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Update about upcoming AMTA District VIII Piano Auditions: (latest update, as of 3/21/20)
The AMTA District VIII Piano Auditions for 2020 are going to be online only. This is a response to the current outbreak of COVID-19.
Theory requirements are now available, as of 3/21/2020. If you would like a copy of the AMTA District VIII Piano Audition Theory Requirements, you can email Debi Loach @ firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be emailed current theory requirements. Division I Theory: When recording the video audition, have the student state major key and then play all required major theory, then have student state minor key & have student play all required minor theory. For Division II and Division III Theory: Have the student state key before each requirement played. (State E flat major scale, then play, state g minor scale, then play, state A major chord, then play, etc.)
The following is from Susan Hoop, AMTA District VIII Piano Auditions Chair:
”The AMTA Board has voted and approved a Contingency Plan of Video Auditions & Video Judging for Districts that will not be able to hold in-person auditions this year. This Contingency Plan will allow for every student who has intended to participate in District Auditions to be able to participate.
Submission of videos for our District will be from Saturday, March 21 to Saturday, March 28 at 4pm. Theory to be recorded will be emailed to the teachers on March 21. Videos will be forwarded to judges on March 28, and Susan Hoop should have results of the video auditions within 3 to 4 days. Any videos received after 4pm on March 28, 2020 will not be judged.”
Below is an AMTA District VIII Piano Audition Video Submission Checklist & Requirements: (updated on 3/21/2020)
1) Please begin video recording early, as the entire process (recording, uploading, reviewing, and sending videos) will take time.
2) Early Submission of video auditions is better than late. Late submissions will not be accepted. Submission of videos for District VIII Piano Auditions are from Saturday, March 21 through Saturday, March 28 @ 4pm.
3) Teachers must submit his/her student’s AMTA District VIII video audition on on behalf of the student auditioning. The video must be submitted by the Teacher by 4pm on Saturday, March 28 at the latest.
4) Each video only contains only ONE student audition.
5) The student must clearly say his/her name and age, and age of theory level on the video before playing. Have the student also give the name of each piece & composer before each piece is played on the video.
6) The student is visibly playing by memory on the video. Record the video so that the judge can see the student’s hands and so that the judge can see that the piece is memorized. Any student using sheet music will receive a score of Comments Only and become ineligible for state auditions.
7) The video audition is one continuous video stream without any editing or cuts.
8) The student plays 2-3 pieces from memory (based on chosen tier) and then the assigned theory for his\her age. The 2-3 pieces can be in any order. They do not need to be in the order listed on the student’s application.
9) Video audition is uploaded to YouTube. YouTube video may be public, or unlisted, as long as it can be accessed by link copied to email.
10) Students, submit YouTube link to your Teacher. Only Teachers submit AMTA District VIII Piano Video Auditions to the District Chair. Students, plan ahead and send your video audition link to your teacher way before the Sat. March 28, 4pm deadline. This is so your teacher will have time to review your video & test the YouTube link before the deadline.
11) Teachers, please email the YouTube link of your student’s AMTA District VIII Piano Audition video to: email@example.com
12) Susan Hoop will send a confirmation email to the teacher, confirming that Susan has received a YouTube video link by email for that Teacher’s student.
Friday, January 31, 10am, 2020, Susan Hoop’s House. Susan Hoop’s home address is 120 Jay Drive, Madison, Alabama, 35758
Topic: AMTA District VIII Piano Auditions Question & Answer session. Susan Hoop will host a meeting to help HMTA members better understand the changes to this year’s (2020) AMTA District Piano Auditions for Huntsville, Alabama.
This meeting is open to everyone interested in enrolling his or her piano students in the upcoming AMTA District VIII Piano Auditions. There is no cost to attend this meeting.
Friday, January 17, 10am, 2020, Roberts Recital Hall
HMTA Presentation with Omar H. Roy, Instructor of Piano from the University of Alabama as speaker. January 17, 10am, Roberts Recital Hall, UAH Campus. Parking is available at no charge across from Roberts Hall. If you are a current member of HMTA there is no cost to attend this presentation.
Topic is: Repertoire Roadmaps. This workshop addresses how to use Repertoire Roadmaps to set appropriate goals for your students and help them build up the repertoire your students dream about playing while emphasizing transparency & clarity in your teaching.
AMTA District Audition UPDATE: At the most recent AMTA Board Meeting, the AMTA Board approved some MAJOR changes to the AMTA District Auditions, which take effect immediately, as they will add much more flexibility to our auditions.
More detailed information on the AMTA District Audition changes can be found under the 2020 AMTA District VIII Piano Audition News tab
HMTA Community Palooza:
The upcoming HMTA Community Palooza confirmed date is Saturday, December 7th, 2019, 12-3pm Huntsville Public Library, Downtown Location, at 915 Monroe Street, Huntsville, AL. Hosted by Tamar Saliashvili.
Sign up deadline: Monday, October 7th.
Goal: Bring music to the community, and to raise awareness of Music Teaching through Performance by the HMTA Members and their Students, & Fundraise, Promote HMTA -a 501(c) organization.
