General Meeting and Program
Location: Keyboard Connection, 9912 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL, United States
I’m excited for this month’s program–one of my favorite–the presentation of the Multi Piano Festival music! This festival is such a big undertaking, we can only do it every few years. But that makes it all the more special in my eyes. I love how it gives my solo piano students experience working with an ensemble and a conductor at a young age. And the performance night itself, we are all dressed up, and the energy is contagious. And us teachers even get a chance to perform too! If you’ve not participated in this festival before, you’ll definitely want to come to this month’s meeting to get all the details! And if you have participated before, you know the presentation of music is a valuable time to listen to every single program piece be performed so you can choose just the right piece for each of your students. See you there!
Lorraine Eaton, President
Winners of District IV Competitive Concerto Competition
District IV held its Concerto Competition last Saturday, March 7th at the University of North Florida. Following are the winners and alternates for each division.
Madeline Morris – student of Lindsay Hardee
JMTA BOARD MEETING MINUTES
PAUL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH IN RIVERSIDE
MARCH 11, 2015
Call to order: 9:43am
Members present: Anne Rueff, Lorraine Eaton, Sandra Roberts, Sandra Stewart, Lydia Sanchez, Paulette Kilts, Susan Figlietti, Pam Searcy
Correction to last month’s minutes: Thank you from Adrian Le Blanc was for the FSMTF Local President’s Fund.
Treasurer’s Report: Paulette wanted to know how far back our JMTA documents and bank statements should be kept. Total assets as of February 28, 2015 are $21,829.95.
Altruistic: All members present signed a card for Emily Pajic, for the birth of her baby. Pam Searcy sent a thank you card to Mandarin Oaks School for sending students to perform at our last meeting.
Certification: No teachers are pursuing certification at the moment.
Community Service Award: Sandra Roberts wanted some clarification on when a child can begin to get credit for community service.
Nominating Board Members: Lindsay Hardee is running for Vice President, Lorraine Eaton is running for Treasurer, Sarah Blazs is running for Recording Secretary. We do not have anybody running for President.
Piano Festival: This will take place on November 21, 2015. On April 8, the program will be performed and rehearsal dates will be set.
Programs: Sandra Stewart and Betty Atkinson will be performing the pieces for the Piano Festival during April’s meeting, and in May there will be the Concerto Winners Recital.
Scholarships: Kamila Shahtahktinski said that there are no qualified entrants for the High School Competition. The deadline for Music Camp Scholarship is due on March 25. There is an online application.
Social: The May luncheon will be at Riverside Presbyterian.
Student Recitals: Because of very low participation at the last recital in March, Sandra Stewart suggested maybe changing the date, or cancelling one recital.
Membership: Susan Figlietti reported that Lucy Chen has an application pending. Other prospective members are Kyle Osborne, Hiromi Nasife, and Michelle Wise. Six collegiate members have also joined in November and January.
Following all the reports from our committee members, we had our guest speaker, Stephen Choate. Mr. Choate is a Music Therapist who works with patients in hospitals and care giving facilities. He gave a wonderful presentation speaking about his role as a music therapist, and how music therapy benefits patients.
JMTA Multi-Piano Festival “The World is a Stage”
Plans are underway for the next Multi-Piano Festival scheduled for Saturday, November 21, 2015. “The World is a Stage” will feature music with opera and musical theater themes. With the financial assistance of the President’s Fund and the UNF Music Department, we will be performing in Lazarra Hall on the UNF campus.
Student participants will range from Levels 1 – 5, Advanced (any qualified high school student) and teacher performers. All student performers are invited to enter the program design contest with the chance to win $50 if their design is selected.
A featured duet team performing advanced repertoire will be selected by audition to perform one 4 hand duet on the program. This duet repertoire should follow the theme of the event – opera or musical theater.
Conductors have been secured for the Festival. Conductors for student groups will be Beth Martelli, Dr. Michael Mastronicola, Maureen Rhodes, and Dr. Sandra Stewart. The conductor for the teachers group will be Dr. Merril J. Palmer.
Plan now to attend the JMTA program on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Keyboard Connection. It will feature Betty Atkinson and Dr. Sandra Stewart performing the Piano Festival student and teacher repertoire. Schedules and forms will be available to teachers at this program for the Piano Festival. Repertoire will be available to purchase or order from Keyboard Connection.
It is a unique opportunity for our students, if you have not had students participate in the past consider it this year.
Paulette Kilts and Lindsay Hardee, co-chairs
Election of District IV and JMTA Officers
At our April business meeting, we will be voting in the officers to take over the boards of both District IV and JMTA. Nominees are as follows: (additional nominations will be taken from the floor at the meeting, if needed)
America Protégé International Concerto Competition Winners
Two students of Mary Lou Wesley Krosnick are among the winners of the “American Protégé” International Concerto Competition featuring on-line contestants from many countries who excel in solo performance on piano and other instruments as well as ensemble players.
Nine-year-old Matthew Phan was one of five second-place piano winners in the Contest’s “Age 12 and under” Category. He will perform in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City on July 5th, 2015.
Matthew was also selected as the winner of the FSMTA District IV Junior Concerto Competition and will compete in the FSMTA State Concerto Competition to be held at Hillsborough Community College in Ybor City, Florida on May 16th.
Alicia Hou, age 14, was one of five second-place piano winners in the American Protégé Concerto Competition’s “Age 13-18” Category and will perform in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York City, on December 19th, 2015.
Please view our website for any updates or additions to these events, as well as more details. www.jaxmta.org
April 8, 2015
General Meeting and Program
April 14, 2015
Student Community Recital
Proton Therapy Institute
May 13, 2015
General Meeting and Program
Riverside Presbyterian Church
High Notes is distributed on the 1st of the month excluding June-August and December. All submissions are due by the 20th of the month prior to distribution. Submissions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org