Nov. 18, 2013/For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu



 String and saxophone students win at state MTNA competition; high school alumna wins in Scotland

WINSTON-SALEM – UNCSA music students and a recent alumna continue their winning ways at home and abroad.

Six current students in the School of Music have won at the North Carolina Music Teacher National Association (MTNA) competition held recently in Asheville. And violinist Maura Shawn Scanlin, who received her high school diploma from UNCSA’s School of Music in May, has won the Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship in Glasgow, Scotland.

“Competitions are very important for musicians,” said Music Dean Wade Weast, “because they help students hone their performance skills. They also highlight the talent and discipline that students develop here, as modeled by the expert faculty in the School of Music.”

Winners at the MTNA Senior Performance String Competition include Willa Finck from Banner Elk, first place, and Ashley White from Kannapolis, alternate. Both high school seniors, they are violin students of Sarah Johnson.

Several saxophone students of Taimur Sullivan won in MTNA woodwind categories, including the following:

·         In the Chamber Music Wind Competition, Dasch Quartet took first place. Members are graduate student saxophonists Alastair Wright from the United Kingdom; Daniel Arocho from Cummings, Ga.; Shawna Pennock  from Davenport, Iowa; and  Chemie Ching from Hong Kong.

·         In the Young Artists Woodwind Competition, Pennock took first place, and saxophonist Dylan Ward, a college junior from Harrisburg, is alternate.

·         In the Senior Performance Woodwind Competition, saxophonist Grace Gelpi, a high school junior from Chapel Hill, took first place.

First-place winners will advance to the MTNA regional competition in Louisville, Ky., in January 2014.

Scanlin, who is from Boone, was a student of Sarah Johnson at UNCSA. She currently attends the New England Conservatory. As a high school senior at UNCSA, Scanlin won the 2012 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship. She performed with the UNCSA School of Music’s Jia Quartet, which competed in the quarterfinal round of the Fischoff Competition, the world’s largest chamber music competition.

As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.