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2016-2017 MTNA National Competiton Winners.


MTNA-Iris Manus Elementary Composition Competition

Winner: Angelina Zheng, Southwest Division (California); Su-Shing Chiu, teacher


Angelina Zheng is a fourth-grade gifted student of Tustin Memorial Academy Elementary School in California. She began learning piano at age 4 at Irvine Yamaha Music Center. Currently she is studying piano and composition with Su-Shing Chiu. Angelina has won several awards, including first place in Musical Arts Competition, LA Young Pianist, CAPMT Contemporary Festival, MTAC State Contest Composers Today, Yamaha JOC and many more. Additionally, Angelina enjoys reading, writing, art, sewing and cheerleading.

Second Place: Jonah Gharib, South Central Division (Texas); Laura Wright, teacher

Third Place: Ian Lin, Eastern Division (Massachusetts); Alia Cohen, teacher

MTNA-lris Manus Junior Composition Competition

Winner: Ty Promreuk, Southwest Division (Arizona); Tomoko Yonemaru, teacher


Ty Promreuk, age 14, began studying music with Tomoko Yonemaru when she was 4 years old. Ty has performed her compositions at the 2015 and 2016 Yamaha National Junior Original Concerts. She has also appeared at the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. Ty is currently an honors student at Mesa Community College, and aspires to study robotics and biomechanical engineering.

Second Place: Aadhitya Raam Ashok, Eastern Division (New Jersey); Kaori Tanioka, teacher

Third Place: Ishan Puri, South Central Division (Texas); Carl Van Wyk, teacher

MTNA Senior Composition Competition

Winner: Lauren Vandervelden, Northwest Division (Idaho); Philip Wharton, teacher Lauren Vandervelden is a high school junior from Boise, Idaho. She studies composition with Philip Wharton of New York City. Lauren received second place in the 2016 MTNA Composition Competition and was a 2015 National Finalist 2015. She has also won national composition awards from BMI, ASCAP, NFMC and NAfME. Lauren studies violin with Sarn Oliver of the San Francisco Symphony. She has performed solos with the Meridian Symphony Orchestra and the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.


Second Place: Jason Brauer, Eastern Division (Pennsylvania); Debra Perkins, teacher

Third Place: Charles Berofsky, East Central Division (Michigan); Logan Skelton, teacher

MTNA Young Artist Composition Competition

Winner: Kristopher Bendrick, East Central Division (Illinois); Chris Goldston, teacher


Kristopher Bendrick is finishing an undergraduate degree in music composition at Columbia College Chicago. His teachers include Christopher Goldston, Kenn Kumpf and Eliza Brown. He has worked with numerous performers and ensembles including the Dutch/American Trio Sonic Hedgehog, the Atar Piano Trio, Mocrep, Fonema and Dal Niente. Kristopher plans to pursue a master's degree in music composition in the fall of 2017.

Second Place: Dustin Dunn, West Central Division (Missouri); W. Thomas McKenney, teacher

Third Place: Justin White, Southern Division (Florida); Ladislav Kubik, teacher


MTNA-Kawai America Junior Piano Competition

Winner: Yerin Yang, East Central Division (Illinois); Alan Chow, teacher


Yerin Yang, 13, studies with Alan Chow at the Music Institute of Chicago and previously studied with Brenda Huang. She was a participant in the Junior Division of the 2015 Cleveland International Young Artists Competition and first-prize winner of the 2013 Los Angeles Young Musician International Competition. Yerin has won numerous competitions of various divisions in the Chicago area and performed with the Oistrach Orchestra after winning the 2013 DePaul Concerto Festival. She has been featured live on WFMT.

Second Place: Hans-Derek Yu, Eastern Division (New Jersey); Veda Zuponcic, teacher

Third Place: Caleb Borick, Southern Division (South Carolina); Joseph Rackers, teacher

Chopin Prize

Sponsored by the Chopin Foundation of the United States

Shuen Wu, West Central Division, (Minnesota); Alexander Braginsky, teacher

MTNA-Yamaha Corporation of America Junior String Competition

Winner: Charlotte Marckx, Northwest Division (Washington); Simon James, teacher


Charlotte Marckx has appeared on NPR's From the Top, and at its Boston Gala. She was the youngest competitor at the 2015 Johansen International Competition and one of four violinists that advanced to the finals. Charlotte won the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival, KING FM Young Artists Awards, has soloed with multiple orchestras and was presented in a recital with the Seattle Chamber Music Society. Her teachers include Simon James, Jan Coleman, Hiro David and Li-Tan Hsu.

