SEMO Freshman Jordan Pavelka to compete as a National Finalist in the MTNA Senior Brass Competition

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (JAN. 16, 2023) Jordan Pavelka a Sikeston, MO native and current SEMO Freshman, to compete as a National Finalist in the MTNA Senior Brass Competition

Pavelka, the daughter of Nicholas and Sydney Pavelka, earned this opportunity after winning the West Central Division of the MTNA Senior Brass Competition. A Freshman at SEMO, Pavelka has been studying horn for 6.5 years and is currently a student of Dr. Nicholas Kenney.

Jordan was a member of the All-District Band in Southeast Missouri since 8th grade. She was 1st chair two years in a row – in her Junior and Senior years. She advanced to State auditions all four years and was an All-State Alternate her Senior year. Jordan’s passion for horn performance shines when she competes at Solo and Ensemble competitions. She competed at State Solo and Ensemble all four years of High School and earned a gold rating as a Senior. Jordan is currently a Freshman at Southeast Missouri State University where she studies horn performance and accounting.

The national winner of this competition receives a cash prize and will perform in a Winners Concert during the MTNA National Conference.

The three-tiered MTNA competitions begin at the state level. Winners of each State Competition advance to the video-only division competition. Division winners then proceed to the National Competition Finals in Reno, Nevada at the end of March.

To receive more information about the MTNA National Competitions, including competition rules and applications please contact MTNA national headquarters at (888) 512-5278, or visit the website at

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