What a day! October 30 was a day of celebration for our chapter as we held not just one but two events in one day!
The MTNA Studio Festival this year featured 24 beginner and elementary pianists dressed in their smart recital attires: Halloween garb and costumes, who played such pieces as Cool Groove, Halloween Pranks, Toccata in d minor, Spooks, Trick or Treat Parade, among many others. Students received a rating certificate, a treat bag, and of course, a commemorative trophy. Kudos to all the 7 teachers who sent their students, adjudicator Jennifer Rodriquez, and the program committee for a fun-filled event!
The Young Artists Showcase and Competition featured intermediate and advanced music students in their musical best! The showcase division was a no-stress recital for instrumentalists, and the competition division saw students vie for First Prize in their respective levels and instruments. Ten teachers sent a total of 56 students with their 31 entries in both divisions. Entries included solo repertoire for piano and strings (violin, viola and cello) a dance solo, cello duet, string ensemble, violin ensemble, and orchestra. Adjudicator Fresas Balistreri selected students and winners who will be invited to perform at the Honors Gala and Recital on June 2017, as well as rated and wrote critiques on their performances. Her critique on the orchestra’s rendition of Lu-Yan Guo’s composition Music World was well received:
” Beautiful opening, bringing out the rich tones of all orchestral instruments. The phrasing is well-executed. Excellent ending! Steady tempo and imagery of Music World.”
All performers received trophies, certificates, comment sheets and of course, a treat bag! First prize winners were surprised and evidently pleased to receive a money envelope from the chapter.
Congratulations to all winners, teachers, and students! See you next year!
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