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  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 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.


  • 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

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.




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 ( You may also visit the South Bend Area Music Teacher Association’s website:

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