Two UCO School of Music Students Win at Statewide Competition

Dec. 20, 2013

Media Contact: Angela Morris, Staff Writer, UCO College of Fine Arts and Design, 405-974-3752,


University of Central Oklahoma piano students Ying Wei and Buyun Li recently won in their classification categories at the Oklahoma Music Teacher Association (OMTA) Competition.

OMTA is dedicated to promoting growth and professional development in music and encouraging and supporting high professional standards of teaching, performance, composition and research.  The OMTA competition recognizes musicianship, talent and hard work in college students throughout the state.

Wei won in the category representing Oklahoma graduate students under age 27 and Buyun Li was the co-winner for the category representing Oklahoma junior or senior college students under age 27.

“Both students display a high level of commitment and have achieved great music artistry,” said David Forbat, D.M.A., Central professor of piano and mentor of both Wei and Li.

Wei performed Felix Medelssohn, Johann Sebastian Bach and Franz Schubert for the competition.

According to the notes of competition judge and Wichita State University professor of piano Sylvia Coats, D.M.A., Wei performed with “great excitement and energy and excellent technical facility.”  Coats praised Wei’s “very fluid and elegant playing.”

Li performed Ludwig van Beethoven and Sergei Rachmaninoff for the competition.

Coats commented that Li performed “with ease and confidence” and praised her for a “very satisfying performance.”

“Ying and Buyun are both reflective of the level of dedication Central students possess,” said Forbat.

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