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

November 10 – 12, 2018
Central Washington University, Ellensburg

For competition guidelines, click here.


  • Division competitions will be an ONLINE-ONLY VIDEO round.
  • Accompanist fee for national finals will be $115 for junior string and woodwind entrants.
  • Accompanist fees for national finals will be $100 for senior voice entrants.


September 12, 2018 at Noon Pacific Time

Registration through MTNA will open in August 2018.
WSMTA Additional State Registration Fee:  The fee is $45 for each entrant and can be paid by clicking on the red area below.

Contact Kathy Mortensen, MTNA Performance Competition Chair if you have any further questions.

Music Building at CWU




Winner: Adrian King (student of Peter Mack)
Alternate: Edward Zhang (student of Sasha Starcevich)
Honorable Mention: Grace Weppler (student of Duane Hulbert) and Nicole Wang (student of Nino Merabishvili)


Winner: Marley Erickson, violin (student of Simon James)
Alternate: Carson Ling-Efird, cello (student of Kevin Krentz)
Honorable Mention: Jessica Na, violin (student of Leonid Keylin)


Winner: Brooke Lambert, flute (student of Bonnie Blanchard)
Alternate: Jasmine Lin, flute (student of Robert Wilson)
Honorable Mention: Claire Wei, flute (student of Robert Wilson)



Representative: Evan Minsk, horn (student of Roger Burnett)


Winner: Leah Deobald (student of Duane Hulbert)
Alternate: Robert Yan (student of Ivona Kaminska-Bowlby)
Honorable Mention: Janet Phang (student of Peter Mack)


Winner: Jeslyn Cai and Justin Cai (students of Peter Mack and Karlyn Brett)
Alternate: Dajeong Yoon and Hyun Yoon (students of Allan Park)
Honorable Mention: Grace Winslow and Caleb Winslow (students of Irene Bowling)


Winner: Ryan Char, violin (student of Simon James)
Alternate: Stephen Leou, cello (student of Leslie Marckx)
Honorable Mention: Shintaro Taneda, violin (student of Simon James)


Winner: Minsoo Kwon, flute (student of Zart Dombourian-Eby)
Alternate: Anthony Xie, flute (student of Bonnie Blanchard)



Winner: Anthony Achille, euphonium (student of Chris Dickey)
Alternate: Matthew Tatz, tuba  (student of Chris Dickey)


Winner: Garrett Snedeker (student of Jeffrey Savage)
Alternate: Frankie Bones (student of Jeffrey Savage)
Honorable Mention: Luke Irvine (student of Leonard Richter) and Aubrey Marks-Johnson (student of Jeffrey Gilliam)


Representative: James Marshall, viola (student of Jody Graves)


Representative: Monica Weber, saxophone (student of Fred Winkler)


Winner: Trio Giada  Sarah Lee, violin; Nolan Welch, cello; and Kassidy Dent, piano (students of Carrie Michel)
Alternate: The Brahamas  Ethan Seid, violin; James Marshall, viola; Timothy Gales, cello; and Cristian Garcia, piano (students of Jody Graves)

Winners of the State competition will compete at the Northwest Division level in January.

More information is available online:  Northwest Division Competitions
When:            January 13 – 17, 2018  (Saturday–Monday)
Where:           Portland Piano Company,  Portland, OR

Questions?   Contact Mary Kaye Owen, NCTM, MTNA NW Division Competition Chair

Winners of the Northwest Division Competition will compete at the National level in March.

When:            March 17 – 21, 2018
Where:           Lake Buena Vista, Florida


David Hyun-su Kim, piano

Hailed by Malcolm Bilson as a musician “who will doubtless make an important contribution to the musical life of this country,” pianist and fortepianist David Hyun-su Kim holds degrees from Harvard, Yale, and Cornell Universities, and a doctorate from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He has performed internationally, appearing throughout the United States, Canada, Austria, Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom, South Korea and Australia.

His concerts have been praised as “emotionally expansive” and “idiomatically perfect.” His 2016-2017 season includes the release of his first CD on the Centaur label (a disc of Mozart and Beethoven sonatas performed on a 5-octave Walter piano), collaborations with period violinist Lauren Basney, the Aspen Trio, and cellist Sally Singer, and concerts in Italy, Massachusetts, New York, Boston, Washington, Oregon, Virginia, South Carolina, Maine, and California.

