MTNA Student Performance Competition

For advanced students interested in performance competition, the MTNA performance competitions offer that opportunity.  The competitions are open to any student who plays at the level of the required music, and are offered at the Junior, Senior, and Collegiate levels.  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 are available online at

Registration for the Virtual 2021 MTNA Student Performance Competition is open now, and will be due on September 15, 2021 at 12:00, Noon Pacific Time.  On September 17, 2021, video submission will open. Video submissions are due November 2, 2021 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

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 Northwest Division

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Piano Division

Piano Division:

Dr. Jessica Pacheco-Hjelmstad

Born in Maringá (PR – Brazil), Dr. Pacheco-Hjelmstad has performed internationally, including countries such as Austria, Germany, Brazil, and the United States of America. She has also performed in Master Classes across the globe, and is an award-winning pianist in Brazil.

She is an active pianist, chamber music collaborator, choir accompanist, piano teacher, presenter/lecturer, and adjudicator. Recently, Dr. Pacheco-Hjelmstad was one of the featured artists at the 2020 Oregon Music Teachers Association Conference, where she gave two presentations and a lecture-recital in Brazilian music, and also a master class with Spanish/Latin music focus.

Currently, she keeps a busy schedule performing solo and chamber music nationally and internationally, with many different performers. In September 2020, she performed as a guest artist at the CU Boulder Faculty Series with her piano duet partner, Alejandro Cremaschi. The program was fully dedicated to compositions by female composers from all three Americas. In addition to the performances, she is a faculty member at Laramie County Community College, she teaches private piano lessons and chamber music in northern Colorado, and during the summer, she is the Colorado Kodaly Institute pianist and recital coordinator (at CSU).

Dr. Roger McVey, University of Idaho

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 currently an 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 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 passionate 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 presented at the College Music Society national conference, as well as for the Idaho Music Teachers Association, Wisconsin Music Teachers Association, and other groups. Besides the piano, his other interests include cooking, playing chess, surfing, snowboarding, and learning to play the guitar. For more information, please visit his website at

Dr. Christopher Hahn, University of Montana

Dr. Christopher Hahn maintains a multifaceted career as pianist, adjudicator, clinician and author.  He has been featured as a solo and collaborative artist throughout North America and Europe, and has performed in recital at Carnegie Hall—Weill Recital Hall, The Music Gallery in Toronto, and the Haydnsaal in Eisenstadt, Austria.  He had the honor of performing for the Archbishop Desmond Tutu with the Metropolitan Opera’s Leona Mitchell, and has also performed with such recognized artists as flutist Christina Jennings, trumpet/piano virtuoso Guy Few, pianist Lydia Brown, violinists Timothy Fain and Eugenia Choi, cellist Amit Peled, and Russian dissident poet, Evgeny Yevtushenko.  He has collaborated with composers David Maslanka, Libby Larsen, Charles Nichols, and Samuel Adler.

Dr. Hahn pursued his early training through the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and has since furthered his study of performing and teaching in Canada, the United States, and Europe.  He holds the Associate Diploma in Performance from the Royal Conservatory, and both the Licentiate and Fellowship Diplomas in Performance from Trinity College of Music in London, England. His mentors include Ralph Votapek, Sonja Behrens, Edward Gates, Jamie Parker, Lucien Hut and Virginia Blaha.  Additional performance studies include sessions at the Orford Center for Advanced Musical Studies in Québec (Anton Kuerti), the Adamant Music School (Menahem Pressler), the University of Michigan (Louis Nagel), the Royal Conservatory of Music (Andrew Markow), and private study in Verneuil-sur-Avre, France (Jean-Paul Sevilla).  He has coached with Yefim Bronfman, Constance Keene, Angela Cheng, Yong Hi Moon, and Marilyn Horne, and has received extensive chamber music coaching from members of the Penderecki String Quartet and the Gryphon Trio.

