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Music Teachers' Association of CaliforniaMTAC SFEV  BRANCH NEWSLETTERS
 May 2016

 

Gillian Smith         May 8 at 9:54 AM

 Fwd: Help with ideas for left handed student

Gillian Smith       May 8 at 11:38 AM

...passing this along....

I just started teaching an adult student who cannot use his right hand due to a severe accident he was in many years ago. He has had years of therapy and surgeries and the only way he can use it is to peck a few notes with his first and second finger combined. So I'm seeking ideas for teaching concepts and repertoire that is for only LH or mainly LH. I have a few LH only pieces already, but would love more ideas. He is so excited to learn to read music so I will be working a lot of theory with him as well. This is a wonderful opportunity for him as the entire rest of his family already takes lessons from me and every lesson he sits in and just absorbs what I'm teaching.

So any ideas would be very welcome and thank you!!

Mary Beth Eversole
marybetheversole@gmail.com

Fwd: Winds and Voice Regional

Gillian Smith    May 9 at 9:14 PM

 
Dear MTAC SFEV Members,

Congratulations to Francine Ross-Pancost!!

She had two Bach Regional Winners, who will be going on to complete works in Oct. They are: Ayushi Banerjee in the Jr. division and Katherine He in the Senior division.

Also - as of a couple of days ago, her new music publishing web site is up and working!! SilverWindspublishing.com

Gillian

Meeting, May 9th - Deadline for the Spring Festival is this Monday

Gillian Smith      May 11 at 11:30 AM



Dear MTAC SFEV Members,

We had an entertaining and productive meeting, Monday, May 9th. Many thanks to Dilara Khalilova for hosting us with her usual warmth and charm! Thank you also to the four pianists who entertained the group before brunch. Anahit Sevoyan, Yue-Fun Chuang, Dilara Khalilova and Mark Richman presented beautiful performances of pieces by Schumann, Bach, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Chopin and Mozart to the group of approximately 20 who were there.

Please find Minutes of the Meeting, at the bottom of this newsletter page or attached (PDF).

Looking ahead, our Scholarship Competition takes place this weekend on the 15th at Keyboard Concepts. There are more than 20 entrants, but this is a closed competition so no audience is allowed. The Regional Southern California Bach Festival is the same day at Pasadena Steinway. Our Branch will be represented by 7 performers. Anyone may attend the Bach recitals which begin at 9AM and go all morning and afternoon.

SPRING FESTIVAL

Our Spring Festival consists of a General Recital and a concert of the award-winning students from the Scholarship Competition which takes place this weekend. The deadline for entering students in the General Recital is this coming Monday, May 16. Please read the Rules and Guidelines for General Recitals and send application forms plus fees to Regina Verteym. In addition to providing information as required in the application, please email Regina with the names of your students and their repertoire so that she can cut and paste them into the program. This procedure makes it much easier for chairpeople and results in greater accuracy as well, since handwriting can sometimes be difficult to read.

Verteym, Regina 19120 Hamlin Street Unit #4, Reseda, CA 91335 818-881-0189

Thank you to Kathleen Rabun, to Mark Richman and to Regina Vertyem for chairing the events listed above. Thanks also to their assistants, Aziza Syed, Tamara Gyulnazarova and Nicole Nale, respectively for their help with these functions.

It has been really easy getting volunteers to chair and to assist with events all year long! Thank you to so many of you for your willingness to contribute your time and enthusiasm to our music-teaching community.

Our last meeting of the year, our Planning Meeting, will take place June 20th.

Gillian

 

Fwd: Festival of the American Liszt Society 2016 --- Liszt and Russia

Gillian Smith       May 12 at 8:23 PM

 

Greetings! We are excited to relate to you about this year's Festival of the American Liszt Society which will be held at California State University, Northridge!
 
We cordially invite you to attend the festival, and encourage you to share the information about the festival with your colleagues! It is the very first time this event will be held in Southern California, and is of paramount importance to the music community; please share this information with your constituent branch members about this eclectic symposium, which will be highlighting the connection between Liszt and his influence on Russian music. 

 

Highlights include a headliner concert by Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko, performances and lectures by American Liszt Society members and invited international artists and scholars including Antonio Pompa-Baldi, John Perry, Richard Taruskin, Mikhail Voskresensky, among others, culminating with a gala performance of rare piano concerti by Lyapunov, Scriabin, and Rimsky-Korsakov in addition to the Liszt A Major concerto.
    
