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 (June 20-23, 2018, Vancouver, WA).

COMPETITION DATE:  Monday, Apr 2, 2018
TIME:  7:00 pm
LOCATION:  Agnus Dei Lutheran Church
JUDGE:  Dr. Jane Harty (see bio below)
COST:  $15 per student (non-refundable)
CONTACT:  Kimberley Joe

Teachers, please submit the following information to Kimberley by March 23:
Include a non-refundable $15 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 performed 2 pieces from memory in that season's Music Artistry Program (MAP).
4. Piece played for the competition does not have to be played at the educational MAP. 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
Jane Harty is an active and diverse recitalist of solo piano and chamber music repertoire. She holds a D.M.A. degree from the University of Southern California, and studied at L'Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. Her teachers have included Blanche Bascourret de Gueraldi, a student of Cortot; and Johanna Graudan, a student of Schnabel. She was also a participant in the classes of Nadia Boulanger. In addition to her duties on the piano faculty at Pacific Lutheran University, she is the Artistic Director of Music Northwest in Seattle, and has appeared in recital with members of the Seattle Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta, and blues, jazz and world musicians. She is also the Director of two chamber music camps, one for students and one for adults. She is the grand-niece of Sir Hamilton Harty, the "Irish Toscanini," and is a specialist in his songs and chamber music.

Her duties at P.L.U. have included private instruction in piano performance and accompanying; and classes in chamber music, piano pedagogy and piano literature. Her teaching philosophy is eclectic, incorporating kinesthetic experience with intellectual understanding of the score, the ultimate goal being to achieve artistic musical expression at every level of study. As a solo pianist her repertoire is broad-based from Mozart and Beethoven, Chopin and Brahms, Debussy and Ravel, to Elliott Carter. She is also a harpsichordist and Bach specialist. She has served on the P.L.U. faculty since 1978.

2018 Competition Results
Congratulations to all the students who played so well in this year's event. The representative to the State Honors Recital is Noah Shelden (teacher: Luebeck). Alternate: Ming Gao (teacher: Stambuck). Honorable mentions were given to Rachel King (teacher: Stambuck) and Josiah Mellott (teacher: Chris Rogers).