CSU Students Win Big at National Music Competition

Seventeen Columbus State University's Schwob School of Music students recently won awards at the Music Teacher's National Association (MTNA) annual student competition.

The MTNA Student Competition is considered one of the most prestigious student competitions in the nation. Each year, thousands of music students compete for awards and national recognition. CSU winners were:

" Camron Bryant, horn, from the studio of Dr. Natalie Higgins, won First Place in the Alabama MTNA Young Artist Division, and will advance to the regional competition.

" Lucas Testin, horn, from the studio of Dr. Natalie Higgins, received an Honorable Mention in the Young Artist Division.

" Zachary McDonald, from the studio of Dr. James Ogburn, won First Place and will advance to the regional competition.

" Giuseppe Gallo-Balma, from the studio of Dr. James Ogburn, was named Alternate Winner.

" Juan Collazos, from the studio of Dr. Henry Kramer, was named Alternate Winner in the Young Artist Division.

" Samuel Vargas, violin, from the studio of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz, won First Place in the Young Artist Division and will advance to the regional competition.

" Anna Gribkova, violin, from the studio of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz, was named Alternate Winner in the Young Artist Division.

" Passacaglia Mason, violin, from the studio of Prof. Sergiu Schwartz, was named Alternate Winner in the Senior Division.

" Teu-In Kim, cello, from the studio of Prof. Wendy Warner, received an Honorable Mention in the Young Artist Division.

" Ireh Lee, viola, from the studio of Dr. Katrin Meidell, received an Honorable Mention in the Young Artist Division.

" Erica Humbert, from the studio of Prof. Earl Coleman, won First Place in the Young Artist Division and will advance to the regional competition.

" Aurora "Rory" Manley, from the studio of Prof. Earl Coleman, won First Place in the Senior Division and will advance to the regional competition.

" Maggie Archer, flute, from the studio of Dr. Andrée Martin, was named Alternate Winner in the Young Artist Division.

" The Schwob Saxophone Quartet, from the studio of Dr. Joe Girard-Kirk Habana (soprano), Jared Cummings (alto), JT Lonzanida (tenor), and Mary Katherine McClung (baritone)], received an Honorable Mention in the Chamber Music Division.

The competition consists of three-tiers that begin with a statewide competition, winners go on to represent each state and advance to a video-only division competition, those winners then compete in the National Finals competition at the annual MTNA National Conference. Competition categories include Composition, Brass, Piano, String, Voice, Woodwind, and Chamber Music.