VMTA Valley District Auditions
VMTA Valley District Auditions are scheduled for Saturday, May 14th, 2016 in the Forbes Center at James Madison University. Applications and guidelines are available in the VMTA Yearbook. The application fee is $25, with checks made payable to VMTA (checks must be included with the application). The deadline for applications is Friday, April 22nd. Please send applications to Dr. Lori Piitz, 1045 Sherwood Court, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.
For more information, contact Lori Piitz (email@example.com).
The Virginia/North Carolina Chapter of
MTNA is headed to Chicago for the 2014 MTNA National Conference! The Conference will take place March 22–26, and MTNA would love the help of our State and Local affiliates in promoting the conference to members.
MTNA has put together a promo packet to download for affiliates which includes:
To download the packet, simply click HERE and then scroll down to "Download Promo Packet."
MTNA is happy to provide whatever we can to help promote the conference to State and Locals, so feel free to contact Marketing & Public Relations Associate Chad Schwalbach at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or promotional needs.
When: June 24-28, 2013
Where: West Virginia University School of Music, Morgantown, WV
The WVU School of Music Keyboard area seeks proposals that would address the 2013 Festival topic, “The Intersection of Jazz and Classical Music.” Sessions of interest for pianists on jazz, classical music, or both, study and performance at all levels are welcome. There are three components to this summer festival:
Proposals may include improvisation, historical context, specific composers, specific works, performance for mixed media, opportunities for innovation in teaching and in performing, and today’s job market in the areas of both jazz and classical piano. Submissions will be evaluated by the WVU keyboard faculty based on the likelihood of attracting interest (student, teacher or public) and the feasibility of the project. Our target audience will be students (high school and college), private teachers, public school teachers, college teachers and music lovers.
Deadline for proposal: January 31, 2013
Session proposals must include the following:
|Sound system (CD or MP3)||__________|
Send to Dr. Christine Kefferstan email@example.com
ALL PRESENTERS MUST REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE.
Decisions will be made by March 1, 2013. More information on the festival can be found at: http://music.wvu.edu/keyboardfestival
This intensive three-day grant proposal workshop is geared for: 1) those who wish to strengthen their grant writing skills and 2) beginners who wish to acquire and master the techniques of preparing, writing and winning proposals from various funding agencies. The center of attention will be on how to effectively write proposals in times of keen competition and limited resources. Much has happened in new regulations and in approaches to grant writing, be it for the researcher in the sciences and social sciences, education and non-profit professionals.
One of our VMTA teachers, Natalya Vornovitsky, from the Richmond Music Teachers Association, recently entered 2 of her students in the Texas Tenth Sonatina and Sonata International Piano Competition. Lynne Bai and Ray Bai won 1st Place in their respective categories! Lynne previously also won in the Richmond Music Teachers Bach Competition, the Virginia Music Teachers District Auditions, and the Virginia Music Teachers State Auditions.
The Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston (UUCR) needs a part-time music director from now until January 2013. Duties will include:
If you are interested, please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or to:
|Interim Music Director Search|
|Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston|
|1625 Wiehle Ave.|
|Reston, VA 20190|
Kudos to our winning students and teachers!!! To see the results, click on these links:
I would like to invite you to our VMTA Fall Conference, “The Well-Rounded Music Teacher”, set for Thursday through Sunday, November 8-11, at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester. Most of us teach heavily on weekends, but I would like to suggest that you make an effort to come to this refreshing weekend event. In order to compensate for your absence in your town that weekend, set up special group lessons on Monday-Wednesday. Make it sound like a big deal (and make a big deal out of it!). Try a few music games and ask your students to perform a piece for the group. You can have all your students come for a couple hours in different groups during those three days. Then pack your bags on Thursday and celebrate. You are coming to the VMTA conference!
The Opening Ceremonies Recital will be held on Nov. 9th, Friday, at 9 am with performances by members of the Shenandoah Conservatory music faculty. Brazilian pianist Alexandre Dossin (www.dossin.net) is the conference artist, performing on Nov. 9th at 8 pm. Critics have called Dossin a "wonderful pianist," "master of contrasts," "master of expressiveness," and “a stunning pianist with a symbiotic relationship with the instrument." He has four CDs released worldwide by Naxos (Verdi-Liszt Paraphrases, Kabalevsky Sonatas, Kabalevsky Preludes and Liszt in Russia) and is an editor for the Schirmer Performance Edition Series (Tchaikovsky The Seasons, Tchaikovsky Album for the Youth, Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Liszt Consolations and Liebesträume, Rachmaninoff Preludes, vol. 1).
