State Recital Competition

The purpose of the State Recital Competition is to select a student to represent the Gig Harbor Chapter of WSMTA at the annual State Conference Honors Recital (June 19-21, 2019, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA).

COMPETITION DATE: Saturday, Apr 6, 2019

TIME: 5:30 pm

LOCATION: Agnus Dei Lutheran Church

JUDGE: Dr. Lark Powers (see bio below)


COST: $15 per student (non-refundable)

CONTACT: Kimberley Joe

Teachers, please submit the following information to Kimberley by March 23:





Include a non-refundable $15 fee per student. (Collect the fees from your students and then make one check payable to GH-WSMTA.)

Requirements for participating in the State Recital Competition:

1. Each student performs one piece (no time limit, but the winner is limited to 5 minutes at the State Honors Recital).

2. Must be age 19 or younger (on the day of the competition).

3. Must have performed 2 pieces from memory in that season's Music Artistry Program (MAP).

4. Piece played for the competition does not have to be played at the educational MAP. However, the piece that is selected at the State Recital Competition is to be the one played in the WSMTA Conference Recital.

Judge's Bio

Lark Powers

In demand as a solo and collaborative artist as well as an adjudicator and presenter, Dr. Lark Powers has performed at such venues as Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, the 92nd Street Y in New York City and at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Internationally she has been heard in Europe, Mexico and Canada, including performances at the International Festival of Spanish Keyboard Music in Spain, the Simón Bolívar Amphitheater in Mexico City, and the Bibliothèque de Dinan in France. In addition to numerous collaborations with ensembles, including the Fort Collins Symphony, the Washington-Idaho Symphony, and the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, she appears in frequent two-piano concerts as part of the duo she forms with pianist Ricardo de la Torre.

Lark received a DMA in piano performance from the University of Colorado Boulder, and holds three Master’s degrees (in piano, theory pedagogy and in harpsichord) and a graduate performance diploma in piano from the Peabody Institute. Her undergraduate studies occurred at the University of the Pacific, where she earned a BM in piano performance, summa cum laude, after which she attended the Conservatoire National de Région de Paris for three years where she won a premier prix.

A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music and a Washington State Visiting Artist, Lark teaches at Pacific Lutheran University where she instructs applied lessons and accompanying, and coordinates the group keyboard program. Previously, she taught at piano at Washington State University, as well as at East Central University in Oklahoma, where she led the piano area and taught music theory. She also instructed theory and harpsichord at the precollege program at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore. Interested in scholarship, Dr. Powers has presented on topics including managing performance anxiety, the influence of the great pianist Ricardo Viñes, the fugues of Domenico Scarlatti, and birdsong depictions in piano music. She is a proponent of new music, and has recently given the Latin American premiere of Mark Janello’s Concerto for Two, as well as recording works by award-winning Thai composer Siraseth Pantura-Umporn with the Pan Pacific Ensemble.

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2018 Competition Results

Congratulations to all the students who played so well in this year's event. The representative to the State Honors Recital is Noah Shelden (teacher: Luebeck). Alternate: Ming Gao (teacher: Stambuck). Honorable mentions were given to Rachel King (teacher: Stambuck) and Josiah Mellott (teacher: Chris Rogers).