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August 17

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May 2018

Hello and Happy May to you! Somehow the end of the year has arrived, and summer is just around the corner. So much excitement for so many. It’s a great time to look forward to upcoming adventures and to reflect on the adventures of this past year.
Our DVMTA theme this year has been “The Adventure Begins”, and I’m so pleased with all that has been accomplished. We ran the course through Music Marathon, and discovered hidden treasures from budding composers with Original Composition. The drumbeat of Cavalcade brought us to the Circus and we soared high above the Circus ring.  Students climbed their way atop the mountain of Excellence for Awards in Excellence, and we enjoyed the view with them. The twists and turns within the maze of Achievement Day have honed skills and abilities, and Awards Plus students rode the wave of Accomplishment and Recognition. Congratulations to all for a wonderful year, filled with adventure and experience. In the book “Wonder” the main character, August Pullman, states, “I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.” I wholeheartedly agree, and there are none more deserving than our fabulous DVMTA students and their teachers! 
The end of this DVMTA year also brings change within the DVMTA Board, and I want to thank all DVMTA members who have supported the outgoing Board and Committees so wonderfully. It has been a pleasure to serve as President, and I’ve appreciated all the kind words of encouragement and the support that is given every day as members serve to make DVMTA function so well. I wish the incoming President, Executive Officers and Board members success and thank them for their service. Have a wonderful summer!
-Shannon Payne, DVMTA President

General Meetings:
Our next member meeting is the August Brunch, which will be Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. The meeting place is yet to be determined. 
Welcome to our DVMTA Executive Officers 2018-2020! 
    Carolyn Rooder: President
    Hollie Lunt: Vice-President
    Joni Walker: Treasurer
    Kelli Riding: Secretary

We wish them all the best as they guide our wonderful organization. This new Executive Board was installed at the April Brunch and we are so excited to have them lead, and thank them for their time and service!

Voice Lessons offered:
I teach private voice lessons and I am currently accepting students for the summer and Fall.
I will be teaching Musical Theater Camps in my home this summer. Skits, drama games, group voice lessons with Musical Theatre, Folk and Traditional songs.
Singing in harmony and sight-singing for the Teens! Note reading for the younger class.
We have fun! We perform! Sing with confidence! Positive, proven results, expert at teaching high notes!
Ages 5-12 - 9:00-11:30 Tuesday - Friday
Teens 12:00-3:00 Tuesday - Friday
The classes will run 4 days a week, TBA, depending on your schedules. Tuition $90
Thank you,
Corinne Walker, Voice/Acting, beginning piano Teacher

Janeen Noble Award:
We are very pleased to present the Janeen Noble Outstanding Music Student Award to Ruby Norman along with the prize of $200. Ruby is a student of Melissa Hogue and competed in awards in excellence at Level 8. Ruby also plays the violin, accompanies her church choir and embodies the well-rounded musician deserving the Janeen Noble Award. Congratulations Ruby!

Ruby was born in April of 2003 in Scottsdale, AZ and grew up in Tempe, AZ. From the time she was 4, she started formal music lessons, first on violin and then, at age 5, on piano. She has always loved music and was exposed to various genres since she was very young. She was sensitive enough to music to be able to recognize the name of a composer or a musical instrument or song whenever she heard it, whether it was at home or a public place such as a restaurant or department store.
At age 7, Ruby auditioned for the Mesa Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS) and made it into Division 4. Throughout the years, she practiced diligently, participating not only in MYS, but also receiving high ratings for violin from ASTACAP, winning concert master for Tempe Middle Schools Honor Orchestra two years in a row, participating every summer in Quartet Camps, and participating in her school orchestras from fifth grade through this year at McClintock High School. She worked her way through all Divisions of MYS to Violin 1 in Division 1, which is the highest level. She just graduated from that symphony and will continue playing with Symphony of the Southwest Youth Symphony next year. In addition to her participation with MYS Division 1, Ruby has also been an eager participant in the MYS Fiddlers group for two years. This group travels to various Community Events, performing Fiddler Music that is completely memorized and requires flexibility and a high level of musicianship and ensemble skill. She is also a dedicated member of the Chamber Orchestra at McClintock Orchestra, which is the highest level there. Additionally, Ruby participated as a freshman in the Arizona State Regional Festival Orchestra. With Connolly Middle School Orchestra, she traveled to Disneyland and performed with her classmates in Disney Recording Studios. She also recently toured throughout L.A. with McClintock High School Orchestra and had an opportunity to solo on one of the pieces.
On piano, Ruby is also fairly accomplished, performing this year as an accompanist with her High School Orchestra. She is also the only freshman in her High School to accompany seniors on their instrumental music in their final Senior Recitals. Before her teacher joined DVMTA, she was a member of ASMTA who entered Ruby in ASP every year. Ruby completed seven levels successfully before joining DVMTA’s Achievement Day last year. In DVMTA, she participated two years in the Cavalcade and Music in the Mall. She also participated in Music in The Mall since she was eight years old through ASMTA’s events and has performed in several student recitals.
In addition to violin and piano, Ruby loves to sing and dance. She had dance lessons from age 3 to 7 and performed in a few community events through the dance group.  She has also participated in various Music Theater classes and events such as Childsplay and Seton Summer Music Theater. Last year, she was a volunteer assistant for Seton’s Music theater classes, since she has participated in their events as a singer, actor and dancer for 6 years.
Overall, Ruby loves music and it will forever be an intrinsic part of her life and personality. She hopes to be a Veterinarian in the future but expects to have music in her life wherever she goes.

Awards in Excellence was a musical success!! 104 students competed in Level 1 up through Level 14. 39 winners received cash awards and 18 students received Honorable Mention. The Winners Recitals were simply inspiring!
Alayne is pretty tickled that 4 teachers entered students for the first time this year: Toni Tetreau, Dana Rodgers, Penny Carpenter and Melissa Hogue. Good Work!!! Congrats and thanks to all teachers who entered students!!! You Are Awesome!!!

By the time you read this, Achievement Day will have already taken place.  This year we had 195 students registered from 25 different studios.  Three teachers entered students for the first time.  We had students participating in levels all the way up to Level 12!  

I’d like to thank all of you who have taken time to prepare your students and given them a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate all that they have learned this year!  I’d also like to thank all of you who set aside Friday morning to help set up as well as all of you who volunteered your time to assure that the event had adequate coverage on Saturday in order to take place!   I’d also like to thank my co-chair, Beth Christensen, who has helped with new ideas and several behind the scenes preparations!  This event truly demonstrates what can be accomplished if we all pitch in and work together to make it happen!

For those of you who have not yet tried Achievement Day, think seriously about entering a few students next year.  Although it takes time and requires you to teach certain objectives, it provides a true sense of accomplishment to the student and to the teacher as well!

Our Awards Plus presentations took place on Monday May 14 at 7:00 pm in the multipurpose room of Legacy Retirement Residence of Mesa, 5625 E McKellips Rd. This year we recognized 10 Devoted Performers and 1 Senior Scholar from 5 different DVMTA teachers. These students have devoted countless hours of practice, and their parents and teachers are to be commended for supporting and helping them. Our DVMTA events thrive because of dedicated students, parents, and teachers like these. Thank you!
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