KU music students hit all the right notes at regional music competition

LAWRENCE — Students studying horn and piano performance at the University of Kansas School of Music won big at the 2012 MTNA/Music Teachers National Association auditions, January 13-15, 2012. This regional competition took place at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
    • Young Artist Piano first place winner: Inge Buniardi, student of Steven Spooner.
    • Young Artist Brass Competition first place winner: Michael Cooper, student of Professor Paul Stevens. Crystal Lam, piano student studying with Professor Jack Winerock, received special mention for accompanying Michael.
    • Chamber Music Competition runner-up: Wakarusa Horn Trio (Evan Flynn on violin; Michael Cooper on horn; Crystal Lam on piano; coached by Professor Scott McBride Smith).
    •  Junior Piano Competition first place winner: Chaeyoung Park, student of Professors Jack Winerock and Scott McBride Smith. Park attends Veritas Christian School in Lawrence.
    • Senior Piano Competition honorable mention: Mingtian Zhao Yang, student of Steven Spooner.
First-place winners will perform in the national MTNA finals in New York from March 24-26.

The national organization, MTNA, was founded in 1876 with the idea of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. The MTNA competitions were created to provide educational experiences for students and teachers and to recognize exceptionally talented young artists and their teachers in their pursuit of musical excellence. The state competitions are considered the primary educational level, with the division and national levels showcasing outstanding performance and honoring significant pedagogical achievement.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436.