October 2015 - Volume 19, No. 2
General Meeting and Program
Location: Keyboard Connection, October 14, 2015
It was great to see returning members and meet one new member at our September meeting. I thank our 2015 Summer Music Camp Scholarship winner Bailey Montgomery, student of Denise Homsley for performing Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” along with sharing photos and information about his learning experience during our program segment.
The month of October begins our emphasis on the Piano Festival “The World is a Stage”. Our general membership meeting Wed, October 14 at Keyboard Connection will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. ending promptly at 10:15 a.m. with just enough time for refreshments before the first teacher performer rehearsal for the Piano Festival. We look forward to having Dr. MJ Palmer conduct the teacher repertoire for the Piano Festival.
I hope that you have made plans to attend the Florida State Music Teachers Conference, a great time for teacher growth and networking. Details regarding the conference can be found at www.fmta.org. I will be attending representing JMTA at the Local Association and District President’s Luncheon meeting on Friday, October 23. I will present an annual report of JMTA activities and hear about other Florida Local Association activities. If you cannot attend this year, think about it for 2016 when the conference will be held in Orlando, October 27-30.
If you are not busy preparing students for Piano Festival participation, I hope that they are working on participation in District Student Day. Information on this evaluation program can be found at www.fmta.org. Student Day Chair Denise Homsley reported that the event is scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2016 on the Jacksonville University campus.
See you October 14! Paulette Kilts, JMTA President
MULTI-PIANO FESTIVAL: THE WORLD IS A STAGE
Registration opens September 1rst! Start planning now for your special students who will perform in concert on Saturday, November 21, 2015 after attending the one store rehearsal and then the dress rehearsal the day of the event. Thanks to all teachers who will have students participating and will play a role in completing preparations for another successful Multi-Piano Festival sponsored by JMTA.
Paulette Kilts and Lindsay Hardee, co-chairs
There will be no recitals in October and December this year due to the Multi-Piano Festival. Our regular student recital in March will be held on the 6th at Deermeadows Church. We will also hold a community recital on April 12 at the Proton Therapy Institute.
FSMTA State Conference 2015
The FSMTA State Conference is scheduled for October 22-25, 2015, in Ft. Myers, Florida. For the Teacher’s Recital at the Conference this year, Dr. Erin Bennett will be representing District IV. If you would like to represent District IV at a future conference, just let the current District President know, and the board will take your name under consideration.
A fundraising event at the Conference is the District Pride Drawing. Each district provides a gift valued at $50 or more, that is representative of their region. District IV is in need of ideas for this gift! If you have any ideas as to what might be a good item for the drawing, or you know of a business that might like to donate something, please let District President Lorraine Eaton know ASAP, as the deadline is approaching.
See you at the Conference!
District IV News
JMTA Meeting Minutes
September 9, 2015
Members Present: Paulette Kilts, Lorraine Eaton, Hiromi Nasife, Sue Holder, Sandra Stewart, Betsy, Lynne Freeman, Denise Homsley, Sarah Blazs, Lindsay Hardee, Maureen Rhodes, Emily Pajal. Kamila Shatakhtinski, Betty Atkinson, Pam Searcy, Ann Marie Griffin (17 present)
Meeting Start Time: 9:30 am
Minutes: Paulette Kilts asked if there are any additions or corrections needed for the minutes from May’s meeting. None were needed. All approved.
Treasurer: Lorraine Eaton
JMTA Treasurer Transaction Report: $6,185.58 total in checking.
Communications: Sarah Blazs
Please send in any submissions by the 20th for high notes.
Media: Lorraine Eaton
All events are published on front page of website: jaxmta.org. Website and facebook are current. Feel free to join.
Altruistic: Pam Searcy
She will be writing a thank you for Music and Arts Kevin Beeson, and Keyboard Connection, Jack Melvin.
Membership: Lindsey Hardee
Welcome to a New Member: Hiromi Nasife. Born in Japan, and started taking lessons at 4 through Yamaha Music Education Program. She is married to Robert for over 10 years and lived in St. Augustine 8 years and then moved to Ponte Vedra two years ago. She enjoys holistic health and alternative medicine, and she is also a kinesiologist, integrated healing practitioner.
She studies piano with Prof. Torikoshi and Yumi Hara and studied vocal with Prof. Torikoshi in Nagoya, Japan. She got best performance prize in Prams at Yamaha Competition.
Provisional Member is in process.
Constitution and Bylaws: No report
Programs: Sandra Stewart
Teacher rehearsals will be held during JMTA meetings Wednesday mornings for October and November. April location is still TBD.
Social: Denise Homsley
Social time is in between the meeting and program. Sandra Stewart and Susan Figlietti will be providing refreshments for October’s meeting.
Student Recitals: Sandra Stewart
No programs in Oct or Dec.
March 6 recital will be at Deermeadows Baptist Church. April 12 recital will be held at Proton Therapy Institute.
Scholarships: Kamila Shahtakhtinski
Applications for scholarships will be posted on-line. Updated guidelines for the senior scholarship will be in the forms.
Ethics: No Report
Historian: Lorraine Eaton
Brought a box of items: 4 Photo scrapbooks, Directories, Conference Booklets, Recital Programs, Record of Past Presents, Historical Note (on website).
Movement to discard Directories, Conference Programs that JMTA did not host. Keep the pictures and important documents.
Historian Chairperson is needed to scan the documents. Volunteer needed. Emily Pajal offered to help temporarily get everything set up.
Media Requests: Lorraine Eaton
Guidelines for links on our website: Has to involve the subject of music, Not contain profane/abusive content, Can’t oppose bi-laws, Must have a contact person, We won’t endorse the company.
Teacher Degrees asked to be linked to our website. Will be determined at Board Meeting.
District IV: Lorraine Eaton
Sunday, March 13th at UNF.
Certification: Sue Holder
Clavier Companion- Videoing the teachers.
Send Sue Holder your email for information on Certification.
JMTA Budget: Lorraine Eaton
Motion to add $50.00 for the hospitality for the Southern Division Competitions by Denise Homsley. Mareen Rhodes Seconded. All Approved.
Motion to approve budget Maureen Rhodes. Sue Holder seconded. All approved.
New Business: No Report
Next meeting: October 14th, 9:30 am at Keyboard Connection. FSMTA Conference October 22-25.
Piano Symposium through University of South Florida October 15-16.
Lynn motions to adjourn. Seconded. Approved.
Completed at 10:24 am.