2015 Hoosier Auditions – State Results

The Indiana Music Teachers Association is pleased to announce the winners of the Hoosier Auditions State Round, held at Butler University Saturday, May 16. Butler was home to a total of 58 students, competing in Piano solo, Piano Duet and Strings. All in all it was a very exciting day, filled with wonderful music making. The results can be viewed below or on the IMTA website Be sure to check the IMTA website www.indmta.org for information regarding Hoosier Auditions in 2016.
Early Elementary Piano Duet
Winner: Julia Peng & Angela Peng, students of Natalia Rachford
Honorable Mention: Ryan Li & Hanna Chen, students of Nadya DubikovskyContinue reading

2015 Hoosier Auditions – District Results

Indiana Music Teachers Association recognizes the winners of the 2015 District Hoosier Auditions held in Valpariso, Goshen, Indianapolis, Anderson, Terre Haute, Madison, Evansville, Fort Wayne, and Lafayette. The auditions are administered throughout the state by volunteer auditions chairs Carey Scheck, Beverly Lapp, Anna Briscoe, Reginald Rogers, Beverly Simms, Hugh Partridge, Grace Hemaida, Joyanne Outland, and Melanie Manges. Be sure to either check the IMTA website www.indmta.org or consult the IMTA directory for Hoosier Auditions 2016 information.
District A (Valpariso)
Carey Scheck, District Chair
Early Elementary Strings
Winner: Brady Sampson, violin, student of Lora Allen
Elementary Strings
Winner: Madi Perez, violin, student of Lora AllenContinue reading

2015 Opus Composition Festival Results

Hello to all teachers of Opus Festival Students:
I am very pleased to announce that the 2015 Opus Competition Festival results are in and students did a fantastic job!!! This year, we received 30 works for all 4 categories and many high quality compositions made the festival very competitive. Congratulations to all the students who submitted entries! We were fortunate to have nationally known teacher and composer Wendy Stevens as our judge this year and she was extremely pleased with the compositions and stated that all of the students should be very proud of their works! I am sure teachers and students alike will be encouraged by her helpful comments.
The winners in each category are:
Elementary Category: Logan French, student of Becky Baker
Junior Category: Josh Catanzaro, student of Nancy SpahrContinue reading

2015 Opus Composition Festival Deadline

The deadline for the Opus Composition Festival is approaching quickly. The postmarked deadline for this year is Saturday, March 7th, 2015.

There are some new changes in the Opus guidelines this year. Please refer to the IMTA website www.indmta.org under Opus guidelines for more detailed information.

  1. A copy of the score (computer generated in any notation program) and MIDI file of the piece are required. Please send all the files via email to the Opus Chair, Caroline Ahn at minka12092001@msn.com. No handwritten scores will be accepted this year.
  2. For all the entries, mail entry form and entry fee (one check per IMTA teacher made payable to IMTA) to:

Caroline Ahn
2662 Heathermoor Park Dr. N
Carmel,, IN 46074

The Opus Composition Festival is a competitive event designed to encourage students to create and write music. The Opus Composition Festival promotes creativity and educates students in the art and craft of musical composition.All students who enter receive a special certificate of participation, a ribbon, and a judge’s comment sheet.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I will be happy to assist you.


Dr. Caroline KyungA Ahn
IMTA Opus Composition Festival Chair

Performance Competition – East Central Division Results

Congratulations to all the following Indiana students and their teachers who competed in the East Central Division Performance Competitions. Great job!

WINNER of the East Central Chamber Music Wind category: 
Melos Saxophone Quartet, teacher Otis Murphy


HONOARABLE MENTION of the East Central Senior Performance Piano category:
Ari Brown, teacher Irina Gorin


REPRESENTATIVE of the East Central Young Artist Performance Brass category:
Benjamin Hood, Tuba, teacher Kevin Wass


ALTERNATE of the East Central Young Artist Performance String category:
Taisiya Sokolova, Viola, teacher Luis Vargas


HONORABLE MENTION of the East Central Young Artist Performance Woodwind category:
Sean Xue, Saxophone, teacher Otis Murphy


Indiana Student Winner of MTNA National Composition Competition

IMTA is thrilled to announce  and offer congratulations to Julie Puckett, student of IMTA member Nien-hwa Chen, winner of the Senior MTNA National Composition Competition. Miss Puckett will be awarded $2,000 made possible by the MTNA Foundation Fund and will have her winning composition performed at the MTNA National Conference March 21–25, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
We commend your hard work and encourage teachers to offer this wonderful opportunity to your students. More information on Composition Competitions can be found at www.indmta.org including information on the upcoming IMTA Opus Composition Festival.

2014 IMTA Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Juliana Lockman, IMTA’s 2014 Teacher of the year!
Juliana is a highly respected, caring, and talented piano teacher and has done so much promote piano in our region of Indiana.  She has been a tremendous mentor for area teachers, motivating, stimulating, and assisting new members to our piano association, including helping them to become nationally certified.
Juliana is talented, dedicated, responsible, conscientious, organized, energetic, hard-working, and a self-starter.  This individual is extremely dedicated to her students, matching her teaching style to the student’s needs.  She is always learning new ways to keep her students engaged; to make them better musicians.  She attends conferences regularly to keep her teaching fresh and to stay abreast of current teaching theories, always happy to share her findings at association meetings.
Juliana has served as the President of our Local Music Teachers Association twice and Vice President once. She commissioned a piece for the association to perform together and served on the highly respected area Piano Competition Committee and its Scholarship Fund Committee.  She has chaired and co-chaired AIM auditions numerous times and she has chaired the Piano Ensemble Concert twice. When her students had a long drive to South Bend for their National Guild Auditions, she started her own audition center for them in Elkhart.
Her students have been recipients of many awards through the years, most notably in the Stickley Piano Competition and the IMTA Composition Contest.  When one of our association members mentioned that she would like practice tests to help her students prepare for AIM auditions, she created practice tests for all twelve levels and sent them to every AIM teacher!
In addition to her volunteer and teaching responsibilities, she has motivated others with her regular chamber music performances. She has served as IMTA Treasurer for many years.  Juliana can always be counted on to step up and volunteer for whatever is needed. When she says she will do something, she will do it – VERY thoroughly!
Indiana Music Teachers Association appreciates her and everything she does! Congratulations!

2015 MTNA Composition Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the MTNA Composition Competition at the East Central Division level. Our three winners in the State (IN) Composition Competition received either honorable mentions or won. Bravo!
Elementary: Honorable mention Ellie Overbeck, Student of Melissa Willis, IN
Junior: Honorable mention Abigail Mohs, Student of Donald Campfield, IN
Senior: Winner Julie Puckett, Student of Nien-hwa Chen, IN