Dr. Hahn maintains an active schedule as a member of the CanAm Piano Duo with his partner, Karen Beres. The duo won the Silver Medal at the 2008 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston, and received a Distinguished Ranking at the 2009 IBLA Grand Prize competition in Ragusa, Italy.  The duo has a recording on the Albany Records label entitled This Is The World featuring their commissioned work for two pianos and percussion by renowned composer, David Maslanka.  Christopher and Karen are much-sought after as pedagogues, and have served as featured presenters at state conferences and many universities and conservatories.  They have published a book with Alfred Music entitled The Pianist’s Guide to Standard Performance and Teaching Concertos which features reviews and provides leveling of over 270 concerti.

As a pedagogue, Dr. Hahn is frequently engaged as a clinician, adjudicator, teacher, and master class artist.  Dr. Hahn also serves as keyboard division chair and is professor of piano and piano pedagogy at the University of Montana where he teaches undergraduate and graduate students.  The recipient of Meritorious Teaching Awards on three occasions, his students have been featured on the NPR program From the Top, as national finalists in the MTNA Chamber Music Competition in Toronto, Canada, as soloists with orchestras in the Northwest, and have been selected as winners of various competitions in the region, including the Montana Association of Symphony Orchestras Concerto Competition and the Frances Walton/Ladies Musical Club Competition in Seattle.  Dr. Hahn is the pianist for the Montana Piano Trio at the University of Montana, and serves as the principle keyboardist for the Missoula Symphony Orchestra.  Dr. Hahn serves as the artistic director of the Celebrate Piano Series at the University of Montana, which brings world-class artists to the university for Missoula audiences.

Strings Division

Dr. Miranda Wilson, University of Idaho

Miranda Wilson is an internationally performing cellist and the author of Cello Practice, Cello Performance (Rowman & Littlefield). As Associate Professor of Cello at the Lionel Hampton School of Music, University of Idaho, Miranda Wilson is also the founder and Director of Strings of the Lionel Hampton School of Music Preparatory Division and Co-Artistic Director of the Idaho Bach Festival. Miranda Wilson was born in New Zealand and educated at the universities of Canterbury (NZ), London (UK), and Texas. Prior to joining the University of Idaho faculty, she was the founding cellist of the Tasman String Quartet. In addition to playing and teaching cello, Miranda Wilson writes regularly for Strings. Miranda Wilson is married to the American trumpeter Sean Butterfield. They live in Idaho with their eight-year-old daughter and two miniature schnauzers.

Dr. Philip Baldwin

Phil Baldwin is the Director of String Studies and Professor of Violin at Whitworth University.  He is also the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Spokane Youth Symphony.  His career has spanned the spectrum of string teaching and conducting.  He earned a D.M.A. at The Ohio State University, where he received the Distinguished Dissertation Award for his work on the violin sonatas of William Bolcom.  His distinguished violin teachers include Rafael Druian, Raphael Hillyer, Yuri Mazurkevich, Andrew Jennings, Alan Bodman and Michael Davis.  As a fellowship recipient, he attended the Conductor’s Institute of South Carolina and studied under distinguished teachers Paul Vermel, Kate Tamarkin, and Donald Portnoy.  He has also trained with Wayne Toews at the Saito International Conducting School.

Baldwin is the concertmaster and assistant conductor of the Coeur d’Alene Symphony, and has appeared as violin soloist in concertos by Samuel Barber, Henry Wieniawski, Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Brahms’ Double Concerto.   He is a former member of the Spokane Symphony (and continues to play as a substitute) and served previously as principal second violin of the Akron Symphony and principal viola of the LaCrosse Symphony.  He has also performed with the Tacoma, Canton, and Columbus symphonies and played on several movie soundtrack recordings.  An active recitalist, he has performed frequently with Whitworth pianist, Judith Schoepflin, and recorded a CD of clarinet trios by Khachaturian, Ives, and Bolcom with clarinetist Michael Dean and pianist Carol Stivers.

