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We are pleased to announce the 1st place winners of our Festival Audition!

Diana Sakura Manolov

Melanie Liang
Bobby Mays



Daphne Altin-Fahey

Rohan Tipnis

Avigail Kohl
Giora Nadav
Itamar Nadav
Matthew Whee
William Law
Evangeline Kingsley
Jackson Jansa
Danielle Tom
Olivia Whee
Ryan Ismael Bakkali
Jonathan Whee
Ivy Yan
Conor Cook

Teachers of 1st place winners:


Seray Goktekin 

Kumiko Imamura

Kai Pagune Kim

Marina Kitaychik

Andrea Mills

Dan Nadav

Tatyana Pikayzen


Congratulations to all participants and teachers!


2022-2023 Season


New Members Luncheon

Date: October 2022


A welcome luncheon for new members.


November Recital: Pequot Library


Recital Date: Saturday, November 12th at 12:30


Submission deadline:  Friday, October 28th


Repertoire: Classical repertoire and music by pedagogical composers. Pieces must be memorized.


Chair: Olga Stelman


Eleventh Annual Festival Audition


The goal of this festival is to provide recognition to talented and motivated students who can prepare for an evaluated audition, and who are confident enough to perform in public. It is open to students of voice, piano and all other instruments.

Students who intend to participate in CSMTA's Deborah Kahan Competition are NOT eligible to perform in this event.


Festival Date:  Sunday, December 11th


Registration deadline: Friday, November 18th

Westport Suzuki School

246 Post Rd East

Westport CT 06880

Registration Fee: 

$45 per student (for teachers who are CSMTA members)

$55 per student + $50 one-off participation fee (for teachers who are CSMTA non-members) 


What do I need to do as a teacher?

  1. Select and invite students who would benefit from participating in the Festival Audition. 

  2. Email the registration form (attached to this email) and check to the Chair Seray Goktekin to Address for check to be sent to will be provided once registration form is received.

    There is no limit to the number of applicants per teacher.


Chair: Seray Goktekin (


38th Annual Deborah Kahan Competition


This competition is open Piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar; soloists, duos, or any combination of piano and strings.  Students must be between the age of 6 and 18. Students prepare two contrasting pieces in period and style from the standard Classical repertoire.


Competition Date: Sunday, February 5th


Winner's recital: Online, February 12th


Submission Deadline: Saturday, January 14th (arrived, not postmarked)


Co-chairs: Hiroko Dutton and Kumiko Imamura


Community recital


April: TBA


Community Recitals are Student Recitals that take place in local senior homes. Residents are very happy to see young people performing for them and we always hear lots of positive comments. 


Submission Deadline: 


Chair: Benjamin Steinhardt


Spring Showcase Recital


Recital Date: Sunday, May 21st, 2023 (1-3pm)


Submission deadline: Friday, May 5th, 2023

(midnight by Email + Zelle payment, or snail mail + teacher’s check arriving by the same date.)


Limit : Maximum 20 minutes of Total Performing time per Teacher.


Repertoire : Classical repertoire and music by pedagogical composers.  

                    Solo Pieces must be memorized.

                    Student/Student duet is allowed with music.   (No Student/Teacher is allowed)


Chair: Hiroko Dutton


M.A.P. (Music Achievement Program)


Date: June 11th


The MAP (Musicianship Achievement Program) is directed at students of CSMTA teachers and offers both a Performance and Theory section. Held annually, students can choose to participate in the Full MAP (both performance and theory) or just the Theory exam. With a total of 10 levels, students have the opportunity to perform memorized pieces, display keyboard skills and demonstrate written/aural awareness in accordance with the prescribed MAP syllabus.

For more information:


Chair: Seray Goktekin


We look forward to seeing you and your students soon!


Annual Spring Showcase 2022

From Burgmuller to the Chopin Fantasy!!

Thank you for great work for participating teachers and students!!

