NCTM

Nancy Spahr-Huskey, Certification Chair

Are you going to the National Conference? If not, I certainly hope you plan to come to our State Conference September 20-21. This kind of continuing education is vital to our continued growth and rejuvenation as music teachers!

When you are at a conference, do keep your eyes open for these letters: NCTM. “Nationally Certified Teacher of Music “ means this individual has demonstrated knowledge and proficiency in their area of expertise and met these standards:

  • Professional preparation
  • Professional teaching practice
  • Professional business management
  • Professionalism and partnerships
  • Professional and personal renewal

Is it any wonder that you see so many NCTMs floating around at conferences? These are the people we learn from. If you don’t already have these initials after your name, you can! Visit www.mtna.org; click on “Engage” and then “MTNA Certification Program.” Feel free to contact me at nbspahr01@comcast.net with questions.

Passing of World-Renowned Choral Director Joseph Flummerfelt 

World-renowned choral director Joseph Flummerfelt passed on Friday, March 1.  He was the son of Mavorette Flummerfelt, a long time piano teacher and member of  IMTA for many years (who attended IMTA conferences into her 80’s). Flummerfelt was recently diagnosed with glioblastoma, but had a massive stroke before treatments could begin.

View the article “Joseph Flummerfelt, a Force Behind Mighty Choruses, Dies at 82” on the New York Times.

Proposals Now Being Accepted for 2019 Conference

The conference planning committee is seeking proposal submissions for the 2019 Indiana Music Teachers Association State Conference to be held at the University of Indianapolis on Friday and Saturday, September 20-21, 2019.

Proposals on all aspects of music teaching including teaching, learning, creation, performance, scholarship, career considerations, and other areas of interest to independent and college music teachers are welcome.

Full sessions are 50 min. in length including 5 min. Q&A time.
Lightning sessions are 7 min. in length including 2 min. Q&A time.

Submission deadline:  May 1, 2019.
Notification: The first presenter listed on the proposal will be notified by email of the committee’s decision no later than June 30, 2019.

Visit this page for more information.

Updated Details for Hoosier Auditions Districts A and C

Details for Hoosier Auditions for Districts A (Valparaiso) and C (Indianapolis) is now available!


District A

Audition Date: Saturday, April 13th, 2019
Postmark Deadline: Monday, April 1st, 2019
Location: Valparaiso University Center for the Arts. 1709 Chapel Dr., Valparaiso, IN 46383
District A Chair: Nicole Lee; nicole.lee@valpo.edu (253) 212-6411

Visit the District A Page

District C

Please note that because we were unable to secure a district chairman, all contestants will compete in District D (Anderson).

Please refer to the District D map for information on deadlines, date of the audition, and contact information.

District C contestants will compete in a separate room, and individual winners will be chosen from each category apart from those of district D.


For questions, please contact Daniel Lin, Hoosier Auditions Chair

Winter Weather

Nancy Spahr Huskey, IMTA Certification Chair

This is the season of bad weather which results in two-hour delays or school closings.  What do you do when students can’t make their lessons because of the weather?

Maybe this is a good time to get online and look up MTNA Certification at www.mtna.org.  Click on “Engage” and then on “MTNA Certification Program.”  Start with the testimonials by three celebrated teachers, then explore “Get Certified:  Learn More.”  At the bottom of that page, you will find some more categories to read.  Click some more to see what it’s all about, what you will need to do, and how to go about it.

Now how about making a timeline for yourself?  Breaking the task down into small segments can make it all manageable.  After all, this much didn’t take too much of your time.  Now you can get started with one part at a time.  Working on a little bit during those canceled lesson times can help you make progress little by little.  Before you know it, you’ll have completed a sizeable portion of your certification!

I am always available to encourage and answer questions (nbspahr01@comcast.net or 765-438-6435).

Announcing the 24th Annual Hartman Stickley Memorial Piano Competition & Festival Winners Recital

ANNOUNCING THE 24th ANNUAL HARTMAN STICKLEY MEMORIAL PIANO COMPETITION & FESTIVAL WINNERS RECITAL

Event: 24th Annual Hartman Stickley Memorial Piano Competition & Festival Winners Recital
Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Place: Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall, Indiana University, South Bend, Indiana
Time: 2:30 pm
Free Event and Open to the Public

Announcement is made of the 24th Annual Hartman Stickley Memorial Piano Competition & Festival Winners Recital, which will be held on March 24, 2019 in the Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall, Indiana University, South Bend, Indiana, at 2:30 pm.

The competition and festival itself will be held on March 15th & 16th at Indiana University, South Bend, and is open to pre-college students. The winners of the competition from each division will perform in the Winners Recital on March 24th and will receive cash prizes:

Division VI Ages 16 – 18 ($175)
Division V Ages 14 & 15 ($150)
Division IV Ages 12 &13 ($125)
Division III Ages 10 &11 ($100)
Division II Ages 8 & 9 ($75)
Division I Ages 7 & under ($50)

Contestants who receive honorable mention will also win cash prizes. All awards will be dispersed following the recital.

The competition and festival, 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 Allen, Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, LaPorte, Marshall, Noble, St. Joseph, and Starke counties, Indiana. Prize money is made available through the Elnora Hartman Stickley Scholarship Fund.

For more information, please contact the competition chair, Paula Laskowski,
574-276-9313 or klaskow824@att.net. You may also visit the South Bend Area Music Teachers Association’s website: www.sbamta.org.

Change in President for Northeast Indiana MTA

Amy Hansel, President of Northeast Indiana MTA (NIMTA) will be relocating to Wisconsin due to a job move for her husband. The IMTA Board of Directors is sad to see her go as she has been a wonderful asset to the board as well as to the members of NIMTA. Most recently, Amy oversaw a big revision in the Bylaws of her local group.
As of March 1, Sara Davis, Vice President of the group, will step in to finish out the final two months of Hansel’s term.
Several members of the group met this past Saturday for a farewell luncheon. Hansel is pictured on the far right of the photo.

