Washington State University’s Crimson Flute Trio will compete for a $3,000 grand prize in the final round of the Music Teachers National Association’s Young Artist Chamber Music Competition in Spokane March 16–20.

The Crimson Flute Trio consists of Sofiya Chayka, Elaine Martir and Marissa Watanabe and is coached by Sophia Tegart, clinical assistant professor of flute.

The trio qualified for the wind instrument category of the MTNA national student competition by winning the northwest divisional round. The trio will perform works by Tchesnokov, Mozart and Hovhaness.

Each year, thousands of students compete for top prizes and recognition at the MTNA student competitions. The purpose of the performance competitions is to provide educational experiences for students and teachers and to recognize exceptionally talented young artists and their teachers in their pursuit of musical excellence.

The three‑tiered competitions begin with live state competitions. The winners/representatives of each state’s competitions advance to a video‑only division competition. Division winners compete in the national finals at the annual MTNA National Conference.

Competitions include Composition, Brass, Piano, String, Voice, Woodwind and Chamber Music.