A Message from the President

October greetings to you!

christina headshotWhether 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

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 www.indmta.org 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

Read More

2015 Opus Composition Festival Deadline

The deadline for the Opus Composition Festival is approaching quickly. The postmarked deadline for this year is Saturday, March 7th, 2015.

There are some new changes in the Opus guidelines this year. Please refer to the IMTA website www.indmta.org under Opus guidelines for more detailed information.

  1. A copy of the score (computer generated in any notation program) and MIDI file of the piece are required. Please send all the files via email to the Opus Chair, Caroline Ahn at minka12092001@msn.com. No handwritten scores will be accepted this year.
  2. For all the entries, mail entry form and entry fee (one check per IMTA teacher made payable to IMTA) to:

Caroline Ahn
2662 Heathermoor Park Dr. N
Carmel,, IN 46074

The Opus Composition Festival is a competitive event designed to encourage students to create and write music. The Opus Composition Festival promotes creativity and educates students in the art and craft of musical composition.All students who enter receive a special certificate of participation, a ribbon, and a judge’s comment sheet.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I will be happy to assist you.


Dr. Caroline KyungA Ahn
IMTA Opus Composition Festival Chair