37th Deborah Kahan Competition Results

Winners Recital 2022:









0.24 Chiara Hu ( Honorable Mention)

1:13 Alexander Svoronos

4:35 Ahan Ghosh Rao

7:22 Mirah Chang (Judges' Choice)

13:53 Eric Jansa 

17:55 Abigail Chang

22:10 Ulysses Squitieri


Special Judges' Award

Mirah Chang. Partita #1, B flat major BWV825, Allemande & Gigue.... J.S.Bach, Valse in A flat major, Op. 69-1....Chopin



Alexander Svoronos    Invention in E major BWY 777....J.S.Bach

Ahan Ghosh Rao  Notturno Op.54-4...E.Grieg

Eric Jansa   Sonata in C major, Hob XVI:35 Allegro con brio...F.J.Haydn

Abigail Chang    Partita #2,  C minor BWV826, Sinfonia....J.S.Bach

Ulysses Squiltieri  Legend No.2 St. Francis of Parlo Walking on the Waves..F.Liszt


Honorable Mention

Chiara (Ruxi) Hu   Skater's Dream...C. Klose


Teachers of Winners

Dorothy Grimm, Kumiko Imamura



2021 Festival Audition Results

First place:

Ryan Ismael Bakkali

Charlotte Lorah Cook

Olivia Gifford

Christy Lai

Jayden Kim

Lincoln Martell

Aryan Ramnaress

April Steixner
Meredith Sullivan

Danielle Tom

Asha Venkat 

Sarah Whitney

Evelyn Young

Hannah Young

Teachers of first place winners:

Seray Goktekin

Kumiko Imamura

Edith Sullivan

Galina Zisk Rothschild

Congratulations to all participants!


Masterclass with Dr. Paul Wirth


On Sunday, April 19th @ 11 am a masterclass was held on Zoom led by Dr. Paul Wirth (Northwestern University - Minnesota). 

The participants were:

Lina Elwood

Beethoven: Sonata in f, Op. 2-1, IV. Prestissimo 


Leon Wang

Liszt : Notturno No.3, “Liebestraum"

Shalev Weber

Mozart: Sonata in C, K.279, I. Allegro

Thank you to our performers and their teachers for their exceptional preparation. Dr. Wirth was an exemplar of great piano teaching: encouraging and kind to each student, illuminating each score with his knowledge and expertise.

You can read more about Dr. Paul Wirth here.

36th Deborah Kahan Competition Winners 2021

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0:10 Yuanmei Zhao

4:27 Avigail Kohl

6:31 Mirah Chang

9:20  Giora Nadav

13:53  Eric Jansa

16:54. Lina Elwood

19:30 Abigail Chang

22:46  Mindy Zhao

32:36  Avery Cotton

35:26  Shalev Weber

39:13 Melody Cui

45:52 Nicole Razhanskiy

53:55 Stephanie Chang

59:39 Willa Brasch

This year’s distinguished adjudicators were :


Piano Section: Mr. Randall Hodgkinson and Dr. Lois Shapiro      

String Section: Mr. Jaroslaw Lis and Ms. Naoko Tanaka.

Piano Winners

Avigail Kohl...Chopin : Valse Op. 64-2

Mirah Chang...Debussy : Dr. Gradus ad Parnassum

Giora Nadav...Beethoven : Sonata Op. 10-1, I mov.

Eric Jansa...Ginastera : Rondo Special Award

Lina Elwood...Poulenc : Toccata

Abigail Chang...J.S.Bach : Well-Tempered Clavier, C minor BWV847

Avery Cotton...Chopin : Etude Op.10-12

Shalev Weber..Rachmaninoff : Prelude in E flat major, Op. 23-6

Melody Cui...Ravel : Alborada del gracioso

Stephanie Chang...Beethoven : Sonata Op. 7 I mov. Special Award


Honorable Mention

Tina Zhang

Aiden Scwaller

Ahan Ghosh-Rao

Keshav Kaushik Gopal

Anna Fiorito

Jeffrey Liang


Strings Winners

Yuanmei Zhao...Vivaldi : Concerto Op. 3 RV356 I.

Mindy Zhao...Saint-Saens : Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Op. 28

Nicole Razhansky...Wieniawski : Concerto #2 Op. 22 I mov.

Willa Brasch...J. S. Bach : Sonata in g, BWV1001, II Fuga


Honorable Mention

Isabella Mariani

Zach Bishop


Teachers of Winners

Yoshie Akimoto, Svitlana Fiorito, Kumiko Imamura, Dan Nadav, Benjamin Steinhardt (piano)

Teri Einfeldt, Marina Kitaychik (strings)

Congratulations to all the winners and participating teachers!

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