Change in President for Northeast Indiana MTA

Amy Hansel, President of Northeast Indiana MTA (NIMTA) will be relocating to Wisconsin due to a job move for her husband. The IMTA Board of Directors is sad to see her go as she has been a wonderful asset to the board as well as to the members of NIMTA. Most recently, Amy oversaw a big revision in the Bylaws of her local group.
As of March 1, Sara Davis, Vice President of the group, will step in to finish out the final two months of Hansel’s term.
Several members of the group met this past Saturday for a farewell luncheon. Hansel is pictured on the far right of the photo.

NIMTA Farewell Luncheon

Indiana Teacher on Slate for MTNA President-Elect

Voting is now open for the MTNA National Elections. Please consider voting even if you are not personally familiar with the candidates! Take a moment to read about each nominee and determine who has the characteristics and leadership qualities that you would deep important for that particular role. It only takes a few minutes!
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Indiana is proud to have one of our current members on the slate for President-Elect for MTNA! Karen Thickstun has been a valuable member of the state board for many years serving in a plethora of roles. See her bio below.
Karen Thickstun

Karen Thickstun, NCTM

Karen Thickstun, NCTM, teaches piano pedagogy at Butler University, directs the Butler Community Arts School, and maintains an independent studio. Thickstun holds degrees in piano performance/economics from Duke University, business administration from University of Virginia and piano pedagogy from Butler University.

Three of her pedagogy students have received the MarySue Harris Studio Fellowship award. She advises the Butler MTNA Collegiate Chapter, which has presented at state and national conferences. “I am devoted to mentoring young professionals. I believe they are essential to MTNA and our profession,” Thickstun says.

Thickstun served as MTNA Secretary-Treasurer from 2013–2015 and MTNA Vice President from 2015–2017. Recent national appointments include membership committee chair, grants and awards task force chair, MTNA Teacher of the Year committee chair and strategic planning committee. She served as director of East Central Division from 2008–2010, chairing the Local Associations Forum.

Thickstun authors a tri-annual business column for American Music Teacher. Her articles have also appeared in Keyboard Companion and Clavier Companion. She has presented business and pedagogy sessions at local, state and national conferences.

Thickstun has been active in Indiana MTA as state president, trustee chair, and various state and local positions. She received the Distinguished Service Award in 2002 and the Teacher of the Year award in 2008.

As founding director of the Butler Community Arts School, Thickstun provides leadership and vision. Serving more than 2,000 children through private lessons, group classes and camps, instruction is provided by more than 100 Butler University students that she mentors in professional teaching practices. Thickstun has developed a network of community partners to provide access to the arts for innercity youth. To fund outreach classes, Thickstun has written and received grants for more than $100,000 annually for the past eight years.

“I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the arts in meaningful ways. MTNA programs enlighten and challenge our members, as well as students, colleagues, and communities. MTNA has played a vital role in my own professional development. I pledge to bring my passion, integrity, and work ethic to the position of MTNA President-elect. I am honored to be nominated and will strive to maintain high quality programs while developing new ideas that engage and transform,” she says.

Opus Winners to Receive Discount to Composition Camp

IMTA is happy to announce that Anderson University will be sponsoring an additional award for winners of the Elementary, Junior, and Senior levels of the Opus Composition Festival. Winners in each of these categories will get the opportunity to attend the 2019 Summer Composition Camp at Anderson University for 50% off the tuition.
 
During the camp, not only they will students learn how to compose music more effectively but also learn about orchestration, music theory, ear training, notation, and more. They will also have a piece to be performed at the recital on the last day. The camp will be held during the week of July 9-13, 2019Details here.

2018 Hoosier Auditions State Competition Winners

The IMTA would like to congratulate and recognize all the winners of the 2018 Hoosier Auditions State Competition.  See you next year! Click here to see photos of the winners during the awards ceremony.

Piano Solo: Early Elementary
Winner: Tara Kim
Student of Nadya Dubikovsky

Alternate: Erica Lai
Student of Irina Gorin

Honorable Mention: Ethan He
Student of Dilya Meehan

Piano Solo: Elementary
Winner: Chloe Park
Student of Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo

Alternate: Jack Ma
Student of Mary Heller

Honorable Mention: Amy Mao
Student of Kimiko Nakamura
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2018 Hoosier Auditions – District B

Congratulations to all winners of the District B Hoosier auditions. There were a total of 22 performers in this event. A special thank you to District Chair, Dr. Luke Norell.

Early Elementary Piano
Winner: Albert Lu
Teacher: Linda Belleville

Alternate: Ezra Tice
Teacher: Dr. Luke Norell

Honorable Mention: Ingrid Lund
Teacher: Dr. Mary Rose Norell

Elementary Piano
Winner: Christa Scofield
Teacher: Dr. Mary Rose Norell

Alternate: Raymond Luo
Teacher: Linda Witchie

Honorable Mention: Lourdes Baltazar
Teacher: Dr. Mary Rose Norell

Honorable Mention: Jayden Wang
Teacher: Linda Belleville

Elementary Piano Duet
Winners:  Lourdes Baltazar
   Silvia Venturi
Teachers: Drs. Luke and Mary Rose Norell

