MTAC OCC
NEWSLETTER
May 2014
from Pamela Worcester
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE, 1
CALENDAR, 2
BRANCH MTG PREVIEW, 3
CERTIFICATE OF MERIT, 4
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS, 5
MTAC (State) Membership
Renewals & Applications.
Saddleback College MTACOCC Anniversary
Scholarship Results.
Theme Festival 2014.
ADVERTISEMENTS, 6
Editor: Lisa lwaki
arioso.notes @ gmail .com
Greetings! Can you believe it’s already May and time for our final branch
meeting of this academic year? Time sure flies when you’re having fun (or
working really hard)!!! By the way, we will NOT be having a potluck lunch at
the May meeting. We will save the partying for our 40th Anniversary
Celebration. It will happen sometime before the end of 2014. (Sorry for the
delay!)
I want to thank Chizuko Asada for giving us an entertaining lecture in April
about teaching “natural technique” to young students. As teachers, we
always need to have a new trick up our sleeve to effectively teach some of
the more advanced concepts. I hope everyone was able to find a new way to
introduce tone production to your students.
Many thanks to Lisa lwaki for making the Contemporary Festival such a huge
success! This is our biggest festival of the year. Lisa made everything look so
easy. We are lucky to have such an amazing chair and newsletter editor!!! I
also want to thank the co-chairs, Itoe Akimoto and Diana Chu, for all of their
extra work and Tiiu Marie Jankowski for delivering a delicious lunch for our
adjudicators.
Remember to register for convention soon so you get the early bird rate.
Also, if you’ve never been to the MTAC State Convention and are interested
in attending the entire event, let me know. The state MTAC will pay for the
convention registration of one 1st time attendee from each branch.
Please attend our May 14th branch meeting because there are many exciting
things planned. Judy Jenkins will receive her MTAC OCC Lifetime
Achievement Award. The new board for 2014-15 will be installed. In
addition, Umi Garrett and David Palmer from Soka University will present a
check to the MTAC OCC Branch from the net proceeds of Umi’s highly
successful performance at Soka University on April 13th. I was very excited to
see so many of our members in attendance. I’m sure you were not disappointed because Umi put on quite a show with
her fabulous pianistic ability and speaking skills. Last, but not least, your ears will be delighted to hear the wonderful
Tijeras Chamber Players perform! It’s going to be a spectacular meeting. Hope to see you there!!!
~Pam
CALENDAR
MAY
For maps & directions to all venues: mtacocc.org/maps.htm
4 Sun, 2:00 PM. COMPOSERS TODAY COMPOSITION RECITAL, Laguna Hills Community Center.
11 Sun, 2:00 PM. CHAMBER ENSEMBLE RECITAL, LHCC.
14 Wed, 10:00 AM. BRANCH MEETING, LHCC, Installation of Officers; Tijeras Chamber Players,
with Nancy Davis, Shelley Johnson, Ann Bunker, and friends.
17 Sat, 2:00 PM. COMMUNITY SERVICE RECITAL, Freedom Village, Lake Forest.
18 Sun, 2:00 PM. BRANCH SENIOR RECITAL, LHCC.
18 Sun, BACH REGIONAL FESTIVAL, Saddleback College. (Pam Worcester, Bach Region V Chair)
REMINDER: The May 14th MTAC OCC Branch Meeting will begin at 10 AM, not 9:30 AM as it says in our
yearbook. CHAMBER ENSEMBLE RECITAL CANCELLATION: Due to lack of applications, we were forced to
cancel the May 11th Chamber Ensemble Recital. We will try again next year! Please consider giving your
students an opportunity to perform some chamber music or piano duet. It’s a lot of fun and they will learn a
lot from the experience! BRANCH NEWSLETTERS will resume in September. HAPPY SUMMER!