As a guest conductor, he has appeared with the members of the Spokane Symphony, conducted the WMEA Junior All-State Orchestra, and twice directed the Hong Kong Youth Music Camp.  In 2021, he will conduct the orchestra of the Asia Christian Schools Conference in Taiwan.

Dr. Baldwin has served on the boards of the Maryland and Utah American String Teachers Association state chapters, is the past president of the Washington chapter.  He has chaired the ASTA state solo competition and certificate-program examinations.  He has presented lectures at eight ASTA National conventions and also invited to present at the Texas Music Educators Association convention and the Arkansas Music Educators Association.  His interest in literature and music has earned two invitations to lecture at the International Short Story Conferences in Ireland and Portugal.  In his free time, he is an avid distance runner, cyclist, and tries to keep up with his three sons.

Dr. Jason Moody, Gonzaga University

Jason Moody is an active teacher, performer, and conductor based in the Pacific Northwest. He is instructor of violin at Gonzaga University, instructor of music and director of orchestra at Spokane Falls Community College, and is a member of the Spokane Symphony. Jason has been featured as soloist with orchestras throughout the region, performed as guest artist and concertmaster at the Northwest Bach Festival, and is a substitute violinist with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. He has appeared on public radio several times with performances on “A Prairie Home Companion” and “From the Top” and performed as a session musician for movie, television, and video game soundtracks.

As a conductor and clinician, Jason has worked with numerous university, high school, and festival orchestras, and is the artistic director of the Festival at Sandpoint Summer Camp. He has held teaching appointments at the University of Idaho, University of Washington, Edmonds Community College, and Whitworth University. Jason received music degrees from University of Washington (DMA), Rice University (MM), and Seattle Pacific University (BA).

Woodwinds Division

Dr. Sophia Tegert

Dr. Sophia Tegart has led a varied and award-winning career as a flutist, musicologist, and clinician.  A popular performer, she has been soloist with the Spokane Symphony, the Washington-Idaho Symphony, Chehalem Symphony Orchestra, and the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. As a Yamaha Performing Artist, Tegart has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

As an avid chamber musician, Tegart is flutist in the Pan Pacific Ensemble, a wind quintet dedicated to the advancement of music by Asian and Asian-American composers.  The Pan Pacific Ensemble has released two albums through Albany Records, one of which, “Feng,” was labeled one of 2019’s “Top Ten Albums of the Year” by the Daffodil Perspective.  Tegart’s flute and piano duo with pianist Michael Seregow was a finalist for the 2019 American Prize in Chamber Music, and their album of works by women composers, “Palouse Songbook,” was released through Centaur Records in 2020.  Tegart also plays in the Washington State University faculty ensemble, the Solstice Wind Quintet.

Dr. Tegart regularly presents invited master classes, clinics, and lectures throughout the United States. She currently teaches at Young Musicians and Artists (YMA), and has served on the faculty of the Music For All Summer Symposium and Music in May. Additionally, she has taught at the Interharmony International Music Festival in Acqui Terme, Italy. Prior to her appointment at Washington State University, Tegart served on the faculties of Pacific University, George Fox University, Concordia University-Portland, and the University of Idaho.

Tegart received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance where she held the flute fellowship in the Graduate Woodwind Quintet and studied with Dr. Mary Posses. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Master of Arts degree in Music History and a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance, and from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance. Because of her interest in music history, Tegart has joined Keep Classical Weird as the resident music historian, a podcast dedicated to exploring the “kooky, mysterious, and outlandish oddities” in classical music.

Dr. Stephan Friel

Dr. Steve Friel is Professor of Saxophone at Eastern Washington University where he also teaches woodwind techniques, jazz band, classical and jazz chamber ensembles and is interim director of the symphonic band.  Since arriving in Washington, Mr. Friel has performed with the Spokane Jazz Orchestra, Coeur d’Alene Symphony, Spokane Civic Theater, Bob Curnow Big Band and is currently serving with the 133rd Washington, Army National Guard Band from Camp Murray, WA.  

