Midway Violinist Wins National Music Competition

Haeun Moon of Waco, Texas, won top honors at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Senior String Competition finals on March 19 at Baltimore MD during the 2017 MTNA National Conference.

Haeun MoonHaeun Moon is 15-year-old violinist from Waco, TX.  She studied violin with Dr. Julia Hardie and is currently a student of Professor Brian Lewis at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a member of the Midway High School Camerata Orchestra, the Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Central Texas String Academy.

Beginning with her debut at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in NY at the age of 11, as the first prize winner in her age division in the American Protégé International Concerto Competition, Haeun won top prizes in numerous competitions including the Austin Symphony Concerto Competition, the Fort Bend Symphony Concerto Competition, the Houston Civic Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition, the Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, and performed with those orchestras.  She was also the featured soloist with the East Oregon Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony and Ottawa Chamber Orchestra.  Haeun was 2013-14 MTNA Junior Performance Competition national finalist in Chicago.

Haeun was the youngest finalist in the Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and was selected as the Silver Medalist for the Houston Symphony League Concerto Competition in 2016.  In addition, she invited to attend the Great Mountains International Music Festival on a full scholarship, and had a privilege to study with world-renown violinists Boris Brovtsyn, Radu Blidar, Nam Yun Kim, and Koichiro Harada.

The three-tiered MTNA Senior String Competition begins at the state level. As the first-place winner of state’s competition in Nov. 2016, she advanced to the South Central division competition in Arkansas in Jan 2017. After winning the division competition, she competed as one of seven national finalists at Baltimore in March 19. As a national competition winner, Haeun received $2,000, provided by the MTNA Foundation Fund. The Senior Division is open to artists aged 15-18. The String category includes Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.

Music Teachers National Association is a nonprofit organization of independent and collegiate music teachers committed to furthering the art of music through teaching, performance, competition and scholarly research. Founded in 1876, MTNA is the oldest music teachers association in the United States.

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