Sympathies for the passing of former IMTA member Dr. Catherine Smith

IMTA wishes to express it’s heartfelt sympathies to the family of Dr. Catherine A. Smith who passed away on January 2. Dr. Smith was active with IMTA for more than 10 years (approximately from the late ’80s through the early 2000s) serving on the board and various committees. Her obituary is posted below.

Catherine A. Smith
OCTOBER 27, 1924 – JANUARY 2, 2019

Dr. Catherine A. Smith, distinguished faculty emerita, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, passed away January 2 at Meadowood. She was born in LaPorte, Indiana, on October 27, 1925, to H. Myron and Marie (Burgoon) Smith. Cay graduated from Bloomington High School and received her B.M. and M.M. with distinction from the I.U. School of Music. She earned her A.D. Music degree from Florida State University under the tutelage of Ernst Von Dohnanyi. She was the first woman in the U.S. to earn a doctorate in piano performance. Cay taught piano for some 40 years, most of which were at Eastern Illinois University. She also taught classes and performed piano programs around the world. She led music and art European tours. At Eastern Illinois University she received the Distinguished Faculty Award, served as chairman of the Keyboard Department and was involved in faculty governance. She served on the Faculty Senate, Council on Academic Affairs. Cay served two terms as President of the Illinois Music Teachers Association. After retiring in 1988, Cay returned to Bloomington. She served as president of the National Society of Arts and Letters and the Community Chamber Music Association. She served on the boards of the Friends of Music, the Bloomington Adult Community Center, Meals on Wheels and the Indiana State Music Association. Cay was also involved with Sigma Alpha Iota, Community Kitchen, Catholic Social Services, Friday Musicale and the St. Charles Peace and Justice Committee. She was also an avid duplicate bridge player; sometimes playing with three different groups a week. Kay is survived by her sister, Marie Mitchell and 19 nieces and nephews. Several nieces and nephews live in Bloomington: Cathy Carter, Steve Carter, Mike Carter, Sally Carter, John Carter, and Susie McGlasson. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Henry Myron Smith, Jr, Joseph Smith, and Patrick Smith; and one sister, Margaret Carter. A mass of Catholic Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Tuesday, January 8, at St. Charles Borromeo Church. Visitation will be from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the Church prior to the mass. Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home, 4150 E. Third St., Bloomington, Indiana 47401 is entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.DayDeremiahFrye.com

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/bloomington-in/catherine-smith-8107762

MTNA Composition Competition Results – East Central Division

Music Teachers National Association is pleased to announce the results of the composition competition for the East Central Division.

Elementary
Winner: Dhruv Moorthy, Student of Natalia Cernaianu, IL
Honorable mention: Madelyn Tanner, Student of Amy Chaplin, IN

Junior
Winner: Aaron Wang, Student of Catherine Rollin, MI
Honorable mention: Margaret Chen, Student of Nancy Bachus, OH
Honorable mention: Joshua Wolford, Student of Matthew Hagle, IL
Senior
Winner: Holden Mui, Student of Matthew Hagle, IL
Honorable mention: Lucas Huang, Student of Bradley Sowash, OH
Young Artist
Representative: Katherine Bodor, Student of Don Freund, IN

 

This year, the East Central Division judges were:
Jennifer Conner
Martha Horst
Thomas Wells

The winning compositions automatically advance to the national competition as national finalists. The results of that competition will be announced by the end of January. Congratulations to all of the participants in the competition! We hope that the comments you receive from the judges will be helpful to you and your teacher. Your efforts are to be commended, and we hope that you will continue to learn and grow as a composer. Good luck with your musical studies!

Edward Shure, East Central Division Composition Coordinator
(330) 920-8598

Christopher Goldston, National Composition Coordinator
(773) 580-7301
goldston@hotmail.com

South Bend Area Music Teachers Association Hosting 2019 Sonata/Sonatina Festival

When:  Saturday, January 26, 2019
Where:  Moreau Center for the Arts, St.Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN
Registration Deadline: December 17, 2018
Nonrefundable Application Fee: MTNA members $ 25 per student; non-members $ 35 per student
Gold Medalists Recitals: Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Little Theatre, Moreau Center for the Arts, St.Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN (Time:TBA)

Requirement:

  • Participants will perform one movement of any sonatina or sonata without repeats.
  • He/she may perform the piece (1) memorized or (2) with music for evaluation only.
  • A copy of the music must be provided to the judges with every measure numbered.
  • No photocopies are permitted.

