2018 Hoosier Auditions – District E

Congratulations to all winners of the District E Hoosier auditions. There were a total of 30 performers in this event. A special thank you to District Chair, Lai Ping Jean Ho.

Early-Elementary Piano Solo
Winner: Ethan He
Teacher: Dilya Meehan

Alternate: Jeffrey Chen
Teacher: Lai Ping Jean Ho

Early-Elementary Piano Duet
Winners: Jeffrey Chen
Andrew Weng
Teacher: Lai Ping Jean Ho

Elementary Piano Solo
Winner: Christine Liu
Teacher: Lai Ping Jean Ho

Alternate: Jenny Li
Teacher: Lai Ping Jean Ho

Honorable Mention: Charlie Conner
Teacher: Margaret Roby

Elementary Piano Duet

Winner: Jenny Li
Christine Liu
Teacher: Lai Ping Jean Ho

Alternates: Judy Bai
Crystal Wang
Teacher: Lai Ping Jean Ho

Middle Piano Solo
Winner: Yucheng Wang
Teacher: Janet Palmberg

Alternate: Michael J. Johnson
Teacher: Lynette Browne

Honorable Mention: Annie Li
Teacher: Lai Ping Jean Ho

Honorable mention: Katherine Mayhew
Teacher: Margaret Roby

Middle Piano Duet
Winners: Danny Li
Annie Li
Teacher: Lai Ping Jean Ho

Junior Piano Solo
Winner: Laura Rong
Teacher: Dilya Meehan

Alternate: Elise Boutell
Teacher: Janet Palmberg

Honorable Mention: Priscilla Liu
Teacher: Lai Ping Jean Ho

Honorable Mention: Anna Lin
Teacher: Lai Ping Jean Ho

Junior Piano Duet
Winners: Peter Yacoub
Laura Rong
Teacher: Dilya Meehan

Senior Piano Solo
Winner: Allison Keiser
Teacher: Margaret Roby

Alternate: Maddie DeBaun
Teacher: Lai Ping Jean Ho

Honorable Mention: Pascal Koj
Teacher: Dilya Meehan

Senior Piano Duet
Winner: Chloe Koutsoumpas
Priscilla Liu
Teacher: Lai Ping Jean Ho

2018 Hoosier Auditions – District D

Congratulations to all winners of the District D Hoosier auditions. There were a total of 12 performers in this event. A special thank you to District Chair, Reginald Rodgers.

Middle Piano
Winner: Vedika Garg
Teacher: Christina Whitlock

Junior Piano
Winner: Sai Hamm
Teacher: Galit Gertsenzon Fromm

Alternate: Alton Jackson
Teacher: Christina Whitlock

Senior Piano
Winner: Tristan Galeon
Teacher: Daniel Lin

Alternate: Joshua Ford
Teacher: Christina Whitlock

Honorable Mention: Reagan Martin
Teacher: Christina Whitlock

College Piano
Winner: Abbey Smith
Teacher: Randall Frieling

Alternate: Jonathan Kroll
Teacher: Phoenix Park-Kim

Honorable Mention: Brenna Green
Teacher: Reginald Rodgers

College Woodwinds
Winner: Rachel Jordan
Teacher: Elizabeth Crawford

2018 Hoosier Auditions – District C

Congratulations to all winners of the District C Hoosier auditions. There were a total of 29 performers in this event. A special thank you to District Chair, Catherine Kling.

Early Elementary Piano
Winner: Erica Lai
Teacher: Irina Gorin

Alternate: JeFauna Zhu
Teacher: Irina Gorin

Honorable Mention: Daniel Chen
Teacher: Svetlana Soleimani

Early Elementary Piano Duet
Winners: Olivia Zhao
Audrey Zhang
Teacher: Irina Gorin

Elementary Piano
Winner: Jason Yang
Teacher: Ada Shebanova

Alternate: Isaac Qian
Teacher: Irina Gorin

Honorable Mention: Rosalyn Chu
Teacher: Anna Briscoe

Elementary Piano Duet
Winners: Julia Peng
Evan Li
Teacher: Natalia Rachford

Middle Piano
Winner: Chenyao Liu
Teacher: Irina Gorin

Alternate: Ian Sun
Teacher: Natalia Rachford

Honorable Mention:Micah Young
Teacher: Karen Taylor

Honorable Mention: Rachel Wu
Teacher: Ada Shebanova

Honorable Mention: Brooke Liao
Teacher: Ada Shebanova

Middle Piano Duet
Winners: Rio Akachi
Sophaia Prabhu-Hensley
Teacher: Irina Gorin

Junior Piano
Winner: Katherine Jolliff
Teacher: Kate Boyd

Alternate: Daniel Larsen
Teacher: Karen Taylor
Honorable Mention: Grace Tubbs
Teacher: Irina Gorin

Senior Piano
Winner: Madison Weiss
Teacher: Irina Gorin

Alternate: Nadine Templeton
Teacher: Ada Shebanova

Collegiate Piano
Winner: Brandon Vos
Teacher: Richard Ratliff

Alternate: Leah Andricopulos
Teacher: Kate Boyd

2018 Hoosier Auditions – District B

Congratulations to all winners of the District B Hoosier auditions. There were a total of 22 performers in this event. A special thank you to District Chair, Dr. Luke Norell.