Instruments: We are renting an upright piano for this year’s Palooza. All other instruments will need to be provided by the person playing his/her instrument. If you need to bring your own instrument, please indicate on the sign up sheet at the time of signing up.
Program: Each studio teacher will be assigned a particular time slot (around 15 minutes) to feature his/her students on a first come, first serve basis. Music repertoire choices are at each teacher’s discretion. We encourage all styles and instrumentation of music performances. No memorization required for this program. Teacher’s will prepare and print the program for his/her own studio performances for this event. Teacher’s will also announce pieces before each selection is played to allow smooth transitions between performances. There will raffle tickets drawings for gift cards for everyone who donates to HMTA while attending this event.
Fundraising: Similar to running a marathon for a cause, each student who performs is encouraged to find sponsors to support their Palooza performance. The forms will be sent to teachers who signed up for the event for direct distribution to his/her students.
Sign up fee: 20$ per studio
How to sign up to participate in this event: To access the Palooza sign up sheet and receive a Palooza fundraising form, please email Tamar Salishvili at firstname.lastname@example.org or Debi Loach at email@example.com
HMTA Student Honors Recital is April 26th, 2020. Time TBA. Location is UAH Roberts Recital Hall. Deadline to register for the HMTA Honors Recital will be April 19th. Check back soon for more details on this event.
The 2019 HMTA Annual Meeting was held on Friday, August 16th, 10am, at the Choral Rehearsal Room, Roberts Hall, UAH Campus. Current members of HMTA were encouraged to bring prospective members to the HMTA Annual Meeting.
After the Annual Meeting at Newk’s (4925 University Drive, Huntsville, AL, 35816) August 16th, we honored long time HMTA member Frances Schwemmer at our Newk’s luncheon. Frances Schwemmer is stepping down as the AMTA District Audition Chair for Huntsville, AL. Susan Hoop will be in charge of running the 2020 AMTA District Auditions for Huntsville, AL. HMTA sends a big thank you to Frances for all of her hard work for running the past AMTA District Auditions in Huntsville, AL.
2020 AMTA District Auditions Preliminary Information, from Susan Hoop, AMTA District Chairman:
AMTA District Auditions will be held, Saturday, March 21st, 2020 at First Baptist Church in Huntsville. Forms for the AMTA District auditions will be due on Saturday, February 29th, 2020. The date of the AMTA District Auditions are earlier than normal this year (2020) because of the dates of this year’s spring breaks. Further information is posted under the AMTA District VIII Piano Audition News tab at this website.
Please check back soon for more detailed information regarding this year’s AMTA Concerto District Auditions.
The 2019 AMTA State Conference was held on May 30-June 1, 2019. This is the first time in 67 years that the AMTA State Conference was held in Huntsville, AL. The AMTA Conference featured great recitals, workshops, clinicians and presenters. The special members’ banquet was included when you registered for the 3 day AMTA State Conference. Congrats to Dr. Melody Ng, AMTA State Conference Host, for hosting a successful AMTA State Conference in Huntsville, AL!
The 2019 AMTA District VIII Piano Audition information has posted, and is listed under the 2019 AMTA District VIII Piano Audition News Tab on this website. New this year: Concerti auditions are now scheduled in February. Information on this is listed at http://www.almta.org
HMTA Honors Recitals, April 28th, 2pm and 3:30pm, Roberts Recital Hall, UAH Campus. Hosted by Ingrid Weaver.
HMTA Community Music Palooza. Saturday,December 1st, 2018, 12-3pm, Downtown Huntsville Library, 915 Monroe Street, Huntsville, Alabama. Hosted by Tamar Saliashvili.
Sign up deadline: October 20th,2018.
Goal: Bring Music to the Community, Raise Awareness of Music Teaching and Performance by HMTA Members and their students, Fundraise and Promote HMTA – a 501 (c) organization.
Instruments: There will be a digital keyboard with damper pedal available. If you need to bring your own instruments, please indicate on the sign up sheet at the time of signing up.
Program: Each studio teacher will be assigned a particular time slot (around 15 minutes) to feature his/her students on a first come, first serve basis. Music repertoire choices are at each teacher’s discretion. We encourage all styles and instrumentation of music performances. No memorization required for this program. Teachers will print the program for their own students performances and will announce pieces before each selection is played to allow smooth transitions between performances. There will be a raffle ticket drawing for gift cards for everyone who donates to HMTA at this event.
Sign up fee: 20$ per HMTA member’s studio.
Fundraising: Similar to running for a marathon for a cause, each student who peforms is encouraged to find sponsors to support their Palooza performance. The forms will be sent to teachers who signed up for the event for direct distribution to their students.
To access the Palooza sign up sheet and and receive a Palooza fundraising form, please email Tamar Saliashvili at firstname.lastname@example.org or Debi Loach at email@example.com
HMTA Piano Presentation by Susan Hoop, Friday, October 19th, 2018, 10am, UAH choral rehearsal room, Roberts Hall, UAH Campus. Address of UAH Roberts Hall Music Building is Roberts Hall, Ben Graves Drive NW, Huntsville, Alabama, 35816. The UAH choral rehearsal room is located on the 2nd floor of Roberts Hall, in room 201. Parking is located across from Roberts Hall.
