MTNA Student Performance Competition

The MTNA performance competitions offer an opportunity for advanced students.  The competitions are offered at the Junior, Senior, Young Artist, and Chamber Music levels, and are open to any student who plays at the level of the required music.  The state competitions are considered the primary educational level, with the division and national levels showcasing outstanding performances and honoring significant pedagogical achievement.

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The deadline was September 13, 2023 at 12:00, Noon Pacific Time.

The Washington State MTNA Student Performance Competition will occur November 10-12, 2023 at Central Washington University.  Please contact WSMTA Vice President Amanda Harris, or the MTNA Competitions Chair, Julie Swienty.

The piano judges for the 2018-19 MTNA Student Performance Competitions at CWU


Please click on the name of any of the judges to go to their biography (if provided).

Voice Division

Brass & Woodwinds Division

Leonard Garrison
Jason M. Johnston

Piano Division

Roger McVey

American pianist Roger McVey has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout the United States, in Europe, Asia, Mexico, and New Zealand. He is Head of Keyboard Studies and Associate Professor of Piano at the Lionel Hampton School of Music, of the University of Idaho. He holds degrees from the University of Kansas, Indiana University, and East Carolina University. Additionally, he has studied at the Aspen Music Festival and the Chautauqua Institute. His past teachers include Menahem Pressler, Anton Nel, Jack Winerock, Herbert Stessin, and Henry Doskey.

Dr. McVey was a top prizewinner in the International Beethoven Competition (U.S.A.), and he was a Semi-Finalist at the International Franz Liszt Competition in Poland, where critics praised his “passionate artistry and electrifying virtuosity.” He has released five solo CD recordings and is featured as a collaborative pianist on four others. In addition to his solo performances, Dr. McVey was a founding member of the Trio St. Croix, and regularly collaborates as a chamber musician. He is a dedicated advocate for contemporary music, and has worked with numerous leading American composers, such as Julia Wolfe, Marc Mellits, Libby Larsen, Eric Ewazen, Harvey Sollberger, Lori Laitman, Emma Lou Diemer, and Wynn-Anne Rossi.

An active clinician, Roger frequently gives master-classes and presentations at universities, music schools, and for music teacher associations. He is an adjudicator for the Washington State Music Teachers Association, and is an executive board member of the Idaho Music Teachers Association. He has recently presented at the College Music Society National Conference, the National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy, and the Idaho Music Teachers Association conference. Besides the piano, his other interests include cooking, playing chess, skiing, and learning to play the guitar. He is a Steinway & Sons Hall of Fame Teacher.

Greg Presley

Mr. Presley has appeared as soloist with the Spokane Symphony, the Washington-Idaho Symphony, and the Yale Symphony and has performed many concertos with the Spokane Opera Orchestra. He frequently performs two-piano and chamber music works, including recent seasons collaborating with Zuill Bailey and Connoisseur Concerts and has also appeared with Thomas Hampson and Christopher O’Riley in concert. He is principal keyboard player for the Spokane Symphony. He had a long career in modern dance music collaboration, worked closely for several years with Martha Graham.

Scott Rednour

Scott Rednour has a varied career as pianist, coach, conductor and teacher. He has collaborated in concerts with William Warfield, Tenor Robert White, Hilda Harris, Lise Lindstrom and Stephen Salters; and appeared across the US and Europe in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Brownville Concert Series, Cadaques Music Festival (Spain) and The Rezidenz in Würzburg, Germany. In addition to appearing in many concerts in Europe and the US with Ulrike Nüßlein as Klavierduo, he has performed with the Otelia Camarata in Germany.

He has worked with Milwaukee’s Skylight Opera Theater, Spokane Opera, Chautauqua Symphony, Spokane Symphony, and served as Music Director/Conductor for productions which include The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore), Pelleas et Melisande (Debussy), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten), The Medium (Menotti) and Semele (Handel).

He worked at the Prague Summer Nights Festival and served as Head Coach/Coordinator of the Voice Program at the Chautauqua Institution’s Music Festival. He has taught at Whitworth University, Spokane Falls College, The Juilliard School and The Manhattan School of Music. Currently he is on the faculty of Eastern Washington University. He coaches and performs regularly with Inland Northwest Opera.

Strings Division

Korine Fujiwara

Montana native Korine Fujiwara is a founding member of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, a devoted and sought-after chamber musician and teacher, and a gifted composer and arranger.

Ms. Fujiwara is Professor of violin and viola at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She served for many years on the music faculty of Ohio Wesleyan University and is in great demand for master classes and clinics throughout the United States. Korine’s students have been accepted into the performance programs of such institutions as Indiana University, Cincinnati College Conservatory, and Northwestern University to continue their musical studies.

Named as one of Strings Magazine’s “25 Contemporary Composers to Watch,” Korine has received multiple commissions including works for opera, chamber ensembles, chorus, concerti, and music for modern dance. Her works have been performed throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Italy, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Australia, China, and Japan. Her musical language encompasses a wide range of influences, including classical, folk, jazz, and rock and roll. Her diverse artistic collaborations have helped to infuse her work with a rhythmic power and intensity. 

Critics have remarked of Ms. Fujiwara’s music, “The ear is forever tickled by beautifully judged music that manages to be sophisticated and accessible at the same time,” “Contains a very rare attribute in contemporary classical music: happiness.” (Fanfare Magazine); “She knows how to exploit all the resources of string instruments alone and together; her quartet writing is very democratic, with solos for everyone; her solo violin writing is fiendishly difficult.” (Strings Magazine). “Fujiwara beautifully meets the challenge of weaving together different emotions across generations that make sense musically while delighting the ear.” (WOSU Classical 101 by Request) “Fujiwara’s music is rich and beguiling throughout.” (The Columbus Dispatch)  “Artfully layered and knitted together…While each “room” has its own musical personality, the poignant sections in which characters in different periods actually sing together—a trio, a sextet, and even an octet—dovetail perfectly. The dramatic arc builds persuasively to the climactic moments, shifting with increasing speed between scenes to the culminating revelation.” (The Wall Street Journal)

Korine is a recipient of an Opera America Commissioning Grant from the Opera Grants for Female Composers program, made possible through the generosity of The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, for the composition of “The Flood,” an award-winning opera with Stephen Wadsworth, librettist, premiered by Opera Columbus and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in February 2019.

Ms. Fujiwara is a gifted performer on both the violin and viola, and holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Northwestern University, where she studied with Joseph Fuchs and Myron Kartman, respectively. Her other mentors include Harvey Shapiro, Robert Mann, and Joel Krosnik. Ms. Fujiwara is a member of the music honorary society Pi Kappa Lambda.

Korine began her orchestral career with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and served as a principal player and soloist with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus. She is also a former member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, where she held the position of Acting Assistant Principal Second Violin.

Korine performs on a 1790 Contreras violin, 2004 Kurt Widenhouse viola, and bows by three of today’s finest makers, Paul Martin Siefried, Ole Kanestrom and Charles Espey, all of Port Townsend, WA, USA.

Kevin Hekmatpanah

Kevin Hekmatpanah has presented hundreds of solo and chamber performances throughout the country, including the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Society of the Cincinnati Artist Series in Washington D.C., the Sitka Music Festival, the Lower Makefield Performing Arts Society in Pennsylvania, and the Russian Chamber Music Foundation. He has made over one hundred and twenty solo concerto appearances with various ensembles, including the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Richmond Philharmonic, the Pueblo Symphony, the Kingsport Symphony Orchestra, the Middle Tennessee Symphony, the Oregon East Symphony, the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, the Southern Arizona Symphony, and Gulf Coast Symphony. Outside the US, he has performed concertos in Russia, Sweden, Bulgaria and Norway. He presented recitals in Italy, Austria, Costa Rica, Norway, and Brazil.

Mr. Hekmatpanah is a Professor of Music at Gonzaga University, where he has taught since 1994. He is a member of the Spokane Symphony. He holds a DMA from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, a MM from Indiana University and a BM from the University of Southern California. His teachers have included such nationally renowned pedagogues as Stephen Kates, Fritz Magg, and Gabor Rejto, and he has received coachings from such internationally celebrated artists as Yo-Yo
Ma, Lynn Harrell, and Janos Starker.

Brendan Shea

Brendan Shea is an award winning violinist and chamber musician. His chamber music awards were won when he played with the Wasmuth Quartet and include the Bronze Medal at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, Gold Medal and Audience Award at the Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition, and Grand Prize at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. As a founding member of the Wasmuth (now Verona) Quartet, he performed across the United States, Germany, and Japan. 

Brendan has performed with many world class ensembles and performers. As a soloist he has performed with orchestras in Washington D.C, Brussels, Sendai, Indianapolis, and South Bend, and Boise. His award winning duo, the Shea-Kim Duo, has competed internationally and performed recitals in Asia, Europe and North America. Their awards include the Ackerman Chamber Music Award and Gold Medal at the Manhattan International Music Competition. Their second CD, The Sound and the Fury, was released by Blue Griffin Records in November of 2021, with glowing reviews in Strings Magazine, BBC Music, American Record Guide, and Fanfare, among others. Their latest record, “All Roads Lead to Vienna”, is set for a spring 2023 release. 

Brendan has been a finalist and semi-finalist at the Queen Elisabeth, Isang-Yun, Seoul, Sibelius, and Carl Nielsen, and has taken first place with Honors at the Glazunov International Competition in Paris. He also enjoys performing contemporary works, and has premiered a number of notable works, including Frederic Rzewski’s Night, Death, and Devil with the Emmy Award winning 8th Blackbird. While in the Euclid Quartet he spent two summers at the Mostly Modern Festival premiering and performing works by student and faculty composers.  

In addition to his performance career, Brendan is also a sought after violin teacher and chamber musician. He has been a guest violin professor at the Oberlin Conservatory, and the Mahanaim School in New York. He was on the faculty at Indiana University, South Bend for five years where he was a violinist with the Euclid Quartet. He was a two year visiting professor of violin and viola at the University of Notre Dame. He has given masterclasses across the United States at many different universities, such as Michigan State University, Central Washington University, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and University of Nebraska. He continues to teach and perform at several prestigious summer festivals, including the Encore Chamber Music Festival and the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival. In 2017 he founded the summer chamber orchestra intensive at Indiana University South Bend, and is co-founder of Chamber Music in the Bend with Yerin Kim. He is currently at the Boise Philharmonic as their new concertmaster, and the College of Idaho as Langroise Trio Artist in Residence.


Voice Division

Nancy Gregory

Nancy Gregory graduated from the University of Washington with a Master’s
degree in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor’s degree in Musicology. She has been teaching private voice for over 30 years. Many of her students have won top honors and awards at district and state competitions, including solo ensemble and Schmidt vocal competitions. She has assisted numerous students in preparing for college auditions, many of whom have gone on to prestigious music schools and established musical careers. She has adjudicated solo ensemble and NATS competitions. Nancy’s home studio is in Maple Valley.

Brass & Woodwinds Division

Leonard Garrison

Leonard Garrison is University Distinguished Professor of Flute at the University of Idaho, flutist in The Scott/Garrison Duo and the Northwest Wind Quintet, and Principal Flute of the Walla Walla Symphony. In summers, he teaches and performs at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He has released twelve CDs on major labels. Flute Talk magazine called Superflute “astounding,” and the Flute Network said “his performance was “just ‘superior’ both in brilliant technique and musicianship.” Garrison has been flutist in the Chicago Symphony and the Tulsa Philharmonic, soloist on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, winner of the Byron Hester Competition, and a frequent performer at National Flute Association conventions. He has taught at The University of Tulsa, Bowling Green State University, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire and has served the National Flute Association as Secretary, Treasurer, President, and Program Chair. The Flutist Quarterly and Flute Talk have published his articles. Leonard earned a Doctor of Music from Northwestern University, a Master of Music from The State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a Bachelor of Music from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He studied with Samuel Baron, Walfrid Kujala, and Robert Willoughby.

Jason M. Johnston

Dr. Jason Michael Johnston joined the University of Idaho faculty in 2015. He is currently Associate Professor of Music (with tenure) at the Lionel Hampton School of Music in Moscow, ID. He received his D.M.A. degree (Doctor of Musical Arts) in Horn Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado. His duties include teaching applied horn lessons, directing the University of Idaho Concert Band, directing the Vandal Horn Choir, teaching Brass Techniques, is the Convocation Instructor of Record, and coaching several chamber ensembles. Jason founded both the Palouse Horn Club and the Palouse Brass Ensemble. He is also a member of the Northwest Wind Quintet, the Idaho Brass Quintet, the Apollo Chamber Brass, and the Korean Summer Winds based in Busan, South Korea.

Jason is Principal Horn for the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra and Opera Steamboat as well as Principal Horn for the Walla Walla Symphony, and Co-Principal Horn for the Washington~Idaho Symphony. In the past, he was Principal Horn for Fort Collins Symphony, Associate Principal Horn for the Greeley Philharmonic, Assistant/Utility horn for the Cheyenne Symphony, and section member of Opera Colorado. Jason is an active board member of the Northwest Horn Society and recently completed a certification with the Performing Arts Medicine Association and a certification with the Colorado Institute of Musical Instrument Technology in brass repair.

2022 – 2023 Northwest Division

MTNA Competition Results


Northwest Junior Performance Piano 

Winner    Kyle Yeung, student of Sasha Starcevich

Northwest Junior Performance Strings 

Winner    Jesse Krentz, cello, student of Kevin Krentz


Northwest Senior Performance Piano 

Winner    Jonathan Zheng, student of Peter Mack, NCTM

Northwest Senior Piano Duet 

Winner    Minjae Kim and Hyunjae Kim, students of Allan Park

Northwest Senior Woodwind

Winner    Minoo Jang, oboe, student of Mary Lynch Vanderkolk

Northwest Senior String

Winner    Eric Schindler, cello, student of Kevin Krentz

Northwest Senior Voice

Winner    Olivia Qi, soprano, student of Shan Han

Young Artist

Northwest Young Artist Brass 

Alternate Jordan George, tuba, student of Christopher Dickey (WA)

Northwest Young Artist String 

Alternate Joel Lee, cello, student of John Michel (WA)

Northwest Young Artist Woodwind

Winner  Anthony Kandilaroff, flute, student of Sophia Tegart (WA)




Young Artist

2021 – 2022 Northwest Division

MTNA Competition Results

MTNA Junior

Northwest Junior Performance Piano 

Winner    Daniel Beal    Barbara Miller

Northwest Junior Performance Strings 

Winner    Tokuji Miyasaka    Violin    Simon James

Northwest Junior Performance Woodwind 

Alternate    Max Zhang    Flute    Sarah Bassingthwaighte

MTNA Senior

Northwest Senior Performance String 

Alternate.   Zoe Lonsinger    Violin    Simon James

Northwest Senior Performance Voice 

Winner    Elena Skirgaudas    Soprano    Laura Shepherd

Northwest Senior Performance Woodwind  

Winner    Johnathan Lee    Saxophone         Fred Winkler

Northwest Senior Piano Duet 

Winner    Sarah Girges & Avah Girges    Barbara Miller

MTNA Young Artist

Northwest Young Artist Performance Brass 

Alternate    Turner Gray    Tuba    Christopher Dickey

Northwest Young Artist Performance Piano 

Winner    Christopher Richardson    Jeffrey Kahane

Northwest Young Artist Performance String 

Alternate    Emma Bruce    Violin    Carrie Michel

Northwest Young Artist Performance Woodwind 

Winner    Stasia Kulsa     Flute    Sophia Tegart



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MTNA Young Artist

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2019 Competition Results