Sophomore cellist advances to division finals

Sophomore cellist Scott Alex Lavine will travel to Lynchburg, Virginia, in January to compete as a Division Finalist in the Southern Division of the MTNA Young Artists Strings competition.


Lavine, the son of Samantha Pilot, earned this opportunity after winning the North Carolina Division of the Young Artists competition. Lavine has been studying cello for ten years and is currently a student of Emanuel Gruber’s.


No stranger to the MTNA competition, Lavine won North Carolina’s senior division last October. He has also garnered top prizes in the American Protégé International Competition and the EYO concerto competition. During the summers, Lavine has attended the Summit and Zodiac Music festivals and the Orford Arts Center. With the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, he has gone on a four-concert tour of North Carolina and played in masterclasses for numerous guest artists.


The Young Artists competition will take place January 12-15, during the MTNA Southern Division Conference. The winner of this competition will compete in the National Finals during the MTNA National Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, in March.


The three-tiered MTNA competitions begin at the state level. Winners of each State Competition advance to the division competition. Division winners then proceed to the National Competition Finals.


Music Teachers National Association is a nonprofit organization comprised of 20,000 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.