Important dates for November

November 1– Saturday , CM fees must be postmarked and mailed to Karen.
November 9 —Saturday, HOLIDAY FESTIVAL , First United Methodist Church in Ventura


WHEN: Friday, November 15

9:00 AM Board Meeting
10:00 AM General Meeting and Program

PROGRAM: Teaching students with special needs". Teachers' sharing. At home of Celine Gietzen.
DIRECTIONS TO CELINE’S HOME: Call Celine at 805-484-4721


The Holiday Festival is coming up soon and I hope to see many of you there on Saturday, November 9. I love our theme this year. There will be many interesting pieces.

Our branch has again donated $200.00 to the state Foundation program, which does many things for students, for instance, the Music Study Assistance Grant, for students in need. You can go on MTAC website and go to Foundation and you can find out all about it.

We are in the process of making some changes to our branch website. Our new branch picture taken at the September meeting turned out very good. You will soon be able to see it on our website.

The Holidays will soon be here. I am wishing you all the best holiday season possible. ~Beverly


from Nicole

Performance times and job duties have been emailed; please contact Nicole Burns at if you did not receive the email or have any trouble opening the attachments.

CM NEWS from Karen

Just a REMINDER that the CM Database closes for registration at 11:59 p.m. on October 31. There is no late registration. Fees with one check made out to PV-VC MTAC must reach me by the next day, November 1. Please also include your Student List and your Fees List. The $6.50 surcharge will be automatically added to your fee list. On January 2 the Database will open for entering student repertoire information online. The DEADLINE to finish entry is Friday, January 27. We will have both the playing evaluations and the theory testing at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura. The dates are Saturday, February 22 for piano and strings, and Saturday, March 1, for piano (the flute info will be announced after registration). Piano students will be scheduled on both dates. If you need to make a special request for am or pm or a specific day, you will need to let me know by email by January 2. Please do not ask for a special requests unless absolutely necessary. TEACHERS: If you have 1-9 students you will need to work one day. 10 or more students you will need to work two days. If you are required to work only one day and have a special request to work February 22 or March 1, please let me know as soon as possible.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER: January 15 – Deadline for Panel students to enter repertoire online January 15 - Deadline for Panel students to revert to Non-Panel status Feb 22-23 - Piano Panel Regional North and South March 1-2 - Piano Panel Regional North and South.

If you have a Panel student be sure to read the panel information online! If you have any questions, send me an email. ~Karen


from Ada


  1. EVALUATIONS: A non-competitive learning experience where students receive a written response, in the form of constructive comments and ratings, from two professional evaluators. Submissions are now done online using .pdf, .mp3, and .wav files. Compositions from the Evaluations can be submitted for performance in one of several State Convention Symposium recitals based upon the two evaluators’ rat-ings. Teachers may also submit compositions and perform in the Symposium.
    Deadlines: Evaluations, January 15, 2014: Symposium, April 15, 2014
  2. STATE CONTEST: This competition offers a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophy for each of the eight student and teacher divisions based on age as of March 30. First Place winners will receive a monetary award. Two professional adjudicators provide constructive written comments and judge compositions. Winners perform their pieces (or have someone perform them) at the State Convention. Honorable mentions will be listed on the website and their pieces and pictures will be displayed with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place win-ners at the convention. Submissions are now done online using .pdf, .mp3, and .wav files.
    Deadline: March 30, 2014
  3. YOUNG COMPOSERS GUILD: The guild provides a special format for serious young composers who plan to pursue music composition as a career. Students who have had their work performed at MTAC State Convention at least once during their high school years may apply for membership in the YCG. Stu-dents may be selected to perform at convention and by invitation for various branches throughout the state.
    Deadline: January 15, 2014
  4. SENIOR MEDALLION: Senior Medallions are awarded to graduating high school seniors who have entered three different compositions in grades 9-12 including their senior year and performed in at least one State Composers Today recital.


—Saturday, Nov. 16, 4:00pm.  You are warmly invited to a Vespers-Recital at 4pm at the Ventura Seventh-day Adventist Church. Jennifer Tihomirov, soprano will be featured in songs by Schubert, Bach and Handel. In addition, the Ventura Seventh-day Adventist Chorale will present short works by Palestrina, Mozart and Schubert as well as a contemporary work by Michael Eglin, a resident composer in Santa Barbara. A Vivaldi bassoon concerto and a Telemann flute sonata, performed by Nick Akdag and Niccole Modell, will round out this mostly-Baroque afternoon of musical offerings. No fee. Located at 6300 Telephone Rd., Ven-tura. For further information, please call Helen at 641-9646.

—Thursday, Nov. 21, 7:30pm.  “America’s Got Talent” sensation Jackie Evancho will perform with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic. Jackie Evancho's performances on NBC’s variety show "America’s Got Tal-ent" left audiences and judges astonished that such a perfect, beautiful, soprano voice could come from a 10 year-old girl. Her television appearance on the show and her performances into the finals catapulted the young girl to instant stardom and the start of a fabulous musical career. She has since signed a deal with Columbia Records, appeared on the PBS “Great Performances” series (with musical giant David Foster), sung for the President, and performed for millions in concerts around the globe. An exclusive 20% discount is available online at and in-person at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office. Use the promo code “music”.