Utah came close to sweeping the Southwest Division Competition of the Music Teachers National Association last weekend in Sacramento, Calif. With seven states represented, Utahns won nine out of 14 categories, and placed in a 10th.
First-place awards went to Camille Van Dyke, junior high flute; Dustin Gledhill, junior high keyboard; Jeff Baer, high school woodwind; Janae Codner, high school piano; Andrew Stamp, collegiate woodwind; Wil Kimball, collegiate brass; Lara Lambert, collegiate piano; Piano Quartet of Provo (Lara Lambert, Kyshana Lowe, Emily Barrett, Sariah Mourik), chamber music; and Marcos Krieger, organ.(In addition Karen Mallory was named alternate in high school strings.)
Winners will go on to the national MTNA competition, to be held March 19 and 20 in Washington, D.C.
- PAUL CHUMMERS, who resigned last summer after six years as executive director of the Utah Symphony, has accepted the position of general manager of the Detroit Symphony, beginning Feb. 14.
In addition, conductor Kirk Muspratt, who left the Utah Symphony two seasons ago to accept an associate post with the Pittsburgh Symphony, was recently named that orchestra's resident conductor, under music director Lorin Maazel.
- SUSAN DUEHLMEIER, director of piano studies at the University of Utah, recently represented the United States as a guest soloist at the Fourth International Radio Shanghai Music Festival in China.
The biennial event featured representatives from 40 countries in classical, folk and rock-music categories. Duehlmeier's Nov. 11-12 performances were broadcast live over Radio Shanghai.