MTNA Student Performance Competition

The MTNA performance competitions offer an opportunity for advanced students.  The competitions are offered at the Junior, Senior, and Collegiate 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.

More information concerning guidelines and registration is available online at

Registration for the 2022 MTNA Student Performance Competition opens in August and is due on September 14, 2022 at 12:00, Noon Pacific Time.  The Washington State MTNA Student Performance Competition will occur November 11 -13, 2022 at Central Washington University.  Please contact WSMTA Vice President and Competition Coordinator, Kira Miller.

Karen Hollenback and Kathy Mortensen at CWU during the 2018-19 MTNA Student Performance Competitions

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

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



MTNA Junior

MTNA Senior

MTNA Young Artist


Piano Division

Dr. Yerin Kim

Praised by the International Piano Magazine as “pianist of beautiful finesse and golden tone”, pianist Yerin Kim is a recitalist, chamber musician, and educator. She has given concerts in various festivals and recitals in major venues internationally, including The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York, Place Flagey in Brussels and Rolston Hall at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada.

As a regular lecturer and guest artist, Kim performs and gives talks on promoting awareness of the power of music in the community that it serves. She has been invited to give lectures for prominent educators and students at Indiana University Bloomington, the Nantucket Project, MTNA South Bend Music Teachers Association, and the Universal Arts Institute, S. Korea. Committed to bringing inspiring concert programs and classical music experience to a broader audience, she founded and directs Sensory Friendly Music and Autism Concert Series, serving music to individuals with autism in New York, St.Louis, and South Bend. She is also Co-artistic Director with violinist Brendan Shea of Chamber Music in the Bend, programming high quality chamber music education and performing chamber music concerts for the community.

Kim is equally passionate in teaching and has been teaching a diverse group of students from many parts of the world. She recently joined the faculty at Central Washington University as their new piano professor. Prior to joining Central Washington University, she taught at the University of Notre Dame as Adjunct Assistant Teaching Professor, and at Chugye University for the Arts Conservatory in South Korea as Visiting Professor of Piano. She also enjoys pre-college teaching and has taught talented young students from pre-college programs at Indiana University Bloomington and State University of New York Stony Brook.

Kim holds a Double Degree in Piano Performance and Psychology from Oberlin conservatory and college, a Master of Music from Indiana University Bloomington, and Doctor of Musical Arts from State University of New York, Stony Brook. Her mentors and teachers include Hans Boepple, Seunghae Choi, Haewon Song, Arnaldo Cohen, Jean-Louis Haguenauer, and Gilbert Kalish.

Dr. Isabella Jie

Indonesian pianist and teacher, Isabella Jie, started learning piano at age three. She has been an active performer and competitor since age 5 – winning numerous Indonesian piano competitions.  At age 14, she moved by herself to Canada to study with Leon Karan and attend high school at Columbia International College.  She won first prizes at the Kiwanis Piano Competitions, and was invited to perform at the Living Arts Center in Missisauga, Ontario.  She received her Bachelors in Piano Performance from the University of Toronto, studying with Dr. Midori Koga. 

Isabella completed her Master of Music and Performer’s Diploma degrees at Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University, where she studied under a full academic scholarship and an Associate Assistantship. Her teachers were the Chopin International Competition prizewinner, Professor Edward Auer, and Shigeoka Neriki, a pupil of György Sebok. During her study at Indiana University, she worked as a piano instructor for the Indiana University Young Pianist Program with Dr. Karen Taylor and taught piano courses for both music and non-music majors. She also regularly performed in chamber groups, specializing in collaboration with woodwind instruments.

Isabella completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the University of Minnesota in 2017, where she studied with Alexander Braginsky. She was a Gronyea fellow and her dissertation connects her extensive studies of western music with her Indonesian heritage and passion for teaching: “Debussy and Gamelan: An Introduction to Gamelan Music for Piano Students.” 

