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 · November 1-10.  Online payments for CM registration.

· November 10, 2017 - Friday, Board Meeting

· November 18, 2017 - Saturday, Holiday Festival  


WHEN:  November 10, 2017 - Friday.   Board Meeting only, 10:00 am.  (All are welcome to attend.)

PLACE: Home of Beverly Schmidt.  (NEW LOCATION!)


 What a great turnout we had at the October Intermediate Masterclass! A huge thank you to Dr. James Lent for an inspiring and rewarding program. Be sure to check out the pictures on our FaceBook page “MTAC Pleasant Valley – Ventura County”.

All Branch Members are welcome and encouraged to attend our November Board Meeting. We are always looking for committee chairs and/or help with our Branch Programs. If you are interested in becoming more involved, we encourage you to attend our Board Meetings.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Holiday Festival this month.  ~Nicole 


Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017

Location: First United Methodist Church in Ventura

Theme: Women Composers

Judges: Dr. Gayle Kowalchyk and Dr. Wojciech Kocyan

The Holiday Festival is quickly approaching. Student schedules have been emailed to participating teachers. If you did not receive an email, please let me know right away. Job assignments and a program draft will be emailed shortly.

The Recital Rules and Guidelines are available on the PV-VC MTAC website ( Please make sure you and your students’ parents sign these before the Holiday Festival. Keep a copy on file! Make sure your student's parents also have a copy to refer to. Remind them of these guidelines before each Branch event!

We have 7 programs scheduled this year, comprised of 140 students and 20 teachers. The program times are: 9:30am, 10:45am, 1:00pm, 2:15pm, 3:30pm, 4:45pm, and 6:00pm. It will be a long day and I will need everyone to do their part to make sure this is successful.

Please let me know if you have any questions. 

CM NEWS from Beverly

Registration closed on October 31.  We have 180 students for CM this year. 19 are Cello, 12 are Flute, and 149 are piano. About the same numbers as last year.

Be sure to remind your parents that they need to pay CM fees online November 1-10.

Repertoire may be put online now until January 15.

Panel teachers please notice that you can now find CM Panel and Young Artist Guild Guidelines on line under Resources.

I have had a lot of CM questions from teachers this year, but not about the Database. We are all doing well on the Database. 

MTAC is sending many reminders to teachers. Be sure to read them. Go to Resources to read all information. Read the State MTAC newsletter. I will keep sending you information about anything that comes up. You may send me your email questions.  I am glad to help you.

All CM teachers must work on Saturday, February 24, 2018.  Save the date! 


The Complete Works Audition was recently completed on October 1st at Cal State Long Beach.

Daniel Kim (student of Sharon Kim) from our branch won 2nd place for his performance in the Various Dance Movements category. Many congratulations to our winning branch student and his teacher! 

Please note that the online registration for the 2017 Bach Festival begins November 1, 2017 


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 branch will reserve the church. The parlor will be available for refreshments during your reserved time. Please 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 guidelines have been established for the pristine condition of the sanctuary, parlor, kitchen, narthex, and restrooms 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:

—December 16, 2017 – Saturday

    10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (1 hour still available)

   1:00 PM –3:00 PM (2 hour still available)

—February 3, 2018 - Saturday    


—June 2, 2018 – Saturday


 June 16, 2018 – Saturday

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


Our Teachers' Soiree recital will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 between CM Brach Honors recital programs in the late afternoon or evening.  This will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 1338 E. Santa Clara St. in Ventura. The piano will be our Bösendorfer and there will not be a second piano this year. Please contact program coordinator Fern Fay no later than Friday, February 23rd if you wish to play in this program. Send your proposed titles, composers, time duration and a short bio for yourself. Due to the time limitation, the program committee we will have to make selections and give notifications soon after that date.   Program notes will be requested at that time.  Solos and ensembles are welcome to apply.  There is no fee required.  It is not necessary that all participants must be members of our branch. 


The 2018 Ensemble Festival T-Shirt Design Contest is in full swing!  Please notify your students by handing out the form.  It can be found on our Festival Enrollment page (under Teacher Resources)—look under the “Ensemble Festival” heading and it is in the 3rd paragraph:  We often don’t have a lot of entries, so each participant has an excellent chance of placing in the contest!


 A beautiful Yamaha upright U1 is available for sale.  Serial number: J 2824494.  Asking price $3500 (negotiable).  If interested, please contact the seller: Injoo Hwang at 805-312-0620.  


Saturday, Dec. 9, 7:30pm.  The Ventura College Singers will present a traditional Lessons and Carols service offering musical selections and scripture readings in the style of King’s College(London) holiday and Advent services. This candlelit service will be free and open to the public, and an inspirational way to experience the season.