International Competition

Every three years, coinciding with the fraternity's convention, the Foundation sponsors the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition. Created in 1964 as the Sterling Staff Competition, the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition offers the winner the opportunity to be presented in concerts and recitals by chapters of Mu Phi Epsilon for a period of two years. The most recent competition was held in 2017 in Denver, CO. The next competition will be held at the 2020 convention. To find out more about how you can enter the competition, visit the Foundation web site.

Winner of the 2017 International Competition

A charismatic and versatile clarinetist, Katsuya Yuasa has performed widely in the United States as a soloist and chamber musician. Presently he is Adjunct Professor at Florida A&M University, a graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University, where he is pursuing a doctoral degree under the guidance of Jonathan Holden and Deborah Bish, and an Artist Diploma candidate at Boston Conservatory, where he studies with Michael Norsworthy.

 He is a founding member of Duo Esplanade (flute, clarinet). Yuasa holds prizes from over 10 notable competitions and awards, among them: ENKOR International Competition, Texas Clarinet Colloquium Young Artist Competition, Great Composers International Competition Series, San Diego Heritage Music Festival Director’s Award, and finalist of Arthur W. Foote Award.

 As a performer, he has been featured with numerous ensembles. His recent performance includes Premiere Rhapsodie by Claude Debussy with the Rio Hondo Symphony Orchestra, Paganini in Metropolis by Frank Proto with the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble and Clarinet Concerto by Aaron Copland with the Boston Conservatory Sinfonietta. Mr. Yuasa also became Yamaha Young Performing Artist in 2014.

To book the 2017 winner for an appearance, please submit a booking form and review the sponsoring chapter responsibilities.

Past Winners

Year Winner
2017 Katsuya Yuasa, clarinet 
2014 Rachel Brandwein, harp
2011 Yukiko Sekino, piano
2007 Ruslan Biryukov, cello
2003 Merek Szpakiewicz, cello
2001 Jorge Avila, violin
1998 Keith Michael Bohm, saxophone
1995 Marilyn Harris, cello
Elizabeth Moak, piano
1992 Jeanine Wagner, soprano
1989 Carole Marie Harris, violin
Alison Young, flute
1986 Alan Chow, piano
Ayako Yonetani, violin
1983 Cheryl Elizabeth House, cello
1980 Julie Rosenfeld, violin
Roberta Bebb Veazey, soprano
1977 Cynthia Donnell, mezzo-soprano
Beverly Hoch, coloratura-soprano
1974 Barbra Bailey Bradley, accompanist
Judith Balo Goff, soprano
Sherry Kloss, Violin
Maquette Kuper, flute
Judy May, soprano
1972 Virginia Belwood-Shelton, piano
Yumiko Tabuchi, piano
1970 Leone Buyse, flute
Jane Bakken Klaviter, accompanist
Barbara Gray Massey, organ
1968 Marian Buck-Lew, piano
Miyoko Nakaya Lotto, piano
Karen Laycock Leonard, organ
1966 Asuncion Liebe, mezzo-soprano
Ann Marie Obressa Miller, soprano
1964 Lynn Lewis, piano
Virginia Marks, piano