Six Weber State University music students are national finalists after taking first place in their events at the Southwest Regional Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Competition in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Regional winners advance to the national MTNA competition being held March 20-24 in Albuquerque, N.M.
The Weber State University First Places Winners are:
Steinway Young Artist: Fan-Ya Lin, piano, a student of professor Yu-Jane Yang
Senior Strings: Moriah Wilhelm, violin, a student of professor Shi-Hwa Wang
Senior Woodwinds: Jana Gardner, flute, a student of Cindy Henderson
Chamber Ensemble: Tria Fata Piano Trio with Katie Palkki, violin; Sam
Runolfson, cello; Nicholas Maughan, piano.
The Music Teachers National Association Performance competitions provide educational experiences for students and teachers and 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 Sponsors for these competitions include Kawai America, Yamaha Corp. of America, Steinway and Sons, MTNA Foundation Fund and several others.
The regional event was held Jan. 8-10.