On November 20th, DSMTA hosted the 2021 Annual Convention held at The Patio at Archmere Academy, Wilmington, Delaware.
Three distinguished artists shared about the relationship between music and the other arts, including movement, painting and sculpture. The day started with a presentation by Ms. Jennifer Campbell, an award-winning pianist, composer and gifted educator. She demonstrated the variety of ways composers communicate movement in their compositions, providing excerpts and playing beautifully executed examples. Her YouTube channel, "Music Musings" is a recommended resource for students and teachers alike
Dr. Donna Beech exposed the group to the solo piano compositions of Ann Wyeth McCoy, a member of the Wyeth family of painters. Each of the piano compositions was inspired by a specific painting. Dr. Beech provided background information for each piece and presented an image of the painting to view as she played each piece with skill and sensitivity.
Our third artist, Ms. Mary Ellen Schauber, provided an insightful presentation on the various ways music intersects with other artistic expressions. One of her students performed an excerpt from the first movement of the Walton Viola Concerto and shared the paintings she had created during her study of the piece. She shared how integrating other art forms helped her better understand and interpret the piece.
The day concluded with an exciting Awards Recital, emceed by Ms. Schauber. It was a day filled with inspiration and beautiful music. A special thanks goes out to Donna Beech, for coordinating the event as well as her daughter Dee, for the live-stream technical support.