For more information, including an online application, visit https://www.sbamta.org/sonata-sonatina-festival

In other news from SBAMTA:

SBAMTA is pleased to announce that Marvin Blickenstaff, past President of the Frances Clark Center, will be presenting  “Teaching Little Ears to Hear” after our February meeting at Shirks Piano Gallery (4125 Grape Rd., Mishawaka, IN) at 10am on Friday, Feb. 1.

Deadline for 2019 Commissioned Composer Nominations

The deadline to apply for or nominate someone for the 2019 MTNA/IMTA Commissioned Composer is December 1, 2018.

The selected Commissioned Composer will be asked to write a piece for the 2019 IMTA State Conference and will then have their composition submitted by IMTA along with composers from other states to compete for the MTNA Distinguished Composer of the year.

Nomination are not limited in any way.  Please visit the IMTA/MTNA Composer Commissioning page for more information and to fill out the online nomination form.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. We look forward to your nominations!

Sincerely,

Caroline KyungA Ahn
MTNA/IMTA Composer Commissioning Chair

Indiana MTA Presents New State Logos

IMTA is proud to present our newly updated logo! The old logo has been updated to a fresh look while maintaining the feel of the original. The updated logo has allowed us to also streamline the logo design of all our Indiana state programs! Check out the new and old side by side!

 

 

 

 

 

Hoosier Auditions Logo

 

 

Achievement in Music Logo

 

Is Certification for You? YES!

Are you one of those teachers who has thought you would like to become a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM)? I have asked several of you about it, and these are some of the responses I have received:

  • It is something I’d really like to do in the future.
  • I don’t have the time right now.
  • My budget is very limited, and certification is not in it right now.
  • I don’t see a clear benefit for me as far as making more money or attracting more students is concerned.
  • It seems like such an overwhelming process.

These responses actually encourage me because your answer is not a flat “no.” A couple of these responses actually applied to me some years ago. Then I decided to buckle down and get it done. I am so glad I did!

I have bought my son a card for his birthday, and this is what it says:

“Son—you’re smart, successful and independent, and it’s not just because of heredity . . . . Nope—Nagging had something to do with it, too!”

Sometimes we just need someone to keep reminding us—to give us good reasons to pursue a goal such as certification, to tell us it’s possible, to answer our questions, and to be our “cheerleader” through the process. Well, I’d like to be that person—so you’ll be hearing from me in this venue quite a bit in the future.

Here is what Linda Witchie, NCTM, wrote:

“We should always be learning, and I pursued MTNA’s NCTM program to continue my education and training.  I enjoy staying informed of the latest trends in our teaching field.  The NCTM certification process encouraged me to continue the habit developed during my undergrad and grad studies of regularly attending programs, workshops, masterclasses and conferences.  The NCTM credential raised my level of professionalism and added another tool for marketing my private studio.  Some of the best students I have had through the years were referred to me because of my NCTM designation.”

I would love to include your testimonial in the future! Feel free to contact me about your interest and with any questions.

Nancy Spahr Huskey, IMTA Certification Chair

765-438-6435

nbspahr01@comcast.net

2018 Indiana State MTNA Competition, Results Announcement

MTNA Competitions Results

James Helton, MTNA Competitions Chairperson
Congratulations to Winners of the 2018 State MTNA Competitions!

ELEMENTARY COMPOSITION
Representative: Madelyn Tanner, student of Amy Chaplin

JUNIOR PIANO
Representative: Alex Lu, student of Richard Ratliff

SENIOR COMPOSITION
Winner: Aidan Feeney, student of Jennifer Feeney
Hon. Mention: Abigail Mohs, student of Donald Campfield

SENIOR PIANO
Representative: Sage Hamm, student of Robert Palmer

SENIOR WOODWIND
Winner: Brandon Trent, student of Otis Murphy, Indiana University
Alternate: Marley Proffitt, student of Otis Murphy, Indiana University
Hon. Mention: Haruka Taguchi, student of Kevin Cottrill

YOUNG ARTIST COMPOSITION
Representative: Katherine Bodor, student of Don Freund Indiana University

YOUNG ARTIST PIANO
Winner: Domonic Muzzi, student of Roberto, Plano Indiana University
Alternate: Kaden Larson, student of Norman Krieger, Indiana University
Hon. Mention: Tatsuya Katsuhara, student of May Phang, DePauw University
Hon. Mention: Minhyuk Kim, student of Matthew Hill, Goshen College

YOUNG ARTIST STRINGS
Winner: Elina Pentcheva, student of Mauricio Fuks, Indiana University
Alternate: Chiara Sannicandro, student of Mauricio Fuks, Indiana University
Hon. Mention: Nate Bomans, student of Mauricio Fuks, Indiana University
Hon. Mention: Emily Leung, student of Mauricio Fuks, Indiana University