Dr. Friel has a vibrant performance schedule with orchestras, musical theaters, cover bands and independent artists.  He has performed for Broadway equity shows, played lead alto for Natalie Cole and performed with Tony Bennett.  Mr. Friel can be heard on several cd’s from the University of North Texas’ Wind Ensemble and Two O’Clock Lab Band.  

Dr. Peter Hamlin

Dr. Peter J. Hamlin is an Associate Professor of Music at Gonzaga University where he serves as the Director of Bands and oversees the Music Education degree program. At Gonzaga, Dr. Hamlin directs the Wind Ensemble and teaches coursework in music education and ethnomusicology. He is also the faculty advisor to the Gonzaga University Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education.
Dr. Hamlin is in frequent demand as a conductor, lecturer, and music performance adjudicator. He has given presentations at conferences both nationally and internationally and is published in numerous journals. His research areas explore the constructs of deliberate practice and the development of expertise in addition to music assessment, psychometrics, and quantitative research methodology.

Dr. Hamlin taught high school band in the state of Florida for nine years where he led a very successful program that included multiple concert bands, marching band, jazz ensemble, indoor color guard and percussion, and multiple chamber ensembles.

Dr. Hamlin received his Ph.D. and Bachelors degrees in Music Education from the University of Miami in Florida and was awarded a Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Hamlin holds memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, International Society for Music Education, Washington Music Educators Association, College Music Society, Society for Ethnomusicology, Society for Music Perception and Cognition, and the International Clarinet Association.

Brass Division

Dr. David McLemore

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dr. David McLemore is the Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Central Washington University, where his teaching duties include applied tuba and euphonium lessons, directing the CWU Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, as well as courses in low brass methods, brass pedagogy, and the history of Rock and Roll. Dr. McLemore earned a Bachelor of Arts in Tuba Performance from the University of Southern California, Masters’ of Arts in Tuba and Chamber Music Performance from the University of Michigan, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Tuba Performance with a minor in music theory from the University of Georgia. David’s principal teachers
include David Zerkel, Fritz Kaenzig, Norm Pearson, Jim Self, Warren Deck, and Richard Pasko.

Dr. McLemore maintains an active performance career as an ensemble performer and chamber musician. He is the Principal Tubist of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, and has previously performed with the Macon, Valdosta, and Georgia Symphony Orchestras. David has been a finalist or super-finalist in several other principal tuba auditions, including the West Michigan Symphony (2010), New Jersey Symphony (2011), Louisville Orchestra (2014), and Boulder Philharmonic (2018) auditions. As a chamber musician, Dr. McLemore regularly performs with the Central Washington University & Yakima Symphony Orchestra brass quintets, as well as the “Backburner” tuba and euphonium collective. He was previously a member of the “Classic Five” brass quintet (Athens, GA), UGA graduate tuba-euphonium quartet, and UM Contemporary Directions ensemble.

In addition to his orchestral and chamber work, Dr. McLemore is in demand as a soloist and pedagogue. As a
clinician, David has presented at the 2019 NAfME Northwest Division Conference, held a guest artist residency at the University of Idaho, and regularly works with high school low brass players in the Pacific Northwest. As a performer, he was featured at the 2017 NWRTEC conference, 2013 & 2018 United States Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Workshops, 2013 & 2015 SERTEC conference, 2015 MWRTEC conference, and the 2012 & 2014 ITEC Conferences. Dr. McLemore, along with the CWU tuba-euphonium studio, served as host for the 2018 NWRTEC conference. David has competed at numerous national and international competitions, frequently emerging as a prize winner. He won 1st prize Artist Tuba in the 2010 International Tuba-Euphonium Conference solo competition; 1st prize Artist Tuba in the 2012 Leonard Falcone International Tuba-Euphonium Festival solo competition; and 1st prize Brass in the 2012 MTNA National solo competition. More recently, David won the Grand prize at the 2014 International Women’s Brass Conference solo competition and 3rd prize tuba at the 2014 Jeju International BrassCompetition in Jeju, South Korea.

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