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Important Dates for January

January 15--Wednesday, Last day to revert to non-Panel status.

January 16— Friday, Branch meeting

January 27—Tuesday, CM Database will Close for repertoire registration.

January 30--Friday, Ensemble Tee Shirt Design Contest Entries Due



WHEN:           Friday, January 16

                          9:00AM Board meeting

                          10:00AM Program

PLACE:         Ventura First United Methodist Church, 1338 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, 93001

PROGRAM:  Masterclass with Craig Richey

DIRECTIONS TO FUMC: 1338 E. Santa Clara St in Ventura.  From Camarillo and Oxnard, take the 101 north.  Exit at Seaward then turn right to stay on Seaward.  Turn Left onto Main Street.  Just after you pass Chrisman Avenue on the left, veer left at the signal light on onto Santa Clara Street.  The FUMC will be on the first block on the left side.  Turn left into the parking lot.  For further directions, phone Ellen Pearson at the church office at 805-643-8621.


The New Year is here, and with it our renewed hopes and expectations--mostly that our students will finally put it all together for Certificate of Merit.  Our sight reading and ear training is intensified and the rush is on to get the last pieces memorized.  It’s time to put the students’ repertoire online—Beverly has a deadline for you.

I am looking forward to the January Master Class with Craig Richey—hope to see you all there.   It is really a privilege to learn from a master teacher.

“Where words fail, music speaks.”  Hans Christian Andersen

~Judy Johnson


Please join us for the upcoming Masterclass with Craig Richey!  The program will include:

· Valses Poeticos, #3 & #4 by Granados.  

    Manas Khatore, piano

· Sonata in D minor, Op. 40, II. Allegro, for Cello & Piano by Shostakovich.                                            

    Naomi Stoodley, cello and Jim Licata, piano

· Prelude in G minor, Op. 22, #5 by Rachmaninoff.  

    Jerod Frederick, piano.

See you then!


Now is the time to have your Practice-a-Thon forms copied, to issue to students in early January.  We hope for many studios participating this year to make this a successful fundraiser.  In the past, the students who have participated were motivated to practice more, just in time for CM!  Please contact Celine Gietzen if you have any questions,

CM NEWS from Beverly

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year ahead and now it’s time to get back to teaching our CM students.

The Database opened on January 2 for entering evaluation information and repertoire online. The deadline is January 27 to complete this process.

If you have a Panel student the deadline is January 15. Also, the deadline for panel students to revert to non-panel is also January 15. This will be your last chance to revert to non-panel.  March 10 is the  Deadline for panel students to complete theory tests at their own branch.  Be sure to be in touch with the panel chair about your evaluation date and time and location.

To enter evaluation information online, you will need to go to and enter your username and password.  On the left hand side of the screen click CM Resources and then go to Documents. At the bottom of the list of forms you will see “Instructions for Entering evaluation information and repertoire online.”  Download this information and then go online to add information.”

EVALUATION SCHEDULE: If you have a student who needs am or pm or needs February 28, or March 7, you may make a request. Please do not ask unless absolutely necessary. We will need to schedule the students evenly between the two days because of the judging schedule. Strings students are  only scheduled on February 28.  Email me about a special request by January 23.

TEACHER WORK SCHEDULE:  I will be assigning teachers their work schedule in early February.  Teachers with 1-9 students will need to work one full day. Teachers with 10 and above will need to work two full days. If you need to work a specific day I must know by January 15. Please only make a request if absolutely necessary.

REMINDER:  Students who receive a “Remain at Level” or do not pass the theory test, will have to repeat the level again. When the level is passed they may proceed to any level for which he or she is prepared.

“Ineligible to Certificate” is for students who give a proficient evaluation, but who have non-performance issues such as: Incorrect Repertoire categories. These may advance to next level but will not receive a certificate.

I am glad to say we have a few new teachers who are doing the program with their students for the first time.  I am also glad that you have emailed me with your questions. I am always available to help you with your questions and concerns.  Good Luck.


2014 - 2015 season:

November 1, 2014 - ONLINE REGISTRATION opens for 2015 festivals.

January 19, 2015 - Piano and Violin/Viola Masterclasses in Bertea Hall, Chapman University, Orange, CA. For applications and further information, please visit:

Stewart Gordon Piano Masterclass:

Nathan Cole Violin/Viola Masterclass:

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - All-Branch Strings Regional Festival at El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90506


Friday, January 10 and Sunday, January 12.  The nonprofit Thousand Oaks Philharmonic will showcase eight young Ventura County musicians in its upcoming Opus 41 concert.  Conducted by Dr. John Roscigno, the program will include violin and piano concertos by DeBeriot, Vieuxtemp, Haydn, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and Kabelevsky.   The featured soloists include Jaimee Cao, Grace Chen, Alexander Dohn, Richard Hoffman, Mina Jung, Robert Liu, Joann Ma and Jahan Raymond. The concert will begin at 7:30pm on Friday, January 9 at the Camarillo United Methodist Church and will be repeated at 2:30 pm on Sunday, July 11 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Scherr Forum Theater.  Ticket information is available online at

Wednesday, January 14. You are invited to attend the Sara Compinsky Master Class on Wednesday, January 14 at 10:00 am, with guest leader James McCormick. The class will take place at the home of Ronna Binn-Hersh, 19365 Lemmer Drive, Tarzana (818) 343-3095 
Admission: $20. Refreshments will be served.  Come and enjoy, learn and be inspired!  For more information, call Noelle Tinturin at 805-419-4229.

Performers and repertoire will include:

Clara Haslop, piano

Haydn: Sonata #49, Moderato (1st Movement): Hob. 36

Chopin: Polonaise #1, Op. 26

Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C# Major BWV 848


Saida Moore, piano and Svetlana Oganesian, violin

Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano

(Allegretto ben moderato, Allegro)


Luba Sorochkina, piano

Schumann: Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17 (1st movement)

Schumann-Liszt: Widmung