2005-2006 MTNA National Student Competitions Winners

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2005-2006 MTNA National Student Competitions Winners


STUDENT COMPOSITION COMPETITIONS

Elementary Composition

Sponsored by Morty and Iris Manus

Andrea Kim is 10 years old and attends fifth grade GATE at Plaza Vista School in Irvine, California. As a Junior Special Advanced Course graduate student with Su-Shing Chiu, she has been studying music at Irvine Yamaha Music Center since age 4. Andrea has won many piano competitions; her composition accomplishments include being the California Association of Professional Music Teachers MTNA Winner in 2003 and 2005, MTAC Composers Today Competition 2003 and 2005 and the Yamaha National Jamboree Winner in 2003.

Second Place: Eleanor A. Bragg, Eastern Division (Massachusetts); Alia Cohen, teacher

Third Place: Benjamin L. Davis, Northwest Division (Washington); Sharon Van Valin, teacher

Junior Composition

Sponsored by Morty and Iris Manus

Parker Ramsay, age 14, a native of Burns, Tennessee, is a three-time State and Southern Division winner, and national finalist, in MTNA Composition Competitions. He studies composition and harp with Carol McClure, music theory with Wes Ramsay and organ with Wilma Jensen. Principal harpist of Nashville's Curb Youth Symphony, Parker has completed ABRSM Grade 8 examinations with distinction in organ, piano and harp. He directs Nashville's Young and Baroque from the harpsichord.

Second Place: Riley Crabtree, Northwest Division (Oregon); Jeffrey Payne, teacher

Third Place: Terence Hsu, Eastern Division (Massachusetts); Alia Cohen, teacher

Senior Composition Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Josh Archibald-Seiffer has been composing music since age 4. He has been selected as an MTNA Finalist in both piano performance and composition in the last few years. Josh's composing awards include first place in the NFMC Junior Composer's Competition, a merit award from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and "The Perfect Roar," on the Grammy winning album Scream Factory Favorites, His compositions have been broadcast on WQXR Classical Radio in New York City.

Second Place: Samuel H. Peters, Eastern Division (Delaware); David Brown, teacher

Third Place: Matthew P. Croft, East Central Division (Michigan); Judith Wade, teacher

Young Artist Composition

Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

John Ernst is completing an undergraduate degree in music composition from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has studied composition with W. Thomas McKenney and Stefan Freund and piano with Karen Larvick. John is dedicated to the art of music composition and plans to pursue a master's degree next fall. His ever-expanding body of works includes music for accompanied voice, a cappella choir, solo piano, wind ensemble, orchestra and various chamber ensembles.

Second Place: Brian P. Buch, Eastern Division (Massachusetts); Alla Cohen, teacher

Third Place: Evan C. Paul, Southwest Division (Arizona); Frank Scott, teacher

MTNA JUNIOR PERFORMANCE COMPETITIONS

MTNA Junior Brass Competition

Sponsored by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND

Zachary Gingerich is a native of Conway, Arkansas, where he is a freshman at Conway High School. He began playing the trombone in sixth grade, and is a student of Todd Johnson. Zach was chosen first chair in All-Region band and jazz band this year. He also plays in the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra. Zach is the son of J.D. and Janet Gingerich of Conway.

Second Place: Tanner Antonetti, South Central Division (Arkansas); Michael Underwood, teacher

Third Place: Jamie Sanborn, West Central Division (Kansas); Ann Trechak, teacher

MTNA Junior Piano Competition

Sponsored by Baldwin Piano, Inc.

George Fu is a freshman at Urbana High School in Frederick, Maryland. He studies with Scott Beard of Shepherd University and Faye Bonner.

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