The HMTA Oct. 19th Piano Presentation will be on the topic “My Favorite Elementary and Intermediate Pedagogical Piano Literature: How to Hook Students and Lay a Firm Foundation for the Future”. Open to all HMTA Members.
HMTA Networking Business Luncheon. Saturday, September 8th, 2018, 11am-12noon, Newk’s Restaurant, 4925 University Drive, Huntsville, Alabama, 35816
New: Would you like to increase your music contacts? Introducing new HMTA Networking Business Luncheons. First HMTA Networking Business luncheon is Saturday, September 8th, 11am to 12noon at Newk’s Restaurant on University Drive in Huntsville, Alabama. Newk’s address is 4925 University Drive, Huntsville, Alabama, 35816. Open to non HMTA members. HMTA members who attend and participate will receive 5$ towards the cost of his/her business lunch. A specific networking protocol will be followed so everyone who attends will have a chance to speak briefly. For more information, please contact HMTA President, Debi Loach by email. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org No RSVP needed to attend.
HMTA members, please join us for our Annual Meeting, Friday,August 17th, 2018, at 10am, at the private residence of Frances Schwemmer. Frances Schwemmer’s address is 126 Robin Lane, Huntsville,Alabama, 35802-1002. For those of you unable to attend on a weekday, we will repeat this Annual Meeting on Saturday, August 18th, 2018 at 10am, at the Choral Rehearsal Room, located in Roberts Hall at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Celebration Suite by Eugenie Rocherolle Premiers Before Sell-Out Audience!
Celebration Suite, by Eugenie Rocherolle, was premiered before a sell-out audience last Saturday night, February 27, in Roberts Recital Hall on the campus of the University of Alabama, Huntsville. This exciting new musical work was commissioned by the Huntsville Music Teachers Association to honor the City of Huntsville in celebration of the Association’s 20th anniversary.
The commissioned composer, Eugenie Rocherolle, was present for the premier.
All of the music performed on the concert was music arranged or composed by Ms. Rocherolle and the order of the selections portrayed a journey that blended music, history, and geography. The journey started in the Red River Valley and ended here in the Tennessee Valley, with the Celebration Suite, premiered in performance by teachers of the Huntsville Music Teachers Association.
At the conclusion of the concert, the Association presented framed copies of the Celebration Suite score to representatives of the City of Huntsville, Redstone Arsenal, and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Accepting on behalf of the City was Kelly Cooper Schrimscher, Director of Communications for the City of Huntsville’s Officer of the Mayor. Redstone Arsenal Garrison Commander, Colonel William L. Marks II accepted the presentation of behalf of Redstone Arsenal, and Dr. Dan Schumacher, Director of the Science and Technology Office accepted the framed score on behalf of Marshall Space Flight Center.
Maestro Joseph Lee, the third Music Director of the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra, the Resident Conductor of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Huntsville Youth Orchestra, conducted the piano ensembles. Phillip Keveren, a multi-talented and extremely versatile keyboard artist, composer, arranger, and producer from Brentwood, Tennessee, was the Master of Ceremonies. Ms. Lisa Belk of Huntsville was the Recital Chairman, Dr. Melody Ng of UAH was the Performance Director, and Diana A. Pettit of Athens, President of the Huntsville Music Teachers Association, was the Premier Concert Director.
The premier concert was supported by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Huntsville Arts and Cultural Grant Program, and the Alabama Music Teachers Association. HMTA also gratefully acknowledges the support of the University of Alabama, Huntsville, and AB Stephens Music Store.
Listen to Ginny Kennedy’s Interview on WLRH with Ms. Rocherolle:
This project was made possible by a grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
This project has been made possible by a 2016 Arts & Cultural Grant from The Arts Council funded by the City of Huntsville .
The mission of the Huntsville Music Teachers Association (HMTA), an organization of independent and collegiate music teachers, is to further the art of music through teaching, performance, composition and scholarly research and to advance the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of music teachers.
HMTA members include teachers of composition, brass, strings, woodwinds, percussion, piano, organ guitar, voice and choral music.
HMTA is the local affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association (www.mtna.org), and the Alabama Music Teachers Association (www.almta.org). Membership in MTNA, AMTA, and HMTA is open to all music teachers actively engaged in any field of musical activity.
To join HMTA, visit the MTNA website at www.mtna.org and click on membership. Identify HMTA as your local affiliate and send in the HMTA membership dues* to MTNA along with the MTNA dues and the AMTA dues (both of which are indicated on the form on the MTNA website).
*Membership Dues in the Huntsville Music Teachers Association are as follows:
General Membership/ Active or Retired Teachers = $20.00 per year
Patron Membership = $20.00 per year
Student Membership = $5.00 per year
Your membership in HMTA makes a host of resources available to you on the local, state and national level including: