CMU Instrumentalists Do Well In Competitions

Compete at MMTA and MTNA

Central Methodist University’s Brass Quintet won first place in the 2016 Missouri Music Teachers Association competition on Nov. 4 in Springfield. From left to right: Professor John Perkins with students Kody Bartel and Katelyn Hanvey, trumpets; Kevin Helmerichs, trombone; Susan Bishop, horn; and Gannon Craig, tuba.Dr. John Perkins, Central Methodist University professor of music, took several students to competitions held by the 2016 Missouri Music Teachers Association (MMTA) and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) on Nov. 4 in Springfield, Mo.

Five music students competed in the MMTA competition. The CMU Brass Quintet, coached by Perkins, took first place in the Collegiate Brass Ensemble—Upper Division category. Members include Kody Bartel, trumpet (sophomore music major, Yorktown, Va.); Katelyn Hanvey, trumpet (senior music education major, Centralia); Susan Bishop, horn (senior music education major, Fayette); Kevin Helmerichs, trombone (junior music education major, Lake Ozark); and Gannon Craig, tuba (junior music education, from Salem).

In addition, Bishop received Honorable Mention in the Collegiate Brass Solo—Upper Division category. All five students are from the high brass studio of Dr. Perkins.

At the MTNA competition, Mikaela Lewis, flute (sophomore music education major, Harrisburg) received Honorable Mention in the MTNA Young Artist—Woodwinds category. She is a student of Lisa Thill, CMU adjunct professor of music.

Other students who performed solos at one of the events were Hanvey and Bartel on trumpets and Kaitlin Gebhardt (senior music education major, Columbia) on flute.

The collaborative pianists accompanying the soloists were Dr. Melissa Simons, CMU assistant professor of music, and Dr. Barb Berwin, CMU professor of music.


Posted November 21, 2016