ABERDEEN, S.D. – Several Northern State University students received honors in the South Dakota Music Teachers Association Conference and Competition in Brookings Nov. 7-9.
The event included instrumental and vocal competitions for age 10 through the collegiate level, with more than 130 entries. NSU student results are as follows:
• Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Brass Competition: Amanda Wentz, trumpet, from Bismarck, N.D., placed as state representative, advancing to the West Central Division Competition at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 10-12, 2014. (Instructor: Dr. Grant Manhart, piano accompaniment: Dr. Marcela Faflak)
• MTNA Young Artist Chamber Music Competition: NSU saxophone quartet (Michelle Mennis, baritone saxophone, Wahpeton, N.D.; John N. Patzlaff, tenor saxophone, Platte; Derek VanDenTop, alto saxophone, Canton; and Steve Zimoski, soprano saxophone, Mobridge) placed as state representative, advancing to the West Central Division Competition. (Instructor: Fred Hemke)
• SDMTA Collegiate Brass: Delayna LaBelle, trombone, from Black Hawk, was the state winner (first place). (Instructor: Jessica Perkins; piano accompaniment Ron Parker)
• SDMTA Collegiate Piano: Sarka Stehnova, from Velke Hamry, Czech Republic, was the state winner (first place). (Instructor: Faflak)
• SDMTA Collegiate Piano: Bailey Geist, from Roscoe, placed second. (Instructor: Faflak)
Stehnova and Geist also attended Professional Development Day, a series of workshops for private piano teachers, on Friday, Nov. 8.
Faflak, professor of piano, keyboard literature and piano pedagogy at NSU, is also an SDMTA newsletter editor. At the event, Faflak participated in the SDMTA board meeting and general membership meeting. She also judged the SDMTA piano competition in the categories of elementary piano-age 10, elementary piano-age 11, junior-age 12 and junior-age 13 on Saturday, Nov. 9.