David has participated in festivals including the Banff Summer Piano Festival, the Musica Antiqua Festival in Bruges, Norfolk Summer Chamber Music Festival, the Center for Eighteenth-Century Music Fortepiano Workshop, Eastman’s Young Artist’s International Piano Festival, the Schumann Festival at Cornell University, ARIA Music Festival, PianoFest Austria Summer Program, and the Adamant Summer School of Music. In the summer of 2011, he was a finalist at the international Westfield Fortepiano Competition, part of the Westfield Music Conference of Cornell University. In June 2009, David made his historical performance debut as part of the Fringe Series at the acclaimed Boston Early Music Festival, with a program pairing works by Schubert and Schumann, and he returned to BEMF in 2011, playing a program of Beethoven and Schumann to a sold-out audience.

Winner of numerous musical and academic prizes, David was also awarded a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from Harvard University for his teaching excellence in the fields of music history and theory. His past teachers include Malcolm Bilson, Robert Levin, Peter Frankl, James Webster, Bruce Brubaker, Christopher Hasty, Gerritt Zitterbart, Kevin Fitzgerald, and Stephen Prutsman, and he has performed in masterclass for such esteemed artists as Claude Frank, Boris Berman, Robert Ward, David Breitman and Andrew Willis.

Committed to music education, David has presented piano and fortepiano performance masterclasses and lectures throughout the U.S. He has been guest lecturer on 18th- and 19th-century notation, and the New England Conservatory Department of Music History recently invited him to lecture on improvisation.

David matriculated at Cornell University in 1999 as a Presidential Research Scholar and National Merit Scholar in chemistry. The lab stool was quickly traded for the piano bench, however, and he graduated magna cum laude in music in 2003. After winning a Fulbright Scholarship, he traveled to Germany, studying piano at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, and making his orchestral debut in Vienna with the Mozart B-flat Piano Concerto, K. 456. Returning to the US, David earned master’s degrees in piano performance from the Yale School of Music and in historical performance from the Harvard Department of Music. He remained in Boston, earning his doctorate from the New England Conservatory last spring, and, in the fall of 2013, began a new post as a Professor of Theory and Piano at Whitman College.

Milica Jelača Jovanović, piano

Born into a family of professional musicians in Belgrade, Serbia, Milica Jelača Jovanović began giving recitals at the age of 8.  Hailed “a pianist of great energy and charisma,” she has appeared as soloist with the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, RTV Belgrade Symphonic Orchestra, “Stanislav Binički” Symphonic Orchestra, “Josip Slavenski” Baroque Orchestra, and WWU Symphony Orchestra among others.

Described as a “a brilliant performer,” Ms. Jelača Jovanović has performed in solo recitals and chamber music concerts throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Prague (the Czech Republic), Paris (France), Constanţa (Romania), Skopje (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Katowice and Krakow (Poland), Lübeck and Eckernförde (Germany), Bolzano (Italy), Dubna, Moscow, Novoagansk, Raduzhni, St. Petersburg, Surgut (Russia), Belgrade, Kikinda, Negotin, Niš, Novi Sad, Priština, and Valjevo (Serbia). Her solo performances include the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series in Chicago, Les AMIS concert series in Toronto, Canada, the International Piano Series at the University of Central Florida, the Jugokoncert Concert Series and Centar za Muziku Concert Series in Belgrade, Serbia, and the prestigious Festivals “Novosadsko Muzičko Leto“ in Novi Sad, “BEMUS” in Belgrade, and “Mokranjčevi dani” in Negotin, Serbia.

Besides winning numerous Serbian and Yugoslavian national piano competitions, Ms. Jelača Jovanović won prizes at several international competitions, including the inaugural 2005 Iowa International Piano Competition and the First Prize at the 23rd Bartók-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition in Virginia in 2003. She has been interviewed and has recorded for various radio and television programs in the United States, Serbia, Romania and Russia, and was profiled along with other musicians of note in a book by Gordana Krajačić entitled “Muzička Pinakoteka”. In 2006 she organized the “Schumann Madness Festival“ in Bellingham, Washington to mark the 150th anniversary of Robert Schumann’s death, where she performed in several solo and chamber recitals, and as soloist with the orchestra. Her recording of works by Prokofiev, Karača, Radovanović, Briggs, Radić, Sommer and Bartók and entitled Bright Moods has been released in 2012 under the MSR Classic label and has received warm reviews. Ms. Jelača Jovanović has been also working on a recording of Schumann works, which will be released under the Centaur label.

