Announcing the 2020-2021 Fall Season

35th Deborah Kahan Competiton

Congratulations to all our participants and their teachers!

To videos from the Winner's Circle Concert visit: 


Winners of String Division 

Isabella Mariani ..Perpetual Motion by Bohm

Dustin Rood ...Polish Dance by Severn

Audrey Anthony....Praeludium and Allegro by Kreisler

Angela Kapikian...Polish Caprice  by Bacewicz


Honorable Mention of String Division

Jessica Xu


Teachers of Winners of String Division

Teri Einfeldt 

Gabe Remillard 

Rafel Videira, 


Winners of Piano Division 

Simone Tsyrulnik..Variations of a Theme by Paganini by W. Gillock

Eric Jansa ...Gigue from Partita #1 B flat Major, BWV 825. by J.S.Bach

Lina Elwood ...Italian Concerto BWV 971, 1st mov. ...J.S.Bach

Abigail Chang ..Sonata in G Major, Op. 49-2, 1st mov. by L.v.Beethoven

Andrew Maskoff ..Prelude Op. 23-2, B flat Major by S. Rachmaninoff

Alexandra Maskoff ..Etudes d'excution transcendante #10 in f minor  by F. Liszt

Lorelai Lee Swanik...Prelude and Fugue in a minor, from Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 889 by J.S.Bach

Ava Turner ...Alborada del gracioso by Maurice Ravel


Judges' Award 

Lorelai Lee Swanik


Honorable Mention of Piano Division

David Tsyrulnik

Adam Whitney

Leon Wang

Ulysses Squitieri

Timothy Chen


Teachers of Winners

Kumiko Imamura

Roxane Lee

Tatyana Pykaizen

Galina Rothchild

Edith Sullivan


7th Annual Festival Audition

Congratulations to all winners and participants!

First Place Winners:

Danielle Tom
Mirah Chang
Emily Cheng
Victoria Cheng
Gian Lorenzo Dupitas
Thomas Fanelli
Ryan Ismael-Bakkali
Justin Kim
Alexander Mariani
Maria Stiber
Sarah Whitney
Juliana Yang
Evelyn Young

Yoshie Akimoto
Mila Gottesman
Kumiko Imamura
Edith Sullivan
Galina Zisk Rothschild


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!


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: Sunday, January 10th


We look forward to seeing you and your students soon!

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