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MTNA State Composition Competition

MTNA Composition Competitions

 

The purpose of the Music Teachers National Association composition competition is to encourage creativity and self-expression in student musicians through the art of composing and to recognize their achievements, as well as the significant work of their teachers.
 
Please go to https://www.mtna.org/MTNA/engage/competitions/Composition_Guidelines.aspx at the following link for complete instructions and to enter.
 
 

Information for Teachers

  • Current active membership dues for MTNA or a nonmember teacher fee must be paid prior to accessing the student competition application. 
  • In addition, all Massachusetts teachers must provide the Participating Teachers Fee and application found here - Teacher's Fee 2017

 

Eastern Division Results 2016

 
Music Teachers National Association is pleased to announce the results of the composition competition for Eastern Division.

Elementary:
Winner: Ian Lin, Student of Alla Cohen, MA
Honorable mention: Ania Szczeszynski, Student of Cindy Hayes, NH

Junior:
Winner: Aadhitya Raam Ashok, Student of Kaori Tanioka, NJ
Honorable mention: Ethan Chaves, Student of John Lister, MA
Honorable mention: Jennalyn Stuart, Student of Michele Millington, PA

Senior:
Winner: Jason Brauer, Student of Debra Perkins, PA
Honorable mention: Camilo Gonzalez-Sol, Student of Frances McKay, DC
Honorable mention: Jess Larsen, Student of Martin Boykan, MA

Young Artist:
Representative: Ryan Carraher, Student of Alla Cohen, MA
 
This year, the Eastern Division judges were:
Faye Chiao
Nicole DiPaolo
Scott Stinson
 
The winning compositions automatically advance to the national competition as national finalists. The results of that competition will be announced by the end of January.
 
Congratulations to all of the participants in the competition! We hope that the comments you receive from the judges will be helpful to you and your teacher. Your efforts are to be commended, and we hope that you will continue to learn and grow as a composer. Good luck with your musical studies!
 
Warren Magid, Eastern Division Composition Coordinator
(717) 347-7825
reachme1@comcast.net
 
Christopher Goldston, National Composition Coordinator
(773) 580-7301
goldston@hotmail.com

 

Eastern Division Results 2015

Music Teachers National Association is pleased to announce the results of the composition competition for Eastern Division.

 
Elementary:
Winner: Aadhitya Ashok, Student of Felicia Ruffman, NJ
Honorable mention: Gabriel Ligowski, Student of Gloriana Sewell, PA

Junior:
Winner: Louis Josephson, Student of Peter Heckman, NJ
Honorable mention: Christina Xiao, Student of Alla Cohen, MA

Senior:
Winner: Anna Larsen, Student of Martin Boykan, MA
Honorable mention: Margaret Bartol, Student of Valerica Maican, MD

Young Artist:
Representative: Amit Cohen, Student of Alla Cohen, MA
 
This year, the Eastern Division judges were:
Joshua Armenta
Douglas Buchanan
Adam Silverman
 
The winning compositions automatically advance to the national competition as national finalists. The results of that competition will be announced by the end of January.
 
Congratulations to all of the participants in the competition! We hope that the comments you receive from the judges will be helpful to you and your teacher. Your efforts are to be commended, and we hope that you will continue to learn and grow as a composer. Good luck with your musical studies!
 
Warren Magid, Eastern Division Composition Coordinator
(717) 741-0051
reachme1@comcast.net
 
Christopher Goldston, National Composition Coordinator
(773) 580-7301
goldston@hotmail.com
 
 

Massachusetts Results 2015


Music Teachers National Association is pleased to announce the results of the composition competition for Massachusetts.

Elementary:
Representative: Athena Zhang, Student of Alla Cohen

Junior:
Winner: Christina Xiao, Student of Alla Cohen
Honorable mention: Kathy Xue, Student of Alla Cohen

Senior:
Winner: Anna Larsen, Student of Martin Boykan
Honorable mention: SiHyun Uhm, Student of Whitman Brown

Young Artist:
Winner: Amit Cohen, Student of Alla Cohen
Honorable mention: Eleanor Bragg, Student of Alla Cohen

This year, the Massachusetts judges were:
David Froom
Christos Koulendros
Steve Zocchi

Winning and representative compositions automatically advance to the division competition. The results of that competition will be announced in the middle of December.

Congratulations to all of the participants in the competition! We hope that the comments you receive from the judges will be helpful to you and your teacher. Your efforts are to be commended and we hope that you will continue to learn and grow as a composer. Good luck with your musical studies! 

