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Important Dates for April

April 8 - Friday 8, Board Meeting and General Program “New Materials with Gail Lew”

April 9 - Saturday.  Ensemble Festival Application due to Celine

April 15 - Friday.  Deadline to apply for all recitals for convention.  $30 Convention Application fee per student.

April 16 - Saturday.  Branch Bach Festival

April 30 - Saturday.  Branch Competition.  Times TBA.


WHEN:            Friday, April 8

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

                          10:00 General Meeting

PLACE:           Home of Beverly Schmidt

PROGRAM:   NEW MATERIALS with GAIL LEW.”  Many of you will remember the outstanding New Materials presentation previously given by Gail Lew as one of your favorites.  Gail will be coming directly from the music teachers National Conference in Texas with all the latest music from all the major publishers. As always there will be free packets for teachers and lots of door prizes.  The meeting will be held at Beverly Schmidt's home and begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.  I hope you can made it.”  ~~Karen


Kudos to Beverly Schmidt and her team of teachers and helpers for the smooth running efficiency of CM this year.  It is such a complicated and important event.  It truly requires the participation of all teachers who enter students to make it work.

Be sure to attend the New Materials presentation by Gail Lew at Beverly’s home this month.  You may even find some pieces for Holiday Festival in November.

Election of new board members takes place in May.  Many thanks to Beverly, Karen, and Lily, our nominating committee, for putting together the suggested  slate of officers.  Please watch for details in your May newsletter, & vote!  June will be our installation and annual potluck—hope to see everyone there!

And with Bach Festival this month, a little quote from Chopin:  “Bach is an astronomer, discovering the most marvelous stars. Beethoven challenges the universe. I only try to express the soul and the heart of man.” 


Ensemble Festival applications are due via e-mail to Celine on April 9.  Applications can be found on our branch website.  Look for the “Teacher Resources” tab on the home page, and click on “Festival Enrollment.”  Under "Ensemble Festival,” click on “2016 Ensemble Festival Application.”  Contact Celine with any questions or problems:

2016 Ensemble Festival T-Shirt Design Winners: Devin Romines – 1st place, student of Noëlle Tinturin.   The winning design features a piano and cello on a green t-shirt. Karra Koch, 2nd place, student of Nicole Burns; Jace Valdez, 3rd place, student of Nicole Burns; Rose Koch – 4th place, student of Nicole Burns.


The Practice-a-Thon is now complete.  Three teachers participated, and a total of $2,136 was raised.  The top winning student was Devin Romines, a student of Noëlle Tinturin, who singlehandedly brought in $900.  A big thank you goes out to the participating teachers and students.  We also appreciate the efforts of Goretti Fong, who made it all possible by acquiring the prizes for the winning students.  The money collected in this fundraiser will be added to our Branch Scholarship Fund, which finances the awards for the annual Branch Competition.  The goal of the fundraising committee is to one day have enough money in this fund so that interest alone pays for the annual Branch Competition awards.


This year’s Bach Festival will take place on Saturday, April 16th 2016. We will have four programs; the times will be 9:30 am, 10:45 am, 1:00 pm and 2:15 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 1338 Santa Clara in Ventura.

There are 18 teachers participating with 77 students at this special event. All students should abide by standard Bach Festival dress code and rules.  Students should dress nicely and arrive 15 minutes early.  Additionally, students should only bow after they play.

Student time schedules and teacher job assignments have been sent to all teachers. Please confirm with Sharon that you received this information. If you have not received yours, please contact Sharon Kim via her studio email at or her cell phone at 805-807-4266.   All participating teachers are needed to fulfill their assignments in order to make this year’s festival a successful event.

Three judges will select about 35% of the students to play at the Regional Festival.  This year, the Regional Bach Festival event will occur on Saturday, May 21st at the First United Methodist Church in Ventura. Times and event information will be announced after the branch Bach Festival.

Students who win at the Regional Festival are eligible to compete in the Complete Works auditions in October 2016 at California State University at Long Beach with an Award Concert to occur the same month.  Detailed date, time and place to be announced. Additional information about the audition is available online at website.

