Three Music Students Take Top Honors at Statewide Competition
November 23, 2020
Avery Pierce-Garnett, of Moscow, and Kaho Suda, of Tokyo, Japan, placed first in the Idaho Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) competition in the categories of Young Artist Woodwind and Young Artist Piano, respectively. In addition, Austin Baduria, from Tacoma, Washington, was chosen as the alternate in the state for woodwinds.
The first-place winners will represent Idaho in December at the Divisional Competition where they will compete against students from Washington, Oregon, Montana, Alaska and Wyoming in a video round. The winners of that competition will be announced in mid-January and advance to the national finals.
“This is a top-tier honor for these students of the Lionel Hampton School of Music,” said Vanessa Sielert, director of the school. “I am impressed not only by their achievement, but by their dedication to their art through the current pandemic challenges that go along with music making.”
Pierce-Garnett is a saxophone student, pursuing a degree in music performance and mathematics. He is the recipient of several top prizes as a soloist including the Musicfest Northwest Young Artist’s Competition, state solo competitions and has performed in Spokane Symphony’s Fox Theater. Equally skilled in music collaboration, he has performed in top ensembles around the United States.
Kaho is a second-year master’s candidate in piano performance and pedagogy at the U of I. She has been playing piano since she was 3, but didn’t seriously consider a career in the arts until she was an undergrad student at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in music in 2019. The MTNA is the first competition she has won in the United States. She serves as a graduate teaching assistant in piano at LHSOM, teaching class piano, accompanying, and giving private lessons through the undergraduate courses and the preparatory program.
Baduria is a 2018 graduate of Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in music education and is pursuing a master’s in saxophone performance from U of I with an emphasis in music theory. Baduria has taught as a first-grade teacher and a general music teacher. While teaching, he continued performing with the Seattle Wind Symphony, the Washington Wind Symphony and the South Sound Symphonic Band.
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Lionel Hampton School of Music
University of Idaho
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