Second Place: Jessica Lee, Southwest Division (California); In Kyu Lee, teacher

Third Place: Maya Kilburn, East Central Division (Indiana); Mimi Zweig, teacher

MTNA Junior Woodwind Competition

Winner: Chanhyoung Park, South Central Division (Texas); Kwanghoon Yi, teacher


Chanhyoung "David" Park is a freshman student at Jasper High School. He began studying music with piano in first grade. In fifth grade, he switched to clarinet and began to study under Kwanghoon Yi. David has won first chair at the 2015-2016 TMEA middle school All-Region and first chair at the 2016-2017 TMEA freshman All-Region. David is first-prize winner at the Dallas Symphonic Festival Elementary Concerto and Junior Sonata divisions.

Second Place: Minsoo Kwon, Northwest Division (Washington); Bonnie Blanchard, teacher

Third Place: Joyce Eu, Eastern Division (New Jersey); Joseph Lu, teacher


MTNA Senior Brass Competition

Winner: Noah Roper, South Central Division (Oklahoma); Paul Compton, teacher


Noah Roper, from Aledo, Texas, is a freshman bass trombone performance major at Oklahoma State University. Noah was a member of the Texas Music Educator's Association All-State Ensembles all four years of high school. He also was a member of the Young Artists Orchestra (2016) and Young Artists Wind Ensemble (2015) at the Tanglewood Institute. Noah was also selected Outstanding Musician at the 2016 Texas Tech University Jazz Festival.

Second Place: Alan Tolbert, Eastern Division (Pennsylvania); David Bilger, teacher

Third Place: Miriam Snyder, Southern Division (South Carolina); David Hamilton, teacher

MTNA-Yamaha Corporation of America Senior Piano Competition

Winner: Collin Jinks, West Central Division (Minnesota); Jo Anne Link, teacher


Collin Jinks is an award-winning pianist and has performed and competed across the United States. He has been a laureate in various state, national and international piano competitions. Aside from piano, he enjoys running, photography and spending time with his friends. After high school, he hopes to pursue a career in piano performance and share his love for music through teaching and performing for the future generations of musicians to come.

Second Place: Heather Gu, East Central Division (Michigan); Logan Skelton, teacher

Third Place: Baron Cao, Eastern Division (Pennsylvania); Dea Baba, teacher

Chopin Prize

Sponsored by the Chopin Foundation of the United States

Collin Jinks, West Central Division (Minnesota); Jo Anne Link, teacher

MTNA-Weekley & Arganbright Senior Piano Duet Competition

Winner: Jimmy Liu and Mary Nerren, Southern Division (Tennessee); Esther Park, teacher


Jimmy Liu, a 10th-grade student from Johnson City, Tennessee, is an accomplished musician. Recently, he won the TTU Young Artist Piano Competition in September, 2016, and he was named the alternate in the 2016 Tennessee MTNA Senior Piano Competition. In 201 5, he won the Tennessee MTA Junior Piano Concerto Competition, and he was also the winner of the 201 5 Tennessee MTNA Junior Piano Competition. He currently studies piano with Esther Park of Eastern Tennessee State University.

Mary Nerren is a home-educated,

11th-grade student from Jonesborough, Tennessee. She studied piano with Ivy Blair for 8 years, and now studies from Esther Park at Eastern Tennessee State University Pre-College. In 2015 she won honorable mention at the Tennessee MTNA Senior


Piano Competition. Mary completed the Level 10 piano assessment of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and she was recently awarded third place in the Tennessee Tech Young Artist Piano Competition. Mary also plays violin.

