Violinist Heads for Nationals after Winning Regional Competition

 Ann Cox, a music major at Weber State Univeristy, won't have to travel far to compete in this year's Music Teachers National Association national competition. The 2003 event is being held in Salt Lake City.

Cox, who plays the violin, advanced to the national event by winning the Southwest Regional MTNA Performance Competition in Tucson, Arizona earlier this month.

 Cox won first place in the state of Utah last fall to advance to the regional competition. At regionals, she edged six other performers representating  other western states.

 The WSU junior is a student of professor Shi-Hwa Wang in the Department of Performing Arts.

“She played almost perfectly in the competition," said Wang. "The second place student is a master's student from Arizona State University."

In March, she will compete for the top prize against  seven other regional winners.

MTNA was founded in 1876 by Theodore Presser and sixty-two colleagues in Delaware, Ohio. MTNA is the oldest professional nonprofit music teachers association in the United States. It is committed to advancing the value of music study and music making to society and to supporting the professionalism of music teachers. MTNA is comprised of 24,000 independent and collegiate music teachers of all instruments including voice.


Shi-Hwa Wang, performing arts professor 
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