Leslie Hitelman, Massachusetts Composition Coordinator
(978) 692-8847
lhitelman@yahoo.com


Christopher Goldston, National Composition Coordinator
goldston@hotmail.com
(773) 580-7301
 
 

MTNA National Results 2014


Elementary:
Winner: Nathan Paek, Student of Sharon Van Valin, WA, Northwest
Second Place: Aliya Alsafa, Student of Matthew Hagle, IL, East Central

Junior:
Winner: Harlan Tsui, Student of Su-Shing Chiu, CA, Southwest
Second Place: Anna Larsen, Student of Martin Boykan, MA, Eastern

Senior:
Winner: Julie Puckett, Student of Nien-hwa Chen, IN, East Central
Second Place: Luka Marinkovic, Student of Jeannine Morrison, GA, Southern

Young Artist:
Winner: Eric McElroy, Student of Patricia McElroy, WA, Northwest
Second Place: Charles Iskander, Student of William Price, OK, South Central

This year, the national judges were:
Melody Bober, Detroit Lakes, MN
Joshua Fishbein, Rockville, MD
Marilyn Shrude, Bowling Green, OH

MTNA is pleased to offer the following monetary awards:
Awards made possible by Morty and Iris Manus.
  • Elementary Winner: $500
  • Elementary Second Place: $250
  • Teacher of Winner: $200

Awards made possible by Morty and Iris Manus.
  • Junior Winner: $1,000
  • Junior Second Place: $500
  • Teacher of Winner: $200

Awards made possible by the MTNA Foundation Fund
  • Senior Winner: $2,000
  • Senior Second Place: $1,000
  • Teacher of Winner: $200

Awards made possible by the MTNA Foundation Fund

  • Young Artist Winner: $3,000
  • Young Artist Second Place: $1,500
  • Teacher of Winner: $200

All winning compositions must be performed at the MTNA National Conference March 21–25, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Eastern Division Results 2014

 
Elementary:
Winner: Aadhitya Ashok, Student of Felicia Ruffman, NJ
Honorable mention: Gabriel Ligowski, Student of Gloriana Sewell, PA

Junior:
Winner: Anna Larsen, Student of Martin Boykan, MA
Honorable mention: Catalina Lennon, Student of Deborah White-Bondhus, MD
Honorable mention: Richard Ren, Student of David Brown, DE

Senior:
Winner: SiHyun Uhm, Student of Whitman Brown, MA
Honorable mention: Vladyslav Nazarchuk, Student of Inessa Gleyzerova, NJ
Honorable mention: Jacob Wilkinson, Student of Arianna Goldina, PA

Young Artist:
Winner: Jacob Gelber, Student of Nancy Modell, NJ
Honorable mention: Amit Cohen, Student of Alla Cohen, MA

This year, the Eastern Division judges were:
Nicole DiPaolo
Kara Hartzell
Ryan Olivier
 
 

Massachusetts Results 2014

 
Elementary:

Junior:
Winner: Anna Larsen, Student of Martin Boykan
Honorable mention: Caroline Bragg, Student of Alla Cohen
Honorable mention: Stella Gitelman Willoughby, Student of Alla Cohen
Honorable mention: David Joseph, Student of Irina Gelman
Honorable mention: Kendrick Kirby-Lee, Student of Stephen Halloran
Honorable mention: Avik Sarkar, Student of Alla Cohen
Honorable mention: Chris Wang, Student of Alla Cohen

Senior:
Winner: SiHyun Uhm, Student of Whitman Brown
Honorable mention: Roshan Benefo, Student of Derek Jacoby
Honorable mention: Eleanor Bragg, Student of Alla Cohen

Young Artist:
Winner: Amit Cohen, Student of Alla Cohen
Honorable mention: Andrew Bong, Student of Alla Cohen

This year, the Massachusetts judges were:
Michael Foumai
Mark Kross
Augusta Read Thomas

 

National Results 2013

 
The national finals for the MTNA Composition Competition took place in Chicago, Illinois, in March 2014.

National Winners from Massachusetts 

Junior:
3rd Place: Anna Larsen, Student of Tema Blackstone
 
Young Artist:
2nd Place: Cem Oslu, Student of Alla Cohen

Massachusetts Results 2013

 
Elementary:
Winner: Christina Xiao, Student of Alla Cohen
Honorable mention: Kathy Xue, Student of Alla Cohen

Junior:
Winner: Anna Larsen, Student of Tema Blackstone
Honorable mention: Carolina Bragg, Student of Alla Cohen
Honorable mention: Stella Gitelman Willoughby, Student of Alla Cohen
Honorable mention: Avik Sarkar, Student of Alla Cohen

Senior:
Winner: Eric Kim, Student of Alla Cohen
Honorable mention: Eleanor Bragg, Student of Alla Cohen

Young Artist:
Winner: Cem Oslu, Student of Alla Cohen
Honorable mention: Amit Cohen, Student of Alla Cohen
Honorable mention: Arielle Galler Rabinowitz, Student of Alla Cohen
Honorable mention: Danielle Galler Rabinowitz, Student of Alla Cohen

This year, the Massachusetts judges were:
Seth Custer
Tish Kilgore
Thomas Osborne

For More Information

Contact MTNA State Composition Competition Chair:

Leslie Hitelman:  composercomp@mmta.net

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