The State auditions and MTNA competitions will take place as usual from Thursday through Saturday. On Saturday, please have an early breakfast at the hotel and come to our VMTA business meeting at 8 am. John Winsor is the commissioned composer, presenting his work on Saturday also. And the VMTA concerto competition winners will perform with the SU orchestra under the direction of Jan Wagner in the evening. Dr. Dossin will give a masterclass for the 2nd place VMTA competition winners on Sunday, followed by the winners’ recital.
The workshops were carefully chosen to cover a wide gamut of topics, appealing to any musician or instrumentalist. The lecturers include renowned artists and teachers such as, Kenneth Lee, Sarah Reaser O’Brien, Maria Botelho Hubler, Forrest Kinney, Johnandrew Slominski, Lynne Mackey and Alexandre Dossin. Our IMTF session with Samantha Luck will discuss “What is your Favorite Method Book Series (or Repertoire Collection)? Why? “. Vendors can register online to reserve a table at the conference and place ads in the conference program book, to help defray the costs of the conference. We appreciate your support! Please spend time visiting the exhibits on Friday and Saturday.
Spread the word to your colleagues, college students and/or any musician you know (all instruments and voice). I can assure you that all the sessions will be informative, inspiring and energizing! And the wonderful music by our guest, competitors, and the SU orchestra and faculty members will lift your spirits!
Congratulations to the Division Finalists who competed on the National Level at the MTNA Conference in New York City, March, 2012! And a big HURRAH! to Emma Resmini and Alice Weinreb, teacher, for winning the MTNA National Junior Woodwind 1st Place, as well as Brian Hong and his teacher, June Huang for winning the National Senior String 1st place!
Listed below are the Southern Division finalists from Virginia:
Dorothy Taubman Seminar: Maria Hubler, a Taubman certified teacher, will be presenting a session at the VMTA conference in November. For more information about Dorothy Taubman Seminars, please visit:
American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra 2012-2013 Season Auditions: AYPO accepts musicians up to age 21 on strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and harp. Applicant should have at least two years of experience on the instrument and be currently enrolled in private lessons. AYPO accepts applicants based on their musical ability without regard to gender, race, religion, disability, or income (full and partial scholarships available).
To apply, complete the application and submit with non-refundable $40 fee. You can pay the fee online with credit card (Visa or MasterCard) or mail a check to the office (made payable to AYPO). Application Deadline: Monday, April 9, 2012. Applicants should check the AYPO website for audition requirements, excerpts, and schedule. Applicants will be notified by e-mail 10 days prior to the audition date as to the specific time for his/her audition as well as the location and directions. Visit the AYPO Website or contact the AYPO office at email@example.com or 703-642-8052.
String/Orchestra Teaching Position - Osbourn High School, Manassas, Virginia: Click here for details.
KIPP DC is a network of high-performing, college-preparatory charter schools in Washington D.C. which serve the city’s under resourced communities. At KIPP DC, there are no shortcuts: outstanding educators, more time in school, a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement and support help our students make significant academic gains and continue to excel in high school and college. KIPP DC currently operates eight schools, serving over 2,000 students from early childhood through high school.
Currently, we are hiring for a middle-school string teacher serving students in the 6th through 8th grades. We are also looking for a high school band teacher to provide instruction to our students in 9th-12th grade. We also have two general elementary music positions available. We are looking for highly dedicated educators who will bring a “whatever it takes” attitude to helping children succeed.
Please apply immediately, as applications are accepted on a rolling basis. All interested applicants should visit online at http://www.kippdc.org/careers , and click the appropriate “Apply Today” button to apply for a position. If you have any questions, please contact Katie McMahon at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about KIPP DC schools, please visit our website at www.kippdc.org.
Welcome to the new and improved VMTA website! This page will be used to post special announcements from VMTA administrators. For now, please just take your new site for a "test drive" and let me know if you run into any snags. Oh ... and please check out my music at ReverbNation!