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· March 5, 2018- Monday.  Fundraiser at BJ's Restaurant and Brewery in Oxnard.  Print and bring the flier anytime between 4:30-10:00pm.  20% of proceeds will be donated to our scholarship fund!  BJ's Flier 2018

· March 9, 2018 - Friday.  Board Meeting 10:00 am.  Home of Nicole Burns

· March 9, 2018 - Friday.  Branch Honors Applications Due!

· March 17, 2018 - Saturday Bach Applications Due!   $10 fee per teacher due online.

· March 31, 2018 - Saturday Branch Competition Applications Due!

· March 24, 2018 - Saturday. BRANCH HONORS RECITAL.  First United Methodist Church, Ventura


WHEN:  March  9 - Friday, 10:00am.  Board Meeting only.  (All are welcome to attend.)                                              

PLACE: Home of Nicole Burns.


Certificate of Merit was a huge success in our new single location that Beverly, Karen, and others have worked so hard to coordinate. A big thank you to all of you hard working CM teachers and to Nadia Talley for a successful and tasty Jamba Juice Fundraiser. These programs would not be successful without your continued support and dedication.

Would you like to attend the MTAC State Convention for the first time? Each Branch may choose one member who has never-before attended convention, to receive a FREE convention registration!  This year’s convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency Orange County June 29th - July 3rd. If you are interested, please email me. 

All Branch Members are welcome and encouraged to attend our March 9th Board Meeting at 10:00 AM in my home. We are always looking for input, committee chairs, and help with our Branch Programs as well as just general fellowship.

If anyone is interested in serving on the 2018-2020 Board or assisting a program chair, please let me know. Nominations for Board Members will be announced at the April meeting and voting will take place in May.

You and your students can also help support our Branch by participating in our Restaurant Days Fundraising Programs. Look for details below! Thank you, Celine & Nadia for stepping up and organizing this for us. Please help spread the word--Don’t forget to Like and Share on our FaceBook Page! 

CM NEWS from Karen

Thank you to everyone who made our CM day so successful.  It couldn't have happened without you. It truly was one of the smoothest days we've ever had.  

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISING NEWS from the Scholarship Committee

Thanks to everyone who supported our scholarship fundraiser by purchasing a Jamba Juice on CM day!  It was a fun and relatively effortless way of getting some support towards our Branch Honors Scholarship Fund.  

Please be sure to join us on Monday, March 5th any time from 4:30pm-10:00pm at BJ's Restaurant in Oxnard for our next fundraising event!  Print and bring the attached flier for 20% of your evening's bill to go to our scholarship fund.
If you're on Facebook, please "like" our Branch's page to stay up-to-date on events:

Here is the link for the BJ's Restaurant fundraiser event page on Facebook:

Please like/share/join, etc. to get the event as much exposure and attendance as possible. 

BACH FESTIVAL NEWS from Kary Kramer (Interim Bach Chair)

The PV/VC Branch Bach Festival is coming up on April 14th and will be held at FUMC.  The deadline for registration is Saturday March 17th, please send checks to Kary Kramer, $25.00 per student, and register online at  NEW this year, 50% of students at Branch level will be chosen as winners!  Enter as many students as you can as there are many opportunities to be selected as winners by the judges.  Participating teachers are required to work at the festival.  Call or email Kary Kramer for any questions: (805) 453-3481 or


The 2018 Branch Competition will be held on Saturday,  April 21st  at the First United Methodist Church in Ventura.  The competition is open to all instruments and voice.  Students must qualify to enter the competition by meeting one of the following criteria:

            1) receive Branch Honors for level 3 or higher in Certificate of Merit in the competition year

            2) receive a gold medal in the Holiday Festival in the competition year

            3) be awarded Branch Winner or Alternate for the Bach Festival in the previous year.

            There are three divisions: ages 12 & under,   13 - 15, and 16-18, (depending on number of applicants, Age 15 will be in 2nd or 3rd division.) There are two judges for each division.  Winners will be announced after each division program.   Students may perform any memorized piece from the standard classical repertoire. Popular music is not allowed.

Application deadline and fee of $25 are due on March 31st , 2018 .

Make your check payable to PV-VC MTAC. Mail to: Lily Starobinets  505 Avocado Place, Camarillo CA 93010

Please e-mail before March 31st with any questions.

Visit our website at Competition for additional information and registration. 


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:

June 16, 2018Saturday, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (2 hours still available) 


Our Teachers' recital will be held on Saturday, March 24th on the day of our CM Branch Honors recitals.  (It will be several weeks earlier than it has been in past years when it was combined with the Ensemble Festival.)  Our    recital will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 1338 E. Santa Clara St. in Ventura.  The piano will be our Bosendorfer. There will not be a second piano this year.  Please contact Fern Fay at no later than Friday, March 2nd if you wish to play in this program.  Send your proposed titles, composers, time duration and a short bio for yourself. 


Saturday, March 24, 3:00 pm.  The Pacific Shores Philharmonic Foundation presents Duruflé’s Requiem and J.S. Bach’s Piano Concerto No. 2, BWV 1053 in E Major.  Under the direction of maestro Burns Taft, the concert will feature organist Fern Fay, pianist Elizabeth Helms, and vocalists Kathleen McKiver and Samuel de Palma. Advance Tickets: $20 (priority seating) and $15 (general seating).  Ticket prices at the door: $25.  First Presbyterian Church, 850 Ivywood St., Oxnard, CA.