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Important Dates for October

· October 1-31.  CM Database open for registration.

· October 5.    Bach Complete Works Auditions, CSU Long Beach

· October 6.    RSVP to Beverly if you plan to attend the meeting at her home on October 10.

· October 10.  Holiday Festival Applications Due to Nicole Burns

· October 10.  Deadline for payment for Branch Studio Recitals to Nicole Burns

· October 18.  SCJBF Complete Works Awards Concert.  Covenant Presbyterian Church.  Long Beach.


October Meeting

WHEN:           Friday, October 10

                     9:00AM Board meeting

                     10:00AM General Meeting and Program

PLACE:         Home of Beverly Schmidt

PROGRAM:  NEW MATERIALS with GAIL LEW.  Many of you will remember the outstanding presentation given by Gail Lew two years ago as one of your favorites.  Gail is a new materials reviewer for the California Music Teachers magazine and also presents annually at the MTAC convention.  She will provide packets with some music included as well as have drawings for free music.  The meeting will be held at Beverly Schmidt's home and begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.  I hope you can make it.  Please RSVP to Beverly by October 6 so she can prepare accordingly.                              

~Karen Becker, Program Chair                                                              

For directions to Beverly, call 805-988-1764.


What a great turnout we had at the September meeting. Besides our regular attendees and our new active members, it was great to see a member we haven’t seen for awhile. Welcome back, Marty Mandras.

Nicole Burns had a fabulous Power Point presentation explaining all the festivals, projects and programs for the whole year. Thanks, Nicole, for all your efforts. The fall teaching schedule is in full swing now—students are beginning to realize summer is over and it’s time to take Holiday Festival and CM more seriously.

You won’t want to miss the New Materials presentation by Gail Lew on Oct. 10. Everyone enjoyed it the last time she was here—and there were a lot of free materials handed out.

I hope everyone is using our new website. I bookmarked the calendar section, so I can get there quickly when I’m online.

Maya Angelou: “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”

~Judy Johnson

CM NEWS from Beverly

The data base will be open for Certificate of Merit Registration from October 1 through October 31. There will be NO late registration. Your fees with a student print out form are due to me no later than November 1. Make out one check only to PV-VC MTAC.

If you are having difficulty finding the fee schedule go on the state website and log in and go to Resources and then to Documents, and then you will see the CM fee schedule for all instruments and levels. Be sure to add the branch sir charge of $10.00 per student.

Be sure to double check your registration for each student that you have the correct spelling of their name, instrument, school grade, CM level, and date of birth. Double check with the parent about the date of birth. Once the student is registered this becomes a permanent record.

Theory practice tests are now available online at the MTAC store. 

I will be sending information to you in every newsletter and also emails. There will be many CM updates in the coming months. Please send me an email if you have a question that you cannot find the answer to, or a call if we need to talk.



This program performers have already been selected at one of the SCJBF Branch Festivals. The  winners are from Pleasant Valley - Ventura County Branch, Conejo Valley, Kern County, Santa Barbara County and Santa Clarita Valley Branches.  Winners from Festival who meet the repertoire requirement are eligible to compete in the Complete Works Audition on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at California State University, Long beach. Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners will receive their medals during the Complete Works Awards Program on Saturday afternoon, October 18, 2014.  The Location for the Awards Program is Covenant Presbyterian Church, 607 E. Third Street (at Atlantic Ave.,) Long Beach, 90802. The public is welcome to attend this event at no charge.  All winning students wishing to receive their medals should be present at this program.  This is our chance to honor them for their outstanding work.

This is SCJBF Complete Work participants from our branch:

Joshua Lau (Nicole Burns), Manas Khatore (Noelle Tinturin), Jerod Frederick (Lily Starobinets), Derek Chun (Lily Starobinets), Anna Lapteva (Lily Starobinets), Chi Tran (Kary Kramer), David Kwon (Sharon Kim), Katie Cha (Sharon Kim), Daniel Kim (Sharon Kim), Eugene Kim (Sharon Kim) and      Jacobi Gunsalus (Sharon Kim).

Again, thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations for winners.


Master Chorale Children's Choir Auditions are open through September. Groups for age 6-7,   8-11, and 12 and up.  Rehearsals are Mondays at Trinity Lutheran, corner of Ashwood and Loma Vista.  Call Cheryl at 805-796-1951.  Concert training and performance.


Wednesday, October 8, 10:00am You are invited to attend the Sara Compinsky Master Class at Keyboard Concepts Piano Store, 5600 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys (corner of Van Nuys and Burbank Blvds.) Phone: 818-787-0201.  The Guest Leader will be Rufus Choi.  Music to be performed includes: J.S. Bach: Partita No. 6 in E Minor; Mozart: Sonata in A Minor, K. 310; Chopin: Scherzo No.2 in B-flat minor, Nocturne in E Major, Op. 62, No. 2, Etude in E Minor, Op. 25, No. 5.  Admission: $20. Refreshments will be served.  Come and enjoy, learn and be inspired!

Sunday, October 19, 2014 , 4:30 pm.   Benefit Concert - A Concert of Affirmation - Celebrating Life by First Presbyterian Chancel Choir - Interfaith Choir, Pacific Shores Las Voces del Mar - El Coro Maestro, Brass Choir and Organ.   Admission is free.  Freewill offering to benefit Doctors Without Borders.  Sponsored by First Presbyterian Church Oxnard, 850 Ivywood Drive, Oxnard, 805-983-0204, with Dr. Burns Taft, Choir Director; Fern Fay, Organist.

October 15-November 16The Rubicon Theatre presents “Two Pianos, Four Hands, a show about crazy       instructors, obsessed parents, tortuous recitals, and the soaring high points of musical training.  The musical scores features the actors/pianists performing music by Bach, Beethoven, Billy Joel, and Jerry Lee Lewis.  For tickets, visit or call 805.667.2900.  Purchase tickets for shows before October 29 and save $5 using the promo code “9916”.