HONORARY LIFETIME
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Judy Jenkins
Congratulations to Judy Jenkins! The MTAC OCC
Branch would like to present its Honorary Lifetime
Achievement Award to her at the May Meeting. As
you know, Judy Jenkins is a former MTAC OCC
Branch President and MTAC State CM Chair. She
has done an infinite amount of work to help us
improve and maintain our branch activities
including making our piano donation to the Mission
Viejo Library a reality.
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BRANCH MEETING PREVIEW
Wednesday, May 14th at 10AM
Heritage Room, Laguna Hills Community Center
Installation of Branch Officers
ORANGE COAST CITIES BRANCH OFFICERS 2014-2015
poetic phase and liked the alliteration! (It was a trio at
the time, Tijeras Trio.) Since then, we have expanded
and contracted, depending on personnel.
President………………………………………...Pamela Worcester
First Vice President (Programs)………...Angela Leu
Second Vice President (Membership)…Nancy Lau
Treasurer………………………………..……….Teresa Escober
Chen
Recording Secretary…………………….….Annette Pumphrey
Corresponding Secretary…………………Lisa lwaki
Nancy Davis, violinist, received her BM and MM at
Manhattan School of Music studying with Raphael
Bronstein. A former member of Pacific Symphony, she
now specializes in chamber music. Currently she has a
long running private studio and loves working at
Newhart School as violin coach. She also loves playing
tennis and taking care of her husband and pets.
Directors
Past President…………………….Keiko Ikeda
Certificate of Merit…………….Anne Prestridge
Festival Administrator………..Ana de Vries
Web Site Coordinator…………Sarah Jay
Director, CM Strings……………Gloria Liu Traullé
Director, CM Voice……………..Kathleen Martin
Director………………………………Laura Combs
Director………………………………Lillian Cunningham
Director………………………………Valerie Radlick
Director………………………………Jo Ellen Vandruff
Shelley Phelps Johnson, cellist, graduated with honors
from USC. She has taught at Saddleback College as an
associate faculty member since 1980. She currently
teaches privately as well as group instruction for several
schools in the Capo District. She is also active with the
South Coast Symphony, Four Seasons Orchestra, New
World Symphony and OC Chamber Orchestra.
Presentation by Umi Garrett
& David Palmer
The MTAC OCC Branch sponsored pianist Umi Garrett
several years ago to help start her career as a solo
artist. In appreciation of our efforts, the net proceeds
of her Soka Performing Arts Concert last month will be
donated to our branch with the hope that we can
continue to sponsor other phenomenal young talent.
Don’t miss this presentation by Umi and David Palmer
of Soka University!
Tijeras Chamber Players
Performing works by Haydn, Dvorak, Brahms,
Monti, and more!
Several years ago, The Tijeras Chamber Players were
first conceived in the produce aisle at Trader Joe’s in
Rancho Santa Margarita. Shelley spotted Nancy and
said: “We should play together!” Thus, the group was
started! We were named Tijeras because there is a
stream out in that area and besides, Nancy was in the
MTAC OCC Branch Newsletter, May 2014
Ann Bunker, pianist, graduated with honors from BYU in
piano performance. She placed first in the National
Young Artists Competition, received Outstanding
Musician Award at the Music Academy of the West, and
has been a soloist with the Utah Valley Symphony.
Meghan Davis-Mercer , violist, started her violin studies
at the age of four with her mother. She was quickly
moved to another teacher and has since studied with
Haroutune Bedelian and Dawn Harms at Stanford.
Currently getting her PhD at USC in English Lit., she has
also become a violist. Her mother, Nancy, is hoping
that her first son, Augie, will follow her footsteps. (No
pressure!)
Maryann Tucker ,violinist, has been involved in music
her entire life. She comes from a family of musicians
and educators. Maryann has had a career as a freelance violinist in her hometown of Los Angeles.
Currently a music educator for the Capistrano Unified
School District, she has taught elementary strings for 20
years. She plays in several local orchestras and enjoys
playing chamber music. She is a licensed R.N. who
previously worked at Saddleback Hospital. Spending
time with her children and her new grandson is one of
favorite pastimes.