Following her studies in Belgrade, Ms. Jelača Jovanović earned her Master of Music Degree and Artist Diploma at the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow under the direction of Mikhail Voskresensky and Elena Kuznietzova, and her Doctorate in Piano Performance at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, under the direction of Logan Skelton.  In Ann Arbor, she has also studied with the fortepianist Penelope Crawford and the harpsichordist Edward Parmentier. Ms. Jelača Jovanović has also worked with Yong Hi Moon, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Earl Wild and Homero Francesch. In 2004, she took a position at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, where she is currently a Professor of Piano and the Coordinator of the Keyboard Area.  Dr. Jelača Jovanović has given master classes and workshops for piano teachers and students in the US and Russia, and was adjudicator at many piano competitions, including the MTNA NW Divisional Competition, Vancouver Women’s Musical Society Piano Scholarship Competition in Vancouver, BC, the US Open Piano Competition in Oakland, CA and the Chopin Northwest Festival in Seattle.

Michael Seregow, piano

A native of the Pacific Northwest, pianist Michael Seregow enjoys a multifaceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and lecturer. He joins the faculty at Washington State University beginning in the 2017-18 academic year. Prior to this he served on the faculties at University of Puget Sound and University of Oregon.

Festival of the American Liszt Society in Los Angeles, the American premiere of recently composed piano works by British composer, producer, and songwriter Guy Sigsworth, and a performance of Schubert’s great song cycle, Die Winterreise, with baritone Harry Baechtel. A musician of uncommon versatility, Seregow has received formal training in a variety of keyboard instruments other than piano including harpsichord, fortepiano, and organ, in addition to studies in jazz piano, basso continuo, historical performance practice, and composition.

As a collaborative pianist, Dr. Seregow has performed with internationally renowned artists such as bassoonist William Ludwig and baritone Richard Zeller as well as members of the Eugene Symphony and Oregon Mozart Players. In the summer of 2011 he was a Collaborative Piano Fellow at the Music Academy of the West, where he worked with Juilliard professor Jonathan Feldman. He has also appeared as an orchestral keyboardist for the Eugene Symphony and the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra.

An active member of Music Teachers National Association, Dr. Seregow is in demand as a lecturer and adjudicator throughout the Pacific Northwest. He has presented on topics including teaching tone production at the piano, effective strategies for learning and memorization, the development of healthy technique for advancing pianists, and the pedagogical repertoire of Béla Bartók. His students have been prizewinners in local and national competitions.

Dr. Seregow earned a D.M.A. in piano performance with supporting studies in piano pedagogy from the University of Oregon. He was twice awarded Outstanding Graduate Performer in Keyboard as well as Outstanding Graduate Performer in Music in addition to receiving Graduate Teaching Fellowships in Piano Pedagogy, Collaborative Piano, and Opera Accompanying. Seregow has won numerous competitions, including the University of Oregon Concerto Competition, the Oregon Music Teachers Association Young Artist Piano Competition, and the Vernon L. Wiscarson Concerto Competition. Most recently, in 2016 he was selected as a finalist for the professional division of the American Prize in Solo Piano Performance, a national competition in the performing arts. His principal teachers include Dean Kramer and Mark Westcott, and he has played in master classes for such eminent artists as Emanuel Ax, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, John Perry, Jon Kimura Parker, and Angela Hewitt.

Alaina Bercilla, flute

A native Californian, Alaina Bercilla graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles, and later received a M.M. in Flute Performance from the University of Michigan.  She has held the 2nd Flute/Piccolo chair in the Spokane Symphony since 2008.  Before then, she held positions as an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and as Piccolo Fellow with the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra.

Ms. Bercilla has been invited to perform as a featured soloist with the Spokane Symphony (on both flute and piccolo), Spokane String Quartet, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, and Pasadena Community Orchestra.  She has also appeared twice as Principal Flute with the Seattle Symphony.

In addition, she has been a finalist in the Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition and the Las Vegas Flute Club Competition, a semifinalist in the Frank Bowen Competition and the WAMSO (Volunteer Association for the Minnesota Orchestra) Competition, and a qualifying participant in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition.

