UM Student Trio to Play Competition Pieces for Missoula Audiences

February 27, 2017

MISSOULA – The Missoula Piano Trio, comprising two University of Montana School of Music students and one Hellgate High School student, will perform its competition pieces for Missoula audiences in preparation for the upcoming Music Teachers National Association’s Young Artist String Chamber Music Competition.

The trio, which took third place at the national competition last year in San Antonio, Texas, includes UM graduate student Adam Sears of Missoula on piano, UM senior Sarah Harmsworth of Bonner on violin and Hellgate High School senior David Harmsworth, Sarah’s brother, on cello. 

The national competition will take place Saturday, March 18, in Baltimore. Before they depart, they will perform their 45-minute competition repertoire for Missoula audiences in UM’s Music Recital Hall. The performances, which are free and open to the public, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 12, and Tuesday, March 14.

Only one chamber group advances from each of the seven MTNA divisions. According to their principal coach, UM music Professor Steven Hesla, the trio is excited to represent the Northwest Division for the second year in a row. 

“With third prize already under their belt, they are working like crazy to move up a notch – maybe even two,” Hesla said.

The program will include the first movement of Beethoven’s “Archduke Trio, Op. 97” and Bedřich Smetana’s “Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15.”

Montana Public Radio’s Performance Today, found on 89.1 FM and 91.5 FM in Missoula, will broadcast a live interview and studio performance with the trio from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 8.

Those unable to attend the Music Recital Hall performances can watch the Sunday, March 12 performance live on Missoula Community Access Television’s Facebook page at or online at

For more information on the trio and the competition, call Hesla at 406-241-6006 or email


Contact: Steven Hesla, UM music professor, 406-241-6006,