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:Continue reading

2016 Call for Proposals

9/09/2016 update: Submissions for the 2016 Conferences are no longer being accepted.
Call for 2016 Conference Proposals!

The deadline for proposals for the 2016 IMTA State Conference at Goshen College has been extended to Monday, June 6, 2016.

The 2016 conference will take place on September 30th and October 1st in the Goshen College Music Center.

The Conference Committee welcomes proposals on all aspects of music teaching, learning, creation, performance, scholarship, career considerations, and other areas of interest to independent and college music teachers.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • Membership in IMTA is not a requirement to submit a proposal or present a session
  • Participants must be willing to present on either day of the conference, should their proposals be accepted
  • Conference presenters are not compensated or reimbursed for expenses, and must pay published Conference fees
  • Electronic submissions are required with attached bio and Jpeg photo (headshot) of presenter(s)
  • Conference sessions are generally 50 minutes including Q & A time

Complete proposals include the following:

1.  Name, institutional affiliation, if applicable, email, mailing address, telephone
2.  The proposal title
3.  The proposal format: paper, performance, composition, workshop, or lecture-recital
4.   An abstract of 250 words or less
5.   A brief biography of all involved persons (250 word maximum per person)
6.   Equipment needs
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Proposals must be submitted by 12:00 midnight, EST, on Monday, June 6, 2016.

ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION: You will be notified by email no later than July 1, 2016

SUBMIT TO: Beverly Lapp, IMTA Conference Onsite Chair, via email to beverlykl@goshen.edu

President’s Message, Summer 2016

christina headshotWhew!  Congratulations to each of you as we collectively celebrate the wrap of another successful Spring semester!

As musicians, we have an uncanny ability to take these next few months (meant, for many, to be full of rest and relaxation) and turn them into some of our fastest-paced weeks of the year.  Whether you are traveling, running summer camps, or simply maintaining status-quo, I do hope you will find opportunities to renew your spirit and get inspired for the start of a new school year (is it too soon to mention that?).

Many of you will be participating in workshops and running innovative summer programs.  Please consider taking photos of you with your fellow IMTA members at these events, and send them to me at cwpiano@comcast.net.  We would love to share some of your summer activities on the IMTA Facebook page.

As for me, my summer plans revolve around the birth of a new baby, coming in July.  There’s a good chance you’ll get a glimpse of the little lady at our 2016 State Conference!  Be sure to mark your calendars for what promises to be a terrific event:  September 30th – October 1st at Goshen College.

Here’s to sunshine, serenity, and your own summer lifestyle!

 

Christina Whitlock,
IMTA President

2016 Hoosier Auditions State Results

May 17, 2016

The Indiana Music Teachers Association is pleased to announce the winners of the Hoosier Auditions State Round, held at Butler University Saturday, May 14. Butler was home to a total of 66 students, competing in Piano solo, Piano Duet, Strings, and Classical Guitar. All in all, it was a very exciting day, filled with wonderful music making. Be sure to check the IMTA website www.indmta.org for information regarding Hoosier Auditions in 2017. IMTA extends many thanks to this year’s esteemed panel of adjudicators, Senior/Collegiate Piano Solo, Professor Jenny Mobley (Butler University); Middle/Junior Piano Solo, Christina Whitlock (NCTM); All Piano Duet Events + Elementary/Early Elementary Piano Solo, Dr. James Helton (Ball State University); All Strings and Classical Guitar Events, Dr. Jason Thompson (Indiana Wesleyan University). IMTA also wishes to extend gratitude towards this year’s awards sponsors Piano Solutions (All Piano Solo awards) & the Butler Community Arts School (All Piano Duet awards).

 

Early Elementary Piano Duet

Winner: Jenny Li & Christine Liu, students of Lai Ping Jean HoContinue reading

2016 Conference – Call for Proposals

9/09/2016 update: Submissions for the 2016 Conferences are no longer being accepted.

The deadline for proposals for the 2016 IMTA State Conference at Goshen College is Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

The 2016 conference will take place on September 30th and October 1st in the Goshen College Music Center.

