October 15, 2020 Newsletter

Posted by Abby Hehenberger on 10/16/2020

President's Note

Fall weather is beginning to sneak in around here! Along with that comes TMTA Theory testing! Check below for important information about this tremendous TMTA program. 

It’s also the season of elections! And TMTA is no different. Our nominating committee will start meeting soon to come up with people to fill Directorships that will come vacant this next year. Put on your thinking caps and suggest people you feel would be great in leading TMTA forward for the next few years. We need YOUR input! 
And finally, we have more Fargason performances – two amazing ensembles! First, we have a delightful, lyrical performance by our Senior Piano Duet Division winners, followed by the Chamber Music String National winners displaying their immense talent and energy. Hope you enjoy this wonderful music.
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

TMTA Nominating Committee

Rick Valentine, Chair

The TMTA Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for two director positions to serve on the TMTA Executive Board. Nominees will serve a three-year term starting on July 1, 2021. Directors on the Executive Board will attend three TMTA Board Meetings per year and have a voice and a vote on issues affecting TMTA and its members. The Nominating Committee will consider all nominees. The ballot will be voted on at the next election held in April 2021. There will be four nominees selected for the two open seats on the board. Job descriptions for TMTA Directors are available on the TMTA Website under Governance If you would like to nominate someone or yourself, please fill out this form. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 1.


SA Performance Contest

Joanna Reeder, Performance Contest Coordinator

Local associations will have the freedom to choose how to hold their local Performance Contest competitions — in person or online, in keeping with CDC recommendations for safe practices. Performance Contest Chairs should expect to receive further guidelines soon.


Ready, Set, Theory Test Time!

Jennifer Clay, Theory Coordinator

The theory testing window is just about to open. As we are in our last week(s) prior to testing, I wanted to remind you of the following: 
  • Remember to emphasize "Testing with Integrity" to your families. 
  • Make sure you are using the latest version of the Level 11 and 12 Sample Tests as well as the awesome new Worksheets for Levels 11 and 12. 
  • Students should have a quality No. 2 pencil and a testing aid (the sheet with the keyboard, circle of 5ths, and a staff) in addition to the correct test level. If the local association does not give out a copy of the testing aid, please note that they may be found on the TMTA Theory page. 
  • Please remind students that rests are NOT included on the rhythmic dictation or melodic dictation portions of ear training on any level.
  • Remember to submit all tests for grading so that students may earn an official TMTA-SA medal, whether it be a Whitlock medal for on grade level testing or a Theory Achievement medal for below grade level testing (please see eligibility rules in the TMTA Handbook). We want to recognize the great achievements of all students, not just those on grade level. 
Thank you for your patience and participation as we navigate new waters due to pandemic conditions.

Fargason Concert Performances

Emma and William Nebeker

MTNA/TMTA Senior Piano Duet State Winner 
South Central Division Senior Piano Duet Winner 
Emma and William Nebeker studied piano under Kenneth Thompson at the Musical Arts Center of San Antonio, Inc. Emma is a freshman at Art Center College of Design, majoring in Animation. She is also the 2020 recipient of the Warner Bros. Animation/Hanna-Barbera Honorship. Last year, she directed her animated short, Tattwo, which won various awards, such as: Honorable Mention in the 2020 National YoungArts Competition, Outstanding Creativity in the 2020 Walt Disney Teen Animation Festival International, and Official Selection in the 2020 SXSW Film Festival. William is a sophomore at Westlake High School, who plans to study medicine. Besides piano, he participates in swim, track, and choir. 




Trio Rouge: Nick Hammel (violin), Chan Song An (cello), and Sohee Kwon (piano)
MTNA National 1st Place Chamber Music String Winner 
The rapidly emerging chamber group, Trío Rouge, formed at the Butler School of Music in the summer of 2019. The group members consist of Nick Hammel (violin), Chan Song An (cello), and Sohee Kwon (piano). The three members come from a variety of musical backgrounds, including institutions like Manhattan School of Music, Rutgers University, Eastman School of Music, Rice University, and the Butler School of Music. The group has studied under coaches Daniel Ching, Andrew Brownell, and Sandy Yamamoto, and has received master classes from Bion Tsang, Gregory Allen, and Gregory Beaver. 
Trío Rouge won first prize at the 2020 MTNA Chamber Music Competition, and were semifinalists in the 2020 Coltman Chamber Music Competition. 
Trío Rouge has also been featured on KMFA’s “From the Butler School”, hosted by Dr. Ryan Kelly. Most recently, the group won Silver Medal in the Senior String Division at the 2020 Fischoff National Chamber Competition.