Changes to MTNA Student Competitions

MTNA has made some changes for the 2011–2012 MTNA Student Competitions. The ages for Senior Piano Duet have been extended, as MTNA will now allow students age 11–18, as of January 1, 2012, with at least one student age 15–18. Also, the Chamber Music Competition will now feature two tracks—string and woodwind. The track will be determined by the majority of instruments that comprise each ensemble. Piano will count as a stringed instrument.  The national finals for the 2011–2012 MTNA Student Competitions will take place March 24–28, 2012, at the MTNA National Conference in New York, New York.  The application deadline is 12 MIDNIGHT, September 13, 2011. For more information, visit
The MTNA Competitions Committee has compiled additional resources to make MTNA members more aware of this major component of our professional organization. Visit the competitions section of the MTNA website at for a series of brief communications to explain, explore and guide teachers and students.

2011 MTNA Performance Competitions

The 2011 MTNA Performance Competitions will be held Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Ball Sate University in Muncie IN. Complete guidelines for the competitions can be found on the MTNA Website. The application deadlines is 12:00 MIDNIGHT September 13, 2011 and all applications must be submitted online at the MTNA Website.  Teachers dues must be paid on or before August 31, 2011 in order for students to be eligible.
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Summer camp information- University of Indianapolis

The University of Indianapolis is accepting applications to 2011 summer camps on it’s web-site at  Offerings include Piano Camps for elementary aged students, Keyboard Academy for junior high and high school, Vocal Arts Institute, Jazz Combo Camp, and Chamber Music Institute.  Contact Rebecca Sorley at for more information.

Call for Proposals – 2011 IMTA Annual Conference

Deadline:  June 1, 2011
The Indiana Music Teachers Association is pleased to announce its 2011 Conference at Indiana University, Bloomington. The conference will take place October 21-22, 2011.
The Conference Committee welcomes proposals on all aspects of music and music.  Proposals on all aspects of music teaching, learning, creation, performance, scholarship, career considerations, and other areas of interest to independent and college music teachers are especially encouraged.Continue reading

In Memoriam Douglas Strong

Douglas Strong passed away on Wednesday, April 20th in Minneapolis.
Doug was a retired head piano technician at the Jacobs School of Music, where he worked for nearly 30 years. For many years he played french horn in the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. Doug was also a life-long member of the Friends of Music.
Doug was the recipient of the Marge Counsilman Service Award in 2007. A former swimmer at Northwestern and a 1949 graduate of the University of Texas, Strong was an accomplished masters swimmer. He holds a number of state masters records, especially in the 75-79 and 80-84 year old age groups. He was ranked top 10 nationally in dozens of events, going back as far as 1971. Last summer (2010) he placed in the top 10 nationally in four long-course events in the 85-89 age category. He is survived by his wife Margaret Strong, a longtime member of IMTA.

Nominate a college student for the IMTA StAR Award before June 1, 2011

Collegiate Chapter Reception
The Indiana Music Teachers Association (IMTA) Student Achievement Recognition Award (StAR) may be presented by any college or university in Indiana to a deserving student, either undergraduate or graduate, who will graduate during the current academic year, and who plans to teach in an independent or collegiate music studio following graduation. (Students who plan to continue pursuing another degree after graduation are eligible.) The student should be selected on the basis of excellence, including academic achievement, successful teaching experience, and/or demonstrated leadership abilities. Please complete the online nomination form located at by June 1, 2011 to make the award to a student from your school. (No awards will be recognized by IMTA after June 1.)
Please contact the IMTA Collegiate Chapters Chair, Dr. Lori Rhoden, or 765-285-5449 if you have any questions.