Announcing the 2020 Concerto Competition Winners

Maranatha Baptist University offers musicians a variety of opportunities to compete and showcase their musical talents. On Tuesday, students competed in MBU’s annual Concerto Competition, an event open to all instrumentalists, pianists, and vocalists.


Maranatha Baptist University’s Music Department announces Miss Emily Kindstedt as the 2020 Concerto Competition Winner. Accompanied by Charity Talosig, Emily performed the Second Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G minor, op. 22, I. Andante Sostenuto by Camille Saint-Saëns. Emily will be awarded a $100 cash prize and the opportunity to perform her piece during the spring band and orchestra concert.

Runner Up

Congratulations to Hannah Ostrander, the runner up of this year’s competition who will receive a $25 cash prize. Hannah played Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, I. Allegro Molto Appassionato and was accompanied by her sister, Hope.

Adjudicator—Dr. Karen Boe

Dr. Karen Boe, this year’s adjudicator, is a Minnesota native. She earned her master’s degree from Julliard School of Music and her doctoral degree from UW-Madison. Boe was awarded the Academic Staff University-wide Teaching Award and has numerous piano competition winners in solo and concerto literature from her private piano studio.

Regarding the performances, Boe said, “The Concerto Competition entrants both showed deep musical connections to their works and deserve congratulations on all they have accomplished.”