MTNA Composition Competition Results 2022

Music Teachers National Association is pleased to announce the results of the composition competition for Indiana.

Representative: Benjamin Breaux, Student of Caroline Ahn

Representative: Henry Olson, Student of Caroline Ahn

Winner: Noah Strawhacker, Student of Amanda Cornet
Honorable mention: Srikar Vaasan, Student of Jessica Dorman

Young Artist:

This year, the Indiana judge was James Rhinehart. Winning and representative compositions automatically advance to the division competition. The results of that competition will be announced in mid-December.

2022 Opus Composition Festival Winners Announced

We are very pleased to announce the 2022 OPUS Composition Festival results. Thank you to everyone who submitted entries, and special thanks to our judge this year, Brent Weaver.

The winners in each age category will have the opportunity to perform their composition at the IMTA State Conference in the fall of 2022 at Purdue University Fort Wayne and will receive their entry fee paid in full by IMTA into the state round of the MTNA Composition Competition in September 2022.

The winners in each age category are:

Elementary: Benjamin Breaux, student of Caroline Ahn, Mick, My Dog
Junior: Henry Olson, student of Caroline Ahn, Fanfare Fest
Senior: Noah Strawhacker, student of Amanda Cornet, Tarantella in C Minor

Congratulations all and keep up the good work!

2022 Hoosier Auditions – State Round Results

The Indiana Music Teachers Association would like to congratulate the following students and teachers for their outstanding achievements at this year’s Hoosier Auditions State Competition. Congratulations to all who have participated, and we will see you next year!

Piano Solo: Pre-Early Elementary
Winner: Katherine Xia; Student of Karina Cohen  
Alternate: Julia Y Luo; Student of Linda Belleville  
Honorable Mention: Amelia Lawson; Student of Jennifer Keeley  
Honorable Mention: Jayden Xu; Student of Svetlana Soleimani  

Piano Solo: Early Elementary
Winner: Felicia Xie; Student of Aleksey Madan  
Alternate: Zoe Cha; Student of Svetlana Soleimani  
Honorable Mention: Roni Lyanda-Geller; Student of Aleksey Madan  
Honorable Mention: Amy Wu; Student of Aleksey Madan 
Honorable Mention: Sophie Chae; Student of Hwa Pyeong Kim  
Honorable Mention: Matthew Shao; Student of Karina Cohen  

Piano Solo: Elementary
Winner: Glenda Na; Student of Ada Shebanova 
Alternate: Sydney Weaver; Student of Nadya Dubikovsky 
Honorable Mention: Audrey Zhang; Student of Svetlana Soleimani 
Honorable Mention: Lauren Chae; Student of Hwa Pyeong Kim 
Honorable Mention: Lucille Hu; Student of Dilya Meehan 
Honorable Mention: Jude Neely; Student of Grace Hemaida  
Honorable Mention: Grace Li; Student of Garnet Ungar  

Piano Solo: Middle
Winner: Han Yan; Student of Tony Weinstein 
Alternate: Andrew Lee; Student of Svetlana Soleimani 
Honorable Mention: Daniel Chen; Student of Svetlana Soleimani  
Honorable Mention: Tara Kim; Student of Nadya Dubikovsky 
Honorable Mention: Jessica Xie; Student of Aleksey Madan 
Honorable Mention: Emily Wang; Student of Tony Weinstein 

Piano Solo: Junior
Winner: Jayden Wang; Student of Linda Belleville  
Alternate: Enge Huang; Student of Tony Weinstein 
Honorable Mention: Kenny Wang; Student of Hamilton Tescarollo 

Piano Solo: Senior
Winner: Joshua Kim; Student of Nadya Dubikovsky  
Alternate: Advaith Iyengar; Student of Karen Taylor  
Honorable Mention: Faith Anema; Student of Nicole Lee  
Honorable Mention: Arthur Yeh; Student of Ada Shebanova  

Piano Solo: Collegiate
Winner: Cecilia Horner; Student of Hamilton Tescarollo 
Alternate: Allyn Beifus; Student of Hamilton Tescarollo  

Piano Duet: Early Elementary
Winners: Roni-Lyanda Geller & Elizabeth Slipchenko; Students of Aleksey Madan 

Piano Duet: Elementary
Winners: Leon Zeng & Sydney Weaver; Students of Nadya Dubikovsky 

Piano Duet: Middle
Winners: Eric Jin & Elaine Zeng; Students of Nadya Dubikovsky 

Piano Duet: Junior
Winners: Liz Garner & Abigail Garner; Students of Amy Chaplin  

Strings: Early Elementary
Winner: Roland Li; Student of Yon Joo Lee 
Alternate: Evelyn Feng Chih; Student of Yon Joo Lee 
Honorable Mention: Leonardo Lu; Student of Bruce Morrow  