Since joining the faculty of Eastern Washington University (EWU) in the fall of 2013, Ms. Bercilla has made it a priority to establish a competitive studio while still offering instruction and inspiration at every level.  Encouraging music minors, music majors taking flute as a secondary instrument, and non-music majors to join the EWU studio has fostered an inclusive and supportive group of musicians who enrich the entire department.  The creation of a Flute Ensemble in 2014 expanded performance opportunities for students while boosting the music department’s visibility throughout the community.  In May 2017, the EWU Flute Quartet received a Silver Medal at Musicfest Northwest in the Flute Ensemble category for their performance of the first movement of Kohler’s Grand Quartet in D Major, Op. 92.

Prior to her appointment at EWU, Ms. Bercilla had maintained a private flute studio in three different states, and worked with all levels of students, from beginning 5th graders at Bursch Elementary School in Compton, CA, to gifted high-schoolers in Detroit, MI, as Principal Flute and Mentor of the Detroit Civic Orchestra.

John Harbaugh, trumpet

John Harbaugh is the Professor of trumpet at Central Washington University.  He has over 30 years of college teaching experience.  As an undergraduate he was a runner up in the Women’s Association of the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra Competition and received half tuition waiver to attend Manhattan School of Music.  He was selected as one of seven semi-finalist at the McMahon International solo competition.

He performed at the Vatican’s year 2000 concert series in Rome and as a member of the CWU brass quintet at Washington WMEA conventions and All Northwest MENC conferences.  His professional experience includes touring with Tom Jones, Paul Anka, and Buddy Rich. He appears on three Grammy nominated albums, has recorded as a jazz soloist with the London Symphony.   He was featured soloist and clinician at the Western International Band Clinic.

He is principal trumpet in the Yakima Symphony and has been a member of regional orchestras in Iowa, Washington, and Alaska. In the last several years he performed in groups behind Charo, Bob Newhart, Franky Valli, Manheim Steamroller, and the Disney touring company of “High School Musical”.  He was director and executive producer of “A New and Different Way of Getting More Music Out of Trumpet” which was rereleased on DVD and has been distributed internationally.  This 3 DVD series documents esteemed and known teacher, Professor William Adam’s pedagogical concepts for playing and teaching trumpet.

In 2010, he released his first solo trumpet CD ‘New Vistas He presented lecture recitals as Soochow and the Chinese Cultural Universities in Taipei, Taiwan.  He performed as a soloist in 2013 and 2015 with ToaYuan Symphonic Band in Taiwan. He has toured Israel and Vietnam with the IHS big band and continues to work as a soloist and clinician. In 2016, he released his first jazz CD.  He is a soloist/clinician for C.G. Conn/Selmer Corporation and where has appeared in the U.S. Canada, and Taiwan.  You can hear his playing and contact him at this website.

Ruth Boden, cello

Dr. Ruth Boden is an Associate Professor in the School of Music at Washington State University where she teaches cello, bass, music theory and coordinates the chamber music program.

Dr. Boden holds a B.M. and M.M. in cello performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a D.M.A. from the University of Alabama.

Ruth is an active performer and has appeared as a guest artist with the Mid-Columbia Symphony, Washington Idaho Symphony, Coeur D’ Alene Symphony, and gave the premier performance of Philip Wharton’s Concerto for Violin and Cello with the Rendezvous Orchestra in Moscow, Idaho. She has also been a member of numerous orchestras throughout the Southeast and Northwest, including the Pensacola Symphony, Huntsville Symphony, Tuscaloosa Symphony, Washington Idaho Symphony, and Spokane Symphony among others. Additionally, Ruth has worked with several notable chamber artists including the Vermeer, Juilliard, Miami, and Cavani String Quartets and the Diaz Trio.

Ruth served as the interim conductor for the Washington State University Symphony Orchestra from 2009-2011, interim Artistic Director and conductor for the Spokane Youth Symphony during the 2013-2014 season, and has served as guest conductor and clinician for numerous festivals throughout the Northwest.

Ruth is a staunch supporter of new and contemporary music. She released her first solo CD Off the Cuff in July of 2014 which features eclectic contemporary music for solo cello. An avid hiker and lover of the outdoors, Ruth spends parts of her summers backpacking with her cello and performing new works commissioned for her project Music Outside Four Walls.

Ruth lives in Pullman with her husband Dean Luethi and their cats La Manita and Crash.


2017 WA State National Winners (pdf)

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