2016 State Convention
There is an exciting event coming up in November! Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the 2016 DSMTA Convention on Saturday, November 5. This year it will be held at the University of Delaware Bayard- Sharp Hall
The MTNA Competitions will be held the weekend before on October 28 & 29 at the University of Delaware. The Honors Recital will be held on the day of the Convention in the afternoon.
Our clinician this year is Dr. William Carr.
Concert Pianist and Steinway Artist, Dr. Carr, is Professor of Music at Immaculata University and President of Informance Associates. As a concert pianist, Dr. Carr continues to perform with area orchestras including the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, the University of Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Doctors Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Classical Symphony Orchestra. Because of his reputation as performer and teacher, he often adjudicates in piano juries and competitions.
Dr. William Carr has given corporate seminars and recital presentations on creativity to the graduate schools of business and to over thirty Fortune 500 corporations worldwide. Some of his lectures touch upon the role of creativity in leadership and strategic thinking, the creative process, insight restructuring, intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation, and a comparison between the elements of music vs. the elements of management and their implementation in the teaching studio.
Your $25.00 registration fee (member or non-member) will provide you with valuable teaching materials, coffee and breakfast items, lunch, and a very fulfilling day. The registration fee for students, including college students, is only $9.00.
Convention REGISTRATION FORM
Each year DSMTA teachers and students participate in a Piano Marathon which benefits Water Access Now to build wells for people in Guana. DSMTA first helped provide a well with other local fundraisers several years ago. The dig was so successful that people from neighboring villages were also given access!
Last year DSMTA reached its own total for a well! (These are around 12K). Our logo recently traveled with a WAN representative to put on the new well a few weeks ago. What a wonderful way for students to share their talents to help others have access to clean water! This year's Marathon will take place at the Barnes and Noble on Concord Pike from 10am-6pm on Nov 12, 2016. Please stop by and listen. Vouchers will be available so that a percentage of purchases goes toward the cause. Or donate at the table!
DSMTA teachers and student awards
Grace Chen, pianist, age 10, student of Jennifer Chen, was recently awarded second place in the age 12 and under category at the American Protege International Concerto competition 2016. She competed with instrumentalists from all around the world. Grace performed at the winners' concert on July 2, 2016 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
On Sunday May 29th Alicia and Dennis Chu, residents of Newark, were two of forty other young pianists from around the country to play the stage at Carnegie Hall as
part of a 36th anniversary concert of the Piano Teachers’ Society of America. The two were chosen from a large number of applicants after auditioning for a panel of judges. Alicia, age 9, a fourth grader at North Star Elementary School, performed Debussy’s First Arabesque. Dennis, age 13, who attendsH.B. du Pont Middle School, played Dance of the Water Grass, a Chinese classical piece made famous in the West by Lang Lang. The two study piano with Mitzi DeWhitt of Hockessin.
Six students from the piano class of Loretta Jankowski were winners in “The Piano Teachers Society of America” and performed in the Winners Recital on May 29th 2016 at Carnegie Recital Hall. In the photo above from left to right are Dylan Ortega, 10, of Bear; Pranav Padmanabhan, 12, of Pike Creek; Trysha Ortega, 15, of Bear; Matthew Ebron, 13, of New Castle; Grace Li, 13, of Bear; and Zachary Villamor, 12, of Bear. “The Piano Teachers Society of America” is a highly respected and competitive organization which originated in New Jersey and is now active in the East Coast. For more information about this fine organization, please contact Loretta Jankowski, who is the Chairperson for the Delaware, Maryland, and east Pennsylvania area at LorettaJankowski@gmail.com.
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