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.
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.
IMTA wishes to express it’s heartfelt sympathies to the family of Dr. Catherine A. Smith who passed away on January 2. Dr. Smith was active with IMTA for more than 10 years (approximately from the late ’80s through the early 2000s) serving on the board and various committees. Her obituary is posted below.
Catherine A. Smith
OCTOBER 27, 1924 – JANUARY 2, 2019
Dr. Catherine A. Smith, distinguished faculty emerita, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, passed away January 2 at Meadowood. She was born in LaPorte, Indiana, on October 27, 1925, to H. Myron and Marie (Burgoon) Smith. Cay graduated from Bloomington High School and received her B.M. and M.M. with distinction from the I.U. School of Music. She earned her A.D. Music degree from Florida State University under the tutelage of Ernst Von Dohnanyi. She was the first woman in the U.S. to earn a doctorate in piano performance. Cay taught piano for some 40 years, most of which were at Eastern Illinois University. She also taught classes and performed piano programs around the world. She led music and art European tours. At Eastern Illinois University she received the Distinguished Faculty Award, served as chairman of the Keyboard Department and was involved in faculty governance. She served on the Faculty Senate, Council on Academic Affairs. Cay served two terms as President of the Illinois Music Teachers Association. After retiring in 1988, Cay returned to Bloomington. She served as president of the National Society of Arts and Letters and the Community Chamber Music Association. She served on the boards of the Friends of Music, the Bloomington Adult Community Center, Meals on Wheels and the Indiana State Music Association. Cay was also involved with Sigma Alpha Iota, Community Kitchen, Catholic Social Services, Friday Musicale and the St. Charles Peace and Justice Committee. She was also an avid duplicate bridge player; sometimes playing with three different groups a week. Kay is survived by her sister, Marie Mitchell and 19 nieces and nephews. Several nieces and nephews live in Bloomington: Cathy Carter, Steve Carter, Mike Carter, Sally Carter, John Carter, and Susie McGlasson. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Henry Myron Smith, Jr, Joseph Smith, and Patrick Smith; and one sister, Margaret Carter. A mass of Catholic Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Tuesday, January 8, at St. Charles Borromeo Church. Visitation will be from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the Church prior to the mass. Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home, 4150 E. Third St., Bloomington, Indiana 47401 is entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.DayDeremiahFrye.com
Music Teachers National Association is pleased to announce the results of the composition competition for the East Central Division.
Winner: Dhruv Moorthy, Student of Natalia Cernaianu, IL
Honorable mention: Madelyn Tanner, Student of Amy Chaplin, IN
The winning compositions automatically advance to the national competition as national finalists. The results of that competition will be announced by the end of January. Congratulations to all of the participants in the competition! We hope that the comments you receive from the judges will be helpful to you and your teacher. Your efforts are to be commended, and we hope that you will continue to learn and grow as a composer. Good luck with your musical studies!
Christopher Goldston, National Composition Coordinator
When: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Where: Moreau Center for the Arts, St.Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN
Registration Deadline: December 17, 2018
Nonrefundable Application Fee: MTNA members $ 25 per student; non-members $ 35 per student
Gold Medalists Recitals: Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Little Theatre, Moreau Center for the Arts, St.Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN (Time:TBA)
- Participants will perform one movement of any sonatina or sonata without repeats.
- He/she may perform the piece (1) memorized or (2) with music for evaluation only.
- A copy of the music must be provided to the judges with every measure numbered.
- No photocopies are permitted.
For more information, including an online application, visit https://www.sbamta.org/sonata-
In other news from SBAMTA:
SBAMTA is pleased to announce that Marvin Blickenstaff, past President of the Frances Clark Center, will be presenting “Teaching Little Ears to Hear” after our February meeting at Shirks Piano Gallery (4125 Grape Rd., Mishawaka, IN) at 10am on Friday, Feb. 1.
Earlier this month, Vicki King presented a program, Color and Style in the Intermediate Works of Debussy, for the Wabash Valley Music Teachers.
The deadline to apply for or nominate someone for the 2019 MTNA/IMTA Commissioned Composer is December 1, 2018.
The selected Commissioned Composer will be asked to write a piece for the 2019 IMTA State Conference and will then have their composition submitted by IMTA along with composers from other states to compete for the MTNA Distinguished Composer of the year.
Nomination are not limited in any way. Please visit the IMTA/MTNA Composer Commissioning page for more information and to fill out the online nomination form.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. We look forward to your nominations!
Caroline KyungA Ahn
MTNA/IMTA Composer Commissioning Chair
Are you one of those teachers who has thought you would like to become a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM)? I have asked several of you about it, and these are some of the responses I have received:
- It is something I’d really like to do in the future.
