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Willa Finck division finalist in national competition

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Article Published: Nov. 7, 2013 | Modified: Nov. 7, 2013
Willa Finck division finalist in national competition

Watauga County violinist Willa Finck is a division finalist in the Music Teachers National Association competition.

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Watauga County violinist Willa Finck is a division finalist in the Music Teachers National Association competition.

Finck earned this distinction at the NC-MTNA competition held in Mars Hill on Oct. 25, where she took first place in the Senior Strings category.

Finck performed the first movement of the Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius, as well as the “Chaconne” from the Partita for Violin No. 2 by Johann Sebastian Bach. Finck will represent North Carolina as a division finalist in the MTNA regional competition, to be held in Louisville, Ky., in January 2014. Division winners of the three-tiered MTNA competition will proceed to the national competition finals, to be held in Chicago in March 2014.

Finck, the daughter of David Finck and Marie Hoepfl, is completing her senior year of high school at the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, where she is currently a student of Sarah Johnson and Ida Bieler.

A former student at Watauga High School and Valle Crucis School, Finck has been studying violin for more than 14 years. Her teachers have included Nan Stricklen of Banner Elk and, more recently, Dr. Nancy Bargerstock of Appalachian State University.

Finck, well known to area music lovers as part of the Celtic band, The Forget-Me-Nots, performed from 2009-13 as a member of the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra and is currently a first violinist in the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra. She has also been selected as a member of the UNCSA ensemble accompanying the school’s seasonal performance of the Nutcracker Ballet. She performs on a violin built by her father, David Finck.

Music Teachers National Association is a nonprofit organization comprised of 22,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to advancing the value of music study and music making to society and to supporting the professionalism of music teachers. Founded in 1876, Music Teachers National Association is the oldest professional music association in the United States. For more information, visit http://www.mtna.org.

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