CERTIFICATE OF MERIT INFORMATION
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Anne Prestridge, Piano and General Chair [email protected]
Marina Sakach, Piano Repertoire Expert [email protected]
Gloria Liu Traullé, Strings Chair [email protected]
Kathleen Martin, Voice Chair [email protected]
The Preliminary Convention Student List is now available at
www.mtac.org/events-information/convention. Click on Preliminary
Student List. Student names are listed alphabetically with recital day,
repertoire and teacher. Contact the appropriate Recital Coordinator
with any questions by May 8, 2014. The exact recital time will be
posted June 1.
May 31: Deadline for MUP’s to be completed
Other CM information will be emailed separately. Please stay tuned!
June 1: Convention recital schedules posted
online
MTAC CONVENTION INFORMATION
June 27 - July 1: 2014 MTAC CONVENTION,
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
From the MTAC State Office
IMPORTANT CM DATES
May 31: Last day to check for student result
errors
REGISTRATION FEES
You won’t want to miss this year’s Convention! It will be held at the
Los Angeles Hilton and the line up of presenters is one you won’t
want to miss.
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Early-bird registration: $210 if paid before May 15, 2014.
Pre-registration: $250 if paid before June 15, 2014.
After June 15: $290.
Reduced prices are available for spouse, relative, or college
students.
WAYS TO REGISTER
1) When you receive an email invitation from the MTAC State
Office to register.
2) Use the registration form in the upcoming California Music
Teacher magazine.
3) Register on the MTAC website.
MTAC CONVENTION 2014
Free Registration for First Time
Attendees
Each year, MTAC Branches have the
opportunity to select one member who has
never before attended a Music Teachers’
Association of California Convention to
receive a free full convention registration.
To take advantage of this offer, please
contact Pam Worcester ([email protected])
before the June 15th deadline. This will be
handled on a first come, first served basis.
MTAC has been able to negotiate a great room rate of only $94 at the Los Angeles Hilton. You can make your
reservation through the MTAC website.
Please remember that all teachers attending the convention for any reason are required to register and will be mailed a
registration invoice if they do attend and fail to register. Single onsite day registrations are available for $145.
Also, we offer a great opportunity for new members. Any new Branch member who was approved after August 1, 2013,
can receive $40 off the full convention registration rate. The State Office must receive this discounted convention
registration application on or before June 15, 2014. This is a great opportunity for a new member to meet and network
with members throughout the state.
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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
MTAC (STATE) MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS &
APPLICATIONS
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Member Address Updates – If any member has moved
recently, please contact the MTAC State Office ASAP with
your updated address. This is necessary so everyone can
receive their invoice renewal.
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Membership Application & Reinstatement Beginning
March 1 – For all new applicants and reinstating members,
we’ll accept all forms and payment for the 2014-2015
membership term starting March 1. The submission
deadline for all items for Certificate of Merit eligibility is
July 31- no exceptions.
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Branch Transfers Accepted April 16 - August 31 Only –
For members wishing to transfer Branches, they may
contact the State Office only during this time period. No
forms are necessary for members; they may phone or
email the State Office directly.
Saddleback College
2014 MTAC OCC Anniversary
Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to these wonderful students:
♫1st Place tie
Ariana Espinoza, piano ($250)
(student of Dr. Kirill Gliadkovsky)
Jose Zamarripa, voice ($250)
(student of Dr. Scott Farthing)
THEME FESTIVAL 2014
If you have any theme suggestions, please email
them to Pam Worcester ([email protected]). We
hope to have the theme decided by mid-June.
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Membership Renewals begin in April – Invoices will be
sent to qualifying members. Student, Provisional and
CalPlan members who have memberships that will expire in 2014 may be blocked from renewal. Students who do
not provide verification with official transcripts may also be blocked from renewal until verification is obtained by
the State Office. All membership status inquiries can be directed to Melanie Doyle at [email protected]
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MTAC OCC Branch Newsletter, May 2014