2018 Commissioned Composer Competition Results

This year’s commissioned composer was Juri Seo.


Eric Li
Annabelle Chow
Adora Rao

Claire Hua
Jordan Guo
Angela Zhang

Patrick Sun
Ellie Shin

Catherine Jiang (piano) & Nora Lee (violin)







Intermed Piano - Sonatine, mvt. I

Beginner Piano - Sonatine, mvt II

Advanced Piano - Sonatine, mvt III

Violin & Piano Duo - Arco


Chiu-Ling Lin
Stella Xu
Stella Xu

Chloris Li
Stella Xu
Chiu-Tze Lin

Stella Xu
Grace Yang

Chiu-Tze Lin
Yousun Kim


2017 Young Musicians Competition - Chinese Instruments Winners List

Young Musicians Competition Winners - Chinese Instruments

                                  Yang Yi, Chairperson

Student Teacher

Brittany Deng, guzheng, age 12 Yang Yi
Dongfang Qu, guzheng, age 13 Yang Yi
Rachael Ngai, guzheng, age 13 Yang Yi
Christopher Lee, guzheng, age 11. Yang Yi

Emily Yang, guzheng, age 16 Yang Yi
Zi Rou Chen, guzheng, age 15 Yang Yi
Naitian Zhang, guzheng, age 17 Yang Yi
Eileen Yang, guzheng, age 15 Yang Yi

Bree Zhang, Emily Yang Yang Yi

ZiRou Chen, Eileen Yang, Rachael Ngai, Dongfang Qu, Brittany Deng, Christopher Lee, YuRu Lin, JianNing Wang,
Hao Lawrence Chen, Chen Zara Myrna Chen

Age Group




2017 Conference Master Class Audition Result

Kyu-Jung Rhee, Master Class Chairperson

(Students selected for the Master Class are listed in alphabetical order according to their last names)

Selected               Vincent Jiang, age 14           Gloria Chu

Fantasy Pieces, Op. 6, No. 3 – Scherzo by C. T. Griffes

Selected              Kelsey Lee, age 16                   Beatrice Long

Sonata in C Minor, K. 457, Mvt. 1 by Mozart 

Selected             Grace Xiong, age 17               Chiu-Tze Lin

Gaspard de la Nuit – I. Ondine by M. Ravel

Selected           Elizabeth Yang, age 13             Grace Yang

Variations Sérieuses, Op. 54 by Felix Mendelssohn


Alternate           Gordon Li, age 13                     Julia Lam

Alternate           James Yang, age 16                 Grace Yang

2017 Intermediate Piano Master Class Selections

Marvin Blickenstaff, clinician

Emily Lau, Chairperson

Performers* (in composers' chronological order)

1)  Antonio Angelico, Bach:  Two-part Inventions in A Minor and Bb Major

2)  Ava Fong, Mozart:  Sonata in C, K. 545

3)  Emma Zheng, Chopin:  Nocturne in C# minor, op. post. 

4)  Mercedes Prentice, Chopin:  Waltz in A minor 

5)  Angela Sun, Gillock:  Fountain in the Rain


1)  Charles Love, Beethoven:  Sonatina in F 

2)  Amy Lin, Haydn:  Sonata in DM, III

*All students were anonymously selected by the clinician based on repertoire choice.

YMC and the Chamber Music Master Class at the State Conference

 I hope everyone had a very nice & happy Thanksgiving with families, relatives and friends!

On behalf of NJMTA I thank all the teachers for your wonderful students and their participations. Your valuable teaching and experience are constantly raising the level of performance for strings at every event of NJMTA. 

As is the usual case at the NJMTA State Conference, we had three performers from Young Musicians Competition. Their performance gave us such an unforgettable memory!  For the age group of 10 and under, the first place winner was Katherine Jung. Tienne Yu was the first place winner in the age group of 11-14. She had also been the first place winner in the youngest group in 2014. From the age group of 15-17 Emily Wang held her first place title for the second consecutive year. Bravi to these wonderful young talent violinists! Bravi to the teachers for their great teaching, and the families, for their endless support behind the scenes! 

For the first time since 2009 during which I’ve been chair for the strings department for NJMTA, we held a chamber music master class at the NJMTA Conference. We had three fine guest artists coaching the master class: Anne Ku, violinist, Rachel Ku, violist and Mr. Glenn Fischbach, cellist. Five chamber music groups participated: two string quartets, two piano trios and one piano quintet. It was my first time hosting a chamber music master class, and I feel that it was a tremendous experience and a great opportunity for the chamber music players. Studying a string instrument can be a challenge, but playing with other people in a group is so much fun! I assure you that this program will continue to grow in the future. 

Once again thank you very much for your support and your wonderful students!


Ingrid Tang

String Chair of NJMTA