ASMTA Festivals (State Level)


At the Fall 2015 Board Meeting, ASMTA Board has approved to include all Alternates (1st, 2nd, etc.) from Levels 6-10 to participate at the State level during the Conference.


2016 MTNA National Competition Results



Paden Sharp, trombone
2016 MTNA Senior Brass Competition WINNER

Cody Hutchinson, euphonium
2016 MTNA Young Artist Brass Competition Runner-Up

Register now for the 2016 ASMTA Conference


Registration forms are now available for the 2016 ASTMA Conference at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia June 3-4. Forms must be received no later than May 20, 2016 to guarantee meals. Be sure to also check out the conference schedule!

Call for Nominations: 2016 ASMTA Teacher of the Year Award


If you know of an outstanding independent or college/university music teacher who is currently a member of ASMTA and has made significant contributions to the organization and to the music teaching profession, then we encourage you to nominate them for the 2016 ASMTA Teacher of the Year Award.

The recipient of this special award will be recognized at the Friday evening dinner (June 3) during our 2016 State Conference at Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, AR) June 3-4, 2016. Please note that nominations must be received no later than Friday, May 6, 2016 in order to be considered. 

When making nominations, please include a letter of recommendation plus supporting materials indicating why you feel the nominee is deserving of this high honor. (Note that nominations from previous years are not “carried over” and need to be resubmitted along with a new letter of recommendation and updated supporting materials). Please submit all materials to me electronically via e-mail.

We hope to receive a number of nominations for our 39th annual award honoring an outstanding ASMTA teacher in our state.

To submit an nomination, or if you have any questions regarding the award and/or the nomination process, please contact Dr. Chris Thompson at [email protected].

2016 MTNA South Central Division Competitions Laureates from Arkansas


Several students of ASMTA teachers recently competed in the South Central Division Competitions in Houston, TX. All the winners, alternates and honorable mentions representing Arkansas are listed below. We're so proud of these students' and teachers' hard work!

2016 MTNA South Central Division Competitions Laureates from Arkansas


Woodwind, Alternate: Noah Smith, Bassoon, student of Kenneth Futterer (and son of Tim Smith)

Piano, Honorable Mention: Tian Lam, student of Naoki Hakutani


Piano, Honorable Mention: Chi Zhang, student of Naoki Hakutani

Young Artist

Brass, Winner: Cody Hutchinson, Euphonium, student of Ed Owen (will compete at Nationals at MTNA Conference in San Antonio in April 2016)

Woodwind, Honorable Mention: Rafael Powell III, Saxophone, student of Steve Becraft

Chamber Music

Woodwind, Honorable Mention: The Arkansas State University Bassoon Quartet (Taylor Gambill, Lane Hall, Nathan Liouh, Brianna Allen), students of Dale Clark

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