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Annual Planning Meeting – Friday 7/14

All active members of KMTA are invited to come to our summertime planning meeting for the year ahead, this Friday morning. The meeting will start at 10am and will conclude with a potluck lunch. Bring a salad, finger foods or a dessert to share.

The location has been changed this year, from Dianne Johnston’s to Jane Melin’s. Contact Jane via email for driving directions.

KMTA Monthly Meeting “Close Encounters–Building Dynamic Musical Partnerships” with Bergman and Ronning

Join us tomorrow morning, Friday April 14, for our monthly meeting at Ted Brown Music in Silverdale. Our special guests are pianist Lisa Bergman (Juilliard-trained and an announcer on Classical KING-FM Radio) and violinist Svend Ronning (professor at PLU), who will be exploring “Close Encounters– Building Dynamic Musical Partnerships”. Non-members of KMTA are, as always, cordially invited to attend our chapter meeting. Of course, this dynamic duo will be appearing in a concert of Nordic music on Saturday, April 15 at Port Madison Lutheran Church on Bainbridge Island, at 2pm, to show us how they put their collaborative approach into practice. 

Tomorrow’s meeting starts at 10am and will go until about noon. Teachers who will be volunteering at the KMTA Music Carnival and Musicianship Exams need to meet at 9am to go over their job assignments. Please do attend this crucial planning session!

KMTA Competion Saturday [and Senior Celebration Too]

Saturday’s the day!

We hope you are planning to come out to hear some of KMTA’s new competition tomorrow (March 25, 2017). It is sure to be a very exciting and inspiring day. We’ll be in the Sanctuary at Gateway Fellowship in Poulsbo, with the fabulous Dr. Yelena Balabanova serving as our judge. Here’s the day’s rundown:

9:30: Junior Division – 17 students, including piano and violin, with cash prizes to be had!

11:00: Secondary Division – another 17 students, piano and voice, in the hunt for more cash prizes.

2:30: Senior Division – 6 students, piano and flute, vying for the top prizes of the day.

Dr. Balabanova will also be selecting our Chapter Representatives for the WSMTA State Conference honors recitals from this field of competitors.

4:30: Everyone is especially invited to the Senior Celebration and Awards ceremony, when the newly minted Outstanding Scholar Award recipients and the day’s winners will be officially receiving their prizes.

Stay for refreshments and a bit of dedicated time to recognize our graduating seniors as they prepare to step into the next part of their lives!

Carnival and Musicianship Exam Deadline and Instructions

Reminder to all teachers:

Musicianship Exam Registration deadline is postmark by FEBRUARY 27, 2017, sent to Dianne Johnston, PO Box 655, Kingston, WA 98346.

A new page has been added to our website: Musicianship Exam Registration and Preparation. There you will find detailed instructions about using the spreadsheet forms from WSMTA to register students for Carnival events (Musicianship Exams), and links to teaching resources to help your students prepare. If you know of other resources, send the information to: Dianne Johnston

We have a wonderful core group of teachers who have volunteered in various positions. Thank you!! We still need more help to make this event a success. A few more teachers are needed, so if you have not yet volunteered, please contact Debra Florian. We will find a position for you — and a colorful top hat and bow tie! Even if you’ve never participated before, this is a great opportunity to come check it out! We are also in need of some parent and student volunteers (age 14 and up).

We will again have table games for varying levels set up in the gym—there will again be a ribbon for theory games. If you have a great game that you use in your studio group lessons, and would bring it for the Carnival, please email Debra. The game tables will all be supervised by student helpers,so will be well taken care of.

It is the responsibility of each teacher to prepare your students to be successful. The WSMTA handbook is a great resource. It is also the responsibility of each teacher to be checking the KMTA website and your email for regular updates in the weeks preceding the Carnival. There will be a lot of information available, as well as letters to be sent home with students, and time-sensitive preparations to be taken care of prior to Carnival Day. Questions: Call or email Debra or Dianne.

Debra Florian, NCTM
KMTA Music Carnival Chair

Dianne Johnston, WSCTM
KMTA Musicianship Exams Chair

BSA Announces Young Artists Competition

From the Bremerton Symphony Association:
Young Artists Competition will be held March 11. Open to instrumentalists and vocalists who reside in Kitsap County, Belfair, or Gig Harbor. Solo works including sonatas, suites, arias, songs, etc. will be allowed in addition to concertos. Junior Division is up to age 15 and Senior Division is age 16 to 18. Winners will perform with the Bremerton Symphony on May 13, 2017 or on a later concert. Application deadline is February 10, 2017.
For more information, go to , call 360-373-1722 or email

Last chance to jump in on the MONSTER CONCERT action!

Tonight and tomorrow are our first rehearsals for our “Night at the Movies” monster concert!   This is going to be so much fun!

If you (or an advanced student) are an excellent piano sight reader, it’s not too late to join us; we still have openings!  See below for specific songs, and their rehearsal times (you need to commit to all 3 rehearsals).   More details are available on the Monster Concert page.  Email Laura Meredith ( ) to secure your spot (or just show up and hope it’s still open)! (more…)

Monster concert: confirmations and more participants needed!

The Monster Concert is next month! But there are still several openings! We could love to have more students participate, but if we do not get enough we will open it up to teachers. Please let Laura Meredith ( )know as soon as possible if you or one of your students would like to fill one of the piano openings, and contact Jane Melin ( )  for orchestral openings (we will prioritize on competing duet pairs before creating new pairs).  Specifics on the books we needed can be obtained from Melanie Harris ( ).  (more…)