by Margaret Roby, NCTM
Messages from local association presidents with news of the past year have been arriving in my e-mail box. If you are a local association member planning for next year or an IMTA member considering joining (or forming!) a local, these are some offerings to consider.
Greater Indianapolis MTA – This group had four “meet-ups” over the past year. Their professional sharing time has evolved from an initial plan to meet as a pedagogy book group. They will meet in August for their “pre-AIM” session to help each other prepare students for the November AIM festival at Butler. In collaboration with the Indianapolis Piano Teachers Association, they will present an all day workshop by Dr. Paul Wirth in February 2011.
Tippecanoe MTA – In the Lafayette area a highlight of the year was hosting a master class for advanced students with Jeremy Denk in connection with his performance on the Purdue Convocation Series. The group also had more than 100 participants in AIM, 44 in Hoosier Auditions, and 80 in their Sunday Showcase recitals. Plans are already in gear for their Monster Piano Concert scheduled for June 9, 2011.
Northeast Indiana MTA – In Fort Wayne, there have been many performance opportunities – AIM, Hoosier Auditions, Christmas Recitals at Von Maur, a master class with Dr. Robert Palmer, and finally a Germanfest Recital in their downtown. The teachers concluded the school year with a music-making day of their own at the home of Beverly Norton.
Wabash Valley MTA – In Terre Haute, besides the annual participation of member teachers in AIM, Hoosier Audtitions, and the Wabash Valley Recital Series, there were two new, successful initiatives in 2009-10: Dr. William Hughes conducted a student master class, and the group presented its first student composition recital. Dr. Ray Kilburn will be conducting a workshop in Terre Haute during the 2010-11 school year.