Chung Hon Michael Cheng of Sugar Land, won first place at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Junior Composition Competition.
Cheng, 14, is a freshman at Clements High School in Sugar Land. Born in Hong Kong, he has played piano since age four and composed since age six. He owes his musical accomplishments much to teachers Ann Witherspoon, Nancy Chin and Cindy Tan. In 2008, he passed the prestigious ABRSM Grade 8 Piano Exam with distinction, and in 2011, passed the Grade 8 Theory Exam with a perfect score. He was won numerous awards as a pianist and was the national second place winner of the MTNA Composition Competition in 2011.
The MTNA Junior Composition Competition was judged prior to the 2012 MTNA National Conference, which took place in New York, New York, March 24–28. As a national competition winner, Cheng received $1,000, provided by Morty and Iris Manus. His composition was performed in the conference winners’ recital.
The three-tiered MTNA competitions begin at the state level. First-place winners of each state’s competition advance to a division competition. Division winners compete in the national finals.
Music Teachers National Association is a nonprofit organization of independent and collegiate music teachers committed to furthering the art of music through teaching, performance, composition and scholarly research. Founded in 1876, Music Teachers National Association is the oldest music teachers association in the United States.