Member Passing

IMTA expresses our heartfelt sympathies to the family of member Margaret Ann Schoefield Strong, who passed away peacefully in her home on October 1, 2016 after a short illness. Margaret was awarded for 50-years of membership with MTNA/IMTA this past fall at the state conference in Goshen.

There will be two events honoring Margaret:

A Recital Tribute

Friday, January 6, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
First Universalist Church
3400 Dupont Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408

A Celebration of Margaret Strong’s Life

Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 2:00p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church
2120 North Fee Lane,
Bloomington, IN 47408


Receptions will follow both events.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Douglas and Margaret Strong Scholarship fund for undergraduate students interested in the study of composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

22nd Annual Hartman Stickley Memorial Piano Competition

Dear Colleagues:
It is that time of the year again where the South Bend Music Area Music Teachers Association announces the upcoming 22nd Annual Hartman Stickley Memorial Piano Competition, held at Northpoint Vineyard Church, Granger, Indiana, on March 3rd & 4th, 2017.  Students or their teachers must reside in one of the following counties:
Michigan – Berrien, Cass, and St. Joseph
Indiana – Allen, Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, LaPorte, Marshall, Noble,
St. Joseph, and Stark
Winners and Honorable Mentions will be awarded cash prizes.  And, the Winners will perform at the Winners Recital on March 12, 2017.  If you have any students interested in entering this event please visit the association’s website ( for more information.  Additional copies of entry application and brochure are also available at Shirk’s Piano Gallery, Mishawaka, Indiana.
Any questions, please contact competition chair, Paula Laskowski (  Entry deadline must be postmarked by February 3, 2017.  
Gladys C. Cripe
Publicity Chair
Stickley Piano Competition

2016 Results MTNA Performance Competitions – State Round

Congratulations to the winners from the Indiana state round of the MTNA Performance Competitions.  Winners/Representatives go on to play at the ECD Competition on January 15th at Central Michigan State University.


Chamber Music Wind

Representative – Soma
Ting Hua Liang, Baritone Saxophone
Paul Lorenz, Alto Saxophone
Nathan Howard, Tenor Saxophone
Ricardo Martinez, Soprano Saxophone
Teacher – Otis Murphy


Junior Performance Piano

Representative – Kevin Wang, Piano
Teacher – Hamilton Tescarollo


Junior Performance String

Winner – Maya Kilburn, Violin
Teacher – Mimi Zweig
Accompanist – Ray Kilburn

Alternate – Mishael Paraiso, Violin
Teacher – Olga Yurkova
Accompanist – Hallel Paraiso

Honorable Mention – Yian Koh, Violin
Teacher – Yon Joo Lee
Accompanist – Lillian Mui


Senior Performance Piano

Winner – Gabe Bruner, Piano
Teacher – Fred Hammond

Alternate – Sage Hamm, Piano
Teacher – Galit Gertsenzon

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2016 Results MTNA Composition Competitions – State Round

Congratulations to these winners/representatives of the State round of the MTNA Composition Competition. We are proud to have each piece representing our fine state in the Eastern Division Composition Competition!


Winner: Kayla Xu, Student of Aleksey Madan
Honorable mention: Charlie Conner, Student of Lai Ping Ho


Representative: Abigail Mohs, Student of Donald Campfield

Young Artist:

Representative: Da Som (Emily) Yoo, Student of Michael Schelle

President’s Message, Fall 2016 – Donuts, Fashion Choices, and Membership Benefits

Donuts, Fashion Choices, and Membership Benefits

christina headshotA new donut shop recently opened up near our home.  Early one Saturday, I decided to throw my shoes on, sneak out, and surprise my family with morning treats.  As I was making my purchase, the man behind the counter said, “I see you’re a teacher.  You get 10% off every day!”  I was a bit confused, trying to decide how the man figured out my occupation, when he pointed to my t-shirt.  I was wearing our IMTA t-shirt, offered at last year’s State Conference in Vincennes!  I thanked him, collected our goodies, and left.  On the drive back home, I smiled at my forty-nine cent savings, but I quickly began to wonder how many of us are missing out on valuable benefits from our IMTA/MTNA memberships?

The Members-Only section on the MTNA website lists a very impressive summation of corporate sponsorships secured by our organization, and these are not to be missed!  However, I would also argue many of us are missing benefits that can’t be measured in dollar signs.

For example, we just wrapped up our 2016 State Conference, and it was truly an event to remember!  Goshen College proved to be an incredible host, with top-notch facilities and featured presentations by incredible artists.  Highlights included:

  • Jorge Muniz, our 2016 Commissioned Composer, debuted an exhilarating piano trio with assistance from Goshen faculty performers Matthew Hill, Jose Rocha, and Solomia Soroka. This contemporary perspective on the Granados Goyescas was full of vivid imagery and strong emotive themes.
  • Featured Speaker, Karen Zorn, delivered an inspiring keynote address (she really had me fooled with that cell phone!), as well as a Saturday morning session devoted to the El Sistema movement that moved many of us to tears.
  • Of course, Christopher Taylor delivered an inspired performance on Friday evening,
    along with a very informative Master Class on avaSaturday morning.  Thanks to Goshen’s innovative broadcasting of sound/video into the lobby, I was even able to enjoy the Chopin Preludes with newborn Ava in tow!
  • The variety of sessions offered each day was first rate. We were happy to host a large number of quality presentations from a diverse group of teachers.   There was truly something offered for everyone!

So, what if you missed our 2016 State Conference?  There are still MANY valuable opportunities to be experienced in your nearest Local Association!  I am constantly impressed by the work our Local Associations do to enrich their area programs and teacher development.  If you need any information on Local Associations, please contact me at!

Of course, as MTNA members, we also have a steady stream of current research delivered straight to our mailboxes via the American Music Teacher, as well as our inboxes with the MTNA eJournal.  I am always pleased with the insights I take away from these resources, and kick myself any time I let them go unread!

As with so many things in life, I find we get the most benefit from our IMTA/MTNA memberships when we put forth some effort ourselves.  I challenge you to make the time to attend conferences (the 2017 National Conference in Baltimore promises to be AMAZING!), connect with area teachers, and read your journals.  I assure you, the benefits will outweigh the costs!

Musical blessings to each of you!


Christina L. Whitlock, IMTA State President