District IV Meeting
November’s meeting is planned to be a District IV meeting. At this time, full details are not available. An email blast will be sent to membership as soon as details are confirmed. It is important that the members of District IV attend this meeting, as we will be voting on a new District Board.
Our next JMTA General Meeting is January 14, 2015, at Keyboard Connection.
There are no meetings scheduled for December. Enjoy your Holidays!
I had the opportunity to fully experience a FSMTA Conference for the first time. In the past, I had either been helping to organize it in Jacksonville, or just spending a day at one close by, like Daytona. It was tiring, but invigorating at the same time. What I love most about the conferences is the plethora of topics to choose from when attending sessions. These sessions are mostly presented by other FSMTA members. What a wealth of knowledge we have in our state membership! I’m so excited to learn about new things, like iPad apps from today’s times, and then I go back in time to learn about parlor music of the antebellum south, and personal tidbits about composers such as Beethoven and Haydn.
One very exciting thing that occurred is that UNF got their new Collegiate Chapter approved by the State Board! There were several UNF students in attendance, as well as students from Collegiate Chapters across the state. I had the opportunity to meet these students, and was refreshed by their eagerness as they are just starting their journey in the world of music as adults. JMTA will be working with Erin Bennett (UNF Collegiate Chapter Faculty Advisor) to ensure that these students become an integral part of JMTA, FSMTA, and MTNA so they can infuse us with their eagerness and fresh ideas!
Yes, the state conferences are expensive, and yes, they take time from your teaching, but the rewards are so worth it. I hope to see you next year in Ft. Myers at the 2015 Conference!
~Lorraine Eaton, JMTA President
JMTA Welcomes New Members
Minghui Phebe Yeo Snead has a Master of Music Degree in Piano Pedagogy from the University of St. Thomas and a Bachelor’s Degree from North Central University. She teaches piano and violin from her private studio, and at Jacksonville School of Music. She has performed extensively, including a performance at Carnegie Hall. Phebe also has experience in choral conducting, and piano accompanying.
Phebe is from Singapore, and recently married in May of 2013. She loves outdoor sports and travel.
Sarah Blazs received her Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance, as well as a Certificate in Piano Pedagogy from Florida State University. Currently she teaches piano in her private studio, and also at the Florida Community School of Music. Her experience performing has won her many awards. She also has been active in several professional organizations.
Sarah recently moved back to her hometown of Jacksonville from Dallas, where she worked as a piano teacher at Coppell Conservatory. She is enjoying living closer to all of her family.
John Willard Utuk is currently attending the University of North Florida as a graduate student, working toward his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance. He has a Bachelor or Music Degree from Florida Southern College. John Willard is a Florida State Certified Teacher of Music, and currently teaches at the Jacksonville School of Music. He has also been a General Music Teacher at an elementary school, and a middle school Band Teacher. He has also performed extensively, and won many awards.
John Willard was born in Newark, New Jersey, but also grew up in Fort Myers area of Florida. When he is not studying music, or teaching, he enjoys reading, cooking, travelling, watching movies and spending time with friends.
Anna Rose Rueff has a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Millkin University. She has taught General Music at an elementary school, and has been a Choral Director and Musical Theater Instructor in a middle school. Currently, she teaches piano lessons in her own studio, and the Northeast Florida Conservatory.
Anna was born in Normal Illinois. She is married to Daniel Rueff, a composer and musician. She also has a daughter in college, and a son in high school. Some of her hobbies include belly dancing and photography.
JMTA GENERAL MEETING MINUTES
OCTOBER 8, 2014
Members in attendance: (12) Susan Figlietti, Lorraine Eaton, Paulette Kilts, Emily Palaj, Sandra Stewart, Denise Homsley, Anne Marie Giffin, Cheryl Cafrelli, Lynn Freeman, Annie Rueff, Betty Atkinson.
Meeting Called to Order by JMTA President, Lorraine Eaton at 9:38 am.
Minutes read by Lorraine Eaton. Approved as read.
Treasurer’s Report: Paulette Kilts.
District IV Student Day: Denise Homsley announced date for student day will be January 31, 2015, held at FSCJ south campus, Building M, from 8:30-5:00.
District IV Concerto: confirmed date of March 7, 2015 at UNF. Applications to be sent to Ileana Fernandez.
Altruistic: Pam Searcy. Sent thank-you to Al Plunkett with $25.00 gift card to Outback, for help with Excel file spreadsheet for bank accounts. Sandra Stewart requested to send a card to Sue Holder who had recent hip replacement surgery.
Certification: No announcements.
Communications: Lorraine Eaton announced communications chairperson will be Sarah Blazs. Lorraine Eaton stated that email@example.com is still valid email to send any communications to, including High Notes info. This way, if the communications chairperson changes, the email will remain constant to contact new chairperson.
Community Service Award/ Historian: Lorraine Eaton discussed need for chairpersons for various Committees, including Community Service Award, and Historian.
Internet Media: Lorraine Eaton announced several updates to website, including forms for various events. She also announced that pictures from last weekend’s Fall Reception are now on Facebook.
Piano Festival: Paulette Kilts. Piano festival date of November 2015. Needs additional confirmation on exact date.
Scholarships: Kamila Shahtahktinski. Confirmed March 7, 2015, HS Senior scholarship application due. March 14, 2015 HS Senior scholarship competition. March 15, 2015 Music camp scholarship application due. Only pre-college students to apply.
Social: Betty Atkinson. Asked to please contact her if you signed up to bring a refreshment for a meeting but will be unable to attend.
Student Recitals: Sandra Stewart.
Minutes submitted by Emily Palaj in lieu of Lisa Smith’s absence.