November 2021 Newsletter

Along with the cooler temperatures comes the reminder that we are nearing the end of the year. Holidays and concerts are right around the corner, and with them come the anticipation of sharing wonderful moments with family and friends! I can’t help but reflect on so many things I’m grateful for DVMTA bringing into my life. I’m thankful for the friendships and camaraderie I’ve experienced as I’ve served alongside many of you. I’m grateful for our Board members who faithfully work behind the scenes to ensure our events run smoothly and efficiently. I am proud of new members who are taking advantage of all our organization has to offer by signing students up for events and learning together with us. I’m grateful that my students have had opportunities to perform, serve the community, compose, compete, collaborate, and be evaluated on goals they have achieved. This is why our organization was created – to give students performance opportunities and teachers learning opportunities – and I believe we successfully do both. And, I’m thankful YOU are on this journey with us! If there is any way we can help you get the most out of DVMTA, let us know.

Lori Weidemann
DVMTA President 2020-2022

DVMTA Teachers Facebook Group

Did you know we have a Facebook group for DVMTA teachers? If you are not already a member of the group, follow this link and join! It’s a great place for reminders, to ask questions, and to see pictures of the fun things we have going on. We would especially love for this to be a place where members ask questions and share their best practices, to help us all continue to learn and grow as teachers. Be on the lookout for new posts soon, with specific questions that you can contribute answers to!

November General Meeting

The General Meeting on Friday, November 19 at 9:30am will be a presentation and performance by Eckart Sellheim, retired Professor of Collaborative Piano from the ASU School of Music. He and his wife Dian will give a presentation of music history and style differences of the musical time periods, as well as show us their fabulous fortepiano collection in their home in Tempe.

The address is: 3222 S River Dr, Tempe AZ 85282

If you plan to attend, please text Tammy Shorts (602-570-4561), DVMTA Vice President, so that she can have an accurate count of how many will be attending. Eckart and Dian would prefer that everyone wear a mask. You won’t want to miss learning from such a talented and wonderful individual!

December Brunch

Come take a break from your busy December schedule and join us for DVMTA’s December Brunch! We will meet at la Madeleine, near San Tan Mall, at 9:30 am. We won’t have tickets to purchase ahead of time; simply come and purchase your own food and drinks and have a great time! Menu and information can be found here: Please RSVP to Jenna Hartley at so we can save you a seat!

Music Marathon

Music Marathon was a big success. We made just over $2000. The committee would like to thank everyone who made it possible including Amy King who provided the chairs for the Mall. Also Toni Tetrau, Claire Westlake and Hong Zhu who secured additional locations. We'd also like to acknowledge all the husbands who did yeoman's work that day.

Marathon Committee – Charles Newton, Lori Kaye Faler and Diana Palmer

Original Composition

The Original Composition Festival will be held November 13-14th at the Southeast Valley Bible Church, 710 E. Williams Field Road in Gilbert. The recitals on Saturday start at 1:30 and 3:00. Sunday's recital begins at 3 PM. Local composer, Penni Scott, is the adjudicator.

Claire Westlake, Chair


Music at the Movies 2022 Cavalcade registration is underway! Group E is full BUT there is room in ALL the other groups, so keep getting those registrations in! Deadline is November 19th so it’s not too late! If you have any questions please let me know. All necessary forms are available on, and music for groups A-L is available at The Music Store. Thanks and see you at the MOVIES!

Sara Pratt, Chair

Awards in Excellence

April may seem far away, but there are things you need to be doing NOW to prepare for auditions. First of all, plan how many students you will be able to enter. Remember that you may only place half the number of students you entered into Cavalcade and Marathon. Look carefully at the 2021-22 approved repertoire list and decide on the appropriate pieces for your students. Pieces must be contrasting styles from different musical periods, from the same level, and within the performance time limits.

Service hours—every teacher entering students in Awards in Excellence is expected to give back to the organization in some way. We relaxed those requirements during the worst of Covid, but since Cavalcade is back, there are plenty of ways for teachers to fulfill those service hours. As a reminder, teachers must contribute 10 hours of service and attend 4 meetings. These service hours must be completed PRIOR to end of February. We always need helpers for Cavalcade, so contact Sara Pratt if you need to get some service hours.

The biggest advice I have is to read the teacher information very carefully and triple check your repertoire choices. Everything is spelled out, but it’s a lot of information to grasp. If you have any questions, please contact Lorri McHardy. I’m happy to answer your questions.

Lorri McHardy, Chair

Achievement Day

Don't forget that there are PLANNING sheets for each A Day level on the website. These are very helpful so you know exactly what will be expected for each level. I print these off for each student and keep them in their main binders, so we can mark off what they've accomplished so far! Here's an example:

Another thing that will make choosing your pieces easier: They may choose any piece, including "fun" music, pieces from their Lesson books, or pieces from the Awards in Excellence repertoire (or any other classical piece). I tend to choose pieces with a "Level 4" (for example) on the cover if that is what level they are testing for. Or, I write on the music "A in E piece Level 4" to make it easier for the judge. (You may choose pieces at a higher level also). This is not a requirement, but I've found it helpful for the judge to see the music, and know that it is on the required level. On other music, just use your best judgement or ask another teacher friend for their opinion. Hope those tips will help you this month!

Toni Tetreau, chair

Awards Plus

Did you register your students for Music Marathon? Are you registering them for Original Composition and Cavalcade? These are 3 great opportunities for your Devoted Performer to begin to meet the required participation in 4 DVMTA events per year for 3 out 5 consecutive years. These events can also add points for your Senior Scholar. Make sure you get them signed up and then keep track of every event they are a part of. And, don’t forget that your Letter of Intent is due by December 1st. Please send that in an email to Wendi Heslop at

Wendi Heslop, Chair 480-241-4591


13/14 Original Composition Recitals, Southeast Valley Bible Church
19 General Meeting, 9:30 am, “Presentation & Performance” – Eckart Sellheim
19 Cavalcade registration due

1 Letters of Intent for Awards Plus due (Devoted Performer and Senior Scholarship)
3 December Brunch, 9:30 am

28 General Meeting, 9:30 am, My First Piano “Roots and Wings” – Autum Hunt

25 General Meeting, 9:30 am, My First Piano Hannah Creviston - Clinical Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy, ASU
25 Awards in Excellence registration due
26 Cavalcade of Rhythm performances

25 General Meeting, 9:30 a.m., My First Piano “Teacher to Teacher” - Buffie Meeker
25 Achievement Day registration due

9 Awards in Excellence auditions, 9:00 AM – 2:00 p.m. at Hammer & Strings
22 April Brunch, 9:30 a.m. at Nancy Chase’s home
23 Awards in Excellence Recitals, at Hammer & Strings Conservatory in Gilbert

14 Achievement Day, 7 a.m. – 12 noon, Mesa Community College
16 Awards Plus Presentations, 7 p.m. Southeast Valley Bible

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