Greater Indianapolis Music Teachers Association News

The Greater Indianapolis Music Teachers Association (GIMTA) will host three upcoming events of interest. November 19, the association sponsors the Achievement in Music Festival and will host 212 student participants. On February 17, 2012 IMTA member Melissa Willis will present “Games, Visuals and Manipulatives”. Finally, on April 21, 2012 GIMTA, IPTA (Indianapolis Piano Teachers Association), IPTA (Indianapolis Piano Teachers Guild) will collaborate to bring in Melody Bober for a full day of workshops and masterclasses.
For more information about these events, you can find GIMTA on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GIMTA

Conference Chair Cheryl Everett reflects on 2011 Event

The 2011 IMTA Conference was a marvelous event.  As conference Artist, James Tocco played a brillant recital and in the Saturday morning masterclass demonstrated several teaching styles.  Karen Taylor’s enthusiastic keynote address on Friday evening was titled In Praise of Teachers.  She shared the legacy of her teacher, Walter Robert. On Saturday we were treated to the premiere of the commissioned composition, Sonatina, for Piano Solo composed by Aaron Travers and performed by Vincent Adragna.  Also on Saturday afternoon the Hoosier Audition Winners and Opus  Composition Performers took the stage to present their music to an appreciative audience. Sessions on both days offered a balance of news in technology to informative lecture-recitals. With two days of beautiful weather, the lovely IU campus location and months of behind the scenes effort by David Cartledge and the Conference committee, this Conference has left each of us with inspiration and fond memories of our time together.

Editor’s note; Cheryl Everett is the IMTA Conference Chair. Members are invited to submit their reflections on the conference to newsletter@indmta.org

Collegiate Chapter News – Fall 2011

IMTA Collegiate Chapters News Fall 2011
by Lori Rhoden
The Collegiate Chapters Forum at this year’s IMTA conference featured Amy Chaplin, who recently completed her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Ball State University.  Amy has opened her own music teaching business, “Studio 88,” in Bluffton, Indiana.  Amy shared with the students and faculty who attended the forum about the process of opening her studio.  Look for her on Facebook to see pictures and find out more about her new studio!
All collegiate chapter members are encouraged to submit applications for travel grants to attend the 2012 MTNA national conference in New York.  The deadline will be in January – look for more information soon on the website or contact Dr. Lori Rhoden, lrhoden@bsu.edu.Continue reading

IMTA honors Mimi Zweig as 2011 Teacher of the Year

This year’s IMTA teacher of the year has a long history of exceptional teaching that draws many students from far and wide to experience a phenomenal teacher who is truly devoted to students.  A fabulous teacher with a reputation for extremely high demands of students, this person has boundless energy for teaching extra lessons, arranging for performance opportunities for her students, and seeking out funding for special events.
This person is equally at home coaching beginning students as well as more advanced students who have gone on to have significant careers in music. SHE has been described by colleagues as an amazing pedagogue who possesses a comprehensive understanding of the human body and its relationship to the instrument.  She is not only a superb teacher of technique, but she also understands the emotional, inner meanings of the music and conveys this information to her students in remarkable ways.  Her ability to inspire and motivate children of all ages, and her musical depth and creativity are amazing.  She works tirelessly to help students reach that next level, never giving up on a single child.  Her “non-judgmental” philosophy – where mistakes are information and all problems can be resolved through careful analysis and correct repetition – has assisted multiple generations of students through the process of learning the VIOLIN.Continue reading

North Central Indiana MTA announces Fall Festival

The North Central Indiana Music Teachers Association will hold its Fall Festival on November 12, 2011, at Main Street United Methodist Church, 81 W. Main St., Peru, IN.  Students can enter in solo, ensemble, and/or piano accompaniment categories and are entered by grade. Winners receive a small cash prize.  For more information contact Nancy Spahr, NCTM, at 765-438-6435 or 765-472-2127.

South Bend Area Music Teachers Association names Snyder 2011 Member of the Year

Bonnie Snyder, (right) SBAMTA Member of the Year, 2011
The South Bend Area Music Teachers Association named Bonnie Snyder Member of the Year. Bonnie began piano lessons at the age of six. She was the accompanist for her junior high and high school choirs and attended Moody Bible College as an organ performance major, where she received instruction in both organ and piano. Following graduation, Bonnie was the first music teacher at Grace Baptist Christian School.  She directed the high school choir and taught elementary music classes for many years. Currently Mrs. Snyder is an independent piano instructor.  She also gives lessons at Community Baptist Church and School, where she has been teaching and accompanying church services for the past twelve years. Bonnie is an active member of the South Bend Area Music Teachers Association. Bonnie was recital chair in 2004-2005, and on the ensemble team 2006-2007. Bonnie chaired the Stickley Piano Competition for the past five years and served as the association’s Vice President last year. The award was presented by SBAMTA president Juliana Lockman.

