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Guo Wins MTNA Senior Composition Competition

March 1, 2016

    Andrew Guo of Chicago, Illinois, won first place in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Senior Composition Competition for his piece Seven Images.

    Guo, a 17-year-old composer and pianist, is the Alexandra and John Nichols Fellow Laureate at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy. He has been taking composition lessons with Matthew Hagle since age 5 and currently studies piano with Northwestern University professor Alan Chow. Guo was the second place winner of 2013 MTNA Junior Composition Competition and the first prize winner of Generation Next Young Composers Competition and Steinway Young Artists Piano Competition.

    The MTNA Composition Competition was judged prior to the 2016 MTNA National Conference, which will take place April 2–6, at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas. The Senior Division is open to composers ages 15–18. As a national competition winner, Guo receives $2,000, provided by the MTNA Foundation Fund. His composition will be performed in the winners’ recital on Monday, April 4, at the conference.

    The three-tiered MTNA competitions begin at the state level. First-place winners of each state’s competition advance to a division competition. Division winners compete in the national finals.