CM NEWS from Beverly

Well another CM year is completed for the Pleasant Valley-Ventura Co. Branch. I want to thank every student and every teacher who worked so many hours at one or both CM days.  We had many high school students working with us this year. I don’t know what we would have done without them.

A special thanks to Judy, Nicole, and Karen, who did so much work for us this year.

I will be the CM chair for the next two years. The job is bigger all the time.  Thank you to those who have thanked me and have offered some extra help next year.  I do so appreciate it.

Remember you may release the theory tests on April 4.

The DEADLINE for Convention application is April 15, and the fee is $30.


Our Teachers' Matinee recital will be held on Saturday, May 14th at 11:00 a.m. It will be held between Ensemble Festival programs one and two.  Please invite your students to attend. 

This will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 1338 E. Santa Clara St. in Ventura.  The piano will be our Bosendorfer.. There will not be a second piano this year. 

Please contact program coordinators Karen Becker and Fern Fay no later than Friday, April 8th if you wish to play in this program.  Send your proposed titles, composers, time duration and a short bio for yourself. 


Helen Batteiger, a long-time member of the Ventura branch and charter member of the Pleasant Valley branch, passed away on March 1, 2016.  As an important mentor in our PV-VC branch, she enjoyed teaching and performing and was a dear friend of Peter Yazbeck.  Helen's husband Jimmy shared that there would be a memorial celebration for Helen at their family reunion this summer in Indiana. 

If you would like to make a special contribution in Helen's memory to our branch scholarship fund, please make your check payable to MTAC Foundation.  Please bring it to our April meeting or send it to Fern Fay by April 30th.


The official voting ballot for the 2016-18 board positions will be sent out in the May newsletter.  The current nominees are listed below.  Please be sure to vote in May!

President—Nicole Burns

1st V.P. —Niccole Modell                                                                             

2nd V.P. —Lily Starobinets 

Corresponding Secretary – Becca Stankis 

Recording Secretary – Joy Asenas 

Membership Secretary – Judy Johnson

Treasurer – Fern Fay


Certificate of Merit—Beverly Schmidt

Bach Festival—Jeong-ah Ryu

Ensemble Festival—Celine Gietzen


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.

· June 4, 2016 – Saturday

9am-11am (2 hours still available)

· June 18, 2016 – Saturday

9am-10am (1 hour still available)


“Our PV-VC Branch has good news! The International Outstanding Young Musician Romantic Music Competition & Classical Music Competition occurred successfully on Saturday March 19th.  I would like to congratulate all students who participated in this special music event, especially to our students: Katie Cha who won 2nd place ( Category III), Hyunsoo Kim who won 3rd place ( Category II) and Daniel Kim who won 3rd place ( Category I) of the International Outstanding Young Musician Romantic Festival & Classical Festival.” —Sharon Kim


Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st Choral Orchestral Spectacular - featuring the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra and CSUCI/CICA Choir, Dr. KuanFen Liu, Artistic Director and Conductor  presenting Requiem in D minor, Op. 48  by Gabriel Faure; Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein; March of the Sad Ones by Gilad Hekselman (arr. by Petros Klampanis) featuring Hans Ottsen Trio, Saturday, April 30th at Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Dr., Camarillo.

Sunday, May 1st, 2016 at Ventura First United Methodist Church, 1338 Santa Clara, Ventura at 3:00 p.m. Suggested donation $20/person. Kids are free.

Friday, April 15, 7:30pm and Sunday, April 17, 2:30pm.   The nonprofit Thousand Oaks Philharmonic will showcase seven young Ventura County musicians in its upcoming Opus 45 concert.  Conducted by Dr. John Roscigno, the program will include piano and violin concertos by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and Vanhal, The featured soloists include Kaitlyn Baker, Peter Glass, Aiden Smith, Jahan Raymond, Megan Ervin, Grace Chen, and Dalton Hayes.

The April 15 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 April 17 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.