October 1, 2020 Newsletter

Posted by Abby Hehenberger on 10/06/2020

President's Note

Special treats for you this month are the performances by the MTNA National Winners in the Vocal Competitions. BOTH OF THESE TALENTED YOUNG WOMEN ARE FROM TEXAS! It is quite exceptional to have musicians from one state win both the Senior AND the Young Artist divisions of the MTNA competitions. Hope you enjoy these two performances.
Don’t forget the nominations for Commissioned Composer are due at the end of this month. Things seem to be taking a little longer to get done during these interesting times (perhaps that’s just me, though), so please take that into account.
Hope your studios have gotten settled into their new routines. It’s going to be difficult for a few more weeks, but I know your students are comforted by seeing you each week and having that continuity in their life. I’m sure you feel the same way about them!
Be Safe, Be Healthy, and Be In Tune with TMTA.
Dr. Roy Wylie, NCTM
TMTA President


Local Association Yearbook due to the Office – October 15
Student Affiliate Enrollment without extra fees – October 1


We normally get a chance to thank our outgoing president for her great service to TMTA at our annual convention. We will do that next summer, but also want to take this opportunity now, as well, to express our gratitude to Teresa Crawford for her hard work throughout her term as President – and recognition of the amazing job she did as VPSA and President-Elect before that (not to mention all the other many jobs she has had in TMTA). She has always displayed tireless energy and great depth of knowledge about TMTA, all stemming from her great love of the organization and love of teaching music. President Crawford took on everything thrown at her this past year with tremendous grace and strength – the signs of a great leader.

THANK YOU, TERESA, from all of TMTA.

Fargason Concert Performance


Dana Mays
MTNA/TMTA Senior Vocal State Winner
South Central Division Senior Vocal Winner
MTNA National 1st Place Senior Vocal Winner
Links to Dana’s performances of:
Winner of the 2020 MTNA Senior Voice Competition, mezzo-soprano Dana Mays has been making music since early childhood. A homeschooled student of musical parents, Dana has sung at home and in church choirs her entire life. A violinist since the age of five, she has long enjoyed participating in youth orchestras and playing chamber music with her family. Having recently found a passion for vocal music, Dana has embraced the study of classical voice under the guidance of her teacher, Dr. Katherine White of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Carolyn Orr
MTNA/TMTA Young Artist Vocal State Winner
South Central Division Young Artist Vocal Winner
MTNA National 1st Place Young Artist Vocal Winner
Links to Carolyn’s performances of:
Soprano, CAROLYN ORR, is a recent graduate from Baylor University where she studied under the direction of Dr. Robert Best. Recently, Carolyn performed the title role in LAH-SOWs production of Dvoƙák’s Rusalka. In addition, this past season Carolyn won the 2020 MTNA National Young Artist Voice Competition, performed in Baylor Opera Theater’s production of Monteverdi’s L'incoronazione di Poppea as Poppea, was cast in scenes with Baylor Opera in the roles of Fiordiligi and Rosalinda, performed the role of Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and attended Chicago Summer Opera where she sang the role of Alice in Le Comte Ory. Carolyn plans to use the following year to audition for masters and young artist programs, teach lessons at her local schools, as well as continue to perform and be involved in the musical community. She is a native of Montgomery, Texas, and is currently based there with her family.