You can register at this link either online or via mail:
http://www.als2016.org/register.html

 

One can choose to register to attend the entire festival, or choose to come just for certain specific events or performances. If you aren't sure about attending, rest assured tickets will be sold at the door.

 

Tickets for individual events can be purchased in advance through the website for $15. This is a tremendous bargain for a unique opportunity; it is very unusual and rare to have this type of festival so close to home in Southern California.

For more detailed information about the events of the festival, please see this link:
http://www.als2016.org/schedule.html

We eagerly look forward to your participation, and would be delighted to hear from you if you have any questions!
 
With best wishes,

https://docs.google.com/uc?export=download&id=0B3bXP_EV8WVHZUZmZkVYZ0NERkE&revid=0B3bXP_EV8WVHY0NLN2xGWkVnOHYzRWR6SHFka1RZT2pxNTlFPQ
Dmitry Rachmanov,
Artistic Director, 2016 American Liszt Society Festival
"Liszt and Russia"
http://www.als2016.org/

 

Fwd: MTAC Online System Teacher Info Session

Gillian Smith           May 16 at 11:04 PM

  

Hi Gillian,

I am writing to ask if you can send a reminder to the teachers in your branch about the upcoming MTAC online system teacher information sessions.  By now I am sure the teachers received the brochures with their student's CM Theory tests that they are to distribute to all of their student's parents, and have many questions about the roles of the teachers and the parents within the new system.  I have been the state board liaison to the new online system development team and have also been working with them as we launched VOCE this year within the new system.  In addition, I have been working with them and with the CM council as the system has been customized to bring in the CM program this year.  This information session will provide a first look at the system and all that it can do, and in addition will prepare teachers for what they will need to do in order to bring their students into the new system.  It is especially important for the members in your branch who are involved in organizing your branch CM event, but it is valuable for every teacher.  

I will be leading all of the Southern California information sessions.  I am hoping you will help us get the word out to your teachers.  The Pasadena session is the last regional Southern California session the state board will be hosting.  It will be a great time for the teachers to meet with other local area MTAC teachers.  

I have included the link for the  Pasadena session below. The session will be held at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Pasadena.  Click on the link to RSVP to the event. This event is free. This session is nearly full, but if there are enough on the waiting list, we will add a second session immediately after this session.  Teachers can also contact Maria Mercado at the state office to be added to the list.  Her email is mariam@mtac.org

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Steinway Piano Gallery - Pasadena, CA at 10:30 am

Thank you for helping to get the word out.  Hope to see you there!

--

Nancy Woo

2nd Director

Music Teachers' Association of California

nwoo@mtac.org

"Excellence in Music Education"

Results of the Scholarship Competition

Gillian Smith     May 17 at 11:16 AM

 Instrumental I

1st Prize: Katherine He--Francine Ross Pancost

2nd Prize: Chan Gi Kim--Soo Choi

Honorable Mention: Melissa Yang--Laura Halladay

 

Instrumental II

1st Prize: Celine Chen--Mary Cervantes

2nd Prize: Jonathan Chua--Tamara Gyulnazarova

Honorable Mention: Sonya Siegel-Chanen--Francine Ross Pancost

 

Piano I

1st Prize: Maya Paredes--Mark Richman

(no 2nd Prize; no Honorable Mention)

 

Piano II

1st Prize: Lina Hisada--Nobuyo Nishizaka

2nd Prize: Brendon Gong--Gideon Rubin

Honorable Mention: Shin Takahashi--Nobuyo Nishizaka

 

Piano III

1st Prize: Oliver Mann--Mark Richman

2nd Prize: Miyu Tang--Nobuyo Nishizaka

Honorable Mention: Valentina Moraccini--Gillian Smith

Fwd: Robert Thies with the Santa Monica Symphony this coming Sunday at Barnum Hall

Gillian Smith     May 24 at 2:32 PM

 

Hello friends and colleagues,

 One of the pianists I represent, Robert Thies, is stepping in at the last minute as the soloist with the Santa Monica Symphony performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. It is Sunday, May 29th at 7PM at Barnum Hall in Santa Monica and it’s free. If you don't know Robert, he is an absolutely amazing pianist and you won't want to miss this!!

 Here is a link with more info: http://www.smsymphony.org/concerts

 Hope to see many of you at the concert!! Let me know if you're attending so we can sit together.

