December 15, 2019 Newsletter

Posted by Abby Hehenberger on 12/23/2019

Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas
from the TMTA Officers and Office Staff!

Teresa Crawford, NCTM
Rick Valentine
Heather Rathnau, NCTM
Roy Wylie, NCTM
Spring Seals, NCTM
Christiana Clark
Abby Hehenberger


Deadline-January 5, 2020
TMTA Board Members and Chairs-TMT articles submitted to president
TMTA SA Coordinators-TMT articles submitted to VPSA
Deadline-January 20, 2020
MTNA Fellow donations for Rick Valentine and Rebecca Landreth, NCTM

Winners of the

MTNA Composition

Competition for

South Central


Winner: Grant Qu
Student of Liang Liang, TX
Winner: Benjamin Who, TX
Student of Ann Witherspoon, TX
Winner: Samuel Durand
Student of Scott Carrell, AZ
Honorable Mention: Faith Choi
Student of Wonkyung Kang, TX

Congratulations to

the recipients of

a $500 TMTA

Collegiate Travel


Shelby Nord
Baylor University
Natalie Barela
Hardin-Simmons University
Elaina Chrisman
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Sarah Morris
Texas Christian University
The TMTA Collegiate Travel Grant is available to Collegiate Students who wish to attend the MTNA Conference.

MTNA Fellow Donations Needed

Before 2019 is over, please consider donating to MTNA for our two Texans, Rick Valentine and Rebecca Landreth, NCTM who have been nominated as MTNA Fellows. Right now, we are still in need of donations to fully fund these fellows!
They will be honored at the 2020 MTNA Conference in Chicago, Illinois. TMTA depends on our members to donate the funds needed to support the nominations of these two well-deserving teachers. The deadline is January 20, 2020! To contribute to MTNA and recognize these two special TMTA Members, click here and select “Foundation Fellow.” Then be sure to put their name in as the fellow you wish to sponsor.

Executive Board Highlight

Lydia McCall Bratcher, NCTM, TMTA Trustee Chair

Lydia McCall Bratcher, NCTM, has taught private piano and theory for over forty years in Waco. She majored in Piano Pedagogy at Baylor University, where she studied with Roger Keyes and Jane Abbott-Kirk. She holds Permanent Professional certificates in Piano and Theory from MTNA. Her students have consistently received superior ratings in local, regional, and state competitions. She has adjudicated competitions and festivals in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, Temple/Belton, Conroe/Kingwood-Humble, and Bryan/College Station. A member of the Waco Music Teachers Association since 1978, she has served as Treasurer, Student Affiliate Chair, High School Ensemble director, and twice as President. On the TMTA Board of Directors, she has served as TMTEF Trustee and as the Vice President for Business Activities. She was awarded TMTA Teacher of the Year in 2006 and honored in 2015 as an MTNA Fellow.
Lydia also serves on the staff of Seventh and James Baptist Church as Organist and Sanctuary Choir accompanist. Lydia volunteers with the Waco Symphony Council and Meals on Wheels. She enjoys reading, gardening, and cooking.
She and her husband Kent, an attorney, have two grown children and Lucy, a rescue dog of varied ancestry.