September 15, 2020 Newsletter

Posted by Abby Hehenberger on 09/16/2020

President's Note

I have something a little different for you in this newsletter! 
Since we didn’t have our convention this past June, that meant no Fargason Concert, so we missed hearing our wonderful MTNA/TMTA Competition Winners. But have no fear – we can still do that! I’ve received many of their videos, and will be attaching those to our fall newsletters as space permits. I know you are so proud of our students. As reported in the May 15, 2020 edition of the newsletter, Texas students did extremely well, in both the South Central Division, and the National Competitions. I know you will be impressed by their amazing performances.
I hope everyone has been able to get your membership dues in and all your SA students registered. If you have any situation that you need help with, please don’t hesitate to give me a call. I’m sure we can work it out. The deadline before the fee increase for SA membership is coming up, so please don’t let it slip by.
Be Safe, Be Healthy, and Be In Tune with TMTA.
Dr. Roy Wylie, NCTM
TMTA President


MTNA/TMTA Performance Competition – EXTENDED: September 23, 2:00 PM CDT
TMTA SA WOM Test Date Form – September 30
Best of State Application – September 30
Student Affiliate Enrollment without extra fees – October 1

TMTA SA Ensemble Repertoire Approval – November 1

Theory Achievement Medals available for
below grade testing

Jennifer Clay, SA Theory Coordinator

Did you know you can enter students under grade level for the theory test, have the tests graded by our awesome team of grading volunteers, and get a special medal with the score of 90-101?! The Theory Achievement Medal makes this possible and is something I encourage you to consider for students whose grade level and test level do not match. My goal for my students has always been to get their test level up to grade level. Years ago, students not up to grade level had to just watch everyone else receive a medal at the recital. Now those students can join in the celebration and proudly display their medal with the rest of the studio. For more information on the Theory Achievement Medals, please check the Handbook.

Best of State 2021

Dr. Dino Mulic, Best of State Chair

Local Presidents, now is the time to apply for your local association to be one of the nominees for Texas Best of State 2021! This award recognizes and highlights the accomplishments of TMTA local associations. The association will be recognized throughout the year as Best of State. In order to receive the TMTA Best of State Award, an association must submit an application listing local, state, and national activities, participation, and events. The deadline for this application is September 30.
Congratulations to Fort Worth MTA for being named TMTA Best of State 2020!

Fargason Concert Performance

Bryant Li
MTNA/TMTA State Winner
South Central Division Winner
MTNA National 2nd Place
Bryant Li, 15, 10th Grader at Seven Lakes High School, started piano at age 6 with Mr. John Weems. Musical accomplishments include: MTNA National Junior Piano 2nd Place Winner (2020), MTNA South Central Division and Texas Junior Piano Winner (2020 and 2019), TMTA 8th Grade Piano Winner (2019), Junior Van Cliburn Festival Participant (2019), Steinway Junior Piano Houston Winner (2018), NOPI Concerto Competition Winner(2018), Clear Lake Concerto Junior Piano Winner (2018 and 2016), Baylor Piano Competition-1st (2018), Blinn College Young Pianists Grand Prize Winner (2020, 2017 & 2016); TSU Young Pianist-1st (2016-2018); Bryant is also Houston Young Artist (2015-2020), Music Doing Good scholarship recipient (2016-2018) and one of 2 MDG artistic ambassadors in 2019. Bryant appeared on NPR’s “From the Top” recording #321 in Mar (2016) Bryant is founder for Music of Harmony (MOH) - a non-profit youth-led organization with over 800 student volunteers, 28 team leaders and presented over 400 volunteer performances in senior homes and hospitals and 4 annual concerts since Oct (2016).