March 2013 - Volume 16, No.6
Newsletter at a Glance
JMTA Meeting and Program
JMTA Meeting - March 13, 2013
9912 San Jose Blvd.
Jacksonville, Florida 32257
On March 13, our program will be given by Lynne Arriale, Jazz pianist and professor at UNF. Lynne’s program last spring was so well received, we asked her to again share her ideas for teaching jazz piano. The meeting will be held at Keyboard Connection. Please join us for this most informative program.
From the President’s Pen
Please join us at Keyboard Connection on March 13 to hear Lynn Arriale’s fabulous ideas for teaching jazz and improvisation. We also look forward to the upcoming District Conference at JU. A big thank you to Liz Kiebler and Scott Watkins for beginning this new endeavor. I look forward to seeing you all next week!
JMTA General Minutes
JMTA GENERAL MEETING – February 13, 2013
Jacksonville University, Terry Hall Lobby
Members Present: (11) Beth Martelli, Lorraine Eaton, Paulette Kilts, Lydia Sanchez, Mary Wingfield, Martha McKie, Nikki Groff, Scott Watkins, Marguerite Richardson, Kamila Shahtakhtinski, and Denise Homsley. Lydia Sanchez’s sister was also in attendance as a guest.
President Beth Martelli called the meeting to order at 9:40 a.m.
Paulette Kilts gave the Treasurer’s Report. Paulette reported that she recommended to President Martelli that JMTA not assist with sponsorship of a fundraising recital for the Douglas Anderson summer music camp trip to France. She felt there was not enough time to adequately prepare and that use of the 501c3 might not be appropriate in the way they had suggested. Paulette recommended that the DA students apply for monies from the already budgeted Summer Piano Camp funds for this fiscal year.
Altruistic: Mary Wingfield reported she will send cards to Florida State College of Jacksonville, in care of Ileana Fernandez, thanking them for the use of their facilities for District Student Day. Mary stated she will also send a card to Peace Presbyterian Church, in care of Guy Hawker, thanking them for the use of the church and hall for the District Student Day Honors Recital.
Concerto Competition: The 2013 Concerto Competition will be March 16, 2013 and the application deadline is March 1, 2013.
High Notes: The next High Notes deadline is February 20.
Historian: Lorraine Eaton reported the scrapbook is available for anyone wishing to view it.
Membership: Lorraine Eaton introduced a new member, Nikki Groff. Ms. Groff shared a little about herself and said she travels to homes to teach piano.
Nominating: Vera Watson will be contacting the JMTA officer nominees for the 2013-2015 term.
Programs: Scott Watkins will give a presentation on his trip to China after today’s business meeting.
Scholarship: Beth Martelli reported that March 9, 2013 is the next Scholarship Competition. The deadline will be two weeks prior. Students entering the competition should prepare a 15 minute program.
Student Day: Denise Homsley reported the 2013 Student Day, held on February 2, 2013, was very successful. Sixteen teachers participated and 85 students registered. Denise thanked everyone for their help with Student Day and the Honors Recital.
Student Recitals: The March 17 Student Recital will be held at Jacksonville University.
Old Business: President Martelli reported that further details regarding the District Conference will be given in the near future.
Scott Watkins spoke regarding some of the planned District Conference event. He will send an event schedule to President Martelli.
Beth reported that Jacksonville is hosting the 2013 FSMTA State Conference November 6-9, 2013. The conference will be held at the Omni Hotel.
The meeting adjourned at 10:10 a.m.
JMTA Recording Secretary
Student Day 2013
“MUSIC SCENE – STUDENT DAY 2013”
2013 District IV Student Day was held Saturday, February 2, on the campus of Florida State College Jacksonville, South Campus. We had a wonderful increase in participation this year! Sixteen teachers and approximately 85 students participated in this annual event!
We were honored to have Joan Cordell, Sandra Stewart, Michael Mastronicola, Mary Ellen Potter, and Lisa Smith serve as judges. Thank you!!
Many thanks, as well, to Jo and Al Plunkett, Paulette and Dan Kilts, Beth Martelli, Betty Atkinson, Lorraine Eaton, Susan Figlietti, Martha McKie, Aida Mechetti, Laura Peden, Gavin Taylor, Mary Wingfield. Your assistance is very much appreciated! A special “Thank you” to Ileana Fernandez for serving as our liaison with Florida State College.
A great time was had by all as attendees heard wonderful music featured at recitals and parents and students visited between events. Now students are excitedly awaiting their certificates and medals!
