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Our next HMTA Presentation will be held on Friday, October 4th, 10am at Roberts Recital Hall, UAH Campus.  Presenter is Cindy St. Clair. Topic is TBA.  Parking for the Presentation will be available across the street from Roberts Hall, UAH Campus. There is no cost to attend.  This HMTA event is open to all HMTA current members at no charge.  Non HMTA members may attend one HMTA Presentation per year at no charge.

HMTA Community Palooza Tentative date is December 7th,  2019, 12-3pm Huntsville Public Library, Downtown Location. Please check back soon on more information on this upcoming HMTA event.

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


APRIL, 2019:

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 tamarsalia@yahoo.com or Debi Loach at dloach@bellsouth.net

OCTOBER, 2018:

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 dloach@bellsouth.net No RSVP needed to attend.

AUGUST, 2018:

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:

WLRH Interview

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 .

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http://www.artshuntsville.org/our programs/arts-assembly-description-a-member-benefits/Huntsville-arts-a-cultural-grant-program


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:

  • American Music Teacher Association Journal Subscription
  • Assessment Tool for Teachers
  • General Program funding
  • Grants
  • Insurance and Financial Planning
  • Intermediate Chamber Music Repertoire Listings
  • MTNA Marketplace
  • MTNA Message Board
  • “Music for Everyone” Program
  • Music Teachers Library
  • Music Wellness Bibliography
  • National and State Competition Programs
  • National and State Conferences
  • Online Communities Discussion Groups
  • Professional Code of Ethics
  • Teacher Certification
  • US Copyright Law Guide for Educators
  • Websites for Students on MTNA Website

Join today!