During her time in Minneapolis, she won the 18th Annual Masters Concerto and Aria Competition by Kenwood Symphony Orchestra (KSO),  the Marvin O. Mechelke Piano Competition, and was a two-time prize winner at the Schubert Club Piano Competition. She has performed at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, MN, and collaborated with the KSO to perform Chopin’s Piano Concerto no. 1. 

Isabella moved to Washington State at the beginning of 2018, and has opened a teaching studio serving Gig Harbor and Tacoma. She has served as adjudicator for the BBC-ORMTA Piano Competition in Brampton, Canada, and for the WMEA Piano Solo and Ensemble Contests in Washington State (Tacoma and Renton).

Dr. Jessica Schroeder

Jessica Schroeder has been teaching piano lessons for over 20 years.  She is dedicated to developing her students into well-rounded, expressive, confident musicians who enjoy playing.  Her teaching philosophy includes personalized lessons with technique, theory, performance/listening skills, ear-training and sight-reading.  She values her relationship with students and teaches anyone who has a genuine interest in and commitment to learning piano, regardless of age or ability.  

Jessica currently is the pianist and organist at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Mercer Island, and teaches piano lessons at Alley Bell Music in Edmonds, WA.  Previously she was the organist and co-music director at Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Church and on piano faculty at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, MN.  

In 2010 Jessica was awarded the Music Teachers National Association’s STAR award for outstanding academic, teaching and leadership achievement.  

Jessica is an active performer in the Twin Cities and Seattle areas.  She has appeared in concerts at venues such as Sundin Music Hall, the Schubert Club, Antonello Hall, and the Chapel of St. Ignatius, as well as throughout Italy and Austria.  

Jessica holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree in piano performance from Western Washington University, a Master’s of Music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University, a Master’s of Music degree in collaborative piano from the University of Oregon, and a Doctor of Musical Art’s degree in collaborative piano and coaching from the University of Minnesota.

Strings Division

Dr. Michelle Rahn

Violist Michelle Rahn enjoys a career that balances teaching and performing. As an experienced teacher and viola instructor at Central Washington University, Dr. Rahn works to inspire curiosity; form healthy, efficient and musical players; and provide all the tools necessary to continue learning after graduation. She also works with youth, local youth symphonies, and maintains a private teaching studio. As a performer, Dr. Rahn is an active freelancer, soloist and chamber musician. She has performed in China, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Bermuda and across the US. She enjoys premiering new works and has recently performed pieces by Brian P. Buch, Rodney Lister and Andrew Smith.

Dr. Rahn is a native of southern Oregon and studied for her undergrad at the University of Oregon in violin performance until, upon hearing the Walton Viola Concerto, was compelled to switch to the viola. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts, Performance Diploma and Master’s degree from Boston University. Her primary teachers were Michelle LaCourse, Edward Gazouleas, Leslie Straka and Steven Ansell.

While attending Boston University, she received the Dean’s Scholarship, the String Department Honor’s Award and won the viola prize at the Boston University Bach Competition. Dr. Rahn was a participant in the National Orchestral Institute (2008), the International Chamber Music Course in Positano, Italy (2008), the Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop (2007) and the Jascha Heifetz Music Institute for the Development of Personal Style (2003).

During the summer, she performs and is on faculty for many festivals including: the International Chamber Music Course in Positano, Italy, the Community Music Center Chamber Music Program in Portland, Oregon and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Junior Strings Intensive in Lenox, Massachusetts. She is a performer in the Siletz Bay Music Festival and the Astoria Music Festival.

Dr. Rahn approaches every pursuit with creative, positive energy. In her free time, Michelle enjoys baking, hiking, gardening and watching classic movies with her husband and cat, Bijou.

Grant Donnellan

Violinist Grant Donnellan holds a Master of Music degree and Performance Certificate from Yale School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Oberlin Conservatory. His principal teachers include Sydney Harth, Eric Friedmann, Roland and Almita Vamos, and the Tokyo String Quartet. While at Yale he received the Ellen Battell-Stoeckel Chamber Music Excellence Award and was a member of the Irving S. Gillmore Scholarship Piano Trio. He has performed with numerous symphony orchestras, including the American Sinfonietta. Donnellan has been a guest artist at the Olympic Music Festival, the Governor’s Recital Series, Bellingham Festival of MusicWintergreen Music Festival, Cascadia Spring Music Festival, the Boulder Bach Society and the Holzhausen Music Festival in Germany. He has performed concertos with the Whatcom Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta and the Western Washington University Symphony Orchestra. He teaches violin and coaches chamber music at Western and co-directs the summer Chamber Music Festival.

Dr. John Marshall

John Marshall is the Director of Orchestra/Professor of Cello at Eastern Washington University (EWU) and Principal Cellist with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra (SSO). He is also a conductor for the Spokane Youth Symphony. With the SSO, Marshall has appeared as a soloist over 20 times. As part of a pandemic project, Marshall video recorded Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with prominent soloist colleagues and the EWU Orchestra.

An advocate of cello ensemble, Marshall created the annual CELLObration Spokane festival, which brings together over 60 student and professional cellists for a day of learning and performing music for cello ensemble. Video of CELLObration and cello ensemble at Interlochen is available on YouTube.

Marshall is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, and received degrees from Indiana, Yale, and Northwestern Universities, studying with Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot, and Hans Jensen. His doctoral dissertation focuses on music for two cellos and orchestra. He has been a prizewinner in numerous competitions, including those sponsored by WAMSO(Minnesota Orchestra), the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation, and the Chicago Cello Society. Marshall was selected twice to participate in the prestigious Piatigorsky Cello Seminar.

Marshall is in the final stages of completing a cello transcription of Mozart’s Concerto for Bassoon, as well as a method book focusing on coordination exercises for string players.

Woodwinds Division

Vocal Division

Dr. T. André Feagin

Dr. T. André Feagin serves as Director of Bands in the Department of Music at Central Washington University.   He guides the educational and artistic vision of the band area and serves as lead administrator of the band program including the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, Wildcat Marching Band, and Basketball Band. In addition, Dr. Feagin guides the graduate wind band conducting program and serves as the conductor of the Wind Ensemble, the preeminent wind band at CWU.

Under his direction, the Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at the 2022 College Band Directors National Association Western/Northwestern Division Conference. He serves as a leader of the Leadership Cohort within the College of Arts and Humanities as well as a member of the diversity and inclusivity committee for the college. Within the department of music, he serves as co-chair of the P.A.C.T. committee, a group tasked with collaborating with faculty and students in the creation and dissemination of standards for climate excellence.

Prior to his appointment at CWU, he served on the music faculties of Colorado State University, Coastal Carolina University (SC), and the University of Texas at El Paso. His secondary teaching experience include serving as Director of Bands at Watkins Overton High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (TN).

Dr. Feagin has appeared with numerous All-state, regional honor bands, and professional bands and orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and Southeast Asia. Engagements include serving as guest conductor with Northwest Sinfonietta Orchestra (WA), the 2019 American Spring Festival (Czech Republic), conductor of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Concert Band, conductor of the Massachusetts All-State Band, the New Mexico All-State Concert Band, and the New England Intercollegiate Band.

He has presented clinics on conducting, leadership, diversity and inclusion in music education, and the marching arts at the New Jersey Music Educators Association, Maryland Music Educators Association, Central Jersey Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association Conference, Colorado Music Educators Association Clinic/Conference, Arizona Music Educators Association State Convention and others.

Dr. Feagin was one of three nationally selected conductors to perform with the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America in the inaugural Young Composer/Conductors Mentor Project sponsored by the National Band Association. In 2012, he was one of three nationally selected conductors to perform with the United States Academy Band at West Point during the Association of Concert Bands National Convention.

Dr. Feagin is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including a 2020-21 and 2019-20 national finalist in the professional/college wind band division of the American Prize contest. 

