2022 EMTA Jazz, Rags, & Blues Festival Results

Thank you to all entrants of the October 15, 2022 Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival! We had over 85 students from 21 teachers participate. Congratulations to all students who performed and participated!

Our visiting artist Elliot Gray chose the following students for gold star and/or best of festival recognition:

Jessie Greene

Alice Liang

Harper Chang

Miyako Berman

Qiancang Dai

Annabelle Lai

Bodhi Klinke

Owen Greene

Daniel Call

Jaden Shan

Claire Shan

Caleb Buker

Inga Marston

Isabel Marston

Miles Buckwalter

Colin Ip

Xiwen Hu

Annie Marston

Anvi Babu

Sam Hazen

Lillian Mergler

Joyce Ye

Jayce Brown

Chloe Mergler

Kevin Fan

Zara Do

Adrian Lewinsohn

Aranya Banerjee

Nick Hawley

Mabel Hume

Tien-Chern Woon

Andrew Jiang


Yiling Sun (Junior, Best of Festival for Jazz, alternate; Teacher: Yelena Balabanova)

Flora Xiao (Junior, Best of Festival for Jazz; Teacher: Shaoming Greene)

Aisha Beydoun (Junior, Best of Festival for Blues, alternate; Teacher: Yelena Balabanova)

Alaina Buker (Junior, Best of Festival for Blues; Teacher: Frances Goei)

Isabel Yang (Junior, Best of Festival for Rags, alternate; Teacher: Shaoming Greene)

Gavin Xi (Junior, Best of Festival for Rags; Teacher: Yelena Balabanova)

Logan Lai (Senior, Best of Festival for Blues, alternate; Teacher: Valerie Gathright)

Janelle Ekpo (Senior, Best of Festival for Blues; Teacher: Frances Goei)

Margaret Speedy (Senior, Best of Festival for Jazz, alternate; Teacher: Cathy Baylor)

Elaina Mergler (Senior, Best of Festival for Jazz; Teacher: Marie Wollam-Mergler)

Ian Kinsella (Senior, Best of Festival for Rags, alternate; Teacher: Roxanne Kar)

Courtney Tam (Senior, Best of Festival for Rags; Teacher: Yelena Balabanova)


We hope you enjoyed the pre-festival concert as well! Thanks to Elliot Gray for his wonderful performance.

Thanks to EMTA members, Valerie Gathright and Marie Wollam-Mergler for organizing this wonderful event.

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