UCSB Alumna Wins MTNA California State Competition/Current Student Earns Honorable Mention

UCSB alumna Melissa Demarjian (clarinet) recently won the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) California State Competition, with current UCSB student Jenna Ku (flute) earning Honorable Mention. Both students competed in the Brass, String and Woodwind category. Melissa will travel to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in January to compete at the division level for the opportunity to advance to the national competition in March.
Melissa DemarjianMelissa Demarjian is in the first year of her Master of Music degree at Cal State Long Beach’s Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, where she studies with Helen Goode-Castro. Her previous teachers include Paul Bambach, from her undergraduate studies at UC Santa Barbara, and Russell Moreau from high school. She has performed in masterclasses for Matthias Schorn (Vienna Philharmonic), Nicholas Cox (Liverpool Philharmonic), and Kenneth Grant (Rochester Philharmonic). Melissa was named the Alternate at the Music Teachers National Association California competition in 2015 and attended the Claremont Clarinet Festival in 2016.
Jenna KuJenna Ku is a second year flute performance major who began playing at the age of nine. She has displayed her proficiency in flute through her recent accomplishments, placing 1st in the New Youth Orchestra Solo Competition in the Exceptional Performance Level (2015), Spring Flute Guild Competition in Young Artist Senior Division (2015), and Grossmont College Scholarship Competition (2017), as well as through awards from many other competitions. She is currently studying under Professor Jill Felber at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Melissa Demarjian