UM Student Trio Advances to National Finals of Music Competition

March 17, 2016

The Missoula Piano Trio will advance to the national finals of the MTNA Young Artist String Chamber Music Competition. They will perform for Missoula audiences March 21, 24 and 26.MISSOULA – Two University of Montana School of Music students and one Missoula Hellgate High School student recently won the Northwest Division of the Music Teachers National Association’s Young Artist String Chamber Music Competition. The trio now advances to San Antonio as one of the six national finalists on April 2.

The Missoula Piano Trio, which comprises UM graduate student Adam Sears of Missoula on the piano, UM senior Sarah Harmsworth of Bonner on the violin and Hellgate High School student David Harmsworth, Sarah’s brother, on the cello. Their performance edged out well-qualified ensembles from Washington and Oregon for the win.

“Every phrase was beautifully conceived and performed,” the adjudicator shared with the trio and UM Professor Steven Hesla, the trio’s coach, after the winners had been announced.

Before the national finals they will perform their competition repertoire for Missoula audiences in UM’s Music Recital Hall. The program will include Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 8” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1.” The trio will perform:

  • 5-6 p.m. Monday, March 21,
  • 5-6 p.m. Thursday, March 24, and
  • 7:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26.

The performances are free and open to the public but any contributions made to UM’s Keyboard Program will help defray the trio’s travel costs. Donations can be made at the door or online at

Contact: Steven Hesla, UM music professor, 406-243-6055,