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18th Annual Empire State Competition (2017)
Junior High, High School, and Collegiate Competitions

NYSMTA encourages member and non-member teachers to consider entering their accomplished students in the 18th Annual Empire State Competitions, which are
to take place on Friday, October 6, 2017 at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY.  The competitions are open to junior high school, high school and collegiate students in voice, piano and instrumental categories.


Any New York State junior high school student (grades 7-9), NYS high school student (grades 10-12), or NYS college student (not yet 27 years old as of October 1, 2017) is eligible. Entrant must be a New York State resident or a resident student attending a school in New York State. Teacher membership in NYSMTA is not required. Please note: 2017 Empire State Competition entrants are NOT eligible to compete in the concurrent 2017 MTNA competitions.


Online application only. Use link on right size of page.


Students of NYSMTA Members:

Junior High School


High School




Students of Non-NYSMTA Members:

Junior High School


High School




Competition Details

Submittions & Questions

Postmark Deadline: September 9, 2017

Junior High Competitions
Heather Wheeler
315-265-2530 |

High School Competitions
Daisy Lin
518-618-7488 |

Collegiate Competitions
Wenqing Bouche Pillon
917-903-2697 |

Winners of 2017 Empire Competition: Oct. 6, 2017

Empire Collegiate Piano 1st Place: : Shai Zohar-Natanel, Teacher: Alexandre Moutouzkine

Empire Collegiate Instrumental Winner: Colin Crake: Teacher: Chien-Kwan Lin
Empire High School Piano Winner: Zixin Zhang, Teacher: Dahao Guo
Empire High School Piano Honorable Mention: Sirui Wang, Teacher: Dahao Guo
Empire High School Instrumental Winner: Hannah Kang, Teacher: James Krehbiel
Empire High School Instrumental Honorable Mention: Katherine Wynn, Teacher: Gregory Wood
Empire Junior High School Piano Winner: Margaret Bauman, Teacher: Tamari Gurevich

Winners of 2016 Empire Competition: Oct. 7, 2016


Empire Collegiate Piano 1st Place: Ting Yu. Teacher: Dahao Guo.
Empire collegiate instrumental 1st Place: Anne Kunkle. Teacher: Chien-Kwan Lin.
Empire collegiate instrumental Honorable Mention: Colin Crake. Teacher: Chien-Kwan Lin.
Empire Collegiate instrumental Honorable Mention: Jeremy Howell. Teacher: Chien-Kwan Lin.
Empire High School Piano 1st Place: Raymond Feng. Teacher: Elier Suarez.
Empire H
igh School Piano Honorable mention: Xizhu Liang. Teacher: Dahao Guo.
Empire High School instrumental 1st Place: Benjamin Doane. Teacher: Rosemary Elliot. 
Empire H
igh School instrumental Honorable Mention: Maoto Shimojo. Teacher: Christine Bailey Davis.
Empire Junior High Piano 1st Place: Celine Wang. Teacher: Violeta Arakelova.
Empire Junior High Piano Honorable Mention : Felix Huang. Teacher: Bonnie Choi.

Empire State Comp.

Nazareth College

Rochester, NY

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