Early Elementary Piano
Winner: Albert Lu
Teacher: Linda Belleville

Alternate: Ezra Tice
Teacher: Dr. Luke Norell

Honorable Mention: Ingrid Lund
Teacher: Dr. Mary Rose Norell

Elementary Piano
Winner: Christa Scofield
Teacher: Dr. Mary Rose Norell

Alternate: Raymond Luo
Teacher: Linda Witchie

Honorable Mention: Lourdes Baltazar
Teacher: Dr. Mary Rose Norell

Honorable Mention: Jayden Wang
Teacher: Linda Belleville

Elementary Piano Duet
Winners:  Lourdes Baltazar
   Silvia Venturi
Teachers: Drs. Luke and Mary Rose Norell

Middle Piano
Winner: Felix Zhang
Teacher: Melissa Luan

Alternate: Elsa Lund
Teacher: Dr. Luke Norell

Honorable Mention: Yoonji Choe
Teacher: Dr. Pamela Haynes

Junior Piano
Winner: Peter Yang
Teacher: Patricia Jones Collins

Alternate: Rachel Yuan
Teacher: Linda Belleville

Honorable Mention: Keely Cox
Teacher: Dr. Luke Norell

Junior Piano Duet
Winners: Keely Cox
         Joya Drenth
Teachers: Drs. Luke and Mary Rose Norell

Senior Piano
Winner: Joshua Catanzaro
Teacher: Nancy Spahr Huskey

Alternate: Rachel Miller

Teacher: Dr. Luke Norell

Honorable Mention: Haley Miller
Teacher: Dr. Luke Norell

Collegiate Piano
Winner: Cecilia Horner
Teacher: Kathleen Keasey

Middle Strings

Winners: Felix Zhang
Teacher: Melissa Luan

2018 Hoosier Auditions – District A

Congratulations to all winners of the District A Hoosier auditions. There were a total of 29 performers in this event. A special thank you to District Chair, Carey Scheck.

Early-Elementary Piano
Winner: Kate Huang
Teacher: Kimiko Nakamura

Alternate: Brooke Sharp
Teacher: Lora Allen

Elementary Piano
Winner: Amy Mao
Teacher: Kimiko Nakamura

Alternate: Jonathan Malchow
Teacher: Nicole Lee

Middle Piano
Winner: Nathaniel Malchow
Teacher: Nicole Lee

Alternate: Emily Sun
Teacher: Kimiko Nakamura

Junior Piano
Winner: Sohpia Webdell
Teacher: Nicole Lee

Alternate: Victor Sirugo
Teacher: Carey Scheck

Senior Piano
Winner: Nathan Lin
Teacher: Anthony Beer

Alternate: Ben Hoham
Teacher: Christina Krause

Early Elementary Violin
Winner: Noelle Streuber-Eden
Teacher: Tamara Ringas

Alternate: Jada Bush
Teacher: Tamara Ringas

Elementary Violin
Winner: Emma Paul
Teacher: Tamara Ringas

Alternate: Aleah Huber
Teacher: Tamara Ringas

Middle Violin
Winner: Joah Huber
Teacher: Tamara Ringas

Alternate: Madi Perez
Teacher: Lora Allen

Junior Violin
Winner: Tiffany Chou
Teacher: Tamara Ringas

Senior Violin
Winner: Anna Huber
Teacher: Tamara Ringas

 

Newly-Certified Indiana Teachers

Indiana is pleased to announce we have two teachers who have recently passed the National Certification through MTNA for status as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM).

Please join us in congratulating:


David Cartledge
 who currently serves as Associate Professor in the Piano department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

When asked to share his reasons for deciding to pursue NCTM status he stated:

I got certified out of respect for IMTA, MTNA, and the distinguished pedagogues who serve in the organization.  While I’m not recruiting a private studio, I wanted to participate in the certification process in order to show my enthusiasm for this important program.  

 

Mia Ray who graduated May 2017 with a degree in Piano Pedagogy and Music Arranging from Maranatha Baptist University. Beginning this coming Fall, she will be starting her master’s degree in Music Composition at Butler. Currently, she teaches music for K-12 at a school on the southside of Indy, along with teaching private lesson students.

When asked to share her reasons for deciding to pursue NCTM status she stated:

MTNA certification was a required part of the piano pedagogy degree at Maranatha, and I am so thankful for this requirement. Certification has given me credibility when seeking new clients and applying for jobs, and a confidence in my teaching. I also appreciate the accountability that comes with renewing my certification, reminding me that the best teachers are lifelong students.

