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IMPORTANT DATES FOR APRIL

· April 12, 2019 - FridayBoard & General Meetings.  First United Methodist Church, Ventura

· April 13, 2019 - Saturday.  Ensemble Festival Applications Due!

· April 13, 2019 - Saturday.  BRANCH BACH FESTIVAL.  First United Methodist Church, Ventura

· April 15, 2019 - Monday.  Deadline to apply for all Convention Recitals!

· April 27, 2019 - Saturday.  BRANCH COMPETITION.  First United Methodist Church, Ventura

· April 27, 2019  - Saturday Scholarship Audition Applications Due!

APRIL BRANCH MEETING

WHEN:  Friday,  April 12

               —-9:00am Board Meeting (all are welcome to attend)

               —10:00am General Meeting.  Piano pedagogy live webcast with Dr. Helen Marlais, author of the Succeeding at the Piano method books.  Free teaching materials will be distributed to those who pre-registered to Lily Starobinets in March.

 LOCATION:  Ventura First United Methodist Church.  1338 E. Santa Clara in Ventura.  

BRANCH PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

             Our Certificate of Merit Branch Honors Recital was a huge success.  Thanks to Caitlin Boruch for spearheading the project last year, and Nicole Burns for running it so smoothly.  It was a treat to hear the music that these hard-working kids had prepared behind closed doors.  I hope many of you will attend our upcoming meeting.  It is a presentation on touch techniques and artistry by Dr. Marlais, where free piano books will be distributed. —Celine 

BACH FESTIVAL NEWS from Sharon

This year Bach Festival will take place on Saturday, April 13th 2019.  There will be three program times:  10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 1338 E. Santa Clara in Ventura.  

There are 11 teachers participating with 43 students at this special event. Standard Bach Festival dress code and rules should be abides by all students.  Students  should dress nicely and arrive 15 minutes early.    

Each year we celebrate the music of J. S. Bach with a competition in which students must play an original work by memory. Three judges will select about 50% of the students to play at the Regional Festival.  

This year Regional Bach Festival event will occur on Saturday, May 11th  at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks. Times and event information will be announced after the Bach festival.

Students who win at the Regional Festival are eligible to compete in the Complete Works auditions on October 6th, 2019 at California State University at Long Beach with Award Concert to occur the same month, detailed date, time and place to be announced. Additional information about the audition is available online at Scjbf.org website. 

ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL NEWS from Caitlin

The Ensemble Festival will held on Saturday, May 18.  Registration forms are due on Saturday, April 13 and are available on the http://www.pv-vcmtac.org website under “Festival Enrollment”.   

CM NEWS from Karen

Thanks to all of you who made our CM day such a success. It couldn't have happened without all your hard work.

IN SEARCH OF A MTAC CONVENTION ROOM MATE

Ngoc Tran is looking for non-smoking female roommate to share a room and cost at Hyatt Regency Santa Clara from June 28th to July 2nd. If anyone is interested, email Ms. Tran at tranminhngoc25@gmail.com or text 805-372-9341.

PV-VC MTAC BRANCH STUDIO RECITALS from Nicole

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 BurnsPianoStudio@aol.com

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:             

        June 1, 2019 – Saturday:  CLOSED

        June 15, 2019 —Saturday     

           9:00AM—11:00Am (2 hours available)

          2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (2 hours available)