This year the South Bend Area Music Teachers Association focused on the Baroque Period with our theme “Bach to Baroque.” Dr. David Barton was our September speaker giving a general view of the historical period starting with influences from the Renaissance. In October we watched the Baroque Dances DVD with Dr. Hinson. In November, the association held their Achievement In Music Festival at Bethel College and our November meeting program was our own membership performing duets. In December we had our “Bach to Baroque” Recital with 18 students performing from the Baroque Period. We had our Christmas Luncheon to finish out the year. In February we watched “Principles of Style for the Young Pianist,” with Nelita True(DVD) and our Spring Recital with 11 students performing; March 2 and 3 was our annual Stickley Competition; our March program featured our own Devon Haupt “ It’s Not Just a Naked Piano: An Introduction to the Harp”. In April, Dr. Lori Rhoden, Ball State University “Developing Expressive Performance” and we closed the year with a Brunch at the home of SBMTA President, Juliana Lockman. To learn more about the Local Association visit their website.
The North Central Indiana Music Teachers Association is organizing an ambitious new project: a Monster Concert to be held in Logansport on Saturday, October 20, 2012. This concert will replace our traditional Fall Festival for 2012. Our conductor will be Melody Bober, and she will also do a mini-workshop for teachers on the previous day. This event is made possible by a Local Association Grant awarded by the Indiana Music Teachers Association. Local Association President Nancy Spahr comments, “Besides providing our students a wonderful opportunity to perform and hone their ensemble skills, the project will hopefully increase our visibility in the musical communities in our counties. We will be inviting other piano teachers and their students to participate with us.” A reduced participation fee is offered for IMTA members. For more information, contact Nancy Spahr.
The IMTA Board of Trustees has approved funding to assist three local associations with programming in the 2012-2013 academic year. North Central MTA will be presenting a monster concert, Music Around the World, conducted by Melody Bober in the fall of 2012. In addition to the collaborative experience offered area students, a workshop for teachers will be presented. South Bend MTA will present a master class by Giuseppe Lupis, faculty member at Grand Valley State University. Members of Goshen-Elkhart MTA, plus teachers in the South Bend community, are invited to attend the event on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Wabash Valley MTA will host a workshop with Dr. Garnet Ungar of the University of Evansville in the fall of 2012. Dr. Ungar will also be presenting a recital at Indiana State University to coincide with this event, and his presentation to the members of WVMTA will also be open to the ISU piano pedagogy students.
The purpose of the IMTA Local Association Grant Program is to to provide assistance to local associations for the educational and professional development of teachers and for the support and promotion of music in the immediate community. Awards are made annually in late May for the following academic year.
The 2012 Indiana Music Teachers Association Conference will be held on September 21-22 at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. This year’s Conference Artist is Mr. Randall Faber. Mr. Faber gave recent recitals in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, St. Louis, Ann Arbor, Dallas and Austin with future engagements at the Wasserman Festival, the Gilmore Festival and the Portland International Music Festival. Dr. Faber holds three degrees from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.
In addition to the Friday evening Artist Recital, Mr. Faber will present two 90-minute pedagogy sessions earlier that day. On Saturday Mr. Faber will teach a master-class and present another pedagogy session.
Also included in the Conference will be technology sessions and the world premiere of the 2012 commissioned composition.
Our on-site Chair Janet Piechocinski has organized an amazing Conference! Janet encourages you to reserve your hotel early as the weekend of our Conference is also Rose Hulman’s homecoming. Also please notice three of the hotels have a cutoff date of August 20th for reservations.
Two days on a lovely collegiate campus with time to study and converse with fellow musicians is an opportunity not to be missed. For more information visit the Indiana Music Teachers Association website.
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.
LeAnna Wilson, chair of the Opus Composition Contest announces the following winners for the 2012 competition:
Elementary Category – Elisa Simoni, student of Irina Albig
Junior Category – Roxanna Albig, student of Irina Albig
Senior Category – Martin Meyer, student of Patricia White
Young Artist Category – Ezra Donner, student of Don Freund
The winners in each category will be invited to perform his/her compositions at the 2012 IMTA State Conference, to be held September 21 and 22 on the campus of Indiana State University.
GIMTA collaborated with two other teacher groups in Indianapolis (Indianapolis Piano Teachers Association and Indianapolis Piano Teachers Guild) to bring in Melody Bober on Saturday, April 21st. The plans evolved over nine months and the workshop was a huge success. Melody presented four sessions for teachers throughout the day. The day also consisted of three recitals of Melody’s music featuring students of participating teachers. It was a privilege to have Melody here in Indianapolis for the day! This is the 3rd collaborative workshop between these teacher groups in Indianapolis.
Indiana Music Teachers Association invites college faculty to participate in the IMTA Student Achievement Recognition (StAR) award program. (This program replaces the MTNA StAR program that was discontinued by MTNA.)
To participate in the program, faculty members nominate a deserving student, either undergraduate or graduate, who will graduate during the current academic year, and who plans to teach music performance in an independent or collegiate studio following graduation. Please inform the IMTA state collegiate chapters chair (Dr. Lori Rhoden – firstname.lastname@example.org) by email of your award recipient selection prior to June 1. Award recipients will not be recognized after June 1.
Indiana Music Teachers Association was well represented at the MTNA National Conference in New York City.
Indiana Music Teachers Association recognizes the winners of the 2012 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 Joseph Bognar, Lisa Showalter, Anna Briscoe, Reginald Rogers, Beverly Simms, Sarah Gierzynski, Sue McClary, Joyanne Outland, and Melanie Manges. The final round of competition will be held at Butler University, Saturday May 19. Postmark Deadline for registration and entry fees is Tuesday, May 1. 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 email@example.com.
District A (Valpariso)
Early Elementary Piano
Winner: Sophia Webdell, student of Valerie Webdell
Alternate: Veronica Lin, student of Carey Scheck
Honorable Mention: Mia Webdell, student of Valerie WebdellContinue reading