YOUNG ARTIST WOODWIND
Winner: Paul Cotton, student of Otis Murphy, Indiana University
Alternate: Wesley Taylor, student of Otis Murphy, Indiana University
Hon. Mention: Kesley Pharis, student of Linda Strommen, Indiana University
Hon. Mention: Ting Hua Liang, student of Otis Murphy, Indiana University

CHAMBER MUSIC
Winner: Kanaderu Quartet, students of Otis Murphy, Indiana University
Ensemble Members: David Bayard, Kacie Brown, Jake Simons, Josh Tzuo

Alternate: Empyrean Quartet, students of Otis Murphy, Indiana University
Ensemble Members: Derek Granger, Catelyn Hawkins, Wesley Taylor, Paul Cotton

Hon. Mention: Java, students of Otis Murphy, Indiana University
Ensemble Members: Wesley Taylor, Brandon Trent, Benton Westbrook, Marley Proffitt

Many thanks to our judges

Composition: Dr. Amelia Kaplan, Ball State University
Junior Piano: Dr. Ray Kilburn
Young Artist Piano: Dr. Donna Lee, Kent State University
Young Artist Piano: Dr. Lori Rhoden, Ball State University
Young Artist Piano: Dr. Michael Seregow, Ball State University, formerly Washington State University
Young Artist Strings: Dr. Yu-Fang Chen, Ball State University
Senior Woodwinds: Dr. Nathan Bogert, Ball State University
Young Artist Woodwinds: Dr. Daniel Gilbert, University of Michigan

And many thanks to the following indispensable people:

Leon Harshenin, Junior Coordinator
Hamilton Tescarollo, Senior Coordinator
Ray Kilburn, Site Coordinator
Ball State MTNA Student Chapter, Ruth Oh, president

Click here to download a list of winners

Marylee Morton named 2018 IMTA Teacher of the Year

Marylee Morton, an independent piano teacher from Fort Wayne Indiana was named the 2018 IMTA Teacher of the Year at the IMTA State Conference. Morton is a member of the Northeast Indiana Music Teacher’s Association (NIMTA).

2017 recipient Euni Rickey awarding 2018 recipient Marylee Morton

IMTA Teacher of the Year winners from left to right: Lori Rhoden 2010), Margy Roby (2005), Reginald Rodgers (2004), Jim Helton (2016), Euni Rickey (2017), Marylee Morton (2018), Juliana Lockman (2014), Hamilton Tescarollo (2015), Karen Thickstun (2008), Cheryl Everett (1999)

 

Douglas Sperry Honored with the IMTA Distinguished Service Award

IMTA Honored Douglas Sperry at the 2018 IMTA State Conference at Sweetwater Sound with the Distinguished Service Award. This award is a very special award that is given at the discretion of the IMTA State President and presented on rare occasion to recognize outstanding service to IMTA. Former recipients include Jack Eaton (1995), Verna Abe, Carolyn Hertzler, and Karen Thickstun (2002), Juliana Lockman (2005), and Margaret Roby (2014).

Doug Sperry receiving the Distinguished Service Award from IMTA President Amy Chaplin

Doug has been teaching private piano lessons since he was 15 years old. The only significant break he has taken from independent teaching was during the past year when he was undergoing aggressive treatment for cancer. His music degrees are a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Nebraska Wesleyan University, a Master of Music in piano performance from Michigan State University, and all the work except dissertation for a Ph.D. in Theory, Music History, and Piano, also from Michigan State University.

The beginning of his college teaching career in music was interrupted by the birth of his first child, Ethan, and a subsequent commitment to be the primary caregiver for his children (Emma was born seven years later). During these years while continuing to teach piano he also completed a Masters degree in Psychology at Catholic University. With the move to Terre Haute, he taught psychology courses at ISU and conducted research with his wife, Linda, who is also a psychologist on the faculty there. Later, at the age of 50 (when Emma headed off to college) he started his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Illinois. While there he was a National Scholar Foundation recipient and was hired to teach at St. Mary of the Woods College outside Terre Haute.

Doug is currently a tenured Associate Professor at St. Mary’s where he also plays the organ for school ceremonies! With the return of his health, he has been able to return to piano teaching. Through all the years of leading this “double” life as a pianist and psychologist, he has guided countless piano students in their studies and in their “growing up”. He has also been generous to colleagues with fulfilling leadership positions in the Wabash Valley Music Teachers Association (ten years as its president) and with his countless hours of administrations at the state level for the AIM auditions program.

Previous Distinguished Award Winners, from left to right: Karen Thickstun (2002), Douglas Sperry (2018), Juliana Lockman (2005), Margy Roby (2014).