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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 2 - Sunday.  SCJBF Complete Works Awards Auditions, Cal State University, Long Beach

October  7- Friday.  Board meeting and program.  VFUMC.

October 15 - Friday.  Holiday Festival Applications Due to Nicole Burns Today!

October 15 - Friday.  Deadline for payment for all Branch Studio Recital Reservations for the year.  Due to    Nicole Burns.

October 15 - Saturday. SCJBF Complete Works Awards Concert, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 607 E. 3rd St., Long Beach, CA 90802

October  22 – Saturday. Branch Studio Recitals

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


WHEN:            Friday, October 7

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

                           10:00AM General. Meeting,  The meeting will cover important training on the new online CM  system. 

PLACE:           Ventura First United Methodist Church Parlor

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.


What a great turnout we had at the September Information Meeting. Besides our regular attendees and our active members, it was great to see members we haven’t seen for a while. We all enjoyed a busy and informative meeting about all of the programs for the coming year. We took a new Branch group photo which will be posted on the website soon. Our new directory was handed out and everything we need to know is in this directory thanks to Judy Johnson. Remember to keep up with the monthly newsletter and our website at for additional updates and reminders. We are extremely grateful to Niccole Modell for keeping us all up-to-date.

Our October program will be a MANDATORY CM Teacher Training Session by our CM Chair, Beverly Schmidt. If you participate in CM you must attend! The new database will be explained in detail. If you are considering doing CM for the first time, this is also a great time to learn about the program and ask questions. Of course, refreshments will follow the presentation.

I look forward to seeing many of you in October!



The Complete Works Audition will be held on Sunday, October 2, 2016, 8:30am-5:00pm at California State University - Long Beach.  The selected performers representing our branch are 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). Those who place as winners will perform and receive their medals during an awards ceremony at the Complete Works Awards Recital: Complete Works Awards Concert:  Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, 2:30 PM at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 607 E. 3rd St. (at Atlantic Ave.) in Long Beach. 

CM NEWS from Beverly

It was good to see so many of you at the September 19 meeting.  By now most of you are migrating or have already migrated all of your students. I have had questions about how to add new students, how to transfer students, how to change spellings of names, etc. Some parents had problems with the email process and some didn’t.  Some parents in my studio did not want to do it at all.  We are all learning the new Database together and things are going pretty well. Feel free to keep asking question!

We will be having a mandatory CM meeting on Friday, October 7, at the First United Methodist Church in Ventura. We will present a power point program that will take you through everything you will need to know for this coming year  See you there. 


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

RepertoireONE 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 Burns.

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

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


December 17, 2016 – Saturday


February 4, 2017 - Saturday


June 3, 2017 – Saturday

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (2 hours still available)

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (1 hour still available)

June 17, 2017 – Saturday

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (2 hours still available)