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· October 1 - 31.  CM Database is open for registration. Branch surcharge ($10.00) will be automatically added to regular CM fees for each student.

· October  4 -Sunday.  SCJBF Complete Works Awards Auditions, Cal State University, Long Beach

· October 9 - Friday.  Holiday Festival Applications Due to Nicole Burns Today!

· October 9 - Friday.  Deadline for payment for all Branch Studio Recital Reservations for the year.  Due to Nicole Burns.

· October  9- Friday.  Board & General meetings.

· October  17 -Saturday.  SCJBF Complete Works Awards Auditions, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 607 E. 3rd St., Long Beach, CA 90802

· October  17 – Saturday.  Branch Studio Recitals

· October 31—11:59 pm Monday .  Online CM Registration Closed


WHEN:            Friday,  October 9

                           9:00AM Board meeting (all members are welcome to attend)

                           10:00AM  Branch Meeting

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

PROGRAM:  Lecture presentation by PV-VC member Dr. Jeong-ah RyuTitle: Schemata Theory and selected Keyboard Sonatas of Baldassare Galuppi. 

DIRECTIONS TO VFUMC:  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.


There was a great turnout for our September information meeting, despite the heat and the under-construction parlor!  Nicole Burns covered all the programs and events for the upcoming year.  Much appreciation was expressed by members about her presentation being both informative & interesting.

Two of our new members were in attendance:  Egle Januleviciute and Becca Stankis.  Welcome—it was good to see you there.

Our piano committee has been hard at work this last month coordinating our schedule with First United Methodist Church, and making sure everything is running smoothly.  A big thank you to all of them, and especially to the chair, Fern Fay.

There have been a couple of location changes to the calendar in the directory.  The January master class will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Ventura.  The April new materials program will be held at the home of Ada Lovingfoss.

Our October program will be a performance & presentation by our own Jeong-ah Ryu.  You won’t want to miss it!

Please be sure to check out our website at  All kinds of valuable data is there, including information on our festivals and other events.  Also on the site is our complete calendar, which Niccole Modell keeps up-to-date. 


NEWS FROM Your Program Chair

Join us for a wonderful Lecture/Performance from our own member Jeong-Ah Ryu entitled "Schemata Theory and Selected Keyboard Sonatas of Baldassare Galuppi". 

Description:  Schemata theory, developed by Robert Gjerdingen, was employed repetitively by eighteenth century composers in their works. This compositional technique was significant as composers were responsible for producing vast amounts of new music continuously. Among them was Baldassare Galuppi (1706-1785), who implemented various schemata in his works, including in his keyboard sonatas. This lecture recital will describe and discuss schemata theory and also provide an introduction to Galuppi’s keyboard sonatas. Through this, one will increase his/her understanding of eighteenth century performance practice by examining the infrastructure of the composition. 


Each Holiday Season a theme is chosen for a festival in which gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded for the performance of one piece.  Students perform memorized solos following the annual theme and receive feedback from two adjudicators.  Medals are awarded based on the quality of preparation.  Students strive to earn gold medals and in doing so achieve a high performance standard, presenting a polished and musically engaging work. This year's Holiday Festival will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Ventura on Saturday, November 14, 2015.

· Theme:  “AMERICANA

·   “Things produced in the U.S. and thought to be typical of the U.S. or its culture.” – Merriam-Webster

·   Pieces may be written by composers who were born in the U.S.

·   Pieces may be written by other composers provided the title of the piece is descriptive of the U.S.

·   American Folk Tunes, Jazz, and Blues will be accepted.

·   Popular Music will NOT be accepted.

· Repertoire: ONE memorized piece no longer than 4 minutes.

·   All compositions written for the original instrument and all levels are eligible.

·   As in all our branch recitals, NO REPEATS, D.C. is okay. / One movement of a Sonata or Sonatina is allowed.

·   No duplicate pieces within a studio will be permitted.

