Annual Spring Showcase

From Burgmuller to the Chopin Fantasy!!

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

37th Deborah Kahan Competition Results

Winners Recital:

















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!





Announcing the 2021-2022 Season


We are pleased to announce our events for the upcoming season. Unless otherwise stated venues (online or in-person) are TBD dependent on the Covid situation.

We are glad that Covid numbers have improved since last season, and hope that they will continue in that direction.  However, because we cannot know what the future will bring, we must reserve the right to change our safety protocols if circumstances should require it.  Please check our website before any event, to double-check on updates for  masking/vaccination or other requirements, and thank you for your understanding.



November Recital: Easton Library*


Recital Date: Saturday, Nov 20th (Multiple groups if necessary beginning at 1:15 pm)


Registration deadline: Saturday, November 10th


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


Chair: Olga Stelman


**Limited to 8 participants per group. Proof of vaccination is required for this event for all adult visitors. For more info click 'Recitals'


Fall Concert: Celebrating Diversity


Concert Date: Sunday, Nov 21st (early afternoon)


Registration deadline: Sunday, November 7th


For our Fall concert this year we are pleased to host our second annual concert celebrating composers of African, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous backgrounds. Memory is not required.  For those looking for ideas a list of recommended composers and repertoire collections an email will be sent out soon. 


Chair: Benjamin Steinhardt


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: Saturday 12/11 or Sunday 12/12 (TBD)


Registration deadline: Friday, November 29th


Chair: Andrew Gordon


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 the standard Classical repertoire.


Competition Date: Sunday, January 30th


Winner's recital: Sunday, February 6th


Submission Deadline: Saturday, January 8th


Co-chairs: Hiroko Dutton and Kumiko Imamura


Pops Concert!*


Concert Date: (New Date!) Saturday, April 23rd

Where: Online on Zoom


Repertoire: Any music outside the classical canon. Pop Songs, Movie/TV/Video Game Themes, Jazz, and Broadway are all welcome. Using sheet music is allowed. Selections should be under 5 minutes.


Registration Deadline: Saturday, April 16th


Chair: Benjamin Steinhardt

Masterclass with Miyoko Lotto 


Date:  Saturday, June 5th @ 11:30 am

Where: The Suzuki School in Westport
246 Post Rd E, Westport, CT 06880

Repertoire: Intermediate and advanced

Limit:  one student per teacher

Chair: Kumiko Imamura


Spring Showcase Recital


Recital Date: Sunday, May 15th starting @ 1 pm


The Wilton Library

137 Old Ridgefield Rd, Wilton, CT 06897


Submission deadline: Friday, April 29th 


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


Chair: Hiroko Dutton


M.A.P. (Music Achievement Program)


Saturday, June 5th


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!

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

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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!