2014 IMTA Hoosier Auditions – State Results

IMTA announces the winners of the 2014 Hoosier Auditions State Competition held at Butler University, Saturday May 17. Congratulations to all students, teachers, and parents who participated. In addition to receiving a cash award the winners of each category will be invited to perform at the Winners Recital during the IMTA Fall Conference held at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, November 7-8. Please consult the IMTA directory or online at indmta.org for 2015 Hoosier Auditions information.
Hoosier Auditions State Results
May 17, 2014
Early Elementary Piano Duet
Winner: Chenyao Liu & Karolena Zhou, students of Irina Gorin
Alternate: Patrick Li & Taiga Nishida, students of Aleksey Madan
Honorable Mention: Wyat & William Lancaster, students of Claudia BossardContinue reading

2014 IMTA Hoosier Auditions – District Results

Indiana Music Teachers Association is honored to announce the winners of the 2014 District Hoosier Auditions held in Valpariso, Goshen, Indianapolis, Anderson, Terre Haute, Madison, Evansville, Fort Wayne, and Lafayette.  The auditions are administered throughout the state by volunteer auditions chairs Carey Scheck, Beverly Lapp, Anna Briscoe, Reginald Rogers, Beverly Simms, Hugh Partridge, Grace Hemaida, Joyanne Outland, and Melanie Manges. The final round of competition will be held at Butler University, Saturday May 17. Postmark Deadline for registration and entry fees is Monday, April 28. Please consult the IMTA Directory or online at www.indmta.org for application, entry fees, and repertoire requirements. Any questions can be directed to the Hoosier Auditions coordinator, D.J. Smith djsmith1@butler.edu.
District A (Valpariso)
Carey Scheck, District Chair
Elementary Piano
Winner: Victor Sirugo, student of Carey Scheck
Alternate: Sam Sutliff, student of Carey Scheck
Honorable Mention: Veronica Lin, student of Carey ScheckContinue reading

2014 Opus Winners

2014 Opus Winners

Elementary Category – Ellie Overbeck, student of Melissa Willis
Junior Category – Ellie Svec, student of Becky Baker
Senior Category – Nathaniel Stout, student of Evelyn Stichter
Young Artist Category – no entries

Butler University students reflect on National Conference experience

This past March, members of the Butler MTNA Collegiate Chapter attended and presented at the MTNA National Conference in Chicago, thanks in large part to the generous support of the Indiana Music Teachers Association.  After writing proposals, learning that one was accepted out of over twenty applications, preparing and rehearsing for months, six of our members were able to present a session entitled, Creating a Musical Wonderland: Teaching Composition Through Storytelling.  Preparing a session and attending the conference was a fantastic experience for all of us. We were able to network with other music teachers, learn about new teaching products, and discover new ways to engage our students.  You can read more about each member’s experience below.
Over the four days at the MTNA conference, I attended numerous presentations directly applicable to my own lesson teaching, in addition to the presentation that our chapter gave. Our presentation was very well received and will hopefully inspire other teachers to incorporate composition and improvisation into their lessons. Some of the most beneficial presentations I attended were teaching master classes given by Jane McGrath and Marvin Blickenstaff, in which they taught children in a lesson setting in front of the audience. Watching these two master teachers provided me with practical strategies and points of view that I look forward to implementing in my lessons. I also attended many of the Young Professionals Track presentations, which were relevant to my plans to be an independent piano teacher. I feel the trip was highly beneficial, both because of the presentations I attended and the presentation I participated in. -Scott Keegan, 2nd year Masters Student in CompositionContinue reading

IMTA congratulates Erin Peyer on selection of RMM Studio Fellowship Award

Congratulations to Erin Peyer, second year graduate student in Piano Pedagogy at Butler University, for her selection as recipient of an RMM Studio Fellowship Award, presented by the National Piano Foundation. “The RMM Studio Fellowship Award is presented annually to new or established independent piano teachers who demonstrate a clear understanding of Recreational Music Making (RMM) philosophy and practices, and a proven passion for creating new music makers with RMM-based teaching.”  The award includes 2 new digital pianos from Yamaha or Kawai. Additionally, recipients will be assigned to an RMM teacher/mentor who will consult with them in all facets of starting, developing, and teaching an RMM program.  After graduation next month, Erin plans to launch an independent studio in her home town of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and will include RMM classes for teens as a focus of her teaching.