Second Place: Adrian King and Mya King, Northwest Division (Washington); Peter Mack, teacher

Third Place: Kimberly Han and Alice Zhang, East Central Division (Illinois); Brenda Huang, teacher

MTNA Senior String Competition

Winner: Haeun Moon, South Central Division (Texas); Brian Lewis, teacher


Haeun Moon, age 15, is a violinist from Waco, Texas, studying with Brian Lewis. Haeun has performed as soloist with orchestras after winning the concerto competitions of Austin Symphony, Fort Bend Symphony, Houston Civic and Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra. She was also invited to perform with the East Oregon Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony and Ottawa Chamber Orchestra. Haeun was a national finalist at the 2014 MTNA Junior String Competition. She attended the Great Mountains International Music Festival.

Second Place: Kristi Kim, Southwest Division (California); In Kyu Lee, teacher

Third Place: Samuele Parrini, Southern Division (South Carolina); Jennifer John, teacher

MTNA Senior Voice Competition

Supported by the Jane Snow Memorial Scholarship Fund

Winner: Michael Butler, Eastern Division (Maryland); Dominic Cossa, teacher

Michael Butler is a senior at DeMatha High School. He began taking piano lessons at age 7, and by age 10, was playing advanced piano literature and also playing three other instruments. His love for singing came in seventh grade when he joined the Maryland All-State Chorus. Since then, he has won numerous piano and vocal competitions at the local and state levels. He plans to study vocal performance in college.


Second Place: Melodie Spencer, Southern Division (Georgia); Sharon Stephenson, teacher

Third Place: Conor McNamara, South Central Division (Texas); George Variames, teacher

MTNA Senior Woodwind Competition

Winner: Dylan Hong, Southwest Divsion (Arizona); Christopher Creviston, teacher


Dylan Hong is pursuing a degree in music education at Arizona State University under Christopher Creviston. He has competed in many competitions including the Fischoff, Coltman, and Houston Underground Chamber competitions with the Cobalt saxophone quartet, and was announced a winner and runner-up in Coltman and Houston Underground. Dylan was awarded second place in the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) High School Solo competition and was the principal saxophonist in the Texas All-State Band.

Second Place: Zoe Sheill, Northwest Division (Washington); Bonnie Blanchard, teacher

Third Place: Joanna Kim, South Central Division (Texas); Jennifer Keeney, teacher


MTNA Young Artist Brass Competition

Winner: Dorien Tate, South Central Division (Oklahoma); Paul Compton, teacher


Dorien Tate is a senior bass trombone performance major at Oklahoma State University. Dorien was a winner in both the 2016 Eastern Music Festival Concerto Competition and the 2016 OSU Concerto Competition. He also won first prize at the 2016 Bach Bass Trombone Solo Competition, 2016 Ladies Music Club of Oklahoma City Brass Competition and the 2016 Robert Heckman Instrumental Competition. Dorien is from Garland, Texas.

Second Place: Daniel Haddock, Southern Division (Florida); Christopher Moore, teacher

Third Place: Cody Dailey, West Central Division (Missouri); Angelo Manzo, teacher

MTNA-Steinway Young Artist Piano Competition

Winner: Timothy Jones, Eastern Division (Maryland); Marian Hahn, teacher


Timothy Jones has taken prizes in a variety of competitions, recently receiving first prize in the Wonderlic Piano Competition and the Maryland MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition. He has performed and participated in many festivals including Southeastern Piano Festival, Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival and Bowdoin International Music Festival. Timothy currently studies under Marian Hahn at the Peabody Institute. He has also had the pleasure of playing for renowned artists such as John Perry and Robert McDonald.

Second Place: Allen Yueh, Southern Division (Georgia); Alexander Kobrin, teacher

Third Place: Mei Li, South Central Division (Texas); Andrey Poncochevny/Tamas Ungar, teachers

MTNA Young Artist String Competition

Winner: Mary Grace Johnson, Southern Division (Tennessee); Cornelia Heard, teacher


Mary Grace Johnson is a senior at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music, where she studies with Cornelia Heard. She has won numerous competitions and awards, including the Nashville Symphony Curb concerto competition, the Vanderbilt concerto competition, the Curb Youth Symphony concerto competition and Vanderbilt's Jean Keller Heard prize for excellence in string performance. Mary Grace serves as concertmaster of the Vanderbilt Symphony Orchestra and regularly plays with the Nashville Symphony as a substitute violinist.

