President’s Message: "Spring into Action"

I know many of you, like me, welcome spring with open arms.  Despite the end-of-semester panics over wrapping up another year’s work, the promise of sunshine and a change of pace are often enough to put at least a little more “oomph” in our step!
My very favorite presidential responsibility is representing Indiana at the MTNA National Conference.  I continue to find myself overwhelmingly proud of the work we do here.  This, of course, is a direct result of the passion and commitment of our IMTA members.
On the topic of passion and commitment:  as you likely know, the need to educate others about the importance of the arts has never been more urgent.  I wish I could adequately describe what it felt like to be at the MTNA National Conference just days after President Trump released his budget proposal, which suggests eliminating all funds for the NEA and the NEH.
As we all know, the study of music – for its own sake – is beneficial, even fundamental, to our existence.  However, in light of an administration claiming to be focused on economic growth and job development, it can be useful for us to remind our elected officials – and peers – of the following points:

  • The arts are heavy contributors to all aspects of industry (businesses, employers, and consumers)
  • The arts are a driving force of tourism (studies show arts patrons stay longer and spend more when traveling)
  • Creativity is being touted as one of the single most important qualities 21st-century employers are looking for in new hires
  • Arts industries bring in an international trade surplus each year

Supporting statistics for these, and other valid points can be found here.
I hope you will carefully consider – even in the midst of spring semester chaos – contacting your elected officials and urging them to continue full funding to the NEA and the NEH.  You can find your House reps here and your Senate reps here.
There’s never been a better time to let your voice be heard!  A phone call or email to your government representatives takes mere minutes (seconds, even!), but the impact of our efforts – together – can help ensure the flourishing of our craft for a great many years to come.
After all, if we do not advocate for the arts, who do we expect to do so?

2017 Hoosier Auditions Results, District C Indianapolis

The Indiana Music Teacher’s association is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 District C Auditions, held in Lilly Hall on the campus of Butler University, Saturday, April  1, 2017. Thank you to Catherine Kling for her hard work in coordinating Indianapolis’ site. The winners of each performance category will compete at the state round of Hoosier Auditions, Saturday, May 13 at Butler University. Congratulations to all!
WINNER:         Evan Li and Erica Zhao, students of Natalia Rachford
WINNER: Isaac Qian, student of Irina Gorin
ALTERNATE:  Jessica Flowers, student of Beverly & Sylvia Scott
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2017 Hoosier Auditions Result, District B Goshen

The Indiana Music Teacher’s association is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 District B Auditions, held at the Music Center on the campus of Goshen College, Saturday, March 25, 2017. Thank you to Dr. Luke Norell for his hard work in coordinating Goshen’s site. The winners of each performance category will compete at the state round of Hoosier Auditions, Saturday, May 13 at Butler University. Congratulations to all!
WINNER: Albert Lu, student of Linda Belleville
ALTERNATE: Lourdes Baltazar, student of Dr. Mary Rose Norell
HONORABLE MENTION: Ingrid Lund, student of Dr. Mary Rose Norell
Silvia Venturi, student of Dr. Luke Norell
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2017 IMTA State Conference Call for Proposals

09.25.2017 update: Proposals are no longer being accepted for the 2017 conference. Please check back for the 2018 call for proposals.
Proposals for the 2017 Indiana Music Teachers Association state conference are due 12:00 midnight, Eastern, May 24, 2017. 
The conference will be held at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN on Friday–Saturday, September 29–30, 2017.
We are seeking proposals on all aspects of music, including music teaching, learning, creation, performance, career considerations, scholarship and other areas of interest to independent and college music teachers. Proposals may be submitted in one of the following formats:
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Indiana-specific Conference Events

The 2017 MTNA Conference in Baltimore, MD is just around the corner. If you’re attending, here is a listing of all events that are related to Indiana and our members. Please join us in supporting our fellow Indiana colleagues and students!

Saturday, 03.18

8:45 am – Maya Kilburn, competing in the Junior Strings Competition (Galena Room)
9:15 am – Karen Thickstun (et al.), The Socially Active Music Teacher (Grand Ballrooms VII and VIII)
4:30 pm – Ball State University AND Butler University Collegiate Chapters present during Collegiate Chapters Activities Poster Sessions (Waterview Ballroom)
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Indiana Student to Compete in National Performance Competition

IMTA congratulates Maya Kilburn, WINNER of the East Central Division MTNA Performance Competition in Junior Strings!

2016 ECDA winner Maya Kilburn

2017 ECDA winner Maya Kilburn

Miss Kilburn along with her collaborator and father, Dr. Ray Kilburn of Ball State University performing the following works:

  • Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216, Movement I
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Sonata No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 105, Movement I
    Robert Schumann
  • Scherzo-tarantelle in G Minor, Op. 16
    Henryk Wieniawski

Maya will now advance to the MTNA National Performance Competition, to be held at the National Conference in Baltimore, MD. The competition will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017.
Please join us in celebrating this fine young musician!
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Former Butler Collegiate Member Wins MTNA Studio Fellowship

Congratulations to former Butler Collegiate Chapter MTA member Karen Lien, winner of the Mary Sue Harris Fellowship, awarded annually by MTNA!
The $3,000 grant, funded by the MarySue Harris Endowment Fund, is presented annually to a recently graduated independent teacher who demonstrates commitment to the music teaching profession and outstanding studio development.
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East Central Division (E.C.D.) Competition Results

Indiana is proud to announce we have several winners, alternates and honorable mentions that were named in the East Central Division Competition!

East Central Junior Performance String

Winner – Maya Kilburn, Violin; Student of Mimi Zweig

East Central Senior Performance Piano

Honorable mention – Gabe Brunner, Piano; Student of Fred Hammond
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2016 ECD Composition Competition Winners Named

Music Teachers National Association is pleased to announce the results of the composition competition for East Central Division.
Indiana MTA would like to thoroughly congratulate one of our students who received an honorable mention! Da Som (Emily) Yoo, student of Michael Schelle awarded an honorable mention in the Young Artist division!
Winner: Aaron Wang, Student of Catherine Rollin, MI
Honorable mention: Joshua Wolford, Student of Matthew Hagle, IL
Winner: Greta Thoresen, Student of Drea Wagner, WI
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2016 Results MTNA Performance Competitions – State Round

Congratulations to the winners from the Indiana state round of the MTNA Performance Competitions.  Winners/Representatives go on to play at the ECD Competition on January 15th at Central Michigan State University.

Chamber Music Wind

Representative – Soma
Ting Hua Liang, Baritone Saxophone
Paul Lorenz, Alto Saxophone
Nathan Howard, Tenor Saxophone
Ricardo Martinez, Soprano Saxophone
Teacher – Otis Murphy
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