2014 IMTA Conference Call for Proposals

Deadline: June 1, 2014
The Indiana Music Teachers Association is pleased to announce its 2014 Conference at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. The conference will take place on November 7-8.
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:
    • Name, institutional affiliation if applicable, email, mailing address, telephone
    • The proposal title
    • The proposal format: paper, performance, composition, workshop, or lecture-recital
    • An abstract of 250 words or less
    • A brief biography of all involved persons (250 word maximum per person)
    • Equipment needs

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Proposals must be submitted by 12:00 midnight EST on Sunday, June 1, 2014.
ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION: You will be notified by email no later than July 1, 2014
Cheryl Everett
IMTA Conference Chair

Student winners to advance to MTNA National Competition

Indiana Music Teachers Association is pleased to announce the following student winners in the Music Teachers National Association East Central Division performance competitions.
East Central Chamber Music Wind: Zvona Saxophone Quartet (teacher Otis Murphy), Honorable Mention
East Central Young Artist Performance Brass: Ben Hood, Tuba (teacher Kevin Wass) WINNER!!!
East Central Young Artist Performance Woodwind: Sean Xue, Saxophone (teacher Otis Murphy), Honorable Mention
The competitions were held January 10–11, 2014 at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music in Berea, Ohio. The students will compete at the MTNA National Performance competitions in Chicago March 22-26, 2014.

Don Freund named 2013 IMTA Teacher of the Year

Editors note: As is customary with this annual presentation, the previous Teacher of the Year introduces the current recipient in a way that attempts to keep the identity of the recipient “secret” as long as possible. These are the comments read by 2012 Teacher of the Year, Bill Hughes.
This individual is described as a “total musician.”That musicianship is expressed in a variety of ways.
This very talented pianist’s performances have been described as “top notch.” This person’s playing displays finely developed technique and keen stylistic understanding in performances in a broad range of styles—from very early music through Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier to music written “yesterday.” This individual’s playing of recently composed music displays “intense energy” and a keen understanding of the music’s idioms and structures.Continue reading

Nineteenth annual Hartman Stickley Memorial Piano Competition

Announcement is made of the nineteenth annual Hartman Stickley Memorial Piano Competition, which will be held on February 28 & March 1, 2014 in the Spencer Gallery, Downtown Mishawaka Penn Harris Library, Mishawaka, Indiana. The competition is open to pre-college students, ages 4-18. The four winners in each of four divisions will each win cash prizes: $150 for ages 15-18, $100 for ages 12-14, $75 for ages 9-11 and $50 for ages 8 & under, plus the opportunity to play in a winners recital on March 9, 2:30 pm, in the Kroc Center’s Auditorium, South Bend, Indiana. Contestants who receive Honorable Mention will win cash prizes as well.
The competition, which is sponsored by the South Bend Area Music Teachers Association, is open to piano students residing in Berrien, Cass & 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 Steven Greene and Dr. Susan Merdinger from Highland Park, Illinois, and Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The purpose of the competition is two-fold: 1) to honor the memory of Elnora Hartman Stickley, and 2) to reward talented pianists in the Michiana area. The competition’s goal is to provide a performance venue for piano students in this area. Music is a performing art, and all musicians need many chances to practice the art of performance. This competition provides an excellent opportunity to do just that, along with getting feedback from highly-qualified judges.
Competition applications must be postmarked by January 25, 2014. Brochures and applications are available on the South Bend Area Music Teachers Association website at www.sbamta.org. For further information, please contact the competition chair, Michelle Beyler, at (574) 226-2950.