·   Entries must be 16 measures minimum - no lesson/method books. 

·  All entries must be submitted via email to.  Application form can be found on our branch website.

·    Registration Deadline: Friday, October 9, 2015.

·    The $20.00 fee per student is also due at this time.

·    It is your responsibility to make sure your students and parents have read and signed the PV-VC MTAC Branch Recital Guidelines forms. 

·     Any exceptions to these rules must be approved prior to completing your application


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 branch will reserve the church. The parlor will be available for refreshments during your reserved time. Please 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. Once your reservation is confirmed, send a check ($40 per hour) payable to PV-VC MTAC to Nicole A. Burns within two days of reservation. 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 arrives. Scheduling immediately before or after another studio is highly recommended.

·   October 17, 2015 – Saturday  9am-10am (1 hour still available)

·   December 19, 2015 – Saturday 9am-3pm (8 hours still available)

·   February 6, 2016 – Saturday 9am-2pm and 4pm-6pm (7 hours still available)

·   June 4, 2016 – Saturday 9am-11am and 1pm-2pm (3 hours still available)

·  June 18, 2016 – Saturday 9am-2pm (5 hours still available)


The Complete Works Audition will be held on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at California State University, Long Beach.  The performers from our branch were selected at the Regional SCJBF last spring.  Winning students from PV-VC were  Gabriel Johnson, Joshua Lau (Nicole Burns),  Franklin Ohlinger (Ruth Johnson),  Mika Mullikin (Kary kramer), Rebecca Shuere (Ada Lovingfoss),  Michael Liu (Lily Starobinets),  David Kwon, Katie Cha, Daniel Kim, and Jacobi Gunsalus (Sharon Kim).   Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners will receive their medals during the Complete Works Awards Program on Saturday, October 17, 2015.  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.

CM NEWS from Beverly

The Database will open for CM registration this coming Thursday, October 1. To register your students login and go to CM Resources and then to documents. Then go to Certificate of Merit Policies and Procedures. Go to Appendix A for step by step instructions on how to register your students. It is well written and I think all of your questions will be answered.

Remember to register your students as early as you can.  The Deadline is October 31. There is no late registration. I need to receive one check only from you made out to PV-VC Branch MTAC. Please also send a printout of your Student list. Your check is due to me on November 1.

Most of your questions can be answered by reading Policies and Procedures, the syllabus and the newsletter, and my extra emails to you. If you still have questions send me an email, and I will be glad to help you.

Good luck with all of your students this year!


Saturday, October 3, 5pm.  Autumn Evensong. You are warmly invited to enjoy the buoyant and virtuosic art of jazz guitarist Graham Dechter and bassoonist Nick Akdag at our October Evensong on Sat., Oct. 3 at 5 pm.  Graham, who plays regularly with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra as well as Michael Bublé, will offer a selection of spirituals and other meditative works.  Dovetailing with Graham’s style, Nick will intersperse movements by Bach and Vivaldi, conjuring the earlier musical influences that permeate our evening’s musical offerings. Helen Farson is on piano.  Admission is always free. Ventura Seventh-day Adventist Church.  6300 Telephone Rd. Ventura. Please call 805.641.9646.or 805.642.5387 for more information.

October 15-25The Cabrillo Music Theatre presents Damn Yankees.  PV-VC pianist Ben Ginsberg will be playing keyboard.  For more information, visit at Contact Ben to learn how to avoid paying the Ticketmaster fee. 

Sunday, October 25, 5:00pmThe Thousand Oaks Philharmonic invites you to a “A Gala with Strings Attached”, celebrating the Opus concerts and honoring Thomas and Joyce Osborn.  The evening will feature a champagne reception, gourmet dinner, and live and silent auctions.  Entertainment for night will include performances by violinists Joshua Hong, Carolyn Osborn, Mitchell Newman and cellist Andrew Cook. Sheraton Hotel, Agoura Hills.  Tickets are $125 per person.  Please visit to learn more.