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2023-2024 Season



Opening Potluck Luncheon

Date: October 17th 11am

Location: The Beacon Apartments in Norwalk (10 Willard Road, Norwalk)


Opening Potluck Luncheon (chaired by all board members, write to with any questions). 

All members are welcome!  Please RSVP by 10/10.


Fall Public Recital: Easton Library


Recital Date: Saturday, November 18th 1:30 pm

Location: Easton Library ( 691 Morehouse Road, Easton)


Registration deadline: Friday, October 27th (email

Participation fee: $20 

Please send one check for all participating students to:

Olga Stelman

503 Booth Hill Rd

Trumbull CT 06611

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


Chair: Olga Stelman (

Twelfth 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 10th 1pm
Registration Deadline by mail: postmarked by Monday, November 27

Registration Deadline by email: Friday, December 1st


Checks and applications should be sent to Andrew Gordon, 23 Sullivan Drive, Redding, CT, 06896

Westport Suzuki School

246 Post Rd East

Westport CT 06880

Andrew Gordon and Kunyoung Kim, chairs,

Click on ‘Festival’ for more specific guidelines and the application form

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, January 28th


Winner's recital: Saturday, February 10th 

Registration Deadline: Saturday, January 6th

Competition Location: Hiroko Dutton's house ( 115  Acre View Drive, Stamford

Winner's Concert Location: Wilton Library ( 150 Ridgefield Road, Wilton)

Co-chairs: Hiroko Dutton and Kumiko Imamura ( (Hiroko Dutton and Kumiko Imamura, chairs,

Click on ‘Competition’ for more specific guidelines and the application form


Community recital


Date and location 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 19th, 2024 


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 (

Location: Wilton Library, (159  Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton)


M.A.P. (Music Achievement Program)


Date: May 2024 (specific date TBA)


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!


Congratulations to the winners of the 38th Annual Deborah Kahan Competition!


Piano Division


Judges Special Award Winner : Mirah Chang

Winners : Abigail Chang, Keshav Gopel, Eric Jansa, Vivian Svoronos

Honorable Mention : Miya Bu, Ahan Ghosh Rao, Alexander Svoronos



String Division


First Place and Judges' Special Award Winner : Celeb Sharp (cello)

Second Place Winner :Joonha Hong (violin)

Winners :Yveson Hsiao (violin), Aaron Wang (cello)


Teachers of Winners


Teri Einfeldt, Clara Kim, Kumiko Imamura, Shari Weisz, Sara Bennett Wolfe


Congratulations to 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!

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