Important Dates for October

· October 1st—31st, CM Online Database is open for registration!

· October 1 - Sunday, SCJBF Complete Works Auditions, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Long Beach

· October 13, 2017 - Friday, Branch Board and General Meetings

· October 20, 2017 - Saturday, Holiday Festival Applications Due!

· October 28, 2017 - Saturday, BRANCH STUDIO RECITALS, First United Methodist Church, Ventura

· October 31st at 11:59 pm - Tuesday, CM Online Registration CLOSED!


WHEN:  October 13, 2017 - Friday

               Board Meeting 9:00 am  (all are welcome)
General Meeting 10:00 am. 

PLACE: Ventura First United Methodist Church Parlor and Sanctuary

PROGRAM:  Master Class with Dr. James Lent ( for intermediate level students.

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.  For further directions, phone Ellen Pearson at the church office at 805-643-8621.


What a great turnout we had at the September Information and CM Training Meeting! A huge thank you to CM Council Member, Ryan Huo for an entertaining and informative meeting. You can check out our group photo and some pictures from our meeting on our FaceBook page MTAC Pleasant Valley – Ventura County.

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.

I look forward to seeing many of you in October for our Intermediate Master Class!



The Complete Works Audition will be held on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at California State University - Long Beach.  The selected performers representing our branch are David Kwon, Daniel Kim (Sharon Kim), Mika Mullikan (Kary Kramer), Terilyn Huang and Peiming Yang (Jeong-ah Ryu).

Those who place as winners will perform and receive their medals during an awards ceremony at the Complete Works Awards RecitalComplete Works Awards Concert:  Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 607 E. 3rd St. (at Atlantic Ave.) in Long Beach.  

CM NEWS from Beverly

The Database is now open for CM enrollment.  For returning students from last year be sure to check with parents to be sure they are still using the same email address as last year. For new students you will need to have parents email address before you register the student. Tell parents they should expect an email once you have registered their student.

Check your syllabus and go on the Database to Resources and then to Policies and Procedures to answer your questions.  Some updated documents have been added. Syllabus addendums, CM letter to Parents, Official CM calendar are a few things that have been added.

You should have all received an email from the state office.  This gives you all the important dates from October 1, through January 15.  Be sure to follow this schedule carefully. 

If you still have issues or questions send me an email. I am here to help you.  Good luck with your students this year.


 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 18, 2017

             Location: First United Methodist Church in Ventura

             Theme: Women Composers

             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: $25.00 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.

           Entry deadline: Saturday, October 20, 2017

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 28, 2017 – Saturday


—December 16, 2017 – Saturday             

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (1 hour still available)      

1:00 PM -2:00 PM (1 hour still available)     

—February 3, 2018 - Saturday     


 —June 2, 2018 – Saturday

 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (2 hours still available)

June 16, 2018 – Saturday

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