 Best wishes,

Jeanie Deutsch

 

Fwd: Mount Saint Mary's University 6th Annual Concerto Competition

Gillian Smith         May 25 at 3:00 PM

 

The Mount Saint Mary’s University 6th Annual Concerto Competition is open to high school pianists, instrumentalists, and vocalists grades 9-12.


First place winners in each category will perform with the Mount Orchestra under the direction of Chet Swiatkowski on Saturday, October 22, 2016. One GRAND PRIZE winner will be selected as the recipient of $500.

Repertoire

Solos must be performed from memory. Applicants will provide their own accompanist. All students are required to attend rehearsals and concerts as arranged with the Mount Orchestra music director.

Pianists/Instrumentalists: One movement from a standard concerto or concert piece with orchestral accompaniment from the late Baroque or Classical periods (circa 1700-1820).
Vocalists: Any aria from a standard opera or oratorio from the late Baroque or Classical periods (circa 1700-1820).

Participants will be notified of their audition by September 12, 2016

Registerwww.msmu.edu/concerto-competition/register

To register, complete the online form and mail your $45 registration fee to: 

Music Department, Mount Saint Mary’s University
12001 Chalon Road, 
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Please make checks payable to “MSMU Music Department”
Direct inquiries to Dr. Therese Fassnacht, tfassnacht@msmu.edu / 310.954.4265

 

Michelle Moreno

Assistant, Music Department

Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles

mmoreno@msmu.edu

Spring Festival / June Meeting

Gillian Smith   May 25 at 10:34 PM 

Dear MTAC SFEV Members,

Everyone is invited to attend the Spring Festival, this weekend at Valley College.  The Festival has two parts: the General Recital which will begin at 2PM and the Winners' Concert (winners from the Scholarship Competition) at 3:30.  Come hear some wonderful students from our branch, 1st and 2nd place winners of the Scholarship Competition, performing in a special concert.  These winners include performers on flute, strings and piano.  Many thanks to Regina Verteym for chairing this event and to Nicole Nale for assisting!

Our last meeting of the year will take place on Monday, June 20, at Piano Play.  Please put this date on your calendar, and be there to discuss and help plan the events of the next season.  You will also be able to meet and vote on the slate of new officers of our Board of Directors!

Gillian

 

Spring Festival

Gillian Smith        May 26 at 10:12 AM

Dear MTAC SFEV Colleagues,

Ist and 2nd-place winners from the list of Scholarship Competition Results below will perform at the Winners' Concert, part of the Spring Festival, this coming Sunday, May 29, at Valley College.  Everyone is invited to attend.  The General Recital portion of the Spring Festival will begin at 2PM, also at Valley College.

Gillian

 

Instrumental I

1st Prize: Katherine He--Francine Ross Pancost

2nd Prize: Chan Gi Kim--Soo Choi

Honorable Mention: Melissa Yang--Laura Halladay

 

Instrumental II

1st Prize: Celine Chen--Mary Cervantes

2nd Prize: Jonathan Chua--Tamara Gyulnazarova

Honorable Mention: Sonya Siegel-Chanen--Francine Ross Pancost

 

Piano I

1st Prize: Maya Paredes--Mark Richman

(no 2nd Prize; no Honorable Mention)

 

Piano II

1st Prize: Lina Hisada--Nobuyo Nishizaka

2nd Prize: Brendon Gong--Gideon Rubin

Honorable Mention: Shin Takahashi--Nobuyo Nishizaka

 

Piano III

1st Prize: Oliver Mann--Mark Richman

2nd Prize: Miyu Tang--Nobuyo Nishizaka

Honorable Mention: Valentina Moraccini--Gillian Smith



MTAC EAST VALLEY BRANCH MEETING - MONDAY MAY 9, 2016

Minutes of the Meeting

The meeting took place at Dilara Khalilova's home which began with a piano recital, then a delicious brunch.

Board Members in attendance:

President - Gillian Smith
1st VP - Mark Richman
Treasurer - Aziza Syed
Corresponding and Recording Secretary - Thelma Mericle
Directors Arjang Hedayati and Anahit Sevoyan

Non-Board members present included Dilara Khalilova, Yue-Fun Chuang, Yolande Witkin, Meg Falk, Janet Kaplan, Mariko Urushidani, Ivana Malo, Roger Eshleman, Nicole Nale, and Barbara Yellin. 

