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WHEN: Friday, September 10. 

                 9:00am Board Meeting

                10:00am General Meeting.  All are welcome!  


I hope your summer was relaxing and you’re ready for a new year of teaching with many student opportunities and festivals along with many inspiring teachers’ meetings and programs. September is our month of new beginnings. Plan to attend our September 10th Information Meeting via ZOOM for the overview of all programs for the year. 

The Calendar of Events and Membership Directory will be available on our website: thanks to Niccole Modell. She has been working to resolve the server issues which shifted all our information back to 2018. Hopefully this will all be resolved soon, and she will have our website up to date in no time.

Our plan for the 2021-2022 term is for all of our Festivals to be in-person. All of our Teacher Programs are also planned to be in-person, however, the Board has decided to continue our Board Meetings via Zoom when we do not have a teacher program scheduled. We are working with the church and also following State Guidelines and will keep you updated as we learn more.

Our first festival is the Holiday Festival with the theme “Celebrating Nature” (Chair: Tyler Carlisle). This is a great festival and theme for even our beginning level students. I hope you will enter some students—it’s a very rewarding program.

I will not be able to attend the September Meeting as I have another obligation, but I am leaving you in the very capable hands of our Vice President, Niccole Modell, and our fabulous hard-working Board Members.



Kathleen McKinley and Tara Kays moved their Studio to a new address!  They are now located at 80 Wood Road in Camarillo Suite #202. 


Ensemble Festival News Update: While we are still hammering out some details, the 2022 Ensemble Festival could use a few volunteers. If interested, please email Tara at

 BACH FESTIVAL NEWS from Siliana Chiliachka

Congratulations to all the SCJBF Region l Winners and their teachers!  

—David Kwon, Tarilyn Huang, Isaac Choi, Analisa Cheng, Isla Feng, Charles Higgins-Yi, Aiden Um (Sharon Kim)

—Nathan Yuan (Lily Starobinets)

  1.  Complete Works Audition:  Sunday, October 3, 2021, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM at California State University, Long Beach. (Schedule information will be online by September 15.)

2.  Complete Works Awards Concert:  Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021,  at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Long Beach, 607 E. 3rd Street (at Atlantic Avenue), Long Beach 90802


Baroque Festival Date: April 9, 2022. Morning only

Application Due Date: March 4, 2022 - Entry Fee $25.00 per student


Bach Festival Date: April 9, 2022. Afternoon only

Application Due Date: March 4, 2022 - Entry Fee $25.00 per student

The Baroque Festival and Bach Festival (SCJBF) will both be held on the same day; the Baroque will be in the morning, and Bach in the afternoon.  


For Baroque Festival, any Baroque piece can be performed by Pianists, Winds, Strings, or Voice (Music must be memorized, with the exception of winds). 

For Bach Festival, entries are limited to those pieces eligible for Regional and Complete Works auditions. All repertoire guidelines can be found at

One student may enter both festivals if they’d like, but the teacher needs to complete the applications separately and each festival has its own fee.  


Branch Studio Recitals are set up so that PV-VC MTAC teachers may use the First United Methodist Church for personal studio recitals at a reduced rate of $40.00 per hour.

The parlor is available for refreshments during your reserved time. You must reserve enough time for set-up, refreshments, and clean-up. You must be completely finished in time for the next reservation.

To reserve times, email your desired date and time to Nicole Burns at

Once your reservation is confirmed, send a check ($40 per hour) payable to PV-VC MTAC to Nicole A. Burns. This is non-refundable.  You may exchange within the Branch or forfeit. A wait-list for dates and times will be accepted.

Strict policies will be established for COVID-19 and the pristine condition of the sanctuary, parlor, kitchen, narthex, and restrooms during and following each studio recital. There will be penalties, both financial and denied future privileges, if any messes are left, including pews (cards, pencils, hymnals, and registration books), restrooms, kitchen, or parlor.

The church may not be left unattended at any time. You are responsible to remain at the church until the next teacher arrivesScheduling immediately before or after another studio is highly recommended.

Available Dates and Times are listed below:

· October 23, 2021 – Saturday

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (7 hours available)

· December 18, 2021 – Saturday

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (3 hours available)

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (2 hours available)

· February 12, 2022 - Saturday

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (7 hours available)

· June 4, 2022 – Saturday

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (2 hours available)

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (1 hour available)

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (2 hours available)

· June 25, 2022 – Saturday

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (5 hours available)