Outstanding Artist Competition

The competition was established in 2005 to provide an additional performance opportunity for talented pianists from Washington state. It runs concurrently with the MTNA Competition, but is not part of the MTNA Competition. The Outstanding Artist Competition (OAC) may serve as a positive initial step for students desiring to compete in the MTNA Performance Competition in future years.

The OAC is a state level competition with monetary awards.
Outstanding Artist Competition 2019 Guidelines (pdf)

WHEN: November 9-11, 2019
WHERE: Whitworth University, Spokane WA
REGISTRATION: Available in mid-August 2019

QUESTIONS: Cherie Felts, OAC Chair

Cherie Felts and Judy Price at CWU
during the 2018 Outstanding Artist Competition

Non-members can register here:

2019 OAC Non-Member Entry Form.

2019 OUTSTANDING ARTIST COMPETITION WINNERS

JUNIOR (ages 11 – 14)

FIRST PLACE: Alan Ying (student of Sasha Starcevich)
SECOND PLACE: Steven Wu (student of Renato Fabbro)
THIRD PLACE: Penelope Keep (student of Judith Widrig)

HONORABLE MENTION (not ranked):
Nicholas Grote (student of Ni Liu and Peter Mack)
Rebecca Sun (student of Ivona Kaminska Bowlby)
Ella Sumanaseni (student of Donna Bender)
Nolan Tu (student of Renato Fabbro)

SENIOR (ages 15 – 18)

FIRST PLACE: Daniella Tsang (student of Ni Liu and Peter Mack)
SECOND PLACE: Anna Wang (student of Nicole Kim)
THIRD PLACE: Sarah Girges (student of Barbara Miller)

HONORABLE MENTION (not ranked)
Arthur Yan (student of Ivona Kaminska-Bowlby)
Sunny Wang (student of Renato Fabbro)
Claire Jung (student of Donna Bender)
Ellen Li (student of Anaida Nagdyan)

2018 OUTSTANDING ARTIST COMPETITION WINNERS

JUNIOR (ages 11 – 14)

FIRST PLACE: Yechong (Eric) Shan (student of Ivona Kaminska Bowlby)
SECOND PLACE: Jacob Nenow (student of Renato Fabbro)
THIRD PLACE: Zhirui Jerry Li (student of Peter Mack)

HONORABLE MENTION (not ranked):
Alan Ying (student of Sasha Starcevich)
Daniel Jung (student of Donna Bender)
Daniella Tsang  (student of Ni Liu)
Rebecca Sun (student of Ivona Kaminska Bowlby)
Penelope Keep (student of Judith Widrig)

SENIOR (ages 15 – 18)

FIRST PLACE: Tristan Peng (student of Renato Fabbro and Peter Mack)
SECOND PLACE: Scott Fisher Jr (student of Nicole Kim)
THIRD PLACE: Ellen Li (student of Anaida Nagdyan)

HONORABLE MENTION (not ranked):
Sunny Wang (student of Renato Fabbro)
David Chvorun (student of Renato Fabbro)
Sarah Wu (student of Barbara Miller)
Elise Winkler (student of Merilyn Jacobson)
Arthur Yan (student of Ivona Kamiska Bowlby)
David Ruiter (student of Jensina Oliver)
Paige Wiesenger (student of Oksana Ejokina and Kathy Tung)
Tyler James Wilson (student of Sasha Starcevich)

2019 OAC JUDGES

Selina Chu, NCTM

Selina Chu has enjoyed an active teaching and performing career for over 35 years. She has served as an adjudicator, master teacher and clinician in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Minnesota, and is well-known for her sense of humor and creative approach to learning and performance. She holds a M.Mus. in performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College- Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Bela Siki, and a B.Mus. from the University of Washington, as well as permanent National Certification from MTNA.

During her association with Alaska Dance Theatre as their Principal Accompanist, Selina developed a lifelong interest in the expressive relationships between movement and music. She has worked with such diverse groups as the Anchorage Symphony, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Joffrey Ballet, Anchorage Opera and the University of

Washington’s Chamber Dance Company. She still has a passion for all kinds of collaborative ensembles, and performs regularly with members of Seattle Ladies Musical Club. A past- president of Lake Washington Chapter, MTNA and of Sammamish Music Club (NFMC), Selina continues active service on their boards. She maintains an independent studio in Sammamish, Washington.

Jensina Oliver, NCTM

Known for her expressive and passionate performances, pianist Jensina Oliver has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, China, Canada, Costa Rica, Israel, and throughout Europe. Her performances with orchestra include appearances with the Hubei Provincial Orchestra of Wuhan, China, as well as concerts with the Utah Philharmonia, Orchestra of Southern Utah, Intermountain Chamber Orchestra, University of Washington Symphony, and University of Utah Symphony Orchestra. She was a national

finalist of the MTNA Chamber Competition, was a resident artist at the Banff Chamber Music Festival, and has won several solo and concerto competitions throughout the United States. Ms. Oliver earned her DMA at the University of Washington and has taught at Shoreline Community College since 1998.

Ms. Oliver has been praised by critics as “highly talented”, with a “steely-fingered” technique and a flair for “panache and drama.” (SL Trib.) “Byington’s command of dynamic phrasing infused each note with elegant intensity in slower passages; in virtuosic sections, she played with assuredness and authority.” Ms. Oliver’s first CD, JENSINA OLIVER BYINGTON performs Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff was released in 2009 and is available on CDBaby.com.

As a National Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM), she has a thriving studio with students of all ages. Ms. Oliver currently resides with her family in Seattle, where she is a well-known performer, teacher, clinician, and adjudicator.

Jee Wong, NCTM

Jee Wong received his Master degree in music where he was a graduate teaching assistant in group piano, piano ensemble and dance accompanying for two years. His teachers include Steven Hesla, Dennis Alexander, and Dr. Jody Graves. He has also pursued postgraduate studies with Ivan Davis from the University of Miami. He was a staff artist and adjudicator for Yamaha Piano Company in Japan from 1995 – 1999 where he performed and gave workshops in Asia. He has worked with pianist George Winston, choreographer Karen Kaufmann, and R&B artist Brian McKnight. His work with the disabled “A Step Forward” was featured in PBS in 2002. He serves as staff pianist for the American Ballet Theatre for the Kennedy Center from 2012 – 2014.

Mr. Wong serves as a visiting faculty member for Sunway

University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where he teaches piano pedagogy and keyboard literature during the summer months. He has traveled in Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Japan in the 2017 – 2018 season as a Goodwill Ambassador for Feed the Children Foundation. In 2019 he will serve as visiting faculty member for the Jakarta

Institute for the Arts in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Mr. Wong is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) and an adjudicator for Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). His soundtrack was featured in the Seattle International Film Festivals in August 2003. Mr. Wong currently serves as the Senior Piano Faculty Member at Nevada Arts Academy and is a staff keyboardist for Cirque du Soleil “KA” in Las Vegas.

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PREVIOUS OUTSTANDING ARTIST COMPETITION RESULTS

(Click on the year to view the results from past years)

2018 OAC Winners (pdf)

2017 OAC Winners (pdf)

2016 OAC Winners (pdf)

2015 OAC Winners (pdf)

2014 OAC Winners (pdf)

2013 OAC Winners (pdf)

2012 OAC Winners (pdf)