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WHEN:            Friday, September 9

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

                    10:00AM General meeting.  Overview of Programs for 2016-17 by program chairs. The presentation will include important updates and reports from the 2016 Convention.   A group photo will  be taken for the website, so bring your smile!  Branch directories will be distributed as well.

PLACE: Ventura First United Methodist Church Parlor

A NOTE FROM YOUR PROGRAM CHAIRDear PV-VC Branch members. We hope you and your students will benefit from this year’s programs and festivals.   Please plan to attend the September meeting where you will be given an overview of the year’s activities. This is an important session and can really help prepare you for the upcoming school year.  ~Lily

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.


I hope your summer was relaxing and you’re ready for a new year of teaching with many student opportunities and festivals along with many inspiring teachers’ meetings and programs. Plan to come to our September 9th Information Meeting for the overview of all programs for the year. Be sure to stay for refreshments afterwards!

You will receive a directory at our September meeting. This year it will contain the calendar for the year as well as teachers’ contact information. Thank you, Judy, for all your hard work in putting together the directory.

The calendar is also available on our website:, thanks to Niccole Modell. Niccole Modell has been serving us well in keeping our website up to date. Be sure to cruise through it and see what it is all about. 

We will have a new BRANCH PICTURE taken at 10:00am at the beginning of the general meeting. We would love to have all of you in this picture!

Our first festival is the Holiday Festival with the theme “Sounds of Nature”.  This is a great festival and theme for even our beginning level students. I hope you will enter some students—it’s a very rewarding program.

A special thank you to Judy, from all of us, for being such a patient, kind, organized, and all around fantastic president the last two years. I look forward to serving as your president this term. Our branch is full of talented, hardworking, and dedicated volunteers and teachers and I am very grateful to be a part of such an amazing branch.



The Bach Festival is held annually to celebrate the music of J. S. Bach in which participants must play an original work by memory. It is open to keyboard, instrumental, and vocal students. There are three rounds of adjudications. May 21st was the Regional Festival and the students showcased their talent at a brilliant level. Please join in congratulating the selected winners and their teachers of our PV-VC branch. The winners will be competing once more in the Complete Works Audition. Break a leg!

Joshua Lau (Nicole Burns)

Franklin Ohlinger (Ruth Johnson)

David Kwon (Sharon Kim)

Katie Cha (Sharon Kim)

Mika Mullikin (Kary Kramer)

Anna Lapteva (Lily Starobinets)

Cruz Hernandez (Ada Lovingfoss)

Complete Works Audition: Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM at Cal. State, Long Beach. (Schedule information will be online by September 15.)

Complete Works Awards Recital: Complete Works Awards Concert:  Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, 2:30 PM at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Long Beach, 607 E. 3rd St. (at Atlantic Ave.), Long Beach 90802.


Each Holiday Season a theme is chosen for a festival where Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals are awarded for performances of one piece.

                          Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016

                          Location: First United Methodist Church in Ventura

                          Theme: Sounds of Nature

             Repertoire: ONE memorized piece no longer than 4 minutes according to the theme.   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/Sonatina is allowed. Piano entries are limited to original works, no lesson/method books. No duplicate pieces within a studio will be permitted. Entries must be 16 measures minimum - all others are subject to variance committee approval. If you have questions about exceptions, phone Nicole A. Burns.

               Fees: $20.00 per student.  Fees are non-refundable. All entries must be submitted via email to

Please go to for the Excel spreadsheet under Festivals.  Only ONLINE applications will be accepted. Please type in information carefully as this is how it will appear on the program. Do not use all caps. Please make any necessary program requests on this form. 

Write one check per teacher made payable to PV-VC MTAC and mail to:

Nicole A. Burns, 79 Daily Drive, PMB 115, Camarillo, CA 93010

Entry deadline: Saturday, October 15, 2016

Your registration is not complete until I receive your check. It is your responsibility to make sure your students and parents have read and signed the PV-VC MTAC Branch Recital Guidelines forms. These do not have to be sent it but you do need to keep them on file.

To promote fairness, any irregular entries will be screened by the Board of Directors.


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 at

Once your reservation is confirmed, send a check ($40 per hour) payable to PV-VC MTAC to Nicole A. Burns. 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.

Available Dates and Times are listed below:

October 22, 2016 – Saturday

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (7 hours still available)

December 17, 2016 – Saturday

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (6 hours still available)

February 4, 2017 - Saturday

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM (5 hours still available)

June 3, 2017 – Saturday

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (4 hours still available)

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (2 hours still available)

June 17, 2017 – Saturday

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (5 hours still available

CM NEWS from Beverly

I am sure you all realize by now that there is a new MTAC Database; I have been passing out brochures at meetings for a few months now. I will bring them again to the September meeting.  You will need to give them to your student’s parents as they will be more involved on the new Database system.

You have already received an email from the State office explaining how to begin by migrating your students. You can start that at any time.  We will be giving you much more information at the October 7, meeting, which will be covering everything new about the CM Database.

As in past years, if you have one to nine students you will work one full day. If you have ten or more students you will work two full days. There will be a $300 fine for not working on CM day. Save the dates now so that you will be ready to work. CM dates are Saturday, February 25, for piano and strings and March 4, for piano.  I have not heard about the woodwinds date as of yet.

Best of luck to all of you great CM Teachers.  It will be a challenge this year, but I hope to be able to answer all of your questions about the new Database. 


On Saturday, March 25, 2017,  the PV-VC branch will celebrate its students with the highest scores attained through Certificate of Merit with a series of CM Branch Honors Recitals.  Performance evaluations and theory exam scores will be used from Level 1- Panel to select the top 60 students.  Students who qualify will be notified of their eligibility by their teacher and there will be no fee for participation.  Works to be performed will be five minutes or under, making cuts where appropriate, and will be selected by the CM performance evaluation judge.  Caitlyn Boruch will be in chairing this exciting new program.