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The Edmonds Music Teachers Association (EMTA) is a non-profit organization of music teachers providing private music lessons to our community. EMTA is committed to the advancement of musical knowledge and education by fostering professional standards, networking, and promoting the art of music through various events and festivals. EMTA is affiliated with the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and affiliated with the Washington State Music Teacher Association (WSMTA) as a local chapter.


The results of the EMTA Time Era Festival for 2020 are now available. Please scroll below for the list of all the award winning performances and videos of the Best of Festival winners!

2020 Time Era Festival, Age Division 6 & under:
Daniel Chiang, GOLD MEDALIST, BEST OF FESTIVAL
Lichner, Sonatina in C, Op.49, No.1: 3rd movement
Teacher: Allan Park

Category Medalists and Honorable Mentions:
Andrew Bui – GOLD MEDALIST, Teacher: Dorothy Angwin
Harper Chang – GOLD MEDALIST, Teacher: Yelena Balabanova
Audrey Gillin – SILVER MEDALIST, Teacher: Yelena Balabanova
Frank Yu – SILVER MEDALIST, Teacher: Brandi Bassett
Melba Williams – SILVER MEDALIST, Teacher: Susan Hurley
Rachel Chow – SILVER MEDALIST, Teacher: Kristine Yang
Yura Gillin – SILVER MEDALIST, Teacher: Yelena Balabanova
Yu Yan Perrie Lam – SILVER MEDALIST, Teacher: Yelena Balabanova

2020 Time Era Festival, Age Division 7 & 8:
Brandon Yang, GOLD, BEST OF FESTIVAL
Beethoven, Sonata in G Major, Op. 49, No. 2. 1st Movement

Teacher: Yelena Balabanova

Category Medalists and Honorable Mentions:
Andrew Kim – GOLD, Teacher: Allan Park
Inez Ko – GOLD, Teacher, Miji Yoo
Kayden Kim – GOLD, Teacher: Allan Park
Vince Lee – GOLD, Teacher: Allan Park
Ellie Chung – SILVER, Teacher: Allan Park
Ethan Cheng – SILVER, Teacher: Allan Park
Elyse Kim – SILVER, Teacher: Miji Yoo
Alex Li – HONORABLE MENTION, Teacher: Kristine Yang
Klaire Liu – HONORABLE MENTION, Teacher: Mariya Koshkina


2020 Time Era Festival, Age Division 9 & 10:
Ted Yun GOLD, BEST OF FESTIVAL
Clementi, Sonatina in D major, Op.36, no. 6, 1st movement, 2nd Edition
Teacher: Allan Park

Category Medalists and Honorable Mentions:
Lourdes Ko – GOLD, Teacher: Miji Yoo
Nicolette Yang – GOLD, Teacher: Yelena Balabanova
Chloe Mergler – SILVER, Teacher: Marie Wollam-Mergler
Ethan Kim – SILVER, Teacher: Miji Yoo
Jimmy Huang – GOLD, Teacher: Yelena Balabanova
Joyce Ye – SILVER, Teacher: Yelena Balabanova
Kevin Fan – SILVER, Teacher: Yelena Balabanova


2020 Time Era Festival, Age Division 11 & 12:
Owen Wu, GOLD, BEST OF FESTIVAL
Beethoven Sonata No. 5 in c minor, Op. 10, No. 1

Teacher: Yelena Balabanova

Category Medalists and Honorable Mentions:
Eunrae Kim – GOLD, Teacher: Allan Park
Naomi Elsing – GOLD, Teacher: Mona Elsing, Allan Park
Ruohan Huang – GOLD, Teacher: Yelena Balabanova
Trinity Yun – SILVER, Teacher: Allan Park
Melanie Yutong Liu – SILVER, Teacher: Allan Park
Ethan Sukadi – HONORABLE MENTION, Teacher: Allan Park
Sophia Frahm – HONORABLE MENTION, Teacher: Mona Elsing


2020 Time Era Festival, Age Division 13 & 14:
Courtney Tam, GOLD, BEST OF FESTIVAL
Beethoven Sonata No.9 in E Major, All Movements Op. 14, No.1

Teacher: Yelena Balabanova

Category Medalists and Honorable Mentions:
Kaitlyn Gia Lee – GOLD, Teacher: Allan Park
Meredith Nam – GOLD, Teacher: Allan Park
Elizabeth Brown – SILVER, Teacher: Miji Yoo
Ryan Chung – SILVER, Teacher: Allan Park
Jason Nam – HONORABLE MENTION, Teacher: Allan Park

2020 Time Era Festival, Age Division 15 & 16:
Lucas Tam, GOLD, BEST OF FESTIVAL
Beethoven, Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 (Appassionata), 1st Movement

Teacher: Yelena Balabanova

Category Medalists and Honorable Mentions:
Noah Kim – SILVER, Teacher: Allan Park
Tiger Sun – HONORABLE MENTION, Teacher: Tanya Otto

2020 Time Era Festival, Age Division 17 & 18:
John Meneses, GOLD, BEST OF FESTIVAL
Beethoven, Sonata Op. 27, no.2 COMPLETE
Teacher: Allan Park

Category Medalists and Honorable Mentions:
Zeke Taton – SILVER, Teacher: Allan Park

2020 Time Era Festival, Age Division 19 & amateurs:
Eva Aw, GOLD, BEST OF FESTIVAL
Beethoven, Piano Sonata No.31 A-flat major, 1st moment, Op 110
Teacher: Yelena Balabanova

Category Medalists and Honorable Mentions:
Jennifer Siney – SILVER, Teacher: Allan Park

2020 Time Era Festival, CONCERTOS:
Category Medalists and Honorable Mentions:
Trinity Yun – GOLD, Teacher: Allan Park
Jason Nam – SILVER, Teacher: Allan Park
Ryan Chung – SILVER, Teacher: Allan Park


The EMTA October Community Recital will be virtual this year. The theme of this recital is Halloween and many of the participants will be doing their pieces in costume! This recital is a very fun event and we hope you enjoy watching all the videos. Please get the password to view the recital from your teacher. Click here to go directly to the recital page.


Please note EMTA will be holding all meetings virtually through the end of 2020. Events are being decided on a case by case basis. No decision has been made yet as to whether meetings and events will be held virtually or in person in 2021. Zoom links for general meetings will be sent via email and are also available in the members only section of the website. WSMTA is also having all events virtually through the end of 2020.


Our EMTA October General Meeting included a beautiful performance of two compositions by our member, Keva Vaughan-McMorrow. Keva has twice been named the WSMTA composer of the year. Our main program was a toe-tapping and informative tour of popular music from the 20s, 30s, and 40s by Jay C. Munns. I think we were all inspired and entertained. For more information, his website is: http://jaycmunns.com/. If you missed the meeting, a video excerpt of the presentation is available in the members only portion of the EMTA website.


Our EMTA September General Meeting included a stunning live Zoom performance by EMTA member, Dr. Jensina Oliver. The informative program was on the topic of “Preparing Students for College Auditions and Music Degree Progarms” with panel members, Debra DeMiero, Meg Stecker-Thorsen, and Dr. Jensina Oliver.


EMTA Calendar

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Student Event Information

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