Movesian wins state woodwind young artist MTNA competition
calendar icon31 Oct 2019
Glenn Korff School of Music masters student Allison Movesian will compete as a Division Finalist in the MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) Competition after winning the state woodwind young artist competition. Movesian is in her second year of study under Richard H. Larson Distinguished Professor of Music (Flute) Dr. John Bailey.
“It was overall a wonderful experience,” Movesian said. “I had a lot of confidence in my collaborative pianist, Madeline Rogers, and was very excited to work with her again.
“This year, I performed Grande Fantaisie on Themes from Mignon by Paul Taffanel, East Wind by Shulamit Ran, and I ended with the Copland Duo for Flute and Piano. I had worked on these pieces previously with Madeline and felt it would be a very strong program.”
She said that the most difficult piece for her on the program was East Wind, which is a contemporary piece for flute alone.
“With its extreme interval leaps and 4th octave notes, this was one of the most challenging pieces I have played so it was a very rewarding experience to perform this for the judge,” she added. “I felt much more confident on stage this year than I have felt in past competitions so now it is my goal to channel and recreate that positive energy for upcoming performances.”
The three-tiered MTNA competitions begin at the state level. Winners of each State Competition advance to the video-only division competition. Division winners then proceed to the National Competition Finals. The winner of the division competition will compete in the National Finals during the MTNA National Conference in Spokane, Washington, in March. National Finalists will be announced in mid-January.
“I am really excited to record these pieces with Madeline for the regional round of the competition,” she said. “I feel that I have a strong connection with each piece and can really live in the sounds we are creating.”
Music Teachers National Association is a nonprofit organization comprised of 20,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to advancing the value of music study and music making to society and to supporting the professionalism of music teachers. Founded in 1876, Music Teachers National Association is the oldest professional music association in the United States.
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