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WHEN:       Friday, January 17

                 9:00 AM             Board Meeting

                10:00 AM             General Meeting and Program

PROGRAM:  The previously scheduled program, by presenter Debbie Denke, has been cancelled.  Please stay tuned via e-mail for an updated program agenda by Lily Starobinets in the upcoming weeks.



             Hope all of you are having wonderful holiday time with your families this year. It’s a busy time, but a time to enjoy family and friends. As for myself, if I don’t stop eating the holiday sweets, I will need to go on a diet.

             We will soon have a completely new, well planned, branch website. I am really excited about it. You will receive more information soon. Celine Gietzen has headed up our committee to get the new website completed, and she is doing a great job keeping us informed every step of the way. The other committee members are Fern Fay, Niccole Modell, and Nicole Burns.

Our January meeting will be held at the Ventura First United Methodist Church. I wish everyone a great New Year ahead in 2014, and hope to see many of you at the January meeting. ~Beverly



Dear Teachers – we are in desperate need for an upright piano for one of our evaluation rooms.  Beverly Schmidt has graciously offered us her upright during CM; unfortunately, the second piano we had lined up is no longer available.

We are trying to move away from renting a piano as the quality has not been up to the standards that we would like for our students’ evaluations.

If you can loan us a good quality instrument from Friday February 21 to Monday March 3, please email me right away.  Your piano will be tuned when it is returned to you on the 3rd.

Hope to hear from someone soon. 

Thanks,  Karen S. Becker

CM NEWS from Karen


             After careful consideration, Judy and I have decided to activate the request button for our branch this year.  Please remember that this is for important reasons only and not to be used unless necessary. The deadline to make requests has been extended to January 17th.

Here are the guidelines for making requests:

Day 1 – Feb. 22

Day 2 – March 1

Only select one of these days if you know of a conflict with one of your students.   Select AM or PM only if you know students have a need for morning or afternoon.  Please note that all strings are day one, so there is no need to make a day request.  It is an optional button, so don’t use it if you don’t have any requests. 

Important Dates:

JANUARY 2 - The Database will open for entering evaluation information and Repertoire online.

JANUARY 15 - DEADLINE for Panel students information to be entered online.

Also the last day for Panel students to revert to Non-Panel status.

JANUARY 17 – deadline to make requests for students.

JANUARY 27 - DEADLINE for all other students information to be entered online.

FEBRUARY 22 – Evaluations for Piano, Flute and Strings; Theory Testing Available

MARCH 1 – Evaluations for Piano & Flute; Theory Testing Available


Deadline to make a request using the database January 17 (note: extended from January 2nd). Please do not request unless absolutely necessary. We will need to schedule the students evenly between the two days because of the judging schedule.


I will be assigning teachers their work schedule early in February. Teachers with 1-9 students will be required to work one full day. Teachers with 10 and above will be required to work two full days.


Go to, click on login and enter your username and password.

On the left hand side of the screen click on CM Resources, and then click on documents. When the next screen comes up, scroll to the second link: 2013-2014 Instructions for Entering Information and Evaluation Repertoire online. You can down load this so that you can read and follow the directions.

Remember to put Siblings together by using the carpool function.

All requests for February 22 or March 1 must be made no later than Friday, January 17.


Students who receive a Remain at Level or fail the written theory test will not be allowed to proceed to the next level until they pass the failed level. Once a student has passed both parts of the evaluation the student may skip to any level for which he or she is prepared.

Email me if you have any questions. Take care .  ~Karen


             T-shirt Design Contest entries are due on February 1, 2014.  Please encourage your students to enter by printing out the flyer (at the end of this newsletter) and distributing it to them.  The winning designer receives $50 and has their design printed on all of the Ensemble Festival t-shirts.


—Friday, January 3, 7:30pm. 

The Thousand Oaks Philharmonic will feature German violinist Susanne Boehm and pianist Michael Glenn Williams in a benefit recital.  The concert will include music by Faure, Mozart, and Williams.  Tickets are $20adults/$10students and are available at the door at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts at 403 W. Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks.

—Friday, January 10 and Sunday, January 12. 

The nonprofit Thousand Oaks Philharmonic will showcase eight young Ventura County musicians in its upcoming Opus 38 concert.  Conducted by Dr. John Roscigno, the program will include violin and piano concertos by Bach, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saint-Saens, and Schroter.  The featured soloists include violinists Alex Cheng and Jake Kim, and pianists Annanlee Chang, David Gatchel, Mina Jung, Louis Lee, Sage Shurman, and Kevin Yu.  Also on the program is the orchestral Intermezzo from Caveleria Rusticana by Mascagni.  The concert will begin at 7:30pm on Friday, January 10 at the Camarillo United Methodist Church and will be repeated at 2:30 pm on Sunday, July 12 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Scherr Forum Theater.  Ticket information is available online at

Saturday, Jan. 25, 7:00pm. 

The Tinturin Music Studio will present pianists Anna Sarkisova and13-year-old piano prodigy Benjamin Krasner in a joint recital.  Music by Bach, Beethoven, Liszt,  Shostakovitch, Mozart, Chopin, Albeniz, Babajanyan, and Rachmaninoff.  A reception will follow the program.  1764 Via Pajaro, Camarillo, CA 93012.  Suggested donation: $20 adults, $10 students.  Seating is limited.  Please RSVP with your reservation to 805-419-4229 or