If you did not participate this year, please consider participating in 2014. Student Day is a great experience for students!
Please contact Denise Homsley for further information: email@example.com
JMTA Student Recitals
JMTA STUDENT RECITALS
Student recitals will be held at 3 p.m. on the following dates:
Each student must pay a $5.00 participation fee. Please make copies of the form below for each student entered.
The following guidelines will help teachers to prepare:
PRINT Student Name _______________________
Level: Beginner Intermediate Advanced
Teacher Name _______________________
Complete Title of Composition _____________________
Length of piece ______________
Teachers, as you are planning your spring events, consider placing students in one of our recitals. The regular student recital will be held at JU on Sunday, March 17 at 3:00 p.m. Teachers may enter up to 4-5 students with a limit of 15 minutes total. This recital is open to all students, any age and any level. It is a great opportunity for them to walk out on the stage at Terry Concert Hall and perform on a concert grand piano. Complete information concerning selection and composer, name, age and level of student should be sent to Gavin Taylor one week in advance.
The community recital at the Proton Therapy Institute is open to those students who are at the upper-intermediate and advanced levels of performance. This recital is given for the patients and staff at the Institute and is a showcase of JMTA’s talent. Students may choose to play one or two pieces: however, due to a time limit, it is possible that only one piece will be allowed. Please send the complete information to Sandy Stewart on week in advance of the April 16 performance. The recital begins at 6 p.m. Students are welcome to perform at both recitals with the teacher’s permission. Each performer will receive a letter for their school authorizing one and a half hours of community service. -Sandy Stewart
The District Conference which was originally planned for March 15 – 17 has been abbreviated. We will have the Concerto Competitions at Terry Hall, Saturday, March 16. At 3:00 P.M. visiting Artist, Jeffrey Jacobs will be lecturing on and performing George Crumb’s Macrocosmos, Book 2, and his appearance is free of charge. The Student Recital will be held on Sunday, March 17 at 3:00. We hope to schedule a longer conference with workshops and teacher recital in the future.
I ask that everyone who can come to Jeffrey Jacobs lecture recital be there to support him. He was originally scheduled to be part of our conference and did not ask for a fee for this. His bio and resume are to long to print but he is very well known and is a fabulous artist/lecturer. It would be to JMTA’s credit to support him.
2013 FSMTA CONFERENCE
I trust that by this time all of you know that Districts 3 and 4 ( Gainesville and Jacksonville respectively) are hosting the 2013 FSMTA CONFERENCE which will be held here in Jacksonville on November 6-9, 2013 ( Wednesday through Saturday). The conference will be held at the beautiful downtown Omni Jacksonville. The steering committee for the conference began with Beth Martelli, Sue Holder, Sandra Stewart, Liz Kiebler and Jo Plunkett. These people got the ball rolling in preparation for this conference. Lorraine Eaton, Paulette Kilts, Martha McKie, and Denise Homsley joined the steering committee in short order. Each of these people has a major responsibility to arrange, prepare for and over see for the conference. They will be calling on YOU to work on a part of our hosting the conference. Please be willing to assist, whether as a part of a particular team or in a major roll. Everyone is needed. We have always had wonderful conferences in Jacksonville. People remember and talk about the FSMTA CONFERENCES that have been held in Jacksonville years after the fact with many fond memories. This year can be no different….. We will make it a GREAT CONFERENCE. But we need everyone to pitch in and do their part. We are all busy, our time is maxed out, our plates are full and overflowing with things to do. As a member of Jacksonville Music Teachers and Florida State Music Teachers, it is not only our honor but it is also our responsibility and obligation to be of a part of making this conference one to be remembered! But it takes all of us…. Not just a hand full of members. We are counting on each of you and we are depending on each other! Thank you in advance for your assistance and support!
~ Jo Plunkett
2013 FSMTA CONFERENCE ADVISOR
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Calendar of Events
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Feb. 10, 2013
Student Day Honors Recital
Peace Presbyterian Church
Feb. 13, 2013 9:30 am JMTA Meeting
Scott Watkins, China Trip
JU Terry Hall Lobby
March 13, 2013 9:30 am
Lynne Arriale, Jazz Piano
March 16, 2013 TBA District IV Concerto Competition
March 17, 2013 3:00 pm
JMTA Student Recital
April 10, 2013 9:30 am JMTA Meeting
Concerto and Scholarship Competition Winners
Riverside Presbyterian Church
May 8, 2013 9:30 am
Installation of Officers and Luncheon
Holiday Hill Baptist Church
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