General Information

The EMTA, at the discretion of the Executive Board, holds a Scholarship Competition for 10th, 11th and 12th grade students of EMTA members in good standing.  The competition’s purposes are to acknowledge exceptional ability and meritorious accomplishment.  The amount of the financial awards for the competition will be determined by the Executive Board, and will be based on the availability of funds at the time.

See below for a complete description of Scholarship Policy, Competition Rules and a downloadable Competition Form.

Who was Dr. Joan E. Brown?

Joan E. Brown was a charter member of the Edmonds Chapter of the Music Teachers National Association.  She received her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in piano performance from the Juilliard School of Music, and completed her doctoral work at the University of Illinois.  Joan received a Fulbright Scholarship in 1956-57 to study in Germany.  While there, she performed chamber music recitals throughout Western Europe under the sponsorship of the US Government.

Her teaching career included West Virginia Wesleyan and positions at UCLA, Ohio State University, University of Illinois, Interlochen Arts Academy, and the University of Portland.  She spent a year as an Artist-in-Residence for the State of North Carolina in Charlotte.  She was a master teacher and adjudicator.

Dr. Brown’s students were led by her to develop their potential as intelligent and well-rounded musicians.  She disliked the idea that only the “best and brightest” students should be acknowledged by scholarships and awards.  Hence, this scholarship is established in her honor.  It is not predicated on performance alone, but on the totality of the musicians and their contribution to the community.

JEBS Application Form (PDF)

JEBS Application Form (Word)

JEBS Competition Rules

JEBS Statement of Policy

Past Winners of the Joan E. Brown Scholarship

1994 Amy Main, student of Carolyn Malnes

1996 Rebecca Watkins, student of Warren Kunz

1999 Sarah Thomson, student of Suzetta Glenn

2000 David Kneeland, student of Keva Vaughan-McMorrow

2001 Jenelle Birnbaum, student of Kent Coleman

2002 Lindsay Karstetter, student of Sherri Brookfield-Jordan

2002 Vannessa Small, student of Keva Vaughan-McMorrow

2003 Angela Morre, student of Sherri Brookfield-Jordan

2004 Yoonji Kwon, student of Carolyn Lee

2004 Arielle Cecil, student of Mary Beth Cecil

2004 Diana Juye, student of Sherri Brookfield-Jordan

2005 Jillian Arnold, student of Sherri Brookfield-Jordan

2005 Shawn Lawrence, student of Sherri Brookfield-Jordan

2006 Nathan Wasner, student of Warren Kunz

2006 Kaley Eaton, student of Sherri Brookfield-Jordan

2006 Marissa Johnson, student of Sherri Brookfield-Jordan

2007 Elliot Gray, student of Ginny Gray

2007 McKenna Milici, student of Sherri Brookfield-Jordan

2008 Elliot Gray, student of Ginny Gray

2008 Storm Heitman, student of Gary Jordan

2008 Ryan Hyde, student of Gary Jordan

2009 Sola Yun, student of Sherri Brookfield-Jordan

2009 Tiffany Wolf, student of Sherri Brookfield-Jordan

2011 — New Scholarship Guidelines Established

2011 David Oh, 1st Place Piano, student of Mariya Koshkina

2011 Jolie Shen, 2nd Place Piano, student of Mariya Koshkina

2011 Preston Sabahu, 3rd Place Piano, student of Naoko Noguchi

2011 Stephanie Goei, 1st Place Non-Keyboard, student of Ruth Bradshaw

2011 Sarah St. Sauver, 2nd Place Non-Keyboard, student of Shih-Yi Kuan

2012 Emma Howeiler, 1st Place Piano, student of Keva Vaughan-McMorrow

2012 Jane Sabahu, 2nd Place Piano, student of Naoko Noguchi

2012 Madeleine Schultz, 2nd Place Piano, student of Keva Vaughan-McMorrow

2012 Mackenzie Alvarez, 3rd Place Piano, student of Keva Vaughan-McMorrow

2013 Eugene Choi, tied for 1st Place Piano, student of Youn Joo Cook

2013 Andrew Kim, tied for 1st Place Piano, student of Carolyn Lee

2013 Aline Bui, 1st Place Voice, student of Shih-Yi Kuan

2013 Madeleine Schultz, 1st Place Composition, Keva Vaughan-McMorrow

2014 Timothy Goei, 1st Place Non-Keyboard, student of Barb Hudak

2014 Madelyn Rangel, 2nd Place Non-Keyboard, student of Mary MacRae

2014 Nicholas Towle, 1st Place tied Piano, student of Cheryl Gray

2014 Tammy Ho, 1st Place tied Piano, student of Ginny Reese

2014 Jane Sabahu, 2nd Place Piano, student of Naoko Noguchi

2015 Angela Birchman, 1st Place Piano, student of Conney Vernall

2015 Mi-Rae Kapelak, 2nd Place Piano, student of Cathy Baylor

2015 Alina Bui and Hannah Volsky, tied for 1st Place Voice, students of Shih-Yi Kuan

2015 Spencer Coffman, 2nd Place Voice, student of Shih-Yi Kuan

2016 Kyran Park Adams, 1st Place Piano, student of Allan Park

2016 Nancy Jong, 2nd Place Piano, student of Conney Vernall

2016 Alec Sjoholm, 3rd Place Piano, student of Naoko Noguchi