 

For more information on how to become a nationally certified teacher, visit the MTNA Certification website or contact IMTA’s certification chair, Nancy Huskey

2018 Opus Composition Festival Winners

We are very pleased to announce that the 2018 Opus Competition Festival results are in. We received many high-quality compositions and it made the festival very competitive. Congratulations to all students who submitted entries! Judge David Schneider mentioned how very impressed and extremely pleased with the compositions he was and stated that all of the students should be very proud of their works.

The winners in each category are:

Elementary: Madelyn Tanner, student of Amy Chaplin, Wish upon a Star
Junior: Aidan Feeney, student of Jennifer Feeney, Morning Prelude in E Major
Senior: Abigail Mohs, student of Annete Mohs, Chips ‘N’ Salsa
Young Artist: Katherine Bodor, student of Don Freund, Absent an Adjustment

The winners in each category have the opportunity to perform their composition at the IMTA State Conference in the fall of 2018 at Sweetwater and will receive their entry fee paid in full by IMTA into the state round of the MTNA Composition Competition in September 2018.

~Dr. Caroline Ahn, chair IMTA Opus Festival

Ongoing Need for Advocacy

A message from IMTA’s Arts and Advocacy Chair, Karen Thickstun

In our current economy and federal environment, there is an ongoing need for advocacy. If we don’t advocate for our profession, who will?

Recent budget proposals sent to Congress proposed the elimination of all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The NEA’s current $148 million budget represents just 0.012% of federal discretionary spending. This equates to 45 cents per capita.

Why is it important to keep the NEA?  How does the NEA affect my teaching in my small part of the country?

The NEA provides federal funding (taxpayers’ money) for states to disburse as they see fit. In fact, 40% of the NEA budget is distributed to the 50 states!  In Indiana, the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) allocates this money to nine different regions. In my region (Indianapolis), arts organizations can apply for operating support and project support. The Butler Community Arts School has received grants from the IAC for the past ten years to provide need-based scholarship assistance for underserved youths in central Indiana. Several of these youths are now music majors or young alumni in the music profession.

Americans for the Arts has created a reference sheet to help each of us talk about the arts — 10 Reasons to Support the Arts.

The argument you employ will depend on who you are talking to…You might want to focus on job creation, and emphasize that the arts create and support 4.1 million jobs, which is a larger share of the economy than transportation, tourism, or agriculture. Or you might want to focus on how the arts develop creativity and innovation — skills that are desired by businesses. Or how the arts can revitalize and strengthen a community.

Advocacy is not just about lobbying Congress. It is what we do every day to support arts organizations and the arts in our schools and communities. Simply being visible and present in your community is advocacy.  AND, it’s good business! The community knows who you are.


Karen will be presenting her second webinar Business Planning for the Independent Music Teacher – Part 2: “Nuts and Bolts.” with MTNA on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 12:00 NOON Eastern Time. Visit the Members Only  area of the MTNA website to register.

In case you missed it, Part 1 “The Big Picture” will be available on the MTNA website in the Members Area.

WVMTA AIM Festival Article in Paper

This article was printed in the Tribune-Star in Terre Haute on 4/8/2018 regarding the WVMTA.

 

Carrying the Right Tune

119 students participated in Wabash Valley Music Teachers Association Achievement in Music Festival.

The 23rd annual Achievement in Music Festival for piano students in the Wabash Valley took place on March 10 in the Fine Arts Building at Indiana State University.

A total of 119 students from the studios of 11 member teachers of the Wabash Valley Music Teachers Association participated at one of 13 progressive levels, prep through Level 12.

The AIM Festival is a non-competitive event between students; participation ensures a musically well-rounded goal to master specific content for each year’s study. The required syllabus, developed by the Indiana Music Teachers Association, outlines requirements in five areas: piano repertoire, keyboard/ technical skills, sight playing, written theory and aural recognition.

All Wabash Valley Music Teachers Association members, who maintain membership in the Indiana Music Teachers Association, volunteer their time to help organize the event and evaluate students of their colleagues in the various skill areas. Guest judges from other parts of Indiana are hired to evaluate the solo performances of each student.

Students prepare all year for AIM day with the goal of demonstrating competency and earning a medal designed for that level. The following member teachers provided the instruction and opportunity for students to participate in the 2018 AIM Festival: Jason Allen, Donna Bowles, Lynette Browne, Lois Clouse, Lai Ping Ho, William Hughes, Joyce Mattick, Dilya Meehan, Janet Palmberg, AIM chair Margaret Roby and Larysa Tudorica.

Wabash Valley Music Teachers Association teacher Lois Clouse (left) and her student greet students at the registration table for the Achievement in Music Festival, March 10 at Indiana State University.

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MTNA Performance Competitions

Indiana’s state round of the MTNA Performance Competitions will be held at Ball State University on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Entry deadline is 3:00 pm EASTERN TIME on Wednesday, September 12. Teacher dues must be paid by this time. For competition details please consult the website at mtna.org. Beyond this, you may direct questions to Jim Helton, MTNA Competitions Chairperson: jhelton@bsu.edu