The Conference Committee welcomes proposals on all aspects of music teaching, learning, creation, performance, scholarship, career considerations, and other areas of interest to independent and college music teachers.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • Membership in IMTA is not a requirement to submit a proposal or present a session
  • Participants must be willing to present on either day of the conference, should their proposals be accepted
  • Conference presenters are not compensated or reimbursed for expenses, and must pay published Conference fees
  • Electronic submissions are required with attached bio and Jpeg photo (headshot) of presenter(s)
  • Conference sessions are generally 50 minutes including Q & A time

 

Complete proposals include the following:

 

  1. Name, institutional affiliation, if applicable, email, mailing address, telephone
  2. The proposal title
  3. The proposal format: paper, performance, composition, workshop, or lecture-recital
  4. An abstract of 250 words or less
  5. A brief biography of all involved persons (250 word maximum per person)
  6. Equipment needs

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Proposals must be submitted by 12:00 midnight, EST, on Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION: You will be notified by email no later than July 1, 2016

SUBMIT TO: Beverly Lapp, IMTA Conference Onsite Chair, via email to beverlykl@goshen.edu.

2016 Opus Competition Festival Winners

I am very pleased to announce that the 2016 Opus Competition Festival results are in and students did a fantastic job! This year, we received 23 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 very fortunate to have nationally known teacher and composer, David Schneider as our judge this year. He told me that he was very impressed and 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 his amazingly insightful comments.

The winners in each category are:

Elementary: Charlie Conner, student of Jean Ho

Junior: Timothy Duke, student of Nancy Spahr

Senior: Abigail Moh, student of Donald Campfield

Young Artist: Ian Callen, student of Caroline Ahn

 

The winners in each category have the opportunity to perform their composition at the IMTA State Conference in the fall of 2016 at Goshen University.

Winners of each category will receive their entry fee paid in full by IMTA into the state round of the MTNA Composition Competition in September 2016. Please note that IMTA will not pay any applicable non-teacher fees for entry into the MTNA Composition Competition.

A special thank you to teachers for continuing your students to compose, it has been a pleasure serving as the new chair for the Opus Festival this year and I look forward to chairing this event in upcoming years.

 

Sincerely,

 

Caroline Ahn
Opus Composition Festival Chair, 2016

Hartman Stickley Memorial Piano Competition – Winners Recital

Event: Hartman Stickley Memorial Piano Competition – Twenty-First Annual Winners Recital

Date: Sunday, March 13, 2016
Place: Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall, IUSB, South Bend, Indiana
Time: 2:30 pm

Free Event and Open to the Public

Announcement is made of the twenty-first annual Hartman Stickley Memorial Piano Competition Winners Recital, which will be held on March 13, 2016 in the Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall, IUSB, South Bend, Indiana, at 2:30 pm.

The competition itself will be held on March 4th & 5th at the Northpoint Vineyard Church (formerly known as Harris Prairie Christian Church), Granger, Indiana,. and is open to pre-college students. The winners from each division will perform in the Winners Recital on March 13 and will receive cash prizes:

  • Division VI Ages 16 – 18       $175
  • Division V Ages 14 & 15       $150
  • Division IV Ages 12 &13       $125
  • Division III Ages 10 &11       $100
  • Division II Ages 8 & 9           $75
  • Division I Ages 7 & under    $50

Contestants who receive honorable mention will also win cash prizes. All awards will be dispersed following the recital.

The competition, sponsored by the South Bend Area Music Teachers Association, is open to piano students of teachers residing in Allen, Berrien, Cass, and St. Joseph counties, Michigan; and 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:

Divisions I, II, III:

Dr. James Helton, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Dr. Joyanne Outland, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Dr. Lori Rhoden, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

Divisions IV, V, VI:

Dr. Wael Farouk, Roosevelt University Chicago, Illinois
Nicole Lee, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana
Lori Sims, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

For further information, please contact the competition chair, Michelle Beyler, at (574) 226-2950 or e-mail (mbbeyler@aol.com). You may also visit the South Bend Area Music Teacher Association’s website: www.sbamta.org.

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 (cwpiano@comcast.net).

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!

2016 ECDA winner Maya Kilburn

2016 ECDA winner 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.