President’s Message, Spring 2016

Welcome to the Spring Semester, IMTA Members!christina headshot

Just as we count on the coming months to deliver us warmer temperatures and pleasant flowers, we also find this time of year heavy with expectations to bring our students’ efforts to fruition via countless festivals, competitions, and year-end performances. Whatever your personal teaching situation looks like, I wish you a successful spring term, complete with students who memorize their pieces ahead of deadline, travel plans unencumbered by weather conditions, and plenty of anxiety coping techniques! J

Like a teacher, constantly focused on equipping students with the most effective skills, I find myself considering how we, as an organization, can have a greater impact on music education and advocacy at the local, state, and national levels. Rest assured, your IMTA Board of Directors is a dynamic group of individuals who are volunteering their time to enhance the benefits of this fine organization.

In the coming months, I hope you will notice a positive difference in the communication you receive as an IMTA member, as well as enhanced features of our organization. If you see a need we could help fulfill, please contact me at your earliest convenience (

Wishing you the least-harried spring semester yet!


Christina L. Whitlock, M.M., N.C.T.M.
IMTA State President

2016 East Central Division Winner

IMTA congratulates Maya Kilburn, WINNER of the East Central Division MTNA Performance Competition in Junior Strings!

Maya Kilburn

Maya Kilburn

Miss Kilburn performed an impressive program at the Division competition on January 16, 2016. She and her collaborator/father, Dr. Ray Kilburn, took top honors for their presentation of the following works:

  • Concerto No. I in G Minor, Opus 26 (Max Bruch)
  • Praeludium and Allegro in the Style of Pugnani (Fritz Kreisler)
  • Romanian Folk Dances (Bela Bartok)

Maya will now advance to the MTNA National Performance Competition, to be held at the National Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Please join us in celebrating this fine young musician!

Maya’s bio is as follows:

A native of Muncie, IN, Maya Kilburn is 13 years old and studies with Mimi Zweig at the Indiana University Jacobs School String Academy. She began her studies at age 4 under Anna Vayman, and subsequently studied with Chin Mi Kim in Indianapolis. Over the past year, Maya won the junior divisions of both the Muncie Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and the New World Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, subsequently performing movements from the Kabalevski and Wieniawski 2nd concerti in concert with each of these orchestras. She then won the MTNA junior strings competition at both the state and division levels, and will compete as one of seven national finalists in Texas this spring. Maya has also won 1st prize in the Indiana Music Teachers Association Competition strings division in 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale 2013, and was also a prize-winner in the Forte String Competition of Indianapolis in 2011 and the Sejong Competition in Chicago in 2012.  She has been active performing on many recitals with the IU String Academy Violin Virtuosi at Circle Theatre in Indianapolis, with IVCI Laureate David Chan at the Indiana Landmarks Center, with Atar Arad and Joseph Swenson, and with the Bloomington Symphony. She has also performed in master class for such artists as Jinjoo Cho, Blair Milton, and Jonathan Swartz. Maya has performed on many recitals with her parents in the Midwestern US, Japan and Central America, and was recently featured on an Indiana Public Radio broadcast. She is very much looking forward to a 3-week concert tour with the Violin Virtuosi in Argentina this June. In her spare time, Maya enjoys reading, writing stories, sometimes in collaboration with her best friend Olivia, and spending time with her ARF rescued dogs Cocoa and Sophia.

Certification Meeting

Curious about how to become a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music? Our certification, chair, Nancy Spahr will be giving an informal talk on the MTNA certification process at the home of member Sally Eppert (8580 Shoe Overlook Dr. Fishers) on Saturday, February 6 from 12:00-2:00. Please contact Nancy to let them know you’re attending.

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Hartman Stickley Memorial Piano Competition

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Event: Hartman Stickley Memorial Piano Competition
Dates: March 4 & 5, 2016
Place: Harris Prairie Christian Church, 14719 SR 23, Granger, IN
Times: Approximately 10 AM – 6 PM on Friday, March 4, and

Approximately 9 AM – 4 PM on Saturday, March 5


Free and Open to the Public

Announcement is made of the twenty-first annual Hartman Stickley Memorial Piano Competition, which will be held on March 4 & 5, 2016 at the Harris Prairie Christian Church, Granger, Indiana. The competition is open to pre-college students, ages 4-18. There are six divisions where winners will receive cash prizes:


Division I        ages 7 yrs. and younger; $50.00
Division II       ages 8 & 9; $75.00
Division III     ages 10 & 11; $100.00
Division IV     ages 12 & 13; $125.00
Division V       ages 14 & 15; $150.00
Division VI     ages 16, 17 & 18; $175.00

Contestants who receive Honorable Mention will win cash prizes as well.

