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Important Dates for November

· November 2 – Monday.  CM fees must be postmarked and mailed to Beverly.

· November 13 - Friday.  Board Meeting, 10:00am.  Home of Celine Gietzen.

· November 14 - Saturday.  Holiday Festival.  First United Methodist Church in Ventura.


WHEN:            Friday,  November 13

                      10:00AM Board meeting only (all members are welcome to attend)

PLACE:           Home of Celine Gietzen.   


 Jeong-ah Ryu presented a fabulous program for our October meeting.  We learned about schemata used in music of the galant style (circa 1720’s to 1770’s), and especially in relation to Baldassare Galuppi.  Jeong-ah  made the subject interesting, informative and understandable.  Her piano performance was a delight!  Refreshments followed the meeting, so everyone had a chance to socialize and get to know our new members better.

Holiday Festival is fast approaching.  It is great to have a program to motivate our students after a long, hot summer.   It will be a nice change to hear music from the composers of our country.   Many thanks to Nicole Burns, for the many hours she puts into this event.

Then we’re off and running with Certificate of Merit.  We’re grateful to have our fine CM chair, Beverly Schmidt, to keep us in line.

“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.” ― Maria Augusta von Trapp



The PV-VC MTAC 30th Annual Holiday Festival is scheduled for Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church in Ventura. Our theme this year is "Americana". We have a total of 159 entrants, representing 20 studios. There are eight programs scheduled: 9:00am, 10:15am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, and 5:30pm. Our esteemed judges are Ardes Abad from the Lakewood-Cerritos Branch MTAC and Caroline Su from the Whittier Branch MTAC. We look forward to seeing you there.


The October Branch Studio Recitals were a huge success. There were four participating teachers and refreshments were held in Trotter Hall with tables, chairs, and lots of extra room. Our next Branch Studio Recitals are scheduled for Saturday, December 19, 2015. Five teachers have already reserved time and there is one hour available from 9:00am-10:00am. If you would like to reserve this time, please contact Nicole Burns. 


The Complete Works Audition Awards Concert, October 17, 2015 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Long Beach was wonderful! Gold medalists from nearly every category performed beautifully for a large and enthusiastic audience. Our branch had one medalist. David Kwon, the 1st winner of Short Preludes & Fughettas category (student of Sharon Kim).   Congratulations to our winning branch student!

November 1, 2015 - Online registration opens for 2016 Bach festivals.

CM NEWS from Beverly

Well, we all made it through CM registration and it is now closed until next year.

The CM Database will open to enter Repertoire online January 2.  The Deadline for entering Repertoire is January 27.  The Deadline for Panel Students Repertoire to be entered online is January 15.  January 15 is also the Deadline for Panel Students to revert back to Non-Panel Status. Last chance to do this.

Below are more important dates to remember if you have Panel Students:

· February 20-21, 27-28 – Piano Panel Regional South

· March 10 – Deadline for Panel Students to do Theory testing in their own branch.

· March 10 -  Deadline  for Panel Finals application. No late applications accepted.

· April 1, 2, 3 –Piano Panel Finals Audition South.

Just a reminder that our CM will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Ventura on Saturday, February 27, and Saturday, March 5.  Strings evaluations will be February 27, and piano evaluations will be held on both dates. Strings, woodwinds, and piano students may take their theory test on either day. Woodwinds evaluations will be held at Conejo Branch on March 5.

Teachers who have 1-9 students will need to work one whole day.  Teachers who have 10 and above students will need to work two whole days. I will be in touch with you about the teacher’s work schedule. We will need every teacher working to cover our branch scheduled hours.

I will continue to update you with emails. Please free to email me anytime if you have questions or need help.



Sunday, November 8, 2:00pm.  The Arete Vocal Ensemble in concert performing:  An American in Paris, works of Debussy, Faure and Gershwin. The concert will also feature the Los Robles Children’s Choir.  Samuelson chapel at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.  Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 if purchased online in advance. Student tickets are $10 at the door with ID. Children under 12 are free. The event will also be streamed online at on November 8th. For information or to purchase tickets, visit

Saturday, November 7, 5:00pmAll Saints Evensong - Cherubini Requiem Mass in C minor.  In 1816, Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842) wrote a Requiem Mass that was so greatly admired by Beethoven, accounts indicate that Beethoven may have prized it above Mozart's Requiem. Although it was originally performed in the intimacy of a crypt in the St. Denis Abbey in France (to honor the anniversary of the death of Louis XVI and other victims of the French Revolution), Cherubini's first requiem became one of the most popular of its time.  We are pleased to present Cherubini's Requiem Mass in C minor in honor of All Saints Day, a fitting eulogy to those who have passed on to their rest and to the dignity of great music in honoring them. Conducted by Helen Farson. Ventura Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6300 Telephone Rd., Ventura.  Please call 805-641-9646 for more information. Admission is always free.

—Saturday, November 21st, 3:00 pm and Sunday, 22nd, 3:00 pm. The Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra with Dr. KuanFen Liu, Artistic Director and Conductor.  The program includes the Pipe Organ Concerto Symphony No. 3, Op. 78 in C Minor (Organ Symphony) by Camille Saint-Saëns with Linda Fern Fay, organist. The event also features Holiday Sing-Alongs. Saturday at Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Dr., Camarillo and Sunday at Ventura First United Methodist Church, 1338 Santa Clara, Ventura. Suggested donation $20/person. Children are free.

—Sunday, November 29, 4:30 pm. Advent Vespers. Carols, Prayer, readings and the premier of two New Advent Compositions: Fantasy on Savior of the Nations, Come & Meditation on Veni Emmanuel with Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Organ, Trumpet, Choir presented by First Presbyterian Church, 850 Ivywood Drive at H Street in Oxnard. Dr. Burns Taft, conductor and composer.  Free-Will Offering to benefit those in distress.