June 1, 2020 Newsletter

Posted by Abby Hehenberger on 06/01/2020
Dear TMTA Members,
Today’s newsletter is filled with lots of information. We are acknowledging the TMTA SA Senior Award Winners for the Whitlock Memorial Senior Award, Student Affiliate State Participation Award and Elizabeth Morris Ensemble Award along with the TMTEF Collegiate Award and Collegiate Chapter of the Year. We will be recognizing more student and teacher winners throughout the month of June. Meanwhile, I thought it would be nice to start June off by highlighting some of our senior award winners and collegiate award winners.
Teresa Crawford, NCTM
TMTA President 2018-2020

Today is the last day to vote!

Online voting for TMTA Officers and TMTA Directors is now open. A full bio of each of these individuals is in the Spring issue of the TMT and on the website. You will need to log in to view the ballot.
Voting will remain open until June 1, 2020.
The following individuals are running for TMTA Officer Positions:
President-Elect: Richard Fountain, NCTM
Vice President for Student Activities: Beverly Ryan
Vice President for Business Activities-Elect: Julie Arras
TMTA Members may vote for two individuals to serve on the TMTA Board of Directors. The following individuals are running for TMTA Director:
Dorothy Yan
Libby Vanatta, NCTM
Sheryl Speelman, NCTM
Becky Ward


Congratulations are extended to The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) for receiving the 2020 TMTEF Collegiate Chapter of the Year award.  Each year, TMTA recognizes an outstanding student chapter, its advisor, and members, for showing an exceptional level and depth of activities.  The UTSA collegiate chapter will receive a certificate and a check for $250 (funded by TMTEF). This chapter was quite busy during the 2019-2020 school year – despite the Covid-19 interruption in March. Since September 2019, seven members of the UTSA-MTNA chapter and three UTSA piano faculty members have been traveling to the downtown location of SA Youth to provide weekly piano lessons for their Out-of-School Time (OST) Program. SA Youth provides year-round positive youth development programs during non-school hours to low-income students ages 5-13. All activities are provided at no cost to families who participate.  Adriana Flores from Alamo Music Center, which has been in business for 90 years in San Antonio, donated the keyboards to SA Youth.  To date, there are 17 first and second graders enrolled in piano and the UTSA chapter teaches there two days a week. One photo shows Chapter President, Emily Myers, teaching a young elementary school student. Other activities during the year include volunteering at the Janice Kay Hodges Contemporary Piano Competition, participation in masterclasses given by Olga Kern and Dr. Rene Lecuona and serving as greeters for UTSA piano auditions for potential students. They were disappointed that they were not able to fulfill their April activity – an interactive Beethoven Sonata recital and other volunteer duties.
TMTEF is proud to award UTSA the title of 2020 TMTEF Collegiate Chapter of the Year.  Chapter members include Emily Myers (President), Ke Pan (Vice-President), Eymen Geylan (Secretary), Ji Hyun Kim (Treasurer), Jihye Cheon (Historian/SA Youth Chair), Samuel Castillo (Past-President), Juliana Woodlee, Azziya Richardson, Kalin Brown, and Noah Serrata. Advisors are Ivan Hurd and Kasandra Keeling.

TMTEF COllegiate Award Winner:
Kyle Dacon

TMTEF Trustees:
Sharon Callahan, Chair
Sharla VanCleave
Ann Witherspoon


The 2020 TMTEF $2000 Collegiate Award is being presented to Kyle Dacon. Kyle is currently attending St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. After receiving his undergraduate piano performance degree, he hopes to attend The University of Texas to pursue a master’s degree in piano performance. He is currently singing tenor in the esteemed St. Olaf’s College Choir. He accompanies many groups and soloists and even teaches a few private piano lessons. Mr. Dacon’s deep desire is to teach. Here are his words: “While I love performing as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist, I feel my true calling is to share music with others, especially through teaching. Even though sharing music by performing for others is powerful and changes lives, I know that no single performance or concert has influenced my life in the way that my music teachers and educators have. As a pianist and teacher, I want to be able to pass down my love for making music and help others to discover their own passion for music and the arts.”


1st Place with 290 points
Riley Glaesmann
Student of Mary Loy

2nd Place with 280 points
Nicole Stachowiak
Student of Dorota Stachowiak

3rd Place with 250 points
Isabelle Chapman
Student of Kimberly Deisher


3rd Place with 250 points
Yumi Standlee
Student of Linda Anthony, NCTM


3rd Place with 250 points
Claire Thomas
Student of Beverly Naismith, NCTM


1st Place with 44 points
Sam Blizzard
Student of Rebecca Landreth, NCTM


2nd Place with 43 points
Anna Henselman
Student of Jeannie DeArmond-Henselman

3rd Place with 40 points
Rylee Johnson
Student of Naulene Pittman


Garret Glover
Student of Janelle Schlaudt, NCTM

Anna Henselman
Student of Jeannie DeArmond-Henselman

Amber Miranda
Student of Allen Long

Megan Nguyen
Student of John Cole

Rufus Tadpatri
Student of Jenny Boyd

James Westenhaver
Student of Jane Sugars

Additional student winners can be found here.

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Many teachers and individuals make donations to TMTA on their convention registration. Since we are not having our 2020 Convention, we are still in need of donations to help cover the student awards we will be giving out this year. Please take time to donate!
To encourage more charitable giving in 2020, the recently enacted government stimulus bill (the “CARES Act”) provides additional tax deduction incentives for donors. Please check the IRS website for details.