Music Students Score All Sorts of Honors at State Competition

Junior pianists Young Hye Min (left) and Sung-Eun Ryu celebrate their success at the Music Teachers National Association State Competitions at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS, on Nov. 2, 2018.

Students from Delta State University’s Department of Music struck all the right notes recently. Translation: they took home several awards at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) State Competitions at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS, on Nov. 2, 2018.

Young Hye Min, from Ulsan, South Korea, won first place and Sung-Eun Ryu, from Hwaseong, South Korea, placed second in the Young Artist Piano category. Min, who will represent Mississippi in the MTNA Southern Division Competitions, is a student of Dr. Jung-Won Shin, associate professor, and Ryu is a student of Dr. Karen Fosheim, department chair. Both students are juniors working toward a bachelor of music in piano performance.

Music education major and euphoniumist Catheryne Booth was selected as the winner of the Young Artist Brass category and will represent Mississippi in the MTNA Southern Division Competitions. The native of Grenada, MS, is a sophomore in the low brass studio of Dr. Douglas L. Mark, associate professor.

The Delta State Saxophone Quartet earned an Honorable Mention in the chamber music contest. They are coached by Dr. Bret Pimentel, associate professor.

Music education major and euphoniumist Catheryne Booth.

Delta State Saxophone Quartet (left to right): Josh Ray (sophomore, Southaven), Will Pearce (freshman, Corinth), Dakota Young (junior, Grenada), and Ethan Baker (junior, Senatobia).

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