The competition, which is sponsored by the South Bend Area Music Teachers Association, is open to piano students residing in Berrien, Cass & St. Joseph counties, Michigan; and Allen, Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, LaPorte, Marshall, St. Joseph, and Starke counties, Indiana. Prize money is made available through the Elnora Hartman Stickley Scholarship Fund.

Judges will be: Dr. Wael Farouk, Roosevelt University, Chicago; Nicole Lee, Valparaiso University; Lori Sims, Western Michigan University; Dr. James Helton, Ball State University; Dr. Lori Rhoden, Ball State University; Dr. Joyanne Outland, Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne  Continue reading

President’s Message, Fall 2015

christina headshotFall greetings to you!

Whether you are an independent teacher or a university faculty member, one thing is sure:  the August/September rush is intense!   As educators, this time of year presents itself as an annual whirlwind of new schedules, fresh ideas, changing student rosters, and an endless list of things we would do “if we had the time”.

Needs trump wants (after all, isn’t that what being an adult is all about?), yet it’s easy to let deadlines and expectations pull our focus from the things that nourish us the most.

At the annual IMTA membership meeting last month, I referenced this important truth:  We are better together.  Whether it’s “talking shop” at a state or national conference, attending a local association meeting, or simply reading your American Music Teacher journal, I think we can all agree:  We are better together.  Through the opportunities provided by IMTA, we learn about new materials, explore alternative learning models, empathize with one another, build professional standards, and challenge one another.  Each event leads me to find a stronger sense of self:  what I believe musically, who I wish to be professionally, and how our purpose fits into this crazy world.  I hope you do not overlook this important benefit of membership.

Since I mentioned being together, it is important to give our 2015 State Conference committee at Vincennes University another round of applause!  Matthew Latta, Lisa Miller, and Claudia Bossard worked together like a well-oiled machine to put on an innovative conference, full of many IMTA firsts.  Our traditional conference events featured Logan Skelton, Diane Hidy, and Marietta Simpson (in addition to seventeen other presenters!).  Additionally, this year’s committee organized new events, like the high school Festival Chorus with Greg Gilpin, and countless assiduous details.  I cannot wait to sport my IMTA State Conference t-shirt around town!

This early-semester rush will soon lead to the bustling holiday season, which will transition into the cold winter slump, culminating in the frenzy of spring.  I hope you will continue stay in close contact with your IMTA colleagues as your to-do lists continue to grow.  After all, we are better together.

Looking forward to an exhilarating two years of being President,


Christina L. Whitlock

2015 Hoosier Auditions – State Results

The Indiana Music Teachers Association is pleased to announce the winners of the Hoosier Auditions State Round, held at Butler University Saturday, May 16. Butler was home to a total of 58 students, competing in Piano solo, Piano Duet and Strings. All in all it was a very exciting day, filled with wonderful music making. The results can be viewed below or on the IMTA website Be sure to check the IMTA website for information regarding Hoosier Auditions in 2016.

Early Elementary Piano Duet
Winner: Julia Peng & Angela Peng, students of Natalia Rachford
Honorable Mention: Ryan Li & Hanna Chen, students of Nadya Dubikovsky Continue reading

2015 Hoosier Auditions – District Results

Indiana Music Teachers Association recognizes the winners of the 2015 District Hoosier Auditions held in Valpariso, Goshen, Indianapolis, Anderson, Terre Haute, Madison, Evansville, Fort Wayne, and Lafayette. The auditions are administered throughout the state by volunteer auditions chairs Carey Scheck, Beverly Lapp, Anna Briscoe, Reginald Rogers, Beverly Simms, Hugh Partridge, Grace Hemaida, Joyanne Outland, and Melanie Manges. Be sure to either check the IMTA website or consult the IMTA directory for Hoosier Auditions 2016 information.

District A (Valpariso)
Carey Scheck, District Chair

Early Elementary Strings
Winner: Brady Sampson, violin, student of Lora Allen

Elementary Strings
Winner: Madi Perez, violin, student of Lora Allen Continue reading

2015 Opus Composition Festival Results

Hello to all teachers of Opus Festival Students:

I am very pleased to announce that the 2015 Opus Competition Festival results are in and students did a fantastic job!!! This year, we received 30 works for all 4 categories and many high quality compositions made the festival very competitive. Congratulations to all the students who submitted entries! We were fortunate to have nationally known teacher and composer Wendy Stevens as our judge this year and she was extremely pleased with the compositions and stated that all of the students should be very proud of their works! I am sure teachers and students alike will be encouraged by her helpful comments.

The winners in each category are:

Elementary Category: Logan French, student of Becky Baker

Junior Category: Josh Catanzaro, student of Nancy Spahr Continue reading