah November 11-12 Daynes Music and Riverton Music,
 Salt Lake City
Vermont October 29 Richmond Town Library, Richmond
Virginia October 20-23 Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Washington November 11-13 Whitworth College, Spokane
West Virginia November 5 Fairmont State University,
Wisconsin October 21-23 University of Wisconsin,
 Stevens Point
Wyoming November 12 University of Wyoming, Laramie

Division Competitions

East Central January 20-22, 2006 Ball State University,
 Muncie, IN
Eastern January 13-14, 2006 Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
Northwest TBD
South Central January 14-15, 2006 University of Louisiana at
 Lafayette, Lafayette, LA
Southern January 26-29, 2006 Lee University, Cleveland, TN
Southwest January 20-22, 2006 University of Nevada, Las
 Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
West Central January 13-14, 2006 University of Nebraska
 at Omaha, Omaha, NE
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