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 Circle

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!


On Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 the Fairfield Chapter of the CSMTA hosted CSMTA's annual conference.


Thank you to the CSMTA leadership, our presenters Dr. Noa Kageyama and composer Dr. Eric Nathan, the Suzuki Music School of Westport, and everyone who participated, volunteered, and donated for making our 2019 State Conference a great success!



2020 Festival Audition Results

First place:

Ryan Ismael Bakkali (Kumiko Imamura) Pn

Abigail Chang (Amy Schumann-Griswold) Vn

Mirah Chang (Amy Schumann-Griswold) Vn

Eric Chen (Victoria Markova) Pn

Thomas Fanelli (Edith Sullivan) Pn

Jackson Jansa (Kumiko Imamura) Pn

Christy Lai (Kumiko Imamura)Pn

Wilbert Sullivan (Edith Sullivan)Pn

Alexander Svoronos (Kumiko Imamura)Pn

Nathan Stanislavsky (Victoria Markova)Pn

Sarah Whitney (Edith Sullivan)Pn

Juliana Yang (Edith Sullivan)Pn

Teachers of first place winners:

Kumiko Imamura

 Victoria Markova

Amy Schumann-Griswold

Edith Sullivan

Congratulations to all participants!

2020/2021 Season


Dear CSMTAFC members,


We are pleased to announce our events for the Fall Season, all of which will be held online.


Fall Recital: Celebrating Diversity


Recital Date: Sunday, Nov 8th 1 pm


Deadline to submit titles and lengths of pieces being performed: Friday, September 25


Deadline for video submissions: November 1st


For our Fall recital this year we are celebrating composers of African, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous backgrounds. Students will pre-record their pieces and memory is not required. During the recital students will announce their pieces live and we'll watch their performances together. A list of recommended composers and repertoire collections will is currently available.


December Recital

Recital Date: Sunday, December 13, 2020 (early afternoon)

Deadline to submit titles and lengths of pieces being performed: November 27

Deadline for video submissions: December 5th

Student recital on Zoom. Students may prepare 1-2 pieces of their choosing (of a reasonable duration).  Memorization is required. Students will pre-record their pieces. During the recital students will introduce their pieces live and we'll watch their performances together.

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 13th

Applications Sent via Regular Mail: postmarked on or before November 30, 2020


Online Submission Deadline: Sunday, December 6th

For more information visit our 'Festival' page.


36th 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 standard Classical repertoire.


Competition Date: Sunday, January 24th


Submission Deadline: All materials must be received by Sunday, January 10th


We look forward to seeing you and your students soon!


Online Orientation for the MAP Music Achievement Program 

Friday, February 19 at 10 a.m.

Instructor : Suzan Korman


Please email Kumiko Imamura  at by 2/13.

The MAP materials will be sent by email to each participant.

Please see below about MAP.

A Pops Recital

        Sunday, March 21 at 2 p.m.

Piano Masterclass with Dr. Paul Wirth

        Sunday, April 18, 11 am

Showcase Recital

        Sunday, May 2 at 3 p.m.

Full M.A.P. Music Achievement Program hosted by Hartford Chapter
        Sunday, May 2, time TBA 

Student Recital

        Saturday,  June 5, time TBA

M.A.P. Music Achievement Program Theory Exams only

       Saturday,  June 19, 2021 time TBA