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thumb alias_quartetFive music students from Tennessee Tech University will compete in the Southern Division Music Teachers National Association Competition in January in Clinton, Miss.

The students, trumpet player Philip Shapiro and the members of the Alias Saxophone Quartet, won the association's state competition earlier this year. If they do well in the regional contest, they will move on to the national finals.

Shapiro is a junior at TTU. The Memphis native has been studying trumpet for 10 years and is a student of TTU music professor Charles Decker. He won the state competition's young artist brass category.

thumb philThe members of the Alias Saxophone Quartet are Emily Loboda of Tullahoma, Ben Bjork of Murfreesboro, Annie Short of Goodlettsville and Tyler Dugger of Nolensville. The group has been together for three years and studies with TTU music professor Phil Barham. The group won the winds chamber music competition at the state level.

The Southern Division-MTNA Competition will be during the association's southern conference, Jan. 13-16. The national finals are in March during the association's national conference in New York City.

For more information about TTU's competitors, contact Barham at

Music Teachers National Association is a nonprofit organization comprised of 24,000 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 Naitonal Association is the oldest professional music association in the United States. More information is available online at