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June 3- Saturday.  Branch Studio Recitals.

June 9– Friday.  Branch planning meeting and potluck.

June 10- Saturday. Auditions for Peter Yazbeck Scholarship.  Home of Lily Starobinets.

June 17- Saturday. Branch Studio Recitals.

June 30 - July 4.  MTAC 2017 State Convention.  Santa Clara Hyatt Regency.


 WHEN:  June 9, 10:00am.  Planning meeting for 2017-18 and potluck lunch. 

                  Please email Joy Asenas, our potluck coordinator, to let her know what you plan to bring.

                  Also, please bring two copies of your studio recital programs from the past year for reporting to ASCAP.

PLACE: Home of Lily Starobinets. 


Our June meeting is coming soon! We will be working on the dates and programs for next year. We are hoping for a large attendance with lots of input. We will also be having our annual potluck. Please bring a dish to share. It's always super amazing and yummy—one of my favorite meetings of the year.

If you have any personal-recital or MTAC programs from this year, please bring them to our June meeting. We need to send them to the State Office per our ongoing every-member agreement with ASCAP.

The Holiday Festival Theme for 2017 will be "Women Composers." It's that time to start preparing. To accommodate our new fee structure at FUMC we have increased all student application fees for all festivals. The new fee will be $25 per festival rather than $20. 

Please remember to pay your membership dues and report any new address, phone number, or email address to the state office so that the new directory can be updated. 



Our Branch Competition was a success! 28 students from 8 studios participated. Congratulations to all students and their teachers!

Here is a list of winners:

Division I  (age 12 and under)

-1st place  - David Kwon (Sharon Kim)

-2nd place  - Michael Liu  (Lily Starobinets)

-3rd place  - Drake Nguyen (Lily Starobinets)

-Honorable mention  - Issac Choi  (Sharon Kim)

-Honorable mention  - Erina Park   (Sharon Kim)

Division II (ages 13 - 15) 

-1st place  - Daniel Kim  (Sharon Kim)

-2nd place  - Peiming Yang  ( Jeong-ah Ryu)

-3rd place -  Hayden van Deinse (Celine Gietzen)

-Honorable mention  - Joshua Lau   (Nicole Burns)  

-Honorable mention  - Tanvi Patil  (Lily Starobinets) 

Division III  (ages 16 - 18) 

-1st place  -  Devin Romines  (Noelle Tinturin)

-2nd place   - Cameryn Boggio-Shean  (Celine Gietzen)

-3rd place   - Alisha Patel (Nicole Burns)  

-Honorable mention  - Michelle Liu (Lily Starobinets)


Congratulations to all the teachers who had participating students and to all the winners at the Regional Bach Festival. All the performances were outstanding. Teachers can access the winners list at – simply log on with your Teacher's ID and select the option on the home page to view the Regional Winners List.

Winners from the Regional Festival who meet the repertoire requirements are eligible to compete in the Complete Works Audition on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at California State University - Long Beach. First place winners of the CWA will be invited to perform at the Complete Works Audition Awards Concert to be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Long Beach. 

Pleasant Valley-Ventura County Winners:

David Kwon, Daniel Kim (Sharon Kim) 

Mika Mullikin (Kary Kramer) 

Terilyn Huang, Peiming Yang (Jeong-ah Ryu)

This being Kary Kramer’s last year as our Region I chair, I would like to take this opportunity to extend a special thanks for his excellent work and devotion over the past 17 years. We were blessed to have him as our chair!


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 has reserved the church. The parlor is 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.   Available Dates and Times are listed below:

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

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (2 hours available)


Ngoc (Ruby) M. Tran enjoys her musical career as a pianist and piano teacher. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Ms.Tran began her first piano lessons with Hop Bich, Professor in Saigon Conservatory of Music (SCM), at the age of eight. At age 9, she began her 11-year professional training in piano at SCM under the guidance of Nguyen Thai Linh (a graduate of Odessa Conservatory in Russia), completing in 2006.  In 2010, she received her undergraduate degree in piano performance under the guidance of Le Ho Hai, an alumnus of the Versailles Conservatory of Music (France). In 2016, Ngoc received the Master of Arts, Piano Pedagogy under the guidance of Professor Alison Edwards in California State University, Fullerton. 


The Westmont Academy for Young Artists will be held at Westmont College in Montecito from August 7 - 18. All students (age 10-18) are encouraged to apply. 

The purpose of the program is to enhance the musicianship of young students of all levels through intensive private instructions, academic classes (e.g. theory, ear training, conducting), masterclasses, performances, and collaborations with fellow musicians and mentors. It is a wonderful opportunity for those who are preparing for college applications/auditions, competitions, CM evaluations, and whoever wants to improve his or her musical artistry. 

Although the application deadline has already passed, they are still accepting late applications and there are also need-based and merit-based scholarships available for students (up to $1000), which can be applied for during the festival application process. Please see the application form for details.


Saturday, June 17, 10:00am.  You are cordially invited to attend the senior recital of Devin Romines, a student of Noëlle Tinturin, at the First United Methodist Church, 1338 E. Santa Clara St. in Ventura. His program will include music by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and more!  The program will last about one hour and will be followed by a catered "meet & greet" reception.

 Devin is graduating from Channel Islands High School as valedictorian of his class on June 16. He has completed the Advanced Level in CM with Honors and has performed at Convention every year for the last 5 years.

Please come and celebrate his high achievements in music and academics, and enjoy his outstanding artistry in music.