cropped-emtaWelcome to the Virtual 5th Annual EMTA Student Awards Gala
June 7, 2020

The Student Award Gala is a celebration where outstanding students chosen from the following events perform at an end of the year recital:
Time Era Festival
Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival
WA State Young Composers Project
Joan E. Brown Scholarship
Concerto and Ensemble Festival
State Recital Competition

The Joan E. Brown Scholarship competition and the Concerto and Ensemble Festival were both cancelled in 2020, so unfortunately there will be no performers from these two events this year.

Time Era Festival – November 3, 2019

The Time Era Festival was created to help students appreciate the differences between the Baroque (1600-1750), Classical (1750-1820), Romantic (1820-1900), and Modern (1901-present) Eras. This year it included music from the Baroque Era.


Performance by Ted Yun, Gold Medalist-Best of Festival, Invention No. 4 in D Minor by J.S. Bach (Teacher: Allan Park)
Brandon Yang, Gold Medalist-Alternate (Teacher: Yelena Balabanova)
Kevin Fan, Gold Medalist-Alternate (Teacher: Yelena Balabanova)

AGES 9-11

Performance by Ruohan Huang, Prelude and Fugue in G Major by J.S. Bach, Gold Medalist-Best of Festival (Teacher: Yelena Balabanova)
Tilman Seide, Gold Medalist-Alternate (Teacher: Yelena Balabanova)
Karen Robbins, Gold Medalist-Alternate (Teacher: Yelena Balabanova)

AGES 12-14

Performance by Christina Hahn, Partita in C minor, Sinfonia by J.S. Bach, Gold Medalist-Best of Festival (Teacher: Allan Park)
Hyun Yoon, Gold Medalist-Alternate (Teacher: Allan Park)
Lucas Tam, Gold Medalist-Alternate (Teacher: Yelena Balabanova)

AGES 15-18

Performance by Estella Xu, Prelude and Fugue in B-Flat Minor by J.S. Bach, Gold Medalist-Best of Festival (Teacher: Yelena Balabanova)
John Meneses, Gold Medalist-Alternate (Teacher: Allan Park)

Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival – February 1, 2020

The Jazz, Rags & Blues Festival was created to help students appreciate the various types of classical and non-classical compositions by various composers dating from Debussy to present times.

Performance by Inez Ko, Best of Festival, Age 7, Ole’ Rocking Chair Blues by Martha Mier (Teacher: Dr. Miji Yoo)

Performance by Adrian Lewinsohn, Best of Festival,  Age 10, New Orleans Nightfall by William Gillock (Teacher: Frances Goei)

Performance by Elaina Mergler, Best of Festival,  Age 12, Groovin’ High by Dizzy Gillespie (Teacher: Marie Wollam-Mergler)
Ethan Kim, Festival Alternate, Age 8, Downright Happy Rag by Martha Mier (Teacher: Dr. Miji Yoo)
Eleanor Shirts, Festival Alternate, Age 14, Waterfront Jazz by Martha Mier and St. Louis Blues by W.C. Handy (Teacher: Frances Goei)

WA State Young Composers Project

The WA State Young Composers Project was created to foster student creativity and imagination. Students are encouraged to improvise, refine and write down their inner musical thoughts, and learn to transcribe them for posterity. 26 teachers from Washington participated in the 2020 WSMTA YCP and 78 total compositions were submitted.

Grades K-2

Performance by Lillian Mergler, 1st place for “Barking Puppies.” “My song begins and ends with puppies barking. They start exploring and make a mess in the house.” (Teacher: Marie Wollam-Mergler)

Performance by Alayna Anderson, Honorable Mention for “Sailing on a Windy Day.”  “My name is Alayna. I am 8 years old and in the 2nd grade at Brier Elementary. I have been playing piano for about a year and a half. When I play this song I imagine a sailboat on the sea floating along on windy day. Thank you for letting me participate in this virtual Gala” (Teacher: Debra DeMiero)

Grade 3

Performance by Alaina Buker, 1st Place for “Look Inside the Ocean.” “I wrote my piano piece “Look Inside the Ocean” because the ocean is my favorite habitat to study. The ocean is so big and there is so much to see and explore. When you look inside the ocean, you see lots of sea animals moving around in different ways. I hope that you hear these ways as you listen to my piece.” (Teacher: Frances Goei)

Grade 4

Performance by Jayce Brown, Honorable Mention for “Sonatina for an Antelope and His Pet Hummingbird.” “In the 1st movement the antelope is just trotting along and in the 2nd movement the hummingbird is flying around. In the 3rd movement they meet up and start playing together.” (Teacher: Marie Wollam-Mergler)

Grade 7

Performance by Elaina Mergler, 1st Place for “Pixie Dance.” “My original idea was in D-flat Major and then as it progressed I decided it sounded like pixies jumping and dancing about. I hope you hear the last pixie flitting away at the end.” (Teacher: Marie Wollam-Mergler)

Grade 11

Performance by Colin McIntosh, Honorable Mention for “Piano Trio in A Minor.” “My name is Colin McIntosh, and I am a junior at Edmonds Woodway High School. I have been studying piano since first grade. I also play the guitar, trombone, and tuba.This piano trio (piano, violin, cello) is based around several motifs, which are based on thirds. It is in the Sonata-Allegro Form, which I chose to develop these motifs. I develop these motifs throughout the piece in both of the themes I use, changing harmony, changing the motifs but keeping the structure. Most of the piece is built using these motifs. Most of the harmony is tonal, however some in the beginning, middle, and end of the piece is built around shape rather than pull and tension. This is my first piano trio — I normally write for solo piano.” (Teacher: Debra DeMiero)


State Recital Competition

The State Recital Competition offers students a chance to perform at the WSMTA Conference in June. Every year we choose two representatives and two alternates.

Performance by Freya Frahm, Alternate 1, Age 13, The Lark, Glinka (Teacher: Mona Elsing)

Performance by Jane Wang, Alternate 2,  Age 17, Etude Op.10, No.12, Chopin (Teacher: Jensina Oliver)

Performance by Yu-Ching Poon, State Representative 2, Age 16, Preambulum from Partita No.5 in G Major, BWV 829, Bach (Teacher: Jensina Oliver)

Performance by Ashley Mochizuki, State Representative 1, Age 18, Feux d’artifice from Prelude Book II, Debussy (Teacher: Mariya Koshkina)
Honorable Mention 1: Tara Hanks, Age 14, Valse Mélancolique Op.2, No.3, Rebikov (Teacher: Frances Goei)
Honorable Mention 2: Gideon Brady, Age 11, Harmony of the Angels, Op.100, No.21, Burgmuller (Teacher: Roxanne Kar)

Downloadable Gala Recital Program 2020