Gillian thanked Dilara for hosting the meeting.  She also thanked the four pianists who performed works by Mozart, Rachmaninov, Chopin, Bach, Schumann and Liszt for the group before the official meeting started.  They were:  Anahit Sevoyan, Yue-Fun Chuang, Dilara Khalilova and Mark Richman.

The members of the Nominating Committee, Roger Eshleman, Mark Richman and Arjang Hedayati, were introduced.  Before voting on the slate of nominees they were to propose, there was discussion about the number of directors that could be put on the slate.  Mark Richman proposed that, although the Branch By-Laws state that 3 to 4 directors can be appointed, we have a more flexible number of directors, between 3 and 5, depending on the number of willing volunteers.  The idea was that, due to the resignation of a board member earlier this year, having more directors might cover that possible deficiency in the future.  Roger brought up the point that there might be some correlation between the number of directors allowed per branch based on the number of members in the branch.  We agreed to vote on Mark’s proposal as a tentative measure pending investigation into the Branch and the State By-Laws on this issue.  The motion was seconded by Arjang Hedayati and passed unanimously.

The Nominating Committee then proposed the following slate of nominees for the 2016/17 season of MTAC SFEV Branch:

President - Nicole Nale
1st Vice President - Mark Richman
2nd Vice President - Meg Falk
Treasurer - Aziza Syed

Corresponding Secretary - Thelma Mericle
Membership Secretary - Francine Ross-Pancost
Recording Secretary – Barbara Yellin
Directors - Arjang Hedayati, Rita Hovanesian, Kathleen Rabun, Anahit Sevoyan,
Gillian Smith

There were no nominations from the floor.  The slate was voted on and passed by unanimous consent.

Gillian was asked what was the biggest job of the President.  She said that she had taken the job with the understanding that dealing with Valley College would not be part of her duties, because it is a big job in and of itself.  She praised the work of Laura Halladay during this last season, saying that Laura had done an outstanding job as our Branch Liaison with Valley College, and had sent many, many diplomatic emails coordinating all the events we held there during the year.  Gillian said that dealing with other venues for branch events was relatively easy, that emailing information during the course of the year was the biggest part of the job.

 Treasurer's Report from Aziza: the Bach Festival had a profit of $60. The Benefit Concert lost approximately $50. There is a balance of $3613 in the savings with projected expenses for the rest of the year being close to that.

 Gillian reported that the Benefit Concert lost money this year.  A big reason for that is that , due to the heavy rainstorm that day, many members of the audience who were traditionally our biggest donors did not attend.  Dilara agreed to chair the Benefit Concert, next year,  taking over for Paul Pitman who would like to step down as Chair, a job he managed for many years.  Dilara asked that we look for assistants at the meeting in June. Yolanda Witkin immediately volunteered to help Dilara.   The Benefit Concert needs a new venue: the Lifehouse Church in Northridge was suggested.


Gillian informed the group that LA Valley College will no longer allow us to use the VC facility for Certificate of Merit – Piano.  Gillian explained that the VC authorities stated that nothing should be moved - pianos, desks, etc. – instructions which are exceedingly difficult, if not impossible, for our branch to comply with during our two-day process. We were notified that we would not be able to use the facility in the future for CM, but that we might be able to use the Recital Hall for other events. Janet Kaplan, who was the Branch President approximately 30 years ago, brought up the quite interesting fact that a grand piano was donated by the San Fernando East Valley Branch to LAVC with the agreement that the Branch could use the facilities as a matter of good will. Janet said that she would investigate this bit of history and find out whether or not that piano is still at Valley College.  Discussion of alternate sites for CM were discussed.

We may be using the LAVC Music Building Recital Hall for the Spring Recital, May 29.

 Gillian informed the group that Keyboard Concepts is happy to host General Recitals, which last two hours, but not the Scholarship Competition which lasts 4 hours.  Although they are allowing us to hold that event at their facility this year, we will have to find another venue for that event, next year.

 Gillian also proposed that, at the planning meeting in June, we should discuss holding the Scholarship Competition earlier, perhaps in late April, since many of the students involved have difficulty juggling this music event with the heavy academic demands of finals, AP testing, etc., scheduled during the month of May.  Mark agreed, adding that students have their repertoire ready for CM, and prefer not hanging onto old pieces for two months after that.

Minutes taken by Thelma Mericle. 

Additions and corrections made by Gillian Smith.