Second Place: Andrea Hughes, Southwest Division (Utah); Ivan Zenaty, teacher

Third Place: Vlad Hontila, East Central Division (Illinois); Julieta Mihai, teacher

MTNA Young Artist Voice Competition

Supported by the Jane Snow Memorial Scholarship Fund

Winner: Madelyn Munsell, West Central Division (Missouri); Christine Seitz, teacher j


Madelyn Munsell, is a senior at the University of Missouri studying German and voice, with Christine Seitz. Munsell has performed as the title role in the world premiere of Trey Makler's Hatrack, as well as Zerbinetta in Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, Oscar in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera and Olympia in Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann. She received first place at the Missouri MTNA Voice Competition, and is an alumni of St. Louis Opera Theatre's Artists in Training program.

Second Place: Nichole Jarlson, Southwest Division (Nevada); Monica Williams, teacher

Third Place: Cheyna Alexander, Southern Division (Alabama); Paul Houghtaling, teacher

MTNA Young Artist Woodwind Competition

Winner: Caleb Carpenter, Southern Division (North Carolina); Robert Young, teacher


Caleb Carpenter is currently in his fourth year of pursuing a bachelor of music degree in saxophone performance under Robert Young at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Since beginning at UNCSA, Caleb has performed with the UNCSA Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, the Atchara and Tzyra Saxophone Quartets, and the uncsaX Saxophone Ensemble. Caleb has success at competitions across the country, and is originally from Harrisburg, North Carolina.

Second Place: Evan Harris, South Central Division (Oklahoma); Jonathan Nichol, teacher

Third Place: Erik Elmgren, Eastern Division (New York); Chien-Kwan Lin, teacher


MTNA-James Norden Chamber Music String Competition

Winner: Windsor Piano Trio, Eastern Division (New York); Elinor Freer, teacher/coach The Windsor Piano Trio was founded in 2014 by students at the Eastman School of Music. Coached by David Ying and Elinor Freer, the trio has studied extensively in the Honors and Intensive Chamber Music programs at Eastman, and also studied with the renowned Gryphon Trio. Recent engagements include the Open Classical Artist Series in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, the George Eastman Museum Performance Plus Series in Rochester, New York, and Orford Musique in Orford, Quebec. Members include: Evan Ritter, piano; Devin Camp, violin; and Brandon Xu, cello.


Second Place: WIU President's International String Quartet: Vlad Hontila, violin; Luciana Hontila, violin; Giorgi Khatalev, viola; Nathalie Hernandez, cello; East Central Division (Illinois); Istvan Szabo, teacher/coach

Third Place: Claudius Quartet: Eliza Wong, violin; Hesoo Cha, violin; Rachel Haber, viola; Meghan Leong, cello; Southern Division (Tennessee); Cornelia Heard, teacher/coach

MTNA-Allen I. McHose Scholarship Fund Chamber Music Wind Competition

Winner: Eos, Southwest Division (Arizona); Christopher Creviston, teacher/coach


The Eos sextet is an exciting chamber ensemble devoted to expanding the possibilities of saxophone chamber music by creating a new set of repertoire for the saxophone sextet medium. Eos has commissioned contemporary works from composers such as Gregory Wanamaker, Carl Schimmel and David Dies, in addition to creating original arrangements of classic masterworks. The members of the Eos sextet are students of Christopher Creviston at the Arizona State University School of Music, where they formed in 2016. Members include: Samuel Detweiler, soprano saxophone; Curren Myers, alto saxophone; Fangyi Niu, alto saxophone; Andrew Lammly, tenor saxophone; Grace Chen, tenor saxophone; Justin Rollefson, baritone saxophone.

Second Place: Fuego Quartet: Nicole Roman, soprano saxophone; Erik Elmgren, alto saxophone; Harrison Clarke, tenor saxophone; Gabriel Pique, baritone saxophone; Eastern Division (New York); Chien-Kwan Lin, teacher/coach

Third Place: Stentorian Quartet: Evan Harris, soprano saxophone; Spiro Nicolas, alto saxophone; Jacob Hewitt, tenor saxophone; Tyler Bokman, baritone saxophone; South Central Division (Oklahoma); Jonathan Nichol, teacher/coach
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