State Recital Competition

The purpose of the State Recital Competition is to select a student to represent the Gig Harbor Chapter of WSMTA at the annual State Conference Honors Recital (Shoreline Community College in Shoreline, WA, June 22-24, 2017).

COMPETITION DATE:  Thursday, Apr 6, 2017
TIME:  7:00 pm
LOCATION:  Agnus Dei Lutheran Church
JUDGE:  Dr. Cameron Bennett (see bio below)
COST:  $10 per student
CONTACT:  Kimberley Joe

Teachers, please submit the following information to Kimberley by March 22:
Include a $10 fee per student. (Collect the fees from your students and then make one check payable to GH-WSMTA.)

Requirements for participating in the State Recital Competition:
1. Each student performs one piece (no time limit, but the winner is limited to 5 minutes at the State Honors Recital)
2. Must be age 19 or younger (on the day of the competition)
3. Must have participated in adjudications Level 4 or above
4. Must have performed 2 pieces from memory at the adjudication
5. Piece played for the competition does not have to be played at the educational adjudications. However, the piece that is selected at the State Recital Competition is to be the one played in the WSMTA Conference Recital.

Judge's Bio
CAMERON BENNETT has had an active and varied career as a performing musician, teacher, and arts administrator, having served in a diversified range of academic and artistic institutions. He is Dean of the School of Arts and Communication and Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. He joined PLU in 2010 after an eighteen-year tenure at Ohio Wesleyan University, where he was professor and chair of one of the most respected liberal arts music programs in the nation. Dr. Bennett has held numerous administrative positions throughout his career, including: Executive Director of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Ohio from 2003-2006; Chair of the Department of Music at OWU from 1998-2003 and 2007-2010; and Executive Director of the MidAmerica Chamber Music Institute from 1995-2000.

As a pianist, Cameron Bennett has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Russia, and the Far East. He appears regularly with the Snake River Chamber Players in Keystone, Colorado each summer and was a founding member of the Marble Cliff Chamber Players, an annual chamber music festival held in Columbus and Delaware, Ohio. He served for many seasons as chamber music performer and coach at the Victoria International Festival in Victoria, Canada, and as staff accompanist at The Juilliard School. He has taught previously at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and has given master classes at the Beijing Central Conservatory, Shanghai Conservatory, and the Chinese Cultural University in Taipei, Taiwan. His performances have been featured on WOSU-FM in Columbus, Ohio and in Taipei, on the Taiwan Television Network. Bennett continues to be in great demand as a collaborating pianist, having performed in recent seasons with pianist Cecile Licad in a duo-performance with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and with such notable musicians as cellists Zuill Bailley, William DeRosa, and Clancy Newman, clarinetists Richard Stoltzman and Robert Spring, violinist Charles Wetherbee, and the St. Lawrence and Carpe Diem string quartets. 

Dr. Bennett, originally from Canada, received both his Masters and Doctorate degrees in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music. He also holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. He is a member of and holds the College Teacher Certification Diploma from the Music Teachers National Association, and is also a member of the College Music Society and Chamber Music America. Appointed by Governor Inslee to serve a second term as Commissioner on the Washington State Arts Commission, Bennett is also a member of the Arts & Culture Grants Committee of The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and previously served multiple terms as a Commissioner on the Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Commission and on the executive boards of both the Music Teachers National Association and the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra. He has attended the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) at Harvard University, as well as senior leadership workshops through ACE, CASE, NASM, and GLCA. 

He has studied piano with Constance Keene, Ronald Turini, Peter Katin, Robin McCabe, Pierre Souvairan, and Irina Kugucheva, and has studied chamber music with Harvey Shapiro, Lorand Fenyves and Raphael Bronstein. Bennett lives in Browns Point, Washington, with his wife, violinist/violist/composer Korine Fujiwara, and son, Julian.   (Bio current as of August 31, 2016)

2016 Competition Results
Congratulations to all 11 students who played so well in this year's event. The representative to the State Honors Recital is Rachel King ("From A Wandering Iceberg," Op. 55, by MacDowell) (teacher: Chris Rogers). Alternate: Eric Van Winkle ("Drei Klavierstucke," No. 1, by Schubert) (teacher: Ron Bechtel). Honorable mentions were given to Erica Walstead ("Bruyeres," by Debussy) (teacher: Linda Long), Chris Jendrey ("Fantasie-Impromptu," Posthumous, Op. 66, by Chopin) (teacher: Chris Rogers) and Grace Asa ("Mazurka in B-flat Major," No. 2, by Godard) (teacher: Chris Rogers).