Strings: Elementary
Winner: Ben Chen; Student of Caroline Kim 
Alternate: Monique Cho; Student of Allison Nyquist  
Honorable Mention: Theo Yang; Student of Yon Joo Lee  

Strings: Middle
Winner: Elaine Zeng; Student of Megan Moon 

Strings: Junior
Winner: Grace Lee; Student of Megan Moon  

Strings: Senior
Winner: Lejun Chen; Student of Megan Moon  
Alternate: Haseung Jun; Student of Regan Eckstein

Announcing the 27th Annual Hartman Stickley Memorial Piano Competition & Festival Winners Recital

Event: 27th Annual Hartman Stickley Memorial Piano Competition & Festival Winners Recital
Date: Sunday, March 13, 2022
Place: Moreau Center for the Arts Little Theater, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Time: 2:30 pm
Free Event and Open to the Public

Announcement is made of the 27th Annual Hartman Stickley Memorial Piano Competition &
Festival Winners Recital, which will be held on March 13, 2022 in the Moreau Center for the
Arts – Little Theater, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN 46556 at 2:30 pm.
The competition and festival itself held on March 4th & 5th at Saint Mary’s College, Notre
Dame, Indiana and is open to pre-college students. The winners of the competition from each
division will perform in the Winners Recital on March 13th and will receive cash prizes.
Contestants who receive honorable mention will also win cash prizes. All awards will be
dispersed following the recital.

The competition and festival, sponsored by the South Bend Area Music Teachers Association, is
open to piano students of teachers residing in Berrien, Cass, and St. Joseph counties, Michigan;
and Allen, Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, LaPorte, Marshall, Noble, St. Joseph, and Starke
counties, Indiana. Prize money is made available through the Elnora Hartman Stickley
Scholarship Fund.

For more information, please contact the competition event chair, Paula Laskowski, or 574-276-9313. You may also visit the South Bend Area Music
Teachers Association’s website:

Photos of contestants taken at this event may be used by SBAMTA, Saint Mary’s College, and
local media, and, may appear on print, digital communications, or marketing materials,
without compensation.

East Central Division (ECD) Competition Results

MTNA Competitions – East Central Division
Results for Indiana entrants

Junior Composition
Winner: Honorable Mention, Samantha Lail, student of Yi-Hsuan Lee

Junior Woodwind Performance:
Representative: Faith Murphy, student of James Romeo

Senior Piano Performance:
Alternate: Chole Park, student of Hamilton Tescarollo

Congratulations to Samantha, Faith, and Chole!!!

2022 Hoosier Auditions District Information

The dates and information for many of the districts competitions around the state have been announced as well as the state competition. See details below.

View the district map here.
View updated guidelines/application requirements for 2022 here.

District Auditions

District A

Chairperson: Nicole Lee
Address: 534-1 Hampton Manor Ct. Valparaiso, IN  46385
Contact Email:
Audition Venue: Duesenberg Recital Hall, Valparaiso Center for the Arts: Valparaiso University
1709 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso, IN  46383
Date: Saturday, April 16, 2022
Postmark Deadline: Monday, April 4, 2022

District B

Chairperson: Luke Norell
Address: 502 S. 5th Street, Goshen IN 46526
Contact Email:
Audition Venue: Zook Choral Hall MC153, Goshen College
Date: Saturday, March 26, 2022
Postmark Deadline: Saturday, March 12, 2022

District C

Chairperson: Tony Weinstein
Address: 4305 E Walpole Ln. Bloomington, IN 47408
Contact Email:
Audition Venue: DePauw University School of Music
Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022
Postmark Deadline: Friday, March 25, 2022

District D

Chairperson: Reginald Rodgers
Address: Anderson University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance; 1100 E. Fifth Street Anderson, IN 46012
Contact Email:
Audition Venue: York Performance Hall, Anderson University
Date: Saturday, April 2, 2022
Postmark Deadline: Saturday, March 19, 2022

District E

Chairperson: Lai Ping Jean Ho
Address: 46 South 21st Street, Terre Haute, IN 47803
Contact Email:
Audition Venue: World Gospel Church (subject to change)
Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022
Postmark Deadline: Wednesday, March 23, 2022

District F

Due to an ongoing search for a chairperson in this district, auditions in this district will not take place this year.