Dr. Feagin holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting from the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music where he was a student of Gregg I. Hanson. His doctoral research studies Spanish wind composer Bernardo Adam Ferrero and his wind composition Homenaje a Joaquín Sorolla. He holds a Master of Music degree in instrumental wind conducting and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. He is grateful for his mentors and teachers that have shaped his passion for conducting and music education. Among them are Gregg I Hanson, Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Kraig Alan Williams, Thomas Cockrell, Bruce Chamberlain, Pat Morrow, Darry Pilkington, and Sallie Vines White.

Dr. Matthew Carey

Matthew Carey is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Originally from Washington state, Dr. Carey taught high school vocal music for 4 years after receiving his undergraduate degree from Western Washington University. He holds a Master of Music from the University of Oregon and a DMA in Choral Conducting from Texas Tech University. His conducting teachers include Leslie Guelker-Cone, Sharon Paul, Hirvo Surva, and Richard Bjella.

Prior to Coming to UAH, Dr. Carey served as conductor of the University of Oregon’s award-winning Chamber Choir, preparing the ensemble for their inaugural season as participants in the Oregon Bach Festival. The UO Chamber Choir performed under the batons of Helmut Rilling and Matthew Halls, as well as serving as the ensemble for the Conductor’s Showcase concert. Dr. Carey was also the Director of Choirs and Vocal Studies at Oklahoma Panhandle State University before joining the faculty at UAH.

Dr. Carey has been performing nationally both as an oratorio soloist and as a professional chorister for over a decade. He is a ten-year member of the Berwick Chorus of the Oregon Bach Festival, and recently joined the Helmut Rilling Ensemble, based in Germany. He resides in Madison, AL, and is a fan of sailing, cinema, and cats.

Brass Division

Dr. Gustavo Camacho

Dr. Gustavo Camacho is Associate Professor of Horn and Brass Area Coordinator at Western Washington University.  He previously served as Instructor of Horn and Chamber Music at the Interlochen Arts Academy and Summer Arts Camp for four years.  He also performed as principal horn of Phoenix Opera for three years while performing regularly with The Phoenix Symphony and serving on the brass faculty at the Arizona School for the Arts.  An active soloist and clinician, Gustavo has been a featured concerto soloist with the Skagit Symphony, Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Whatcom Wind Ensemble, WWU Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, and the Interlochen Arts Academy Band.  He has also presented numerous masterclasses and performances at conferences, festivals, and institutions in the U.S., Canada, Cuba, China and Luxembourg.

Gustavo has a particular interest in chamber music, and his chamber philosophies stem from extensive music study with Empire Brass Quintet founding member Sam Pilafian.  He continues to make chamber music a central focus of his creative activity, most notably with WWU Faculty wind Quintet “Fifth Inversion” and WWU Faculty brass trio “Trinsic Brass”.  Gustavo holds a Bachelor of Music degree from New Mexico State University, and a Master in Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in horn performance from Arizona State University.  Gustavo is a Yamaha Artist and has performed exclusively on his trusty and faithful Yamaha 867 since 1999.

2020 – 2021 Northwest Division

MTNA Competition Results

MTNA Junior

MTNA Senior

MTNA Young Artist


MTNA Junior

MTNA Senior

MTNA Young Artist

2019 Competition Results


For competition guidelines, click here.

    • The MTNA Chamber Music Competitions was a two-tier competition: a Preliminary Round, by video submission only (Click Here for Details) and a Final Round, live at the National Conference. Ensembles competed without regard to the state or division in which they live or take lessons.
    • Later application deadline: Wednesday, December 4, 2019.
    • The age of ensemble members must be 18–29 as of January 1, 2020.
    • The ensemble submitted a GROUP photo and a GROUP bio (75-word maximum) at the time of the application.
  • MTNA active membership dues must be paid before submission of the application. A $150 nonmember teacher fee will be assessed if entrant’s teacher has not paid active membership dues for the 2019–2020 membership year.
  • Primary communication is via email. The application must have accurate email addresses for entrants, teacher/coach.

QUESTIONS: Colleen Hunter, MTNA Performance Competition Chair