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Important Dates for January

January 2 , Saturday.     Database opens for entering evaluation information and Repertoire online.

January 15, Friday.        Deadline for Panel Teachers to enter repertoire online. Deadline for panel students to revert to Non-Panel status.

January 26, Tuesday.      Deadline for entering Repertoire online.


WHEN:            Friday, January 15

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

                      10:00AM General Meeting.    Program: Masterclass with guest artist.

PLACE:           Ventura First United Methodist Church.

DIRECTIONS:  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 has arrived again.  December always goes by quickly, leaving us in a rush to get our students ready for the activities of 2016.  Certificate of Merit is imminent—be sure to get your students’ repertoire entered online this month.   Next month is the Practice-a-thon Fundraiser.  Contact Celine Gietzen for information on that event.  Also, February 1 is the deadline to enter tee shirt designs for the Ensemble Festival.

I am looking forward to the Master Class with Mark Richman on January 15th. This is our only master class this year—I’m sure you’ll want to be there.

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” —Albert Einstein



Hope to see you all at our upcoming Master Class.  Our Master teacher is Mark Richman who holds a summa cum laude Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA, a Master’s degree in piano from Juilliard, and has pursued doctoral work at Boston University. His principal teachers include Leonard Shure, Aube Tzerko, Rosina Lhevinne, Jacob Lateiner, Emmanuel Bay, and Leah Effenbach.

For those of you who would like to bring music:

—Dreaming, Op. 15, No. 3 by Amy Beach 

Nocturne No.15, Op. 55 No.1 by Chopin       

—Great Gate of Kiev by Mussorgsky from "Pictures at an Exhibition"   

See you then!


 Now is the time to print the Practice-a-Thon papers and hand them out to your students.  Simply give them the packet, tell them this is something you really want them to do, and follow up with them that they have at least one sponsor.   In February, check that they’re filling out the practice chart provided.  Your involvement makes our Branch Competition possible, thank you!

CM NEWS from Beverly

The CM Database opens for entering evaluation information and Repertoire online on January 2.  The Deadline for entering information is January 27.  The Deadline for Panel Students Repertoire to be entered is January 15. January 15 is also the Deadline for Panel Students to revert back to Non-Panel status.  Last chance to revert.

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

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

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

March 10 – Deadline for Panel Final Application. No late applications.

April 1-2-3- Panel Final Auditions South (Piano). Auditions will take place at Cal Poly Pomona.

Panel students should do their theory testing at our branch on Saturday, February 27, or Saturday, March 5.

Teachers who have 1-9 students will need to work one whole day and teachers who have 10 or above students will need to work two whole days. I will be making the teacher work schedule the first week in February. If you are going to be working only one day and need a specific day, you need to let me know now. If you have a preference about being a door monitor or correcting theory tests, please let me know that too. I can’t promise anything as I have to cover all jobs, but I do try hard to give teachers what they prefer to do.

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

Happy New Year.



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 arrivesScheduling immediately before or after another studio is highly recommended.

· February 6, 2016 – Saturday

  9am-12pm and 5pm-6pm (4 hours still available)

· June 4, 2016 – Saturday

9am-11am (2 hours still available)

· June 18, 2016 – Saturday

9am-10am (1 hour still available)


Friday, January 8, 7:30pm and Sunday, January 10, 2:30pm.  The nonprofit Thousand Oaks Philharmonic will showcase eight young Ventura County musicians in its upcoming Opus 44 concert.  Conducted by Dr. John Roscigno and Assistant Conductor, Vlad Vizireanu, the program will include piano and violin concertos by Rossini, Mozart, Bach, Rowley, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, and Sibelius. The featured soloists include Ashlyn Ro, Dennis Chiu, Sage Shurman, Annalee Chang, Jaimee Cao, Aidan Fu, and Joseph Roberts.

The January 8th concert will begin at 7:30pm at the Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Dr. in Camarillo.  Tickets are available online and at the door one hour before the concert.  General: $20/students $6/military $6.

The January 10th concert will begin at 2:30 pm at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Scherr Forum Theater, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. in Thousand Oaks.  Tickets available at the TOCAP box office in advance or the day of the performance.  General $25/students $10.

Saturday, January 9, 7:00pm.  The Tinturin Music Studio is proud to present the amazing 15-year-old Russian-American pianist, Benjamin Krasner on Saturday, January 9 at 7:00 pm at the home of Noelle Tinturin.  Formerly a student of Luba Sorochkina, and now studying with Dmitry Rachmanov at CSUN, Benjamin Krasner will be performing his college senior recital and graduate audition program.  Music by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Prokofiev.  A reception will follow the performance.  Admission: $20.00, Students: $10.00. Please call 805-419-4229 for tickets and information.  Don't miss this opportunity to hear this wonderful young talent and be inspired!

Monday, January 11, 7:00pm.  The Ojai Art Center Literary Branch Presents: JOHN BIGGS, Ojai’s Honored Orchestral, Choral, Operatic Composer :‘How he sets words to music’The Los Angeles Times review of his Opera, Ernest Worthing: “Biggs conveys a flowing, sophisticated musical language that savors witty wordplay, a sly irreverence and an underlying tenderness - the innate hallmarks of Oscar Wilde’s piece…”(The Importance of Being Ernest”).  Wine Reception - Donations Appreciated .To learn more about John Biggs visit  The Ojai Art Center 113 S. Montgomery Ojai, CA 93023.  Call: 805-816-4099