Important Parking and Conference Travel Information

CONFERENCE PARKING
Parking passes for Friday will be mailed to those who send requests with registrations prior to the September 30 deadline.  Those who register after that postmark deadline, requesting a pass, should park in a visitor garage, check in, and make sure they have their pass at exit of the garage. The pass remains the property of the university, and two-day attendees should return their pass to check-in on Saturday.  Friday-only attendees are requested to return their pass by mail. Information about Indiana University parking, and the locations of parking spaces can be found at the link below.  Our best advice is to park in the garages.  The Jordan Avenue Garage (5 minute walk) and the Atwater Garage (10 minute walk) are the two closest garages to check-in outside Auer Hall on the 2nd floor of the Simon Center (corner of Third and Jordan).
Map of IU Parking Facilities
DRIVING DIRECTIONS
Driving directions to the Indiana University Campus can be found on the Bloomington Indiana Visitor Information Center or by using any of various online map tools. Specific directions to the parking garages follow:Continue reading

James Tocco Masterclass – Invitation from Dr. Karen Taylor

Dear IMTA Colleagues,
I’m writing to invite you to nominate talented young pianists to perform in this year’s IMTA conference master class with James Tocco, of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. As you know, this year’s state conference will be take place Oct. 21-22 at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington.  The  master class will be Saturday October 22 in Ford Hall (Simon Center) from 10:00am-11:50am.
I am coordinating the pre-college portion of this class. To select performers I invite you to submit CDs of talented students. Applicants should not only play well—they should also be able to respond well in a public master class. Prof. Tocco normally teaches advanced college pianists. He gives a wonderful master class…but you may want to alert interested students that his expectations will be high.
Students should be secure performers who can change on the spot, and who are not overly sensitive to public criticism. Parents should be strongly encouraged to bring young performers the night before so they will be well rested and can warm up.Continue reading

2011 IMTA Conference Update!

The 2011 Indiana Music Teachers Association Conference on October 21-22 will be held at Indiana University.  This year’s Conference Artist is Mr. James Tocco.  Mr. Tocco is internationally renown as a recitalist, orchestral soloist and Chamber musician.  He has been widely praised for his interpretations of Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt. This year’s Conference offers an impressive array of topics from lecture/recitals to three exciting Tech sessions.  The Tech sessions are titled: Teaching Piano Literature with the Variations Digital Library, Teaching Piano-is there an app for that? and Building a Teaching library using Social Media Tools. Conference attendees will have many choices to make during the two day event.
On Friday we have the College Faculty Forum, Independent Music Teachers Forum and the Collegiate Chapter Forum in one time slot. The last session before the banquet offers two opportunities:  Guiding Young Composers or Brazilian Modern Nationalism-An exploration of Camargo Guarnieri’s 10 Momentos.
On Saturday, from Mr. Tocco’s Masterclass to the world premiere of the 2011 commissioned work by Aaron Travers to a performance by our own Hoosier Audition Winners and Opus Composition Festival Winners, there will be something for everyone. Our on-site Conference Chair David Cartledge has organized an amazing Conference!
Two days in southern Indiana during the turning of the leaves, with time to study, converse with fellow musicians and enjoy a world class concert by our Conference Artist is an opportunity not to be missed..

2012 Hoosier Auditions Schedule

2012 Hoosier Auditions Schedule is as follows:

District Chair Name 2012 Date 2012 Postmark Contact info
A Dr. Joseph Bognar April 14 March 27 1709 Chapel Dr.
Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 464-6782
joseph.bognar@valpo.edu
B Anna Bauer April 14 March 27 1425 Twinflower Dr
Goshen, IN 46526
(574)535-7869
annab@goshen.edu
C Anna Briscoe April 14 March 27 4360 Kessler Blvd N Dr
Indianapolis IN 46228
(317)940-9647work
(317)290-1090home
abriscoe@butler.edu
D Reginald Rogers April 14 March 31 School of Music, |
Anderson Univ
Anderson, IN 46012
(765) 641-4457
rgrodgers@anderson.edu
E Dr. Beverley Simms April 14 March 31 Dept. of Music, Indiana State Univ 
Terre Haute, IN 47809(812) 234-9737
bsimms@indstate.edu
F Sarah Gierzynski April 14 March 31 526 S. Jennings St.
North Vernon, IN 47265
(812) 346-4442
sarahgierzynski@yahoo.com
G Sue McClary TBA March 15 3233 Woodview Dr.
Newburgh, IN 47630
suecmcclary@gmail.com
(812) 499-7840
H Joyanne
Outland
March 3 Feb. 22 4006 Pebble Way
New Haven, IN 46774
(260) 493-6690  outland@IPFW.edu
J Melanie Manges March 3 Feb. 16 152 Knox Dr
W.Lafayette, IN 47906
(765)464-1412
melmanges@gmail.com

 
 
 
 
Hoosier Auditions, State Coordinator
D.J. Smith
School of Music, Butler University
4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
djsmith1@butler.edu
State Round, May 19, 2012