District G

Chairperson: Grace Hemaida
Address: 5600 Ashley Dr. Newburgh, IN 47630
Contact Email:
Audition Venue: Krannert Fine Arts Center, University of Evansville
Date: Saturday, April 23, 2022
Postmark Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2022

District H

Chairperson: Joyanne Outland
Address: 4006 Pebbleway New Haven, IN 46774
Contact Email:
Audition Venue: Rhinehart Music Center and Recital Hall, Purdue-Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne (PFW)
Sunday, April 3, 2022
Postmark Date: 
Saturday, March 26, 2022

District J

Chairperson: Aleksey Madan
Address: 962 Marwyck st. West Lafayette IN 47906
Contact Email:
Audition Venue: 211 Knox Dr. West Lafayette, IN 47906
Date: Saturday, March 5, 2022
Postmark Date: Saturday, February 19, 2022

Hoosier Auditions State Competition

Coordinator: Daniel Lin
Address: Indiana Wesleyan University, Division of Music: 4201 S. Washington Street, Marion IN 46953
Audition Venue: Philippe Performing Arts Center, Indiana Wesleyan University
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2022
Postmark Deadline: Thursday, April 28, 2022

Linda Witchie Named 2021 IMTA Teacher of the Year

Linda Larson Witchie, NCTM, with a degree in Piano Performance from the University of Colorado – Boulder and a Masters in Piano Performance from University of Michigan, was President of the South Bend Area Music Teachers Association from 1997-1999 and again in 2016-2018. In 1999, she was honored as “Member of the Year” by SBAMTA.

Throughout her involvement with SBAMTA, Linda has served in various capacities including President, Vice-President, Program Chair, and Treasurer, and most recently as Community Engagement Coordinator to bring music education to the forefront in the greater Michiana area. She created a link with the South Bend Symphony wherein Stickley Piano Competition Winners play in the lobby before concerts, obtained vouchers giving free symphony admission to local students, created a presence at the local Art Beat Festival, and an information booth at the Halloween festivities at the local Zoo. As a program director and advisor, she has brought in multiple grants allowing us to bring in well-known presenters and clinicians such as Randy Faber, Melody Bober, Catherine Rollin, Jane McGrath, Robert Vandall and Marvin Blickenstaff.

Linda was an Adjunct faculty member at IUSB and adjunct lecturer of music at St. Mary’s College and has been instrumental in numerous festivals and recitals. She has been a member of Indiana Music Teachers Association for more than 30 years and served as State Composition Chair of that organization for two years.  Linda is a nationally certified member of Music Teachers National Association, earning her “Permanent Professional” status in October of 2007.  She was also a faculty member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers. Linda piloted new piano teaching materials for Faber & Faber of F.J.H. Publishing for more than twenty years.  She also served as both Consulting Editor and New Publication Evaluator for F.J.H. Publishing from 1992-2003. She has spent the last 25 years either chairing or on the committee for the annual Stickley Piano Competition and has been very active with the Stickley Scholarship Fund since its establishment 28 years ago.

Modest and unassuming, Linda has a private studio that has consistently produced winners and honorable mentions at the annual Stickley Piano Competition every year for the past 20 years! Linda provides a steadying voice of reason, is always quick with helpful information, and is even quicker with a thank you. It is a marvel to see so much energy expended for music education across multiple decades while raising a family of her own. Her colleagues at SBAMTA find it a real pleasure to serve with Linda Witchie in the profession of music teaching.

Cheryl Everett Awarded 2021 IMTA Distinguished Service Award

In addition to teaching piano and organ at Wabash College, Cheryl Everett is accompanist for the Glee Club and the Music Department. With the Glee Club, she has concertized throughout the United States, England, Scotland, Wales, Ecuador, and Taiwan.

Ms. Everett has performed as soloist and chamber musician in recitals and master classes at International Workshops in Austria, Canada, England, France, Italy, Switzerland, and the Teachers’ Program of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Music Teachers National Association has recognized Ms. Everett as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music and the Indiana Music Teachers Association honored her as one of their “Teachers of the Year”. For many years she was IMTA Ensemble Concert Chair and State Convention Chair.

In 2021, Ms. Everett received the Distinguished Service Award from the Indiana Music Teachers Association to recognize her outstanding service to IMTA and the profession of music teaching. Many of her former students currently have careers as piano teachers and music therapists.

In addition to collegiate responsibilities, Ms. Everett is Director of the Young Hoosier State Piano Competition for piano students ages 5-22. This competition, sponsored by the Indiana State Fair and Piano Solutions, had over 500 student participants in 2019. Piano Solutions recently named their concert hall “The Cheryl Everett Performance Room” in honor of her work with the youth of Indiana.

Ms. Everett has been a church organist for over 50 years and is currently serving at First United Methodist Church in Crawfordsville, IN. Ms. Everett studied piano performance with Dr. Louis Nagel at the University of Michigan. Her major musical influence was Dorothy Munger, a student of Guy Maier, Rosina Lhevinne, and Josef Lhevinne. Mrs. Munger was a pianist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for 32 years.