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
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 DVMTA.org, and music for groups A-L is available at The Music Store. Thanks and see you at the MOVIES!
Sara Pratt, Chair email@example.com
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org