Students win state music competitions
November 16, 2006
Two Bryan students have won Tennessee Music Teachers Association (TMTA) state college competitions recently.
Amy Scripka, a sophomore piano pedagogy major from Woodstock, Ga., and Daniel Spivey, a senior vocal performance major from Dayton, won the piano and voice competitions, respectively. In addition, Phillip Kohler, a freshman piano performance major from Knoxville, Tenn., is a finalist in the Southern Adventist University concerto competition.
The TMTA competition is a statewide program open to students of TMTA members, both independent instructors and those in colleges or universities in Tennessee. Students are required to perform a variety of styles of music in their disciplines for a judge who critiques the performance and determines a winner.
Professor of Music Dr. Sigrid Luther, who teaches piano, said, “Bryan has had a number of state winners over the years, so we have developed a reputation for quality instruction. It is gratifying to see Amy and Daniel continue this tradition of outstanding performance at the state level.”
In addition to the two state winners, four other students participated in the state competition. Brittany McGehee, a sophomore piano pedagogy major from Ruston, La.; Micah Pepper, a sophomore vocal performance major from Cordova, Tenn.; Ryan Traub, a sophomore vocal performance major from Dillsburg, Pa.; and Katie Fridsma, a senior musical theatre-vocal emphasis major from Winter Springs, Fla., won the right to compete at the state level by winning local competitions this past spring.
Phillip Kohler will perform in the final round of the Southern Adventist University concerto competition on Nov. 26. Winners in the various instrumental categories will perform with the SAU orchestra in concert in the spring.