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January 13-Friday.  Board Meeting and Masterclass with Dr. James Lent.

January 15 - SundayDeadline to enter CM repertoire, schedule requests, Convention and Branch Honors.

January 15 - Sunday.  Deadline for Panel students to revert to Non-Panel status. Deadline to submit YAG Letter of Intent and repertoire


WHEN:          Friday, January 13

                       9:00AM Board Meeting

                      10:00AM General Program.  All members welcome to attend!

PLACE:         *NEW LOCATION*   Home of Pat Schullanberger. 

PROGRAM: Master Class with Dr. James Lent (  Students from branch teachers will perform the following works: Grieg Butterfly Op. 43, No. 1; Khachaturian Toccata; Chopin Fantasie-Impromptu; Chopin Etude in C minor Op.10 No.12 "Revolutionary".


Happy New Year! I hope you all had a very blessed Christmas and are well rested for an exciting year ahead. Certificate of Merit is just around the corner so be sure to get your students’ repertoire entered this month. 

I am looking forward to the Master Class with Dr. James Lent on January 13th. This is our only        Master Class this year. Pat Shullanberger is graciously opening-up her home for this Master Class so we will not be meeting at the church. Her home has always been a warm and inviting place for teachers, students, and families creating a much more intimate setting. Thank you, Pat, for offering up your home for this special event. Holiday Festival Medals will be distributed before the Master Class begins. Please designate someone to pick up your medals, if you are not planning to attend.

Reminder: Our Branch was graciously gifted with boxes upon boxes of music books (repertoire, lesson, classical, pedagogy, and reference books). Dr. Marion Weide (Santa Barbara Branch Member) recently retired from teaching in Ventura County and donated these items to our Branch. They are sitting in my garage waiting for a new home, so please call me for arrangements to come by and go through them. You are free to take as much as you want. I will donate them to others outside our branch in February.



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:

February 4, 2017 – Saturday.   CLOSED!

June 3, 2017 – Saturday
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM (1
hour still available)

June 17, 2017 – Saturday
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM (
1 hour still available)


The board decided at the October 2016 meeting that it is important for every student in the branch to be made aware of our Practice-a-Thon for it to be successful.  We ask that you simply give the flyers to each of your students in the month of January (the sooner the better).  Print out the forms that are attached to this email.  The first two pages are for the teacher.  Pages 3, 4, and 5 are for the students—please give each student a copy of these three pages.  

Some students will choose to participate and others won’t.  You do not need to do anything else except hand out the forms.  It would help if you would indicate to the students that this is something you would like them to do, but that is not a requirement.  This simple step will ensure that our Branch Competition can continue in future years.  Thank you for your support!


Please distribute the T-Shirt Design Contest flyer to your students.  They are encouraged to create a design for the 2017 Ensemble Festival T-Shirts, for a prize of $50.  You’ll find the flyer attached to this email.  Designs are due February 1, 2017.


The board has not yet decided if we will have a second piano at the Ensemble Festival on May 20, 2017.  In recent years there have been few students utilizing this piano, and it is a great expense for the branch.  Please email Celine to let her know if you are interested in having a second piano for this year’s festival by Thursday 1/12/17.  If there is again little interest in this, we will likely have just the one piano at the festival.