PLNU's Kirsten Shetler Wins Composition Competition

Monday, December 3, 2012

Kirsten Shetler, a senior PLNU composition major, is the winner of the Southwest Division Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Composition Competition in the Young Artists’ Division (ages 19-26). The Southwest Division includes musicians from California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. To reach the division level, Shetler previously won first place in the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) composition competitions for San Diego and the state of California.

Shetler’s composition, “Envisaged Dance,” will now advance to the national level and will be evaluated with all seven regional division winners. The national winner will be asked to perform at the MTNA National Conference, which will be held in March 2013 in Anaheim, Calif. Cash awards and plaques are presented to national winners.

The purpose of the MTNA Composition Competition is to encourage creativity and self-expression in student musicians through the art of composing and to recognize their achievements, as well as the significant work of their teachers. Shetler is taught by PLNU music professor Dr. Victor Labenske.