NIMTA Farewell Luncheon

Indiana Teacher on Slate for MTNA President-Elect

Voting is now open for the MTNA National Elections. Please consider voting even if you are not personally familiar with the candidates! Take a moment to read about each nominee and determine who has the characteristics and leadership qualities that you would deep important for that particular role. It only takes a few minutes!
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Indiana is proud to have one of our current members on the slate for President-Elect for MTNA! Karen Thickstun has been a valuable member of the state board for many years serving in a plethora of roles. See her bio below.
Karen Thickstun

Karen Thickstun, NCTM

Karen Thickstun, NCTM, teaches piano pedagogy at Butler University, directs the Butler Community Arts School, and maintains an independent studio. Thickstun holds degrees in piano performance/economics from Duke University, business administration from University of Virginia and piano pedagogy from Butler University.

Three of her pedagogy students have received the MarySue Harris Studio Fellowship award. She advises the Butler MTNA Collegiate Chapter, which has presented at state and national conferences. “I am devoted to mentoring young professionals. I believe they are essential to MTNA and our profession,” Thickstun says.

Thickstun served as MTNA Secretary-Treasurer from 2013–2015 and MTNA Vice President from 2015–2017. Recent national appointments include membership committee chair, grants and awards task force chair, MTNA Teacher of the Year committee chair and strategic planning committee. She served as director of East Central Division from 2008–2010, chairing the Local Associations Forum.

Thickstun authors a tri-annual business column for American Music Teacher. Her articles have also appeared in Keyboard Companion and Clavier Companion. She has presented business and pedagogy sessions at local, state and national conferences.

Thickstun has been active in Indiana MTA as state president, trustee chair, and various state and local positions. She received the Distinguished Service Award in 2002 and the Teacher of the Year award in 2008.

As founding director of the Butler Community Arts School, Thickstun provides leadership and vision. Serving more than 2,000 children through private lessons, group classes and camps, instruction is provided by more than 100 Butler University students that she mentors in professional teaching practices. Thickstun has developed a network of community partners to provide access to the arts for innercity youth. To fund outreach classes, Thickstun has written and received grants for more than $100,000 annually for the past eight years.

“I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the arts in meaningful ways. MTNA programs enlighten and challenge our members, as well as students, colleagues, and communities. MTNA has played a vital role in my own professional development. I pledge to bring my passion, integrity, and work ethic to the position of MTNA President-elect. I am honored to be nominated and will strive to maintain high quality programs while developing new ideas that engage and transform,” she says.

Opus Winners to Receive Discount to Composition Camp

IMTA is happy to announce that Anderson University will be sponsoring an additional award for winners of the Elementary, Junior, and Senior levels of the Opus Composition Festival. Winners in each of these categories will get the opportunity to attend the 2019 Summer Composition Camp at Anderson University for 50% off the tuition.
 
During the camp, not only they will students learn how to compose music more effectively but also learn about orchestration, music theory, ear training, notation, and more. They will also have a piece to be performed at the recital on the last day. The camp will be held during the week of July 9-13, 2019Details here.

Krause Named 2018 MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year

IMTA is excited to announce that the Benjamin Krause has been named the 2018 MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year! 

Krause was the 2018 MTNA/IMTA Commissioned Composer whose piece, Taxonimies of Pulse, a work for two pianos, was premiered at the 2018 State Conference at Sweetwater Sound in Fort Wayne.

This award is conferred upon the composer of the most significant composition from among all works commissioned by the MTNA state affiliates. This year there were 28 submissions.

The recipient of the MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year Award receives a $5,000 cash prize, made possible by the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND. The award also includes a performance of the composition at the 2019 MTNA National Conference, which will be held from March 16-20, 2019 in Spokane, Washington. The actual performance is scheduled on Sunday, March 17 from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 noon in the Conference Theater in the Spokane Convention Center.

The judges for the 2018 MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year Award were:

  • Dr. Philip Schuessler, 2017 MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year, Instructor of Music Theory & Composition at Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Dr. M. Shawn Hundley, Lecturer in Composition and Music Theory at University of Hawaii, Manoa
  • Dr. Michael-Thomas Foumai, Associate Professor of Composition & Music Theory Bethune-Cookman University.

 

Bio:

Benjamin Krause’s work has been recognized through grants, commissions, and awards by the Houston Symphony, Copland House, Network for New Music, Presser Foundation, ASCAP, Da Camera of Houston, and The American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France. Drawing freely from varied traditions and aesthetics, his music is characterized by its visceral rhythmic drive, motivic control, and colorful, dense harmonies reminiscent of jazz. As a pianist, he regularly performs new music, jazz, and the classical repertoire, appearing at Carnegie Hall, Zilkha Hall (Houston), the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Menil Collection, and in collaboration with such artists as Molly Barth (Eighth Blackbird), Jeffrey Zeigler (the Kronos Quartet), Timothy McAllister (PRISM Saxophone Quartet), and Ronald Feldman (the Boston Symphony). He has held residencies and fellowships at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers’ Symposium, Lutheran Summer Music, and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference, and will be in residency at the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (WY) in Fall 2018. He was also recently awarded the prestigious Copland House Residency Award, which will grant him time to work and reside at Aaron Copland’s New York home.

Krause holds composition degrees from Rice University (D.M.A.) and the University of Oregon (M.M.), and a B.M. in piano performance from Valparaiso University, where he also served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music (2015-2018). He lives in Chicago with his wife, pianist Christina Giuca Krause.