Three area students recently competed in solo piano and voice auditions sponsored by the Missouri Music Teachers Association (MMTA) — a state division of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).
Eighth grader Kailyn George, and 11th grader Dylan George, both of Farmington; and 11th grader Audrey McCulley, of Annapolis, traveled to Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau for the district level of competition. Similar to the music contest held by public schools in the spring, all pre-collegiate students first perform at the district level with the best students moving on to the state level.
Unlike spring music contest, MMTA auditions are true competitions. Only the very best of each instrument and age category are allowed to progress to state. Once at state, all students receive comments and a rating, but there are designated winners that will later perform in the Winner's Recital.
Kailyn George, daughter of Keith and Sheri George, performed two piano solos in the junior high division. Her pieces were “Humoresque” by Dvorak and “The Girl with the Flaxen Hair” by Debussy.
Her brother, Dylan George, performed three piano solos in the senior high division. His pieces were “Prelude Op. 28, No. 15” by Chopin, “Sonatina in A minor” by Handel and “Maple Leaf Rag” by Joplin.
Audrey McCulley, daughter of Kelly McCulley, performed three vocal solos in the senior high division. Her pieces were “Who'll Buy My Lavender” by E. German, “Gia il sole dal Gange” by Scarlatti and “Eliza Jane” arranged by Althouse.
All three students won their divisions and represented the Southeast District when they next competed against the best students from the other six districts at the MMTA State Auditions held last month at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg. The two-day festival of auditions had competitions featuring elementary up to graduate collegiate students.
In addition to her achievement in voice at District MMTA, Audrey McCulley has received a further honor in music composition. She submitted her original composition “Draiocht” to the Music Teachers National Association's annual Composition Competition. This piece is written for string quartet with solo flute and features sounds similar to a traditional Irish jig.
The MTNA Competition is a national contest. Students in every state submit their pieces first at the state level for judging and comments. Audrey's piece won the MTNA high school division for the state of Missouri. The piece is now forwarded to the regional judges where it will compete against the best pieces from seven other states. The best piece from the multi-state region will be forwarded to the national level. Decisions from the multi-state region were to be made available in mid-December.
The Music Teachers National Association is the professional organization for collegiate and private music instructors. The competitions associated with MTNA are the most prestigious student competitions in the nation. All three participants are students of Emily Parker at the Arcadian Academy of Music in Arcadia Valley.