Piano students perform in MMTA contest
Minnesota Music Teachers Association Preliminary Piano Contest for the Northwest District was held Saturday Jan. 26 at First Lutheran Church.
Several area MMTA member instructors entered students in eight age categories: Pre-Primary (ages 7 and under), Primary (ages 7-8), Junior A (ages 9-10), Junior B (ages 11-12), Intermediate A (ages 13-14), Intermediate B (ages 15-16), Senior A (ages 17-18), and Senior B (ages 19-20).
Of the 102 students entered, representing 17 Northwest area teachers, 61 students were selected as winners. All of the Detroit Lakes area winning students will be invited to perform in a recital Sunday March 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes.
Winning students in Primary through Senior B are eligible to compete at the State Level Finals held on March 16-17 at the University of Minnesota.
The following area teachers and students participated in the event:
Russell Bunker, 311 9th Street SW, Perham
Jr. A: Grace Kalina, Lizzie Dale; Int. A: Anna Dale, Ryan Kalina Winners: Grace Kalina, Lizzie Dale, Anna Dale
Paul Heisler, 46180 County Hwy 8, Perham
Jr. B: Grant Gallatin; Int. A: Will Halverson, Katriana Mehlhaff; winners: Grant Gallatin, Will Halverson, Katriana Mehlhaff
Diane Jordan, 23321 South Melissa Drive, Detroit Lakes
Jr. A: Etta Miosek, Livia Nelson; Jr. B: Oskar Anderson, Alexis Briard, Emma Dahl, Willa Larson; Sr. A: Tanisha Perlmutter; winners: Etta Miosek, Tanisha Perlmutter
Anne Jorgenson, 14490 East Fox Lake Rd., Detroit Lakes
Pre-Pri.: Rhyen Pettit; Jr. A: Livia Brehm, Gig Ni, Jon Stone, Hallie VanGerpen; Jr. B: Adrianna Brehm, Shelby Busker, Carly Fritz, Sydney Stewart; Int. A: Anna Schumacher, Byron VanGerpen; winners: Rhyen, Pettit, Livia Brehm, Gigi Ni, Jon Stone, Hallie VanGerpen, Adrianna Brehm, Shelby Busker, Anna Schumacher, Byron VanGerpen.
Ginny Klein, 1837 Kemberidge Road, Detroit Lakes
Sr. A winner: Emma Ulmer
Kathryn Knuttila, 1118 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes
Pri.: Sophie Nelson; Jr. A: Cody Holt; Jr. B: Cassidy Nelson, Greta Nelson; Int. B: Kristen Goodspeed; winners: Codie Holt, Kristen Goodspeed
Lori Paakh, 1758 Brainard Blvd., Detroit Lakes
Pri: Jenna Huwe; Jr. A: Grace Jaroszewski; Int. A: Catherine Jaroszewski; winners: Jenna Huwe, Catherine Jaroszewski
Audrey Savig, 221 Swan Street, Audubon
Pri: Katelyn Kleven, Whitney Mikkelson, Anna Thompson, Lily Turman; Jr. A: Samantha Charboneau, Garrett Kleven, Jarrett Stelter; Jr. B: Marissa Thompson,
Anna Turman; Int. A: Madelynn Thompson; Int. B: Maren Thompson; winners: Anna Thompson, Lily Turman, Garret Kleven, Marissa Thompson, Anna Turman, Madelynn Thompson, Maren Thompson.
Jennifer Turnwall, Richwood
Jr. A: Sean Oakes, Maria Sauer; Jr. B: Katie Larson, Aaron Oakes; winners: Katie Larson, Aaron Oakes
Sharon Wesbrook, 16898 Longview Lane, Detroit Lakes
Pre-Pri: Alex Erickson; Pri: Nathan Cihak, Abby Larson, Sylvia Pesche, Katelyn Schaefer, Luisa Walz, Boston Webber; Jr. A: Anna Cihak, Gabby Fredrickson, Sopnie Gunderson, Kylee Price, Jaden Schaefer, Josie Sletmoen; Jr. B: Emily Larson, Breanna Price; Int. A: Tori Tinjum; Int. B: Lexie Jenson; winners: Alex Erickson, Nathan Cihak, Abby Larson, Sylvia Pesche, Katelyn Schaefer, Luisa Walz, Anna Cihak, Gabby Fredrickson, Sophia Gunderson, Kylee Price, Jaden Schaefer, Josie Sletmoen, Emily Larson, Breanna Price, Lexie Jenson.