The Greater Memphis Music Teachers Association
"Working for a More Musical Tomorrow "
To promote professional fraternity among music teachers, to stimulate professional growth among music teachers, to encourage a greater respect on the part of the public at large for the music teaching profession, and to support the objectives of the Tennessee Music Teachers Association and of the Music Teachers National Association.
2018 ETSU International Piano Festival and Competition
GMMTA well represented among winners! Congratulations to these very special young artists!
Winners: Piano Ensemble Division
Jessie and Hollis Chan
Teacher: Luann Forell
Jessie and Hollis currently reside in Cincinnati, Ohio and study with Mrs. Forell via Internet Midi and Skype. They have been winners of both the piano duet and piano solo TMTA Competitions multiple times and also of the UT Martin piano ensemble competition.
Winner: Junior Division
Teacher: Cathal Breslin
(see bio below)
Second Place Winner: Elementary Piano
Teacher: Yukiko Whitehead
Senior Division Finalist: Sean Yang, student of Yukiko Whitehead
- Eric Xie, student of Lisa Fairchild, Junior Division
- Diyora Temirova, student of Luann Forell, Senior Division
GMMTA Has MTNA State and National Winners!
Congratulations to MTNA Junior Woodwind winner Matthew Kim and his teacher Myung Kim!
Congratulations also to MTNA State Winners:
- Junior Piano Winner: Marissa Liu, student of Cathal Breslin and Yukiko Whitehead
- Senior Piano Winner: Sean Terada Yang, also a student of Yukiko Whitehead.
Photo: Matthew Kim with teacher Myung Kim
Matthew is currently the principal flute at the Memphis youth symphony. He has studied flute with Myung Kim for 5 years. Matthew had an honor of playing at Merkin concert Hall ( Lincoln center) in NY for winner concert for the international Grand Music festival. He also selected principal flute for the honor performance series at Carnegie Hall. He won the Memphis youth symphony concerto competition this year.
He was also the winner of TMTA State Competition and Beethoven Club in 2017. He made 1st chair of All West Tennessee band last year.
Photo: Sean Yang
Sean, an 11th grader and student of Dr. Yukiko Whitehead, has garnered numerous awards and recognitions. He is a seven-time winner of the Tennessee Music Teachers Association’s State Piano Competition (2011-2017), a state winner of MTNA (2017-2018 season), and recently he won Grand Prize honors for his performance of the third movement from the Piano Concerto by Alexander Scriabin and will perform with Nashville Symphony on May 15, 2018. He also earned first chair percussion in the 2017 All-State Band.
Photo: Marissa Liu
Marissa is a 7th grader of Schilling Farms Middle School, started to learn piano at age 4 and has won numerous state, national and international competitions since then. Most recently, Marissa is the winner of 2017 MTNA/TMTA Competition in Nov 2017.
Sandy Triplett Honored as MTNA 2018 Foundation Fellow
Sandy Triplett has a private piano studio in Germantown and teaches RMM adult classes at a local music store. Sandy is a member of Greater Memphis Music Teachers and has served two terms as president as well as holding many other positions in the group. Sandy was IMT chair for many years where she presented and facilitated IMT programs at state conferences and was delighted in meeting members from different locals. Sandy served as the Tennessee state representative for the National Music Link Program. “One of the highlights of my TMTA membership was when I served as president,” says Triplett. “TMTA members and programs have influenced and guided me to be a better teacher and person. I am humbled and very grateful to be nominated as an MTNA fellow.”
Sean Yang Winner of Nashville Symphony Competition
11th grader Sean Yang at Houston high school, a student of Dr. Yukiko Whitehead, was placed as a winner in the annual Curb Concerto Competition hosted by Nashville Symphony on Feb 24-25. Sean earned the Grand Prize for his performance of the third movement of the Piano Concerto in F# minor, Op. 20 by Alexander Scriabin. He will receive $2,500 and perform his winning selection with the Nashville Symphony as the featured soloist at the annual Side-by-Side Concert in May.
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