- I don’t have the time right now.
- My budget is very limited, and certification is not in it right now.
- I don’t see a clear benefit for me as far as making more money or attracting more students is concerned.
- It seems like such an overwhelming process.
These responses actually encourage me because your answer is not a flat “no.” A couple of these responses actually applied to me some years ago. Then I decided to buckle down and get it done. I am so glad I did!
I have bought my son a card for his birthday, and this is what it says:
“Son—you’re smart, successful and independent, and it’s not just because of heredity . . . . Nope—Nagging had something to do with it, too!”
Sometimes we just need someone to keep reminding us—to give us good reasons to pursue a goal such as certification, to tell us it’s possible, to answer our questions, and to be our “cheerleader” through the process. Well, I’d like to be that person—so you’ll be hearing from me in this venue quite a bit in the future.
Here is what Linda Witchie, NCTM, wrote:
“We should always be learning, and I pursued MTNA’s NCTM program to continue my education and training. I enjoy staying informed of the latest trends in our teaching field. The NCTM certification process encouraged me to continue the habit developed during my undergrad and grad studies of regularly attending programs, workshops, masterclasses and conferences. The NCTM credential raised my level of professionalism and added another tool for marketing my private studio. Some of the best students I have had through the years were referred to me because of my NCTM designation.”
I would love to include your testimonial in the future! Feel free to contact me about your interest and with any questions.
Nancy Spahr Huskey, IMTA Certification Chair
MTNA Competitions Results
James Helton, MTNA Competitions Chairperson
Congratulations to Winners of the 2018 State MTNA Competitions!
Representative: Madelyn Tanner, student of Amy Chaplin
Representative: Alex Lu, student of Richard Ratliff
Winner: Aidan Feeney, student of Jennifer Feeney
Hon. Mention: Abigail Mohs, student of Donald Campfield
Representative: Sage Hamm, student of Robert Palmer
Winner: Brandon Trent, student of Otis Murphy, Indiana University
Alternate: Marley Proffitt, student of Otis Murphy, Indiana University
Hon. Mention: Haruka Taguchi, student of Kevin Cottrill
YOUNG ARTIST COMPOSITION
Representative: Katherine Bodor, student of Don Freund Indiana University
YOUNG ARTIST PIANO
Winner: Domonic Muzzi, student of Roberto, Plano Indiana University
Alternate: Kaden Larson, student of Norman Krieger, Indiana University
Hon. Mention: Tatsuya Katsuhara, student of May Phang, DePauw University
Hon. Mention: Minhyuk Kim, student of Matthew Hill, Goshen College
YOUNG ARTIST STRINGS
Winner: Elina Pentcheva, student of Mauricio Fuks, Indiana University
Alternate: Chiara Sannicandro, student of Mauricio Fuks, Indiana University
Hon. Mention: Nate Bomans, student of Mauricio Fuks, Indiana University
Hon. Mention: Emily Leung, student of Mauricio Fuks, Indiana University
YOUNG ARTIST WOODWIND
Winner: Paul Cotton, student of Otis Murphy, Indiana University
Alternate: Wesley Taylor, student of Otis Murphy, Indiana University
Hon. Mention: Kesley Pharis, student of Linda Strommen, Indiana University
Hon. Mention: Ting Hua Liang, student of Otis Murphy, Indiana University
Winner: Kanaderu Quartet, students of Otis Murphy, Indiana University
Ensemble Members: David Bayard, Kacie Brown, Jake Simons, Josh Tzuo
Alternate: Empyrean Quartet, students of Otis Murphy, Indiana University
Ensemble Members: Derek Granger, Catelyn Hawkins, Wesley Taylor, Paul Cotton
Hon. Mention: Java, students of Otis Murphy, Indiana University
Ensemble Members: Wesley Taylor, Brandon Trent, Benton Westbrook, Marley Proffitt
Many thanks to our judges
Composition: Dr. Amelia Kaplan, Ball State University
Junior Piano: Dr. Ray Kilburn
Young Artist Piano: Dr. Donna Lee, Kent State University
Young Artist Piano: Dr. Lori Rhoden, Ball State University
Young Artist Piano: Dr. Michael Seregow, Ball State University, formerly Washington State University
Young Artist Strings: Dr. Yu-Fang Chen, Ball State University
Senior Woodwinds: Dr. Nathan Bogert, Ball State University
Young Artist Woodwinds: Dr. Daniel Gilbert, University of Michigan
And many thanks to the following indispensable people:
Leon Harshenin, Junior Coordinator
Hamilton Tescarollo, Senior Coordinator
Ray Kilburn, Site Coordinator
Ball State MTNA Student Chapter, Ruth Oh, president