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· June 2, 2018 - Saturday.  BRANCH STUDIO RECITALS.  First United Methodist Church, Ventura

· June 8, 2018 - Friday Branch board and general meetings.

· June 9, 2018 - Saturday SCHOLARSHIP AUDITIONS.  Home of Lily Starobinets

· June 16, 2018 - Saturday.  BRANCH STUDIO RECITALS.  First United Methodist Church, Ventura

· June 29-July 3.  MTAC 2018 STATE CONVENTION.  Hyatt Regency Orange County.

· July 1.  ASCAP Deadline!  Two copies of all personal Studio Recitals and Branch Festival programs. 


WHEN:  —Friday, June 8, 9:00am Board Meeting.  Planning session for 2018-2019.  All members are welcome to attend.

           —10:00am Installation of Officers and Potluck.  Please email Joy Asenas with what you plan to bring for the potluck: 

LOCATION:  Home of Lily Starobinets.


Greetings to all of our branch members!  This month I am filling in for our president, Nicole Burns.  Please join us at our final meeting of the year on June 8.  Lily Starobinets has graciously offered to host us at her home while we discuss plans for next year's calendar.  We will also have our traditional end-of-year potluck; Joy Asenas is coordinating the food so please contact her to let her know what you'd like to bring.  It would be wonderful to see some of you who haven't been able to attend other events this year!  I wish you all a happy, safe, and fun summer. 

~Niccole Modell, Vice President  


Two copies of all personal Studio Recitals and Branch Festival Programs must be given to Caitlin Boruch for ASCAP submission no later than July 1


The 25th Annual Ensemble Festival was a huge success!  The four programs on May 19, 2018 went smoothly, with one strong performance after another.  There was wonderful variety in repertoire and instrumentation.  

Congratulations to all participating students and teachers! 

FUNDRAISING NEWS from Fundraising Chair Celine

The Ensemble Festival Bake Sale brought in $138, and the Ensemble Festival “Alternative Fundraiser” (asking for direct donations) brought in $474.  We have a total of $612 for the day’s fundraising activities, minus the 5% MTAC Foundation expense.  That’s $581.40 that will go directly to our Branch Competition scholarship fund.

The parents who donated baked goods were very generous.  Some of the parents brought beautiful treats.  One family made cookies in little clear baggies with a nice note attached (complete with musical sticker) which read “Thank you for your donation!”  It was such a pleasure to see the branch come together for this event.  

The fundraising committee has amassed over $7,000 since our fundraising efforts began in 2011.  This money will be used to provide scholarships to students who place in the annual Branch Competition.  Kudos to the PV-VC MTAC Fundraising Committee! 


The following students were selected as winners during this year's Southern California Junior Bach Festival Region I competition which was held in Thousand Oaks during the middle of May 2018.  Matthew Ebuen, Terilyn Huang, Ethan Jiang, Manas Shatore, Irene Kim, David Kwon, Michael Liu, Samuel Wu, Peiming Yang These students represent the studios of Nicole Burns, Ada Lovingfoss, Sharon Kim, Jeong ah Ryu, Lily Starobinets, Daniel Newman-Lessler and Noelle Tinturin Congratulations to all the winners and their teachers.


Thank you to Nadia Talley for sharing this free “App” for sightreading.  Check it out!