The Empire State Competitions and the MTNA state-level competitions were held on Friday, October 9 at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, part of the 2015 NYSMTA Conference. All competitions were overseen by Vice-President for Competitions, Dr. Wenqing Bouche-Pillon. The New York State Music Teacher Association is proud to announce the following winners.
Empire State Junior High School Piano First Place: David Scott Winters of Ovid New York. Student of Mary Ann Miller Empire State High School Piano First Place: James Featherstone of Amherst, New York. Student of Mary Handley Empire State Collegiate Piano First Place: Stuart Burtner of Rochester, New York. Student of Brian Preston. Empire State Collegiate Instrumental First Place: Aiwen Zhang of Rochester, New York. Student of Chien-Kwan Lin
The 2015 NYSMTA Empire State Competition
College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY Friday, October 9th, 2015
Categories for Piano, Voice, and Instrumental
Competitions for Junior High, High School, and College Students
Open to New York State Residents
Winners are awarded a cash prize and perform at Winners Recital
About the Empire State Competition
Unlike the MTNA competitions, the winners of which proceed to the Division and the National levels, the Empire State Competition is a one-stage event.
Cash prizes are awarded to the winners. As well, the winners are invited to perform on the Winners Recital to be held at the conclusion of the compeition day. We hope you will consider this valuable event for your advanced students. The level of accomplishment presented by contestants and winners of past years has been consistently high and unfailingly competitive.
Please feel free to pass along this information to colleagues of yours who may not be NYSMTA members. Teacher membership is not required for participation in this event. The Empire Competition has continued to grow during it's existence. This year marks it's sixteenth year! It has been an effective means of making more musicians throughtout the state aware of the benefits of NYSMTA membership. The Junior High School level is now in it's sixth year, extending this terrific opportunity to our younger students.
It you have any questions please contact the appropriate Empire coordinator
Junior High: Heather Wheeler
High School: Jane Chang
Collegiate: Wenquig Bouche Pillon
Contact information for the coordinators can be found on the application form below.