Nominate a STAR student

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 – by email of your award recipient selection prior to June 1. Award recipients will not be recognized after June 1.

2012 Hoosier Auditions – District Results

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 for application, entry fees, and repertoire requirements. Any questions can be directed to the Hoosier Auditions coordinator, D.J. Smith
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

Indiana Wesleyan University Announces 8th Annual Piano Pedagogy Conference

Indiana Wesleyan University announces the Eighth Annual Piano Pedagogy Conference scheduled for April 13-14, 2012. The conference features Franz Mohr and Dr. Sam Holland. Mohr is former chief concert technician for Steinway & Sons, who was critically important to many of the greatest of the pianists of our time. As the close colleague of legendary musicians such as Vladimir Horowitz, Arthur Rubinstein, Glenn Gould, Rudolf Serkin and many others, Mohr attended to their Steinway instruments, making delicate adjustments that affect tone, balance, and other characteristics of sound. Born in Duren, Germany on September 27, 1927, Mohr studied music at the Musikhochschule in Cologne and the Academy of Music in Detmold, Germany. He joined Steinway & Sons in New York City in 1962 and retired in 1992. He is presently an active advisor and consultant to Steinway & Sons. Sponsored by Meridian Music Company of Carmel, Indiana
Holland is an award-winning professor and director of the Division of Music at the Southern Methodist University. He has presented hundreds of lectures and recitals throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. His articles have appeared in every major English language professional keyboard journal and he is the author of over seventy critically acclaimed method books and recordings published by Alfred Publishing Co. and the Frederick Harris Music Co. Dr. Holland is executive director of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy.
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Or contact Dr. Euni Rickey at:

Hartman Stickley Winners Recital, Sunday March 11, 2012

Announcement is made of the seventeenth annual Hartman Stickley Memorial Piano Competition Winners Recital, which will be held on Sunday March 11, 2012 in the Annenberg Auditorium, Snite Museum, University of Notre Dame at 2:30 pm.
The competition itself will be held on March 2nd & 3rd at the Mishawaka Penn Harris Library and is open to pre-college students, ages 5 – 18. The four winners in each of four divisions who will be performing in the Winners Recital on March 11 will each win cash prizes: $150 for ages 15-18, $100 for ages 12-14, $75 for ages 9-11 and $50 for ages 5-8. Contestants who receive honorable mention will win cash prizes as well. All awards will be dispersed following the winner’s performances on Sunday, March 11.
The competition, which is sponsored by the South Bend Area Music Teachers Association, is open to piano students of teachers residing in Berrien, Cass, and St. Joseph counties, Michigan; and Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Marshall, St. Joseph, and Starke counties, Indiana. Prize money is made available through the Elnora Hartman Stickley Scholarship Fund. POSTMARKED ENTRY DEADLINE IS JANUARY 13TH, AND APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT SHIRK’S PIANO IN MISHAWAKA. Judges will be Dr. Svetlana Belsky from The University of Chicago, Dr. Robert Palmer from Ball State University, and Dr. Soyeon Park from Northwestern University.
For further information, please contact the competition chair, Melissa Luan,
at (574) 993-9020 or e-mail ( You may also visit the South Bend Area Music Teacher Association’s website:

2012 Opus Composition Festival Announced!

Indiana Music Teachers Association announces the 2012 Opus Composition Festival. This festival encourages students to create and write music. Each entrant will receive a certificate, ribbon, and judge’s comment sheet. Blue Ribbon Winners will receive the opportunity to perform his/her composition at the 2012 IMTA State Conference schedule for September 12-22, 2012 at Indiana State University. The First Place winner in each category will be invited to compete in the state round of the MTNA Composition Competition and receive their entrance fee reimbursed by IMTA. For more information and complete rules, please see the IMTA website.

Carolyn Shaak to Visit WVMTA

Noted pedagogue and pianist, Carolyn Shaak, will give a series of workshops and a master class in Terre Haute, January 25 and 26, 2012, on the campus of Indiana State University, hosted by the Wabash Valley Music Teachers Association. The schedule for these workshops is:
Wednesday, January 25 9:30-10:00 Registration 10:00-12:00 “Getting a Good Start: Covering All the Musical Bases” 12:00-1:00 Lunch 1:00-3:00 “Getting Ready to Play the Big Stuff: A Sound Technical Approach 3:00-3:30 Break 3:30-6:00 Master Class for WVMTA students Thursday, January 26 9:30-10:00 Registration 10:00-12:00 “Getting Ready for That Day When You Wish You Were a Better Sightreader 12:00-1:00 Lunch 1:00-3:00 Getting a Brilliant Hook in Your Mind and Knowing What to Do with It 3:00-5:00 Getting a Thrill from Playing Repertoire of the Music Icons Right After the Basic Method Books
Carolyn Shaak earned a Master of Music degree from Columbia University, and was Robert Pace’s teaching assistant for 5 years. A Fulbright winner, she studied at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Dante Alderighi. Subsequently, she served as Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Illinois. In 1959, she married pianist, composer, and teacher Bernard Shaak and moved with him to the Southern Illinois University. In 1962, they established The Shaak Music Studio in Denver, Colorado. Together, they authored the method, Piano Partners, published by Moonstone Music Press. An active member of the Music Teachers National Association, the Colorado State Music Teachers Association, and the Denver Area Music Teachers Association, Ms. Shaak has presented numerous workshops and teaching demonstrations in many forums. Her students have been heard in many competitions and major festivals.
Workshops will begin at 10:00 a.m. on both January 25 and 26, with registration beginning at 9:30. The events will be held in the recital hall of the Center for the Performing and Fine Arts on the campus of Indiana State University. Please email Douglas Sperry ( for instructions on traveling to campus and on-campus parking. Indiana State University students and faculty may attend either or both days free with a valid student ID. Fees for other participants are $25 for either Wednesday or Thursday, and $40 for both days.

MTNA Professional Support Line

MTNA provides a sounding board and clearing house for members who have questions of a pedagogical or business nature. For more information, contact the MTNA National Headquarters at (888) 512-5278 or e-mail
Assistance has been provided in the following areas: information on grants, music, acoustical standards of building a new music facility, ASCAP issues, Certification, copyright issues, developing a plan to become a music teacher, creating relationships between other music organizations and local MTNA affiliates, music merchandise questions, prospective member information, lesson fee structures in the United States, assistance helping a member supplement their dues through local and state support, health insurance, finding music teachers around the world and more. Legal issues have been in the matters of copyright, employee contracts, buying and selling music studios, contractual arrangements with ensembles and partnerships, zoning issues and more. For more information visit the support line.

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