The Missouri State Piano Trio was recently recognized by the Music Teachers National Association (MNTA) West-Central Division. The trio competed in the Chamber Music Competition and was named alternate to the First Prize winner.
According to Dr. Michael Murray, professor of music, this accomplishment is particularly impressive “considering the wide ranging competition from Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Colorado and the (number of) graduate-level students who entered.”
Members of the ensemble
The piano trio is made up of three undergraduate students:
- Pianist Vikki Chen, a piano performance major
- Cellist Caleb Marshall, a psychology and math major
- Violinist Karolina Fraczak, a violin performance major
According to the association’s website:
MTNA has cemented its role as an organization essential not only to the professional and individual well-being of music-teaching professionals, but also a vital partner in their growth and development. It provides both a collective voice for teachers worldwide and a powerful alliance with a highly prestigious and influential group.
With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.