Middle Piano
Winner: Felix Zhang
Teacher: Melissa Luan

Alternate: Elsa Lund
Teacher: Dr. Luke Norell

Honorable Mention: Yoonji Choe
Teacher: Dr. Pamela Haynes

Junior Piano
Winner: Peter Yang
Teacher: Patricia Jones Collins

Alternate: Rachel Yuan
Teacher: Linda Belleville

Honorable Mention: Keely Cox
Teacher: Dr. Luke Norell

Junior Piano Duet
Winners: Keely Cox
         Joya Drenth
Teachers: Drs. Luke and Mary Rose Norell

Senior Piano
Winner: Joshua Catanzaro
Teacher: Nancy Spahr Huskey

Alternate: Rachel Miller
Teacher: Dr. Luke Norell

Honorable Mention: Haley Miller
Teacher: Dr. Luke Norell

Collegiate Piano
Winner: Cecilia Horner
Teacher: Kathleen Keasey

Middle Strings
Winners: Felix Zhang
Teacher: Melissa Luan

MTNA Performance Competitions

Indiana’s state round of the MTNA Performance Competitions will be held at Ball State University on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Entry deadline is 3:00 pm EASTERN TIME on Wednesday, September 12. Teacher dues must be paid by this time. For competition details please consult the website at mtna.org. Beyond this, you may direct questions to Jim Helton, MTNA Competitions Chairperson: jhelton@bsu.edu

2015 Conference Wrap-Up

2015 Conference wrap-up (Vincennes University – September 25-26, 2015)

A note from ITMA President, Christina Whitlock:2015 Conference image
The 2015 IMTA State Conference in Vincennes was a smashing success!
As your new State President, I want to sincerely thank you for attending.  I think we can all agree the weekend was full of new ideas, gracious colleagues, and inspiring artistry.  Each attendee brings original insights to the conference experience, so I appreciate your commitment to attend.  It wouldn’t have been the same without you!
I’m sure you’ve been busy buying Post-It notes and washi tape like crazy (thanks to Diane Hidy), and I know Logan Skelton has us all ready to teach more Bartok.  Vincennes University proved to be incredible first-time hosts (thank you, Matthew Latta, Lisa Miller, and Claudia Bossard!), and Caroline KyungA Ahn’s commissioned composition When the Ocean Speaks blew us away.
A few follow-ups:

  • If you have conference photos to share, please send them to me.  Members of the IMTA Board of Directors can upload them directly to our DropBox account, or you may reply to this message.
  • I would love to collect a few Conference Reflections to include on the IMTA website.  If you feel so moved, please reply to this message with a brief write-up of your Conference experience. You might find yourself published on the website soon!

Please spread the word of your positive conference experience to your friends and colleagues.  I hope to see many of you at the MTNA National Conference in San Antonio (April 2-6)!
Visit the Photo Gallery to see more images from this year’s conference.


Reflections from attendees:

There was an obvious theme throughout every presentation and performance at the 2015 IMTA State Conference at Vincennes University.  Music is powerful, music is joyful, music allows us to express ourselves – it unites us in spite of our differences.  As performers and teachers, it’s our job to demonstrate this power to students by tapping into our own creativity and inspiration for life long learning. 
 We celebrated 90 years of life and 50 years of teaching with member Lois Clous – a perfect exemplification of life-long learning.  Our piano clinician, Diane Hidy reminded us music is not taught for a “competitive advantage”, but to foster a “form of expression.” Interspersed with her brilliant, fun and creative ways to make music learning easier, Diane reminded us to take time to know our students, to meet them where they are, to be excited about what they’re excited about.  Keynote speaker, Greg Gilpin urged us to spread joy, to see ourselves in our students and to “play well with others”. Our conference artist, Logan Skelton exemplified the power of expression through a stunning recital performance and instilled in us new joy for the music of Bartok.  He left us with these powerful words to explain Bartok’s weaving together of folk music in his compositions – Bartok thought his job as a composer was to “bring together the brotherhood of all people in spite of war and conflicts”.  Lastly we connected, not only with new ideas, but with each other – we shared stories, we shared teaching ideas, we enjoyed the incredible hospitality of Vincennes University, we laughed and most importantly, we left renewed, feeling fortunate to be part of such an incredible community of music teachers and ready to breathe new life into our teaching.
Melissa Willis
Indianapolis, IN

 
As a newly teaching piano teacher, I found IMTA to be an invaluable experience which I intend to repeat annually.  Not only was the conference well-situated, well-organized and well-run, but the content was everything I had hoped it would be.  The master classes of Logan Skelton, the  teaching tips from Diane Hidy, the insightful exhortations from Greg Gilpin, web resources from Amy Chaplin, and the kinesthetic advice from Natalie Wood, Lori Rhoden, Kate Boyd and Vicki King were all extremely valuable.  Add to that the myriad tips from fellow attendees, and you have a “must-see” event.  Kudos to IMTA for a rich and productive conference.”
Kelly Havens
Granger, IN

Regional Summer Camp Information

Ohio University announces its Piano Pedagogy Seminar, June 15-16, 2012 at their campus in Athens, OH.  For more information visit the university website here. http://www.finearts.ohio.edu/music/home.htm
The event includes workshops, presentations and performances with Ohio University faculty and featured guest Dr. Bruce Berr.
IMTA does not the endorse summer programs noted above.