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· April 13, 2018 - Friday.  Board and General Meetings.

·April 13, 2018 - Friday.  Ensemble Festival Applications Due to Celine.

·April 14, 2018 - Saturday.  Branch Bach Festival.First United Methodist Church, Ventura

·April 15, 2018 - Sunday.  Deadline to apply for all Convention Recitals.

April 21, 2018 - Saturday.  Branch Competition.  First United Methodist Church, Ventura


WHENApril 13 - Friday.  Board Meeting, 9:00 am.(All are welcome to attend.)   General Meeting, 10:00am.Program: “Teacher Sharing”.

PLACE:Home of Beverly Schmidt.


Last month’s “Teacher Matinee” was a real treat! Our talented teachers outdid themselves again with awe-inspiring performances on flute and piano. Our appreciation to Kary Kramer, Niccole & Brent Modell, and Noelle Compinsky-Tinturin for a wonderful program, and to Fern Fay and Caitlin Boruch for making it happen.

The Branch Honors Recital was a great way to celebrate and honor those students who received one of the top 60 scores (out of 186) in Certificate of Merit this year. A big thank you to Caitlin Boruch for coordinating this event.

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. Thank you to Beverly, Fern, and Karen for serving on the Nominating Committee.

You and your students can also help support our Branch by participating in our Restaurant Days Fundraising Programs at Chipotle the day of the Bach Festival. Look for details below! Thank you, Nadia for organizing this for us. Please help spread the word – Don’t forget to Like and Share on our FaceBook Page. ~Nicole 


Ensemble Festival applications are due Friday, April 13th.  Make sure to collect your student information early (timing of pieces, t-shirt sizes, etc.), as no late applications will be accepted.  We will have one piano for this year’s festival.

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISING NEWS from the Scholarship Committee

Music To Your Mouth:  On the same day as Bach Festival, we will be having another great fundraising opportunity!  Our last one (at BJ's Restaurant) brought in fliers from two students and two teachers.  Please help us to make this fundraiser a success by printing the fliers and sharing the info with your friends, family, and most importantly your students (especially those playing in Bach Festival that day!)  This time we will be holding our fundraiser at Chipotle, which is giving us a VERY generous portion of the sales at 50%!  In “queso” you forgot, the money raised goes to help support our Scholarship Fund.  Guac-on, and have a “burritoful” day!
Chipotle Fundraiser benefiting the Music Teacher's Association Of California--Pleasant Valley Branch Scholarship Fund: 04/14/2018, 4:00pm-8:00pm, 488 S Mills Rd, Ste 104, Ventura CA 93003.   Chipotle April 2018 Flier to Print

Please remember to "like" our Facebook page:
And "share" this fundraising event with friends: 


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) 


 —Friday, April 20, 7:30pm; Sunday, April 22, 2:30pm.  The Thousand Oaks Philharmonic will present its 51st concert showcasing seven young soloists and the orchestral “Overture to Mignon” by Thomas.  The repertoire includes piano, violin, and French horn concertos by Mozart, de Beriot, Elmas, and Tchaikovsky. Friday night’s program will be held at the Camarillo United Methodist Church, and Sunday’s matinee will be held at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Scherr Forum Theatre .  For ticketing information, visit