TMTA January 15 Newsletter
TMTA SA Highlights: Ensemble
by Heather Rathnau, NCTM
The TMTA SA Ensemble program is the biggest event at the TMTA Convention! You will see students in Texas/American groups, grades 1-8, proudly walking around the convention site dressed as phantoms, cowboys, dinosaurs, wearing top hats, baseball caps, and matching shirts. High School groups dress up! Fifteen grand pianos on stage will accommodate 30 to 45 students at a time and if there are more participants than pianos available, your local group may perform on two separate programs. Playing in an ensemble is FUN and will create lifelong, wonderful memories! Exciting News—TMTA has purchased a new conductor’s podium!
Collegiate Chapter Highlight
This year marks the 5th anniversary of the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Collegiate Chapter of MTNA. They have built a great relationship with the Waxahachie Symphony Association by having the opportunity to perform at every one of their concert intermissions since 2016. They also help organize fundraisers whenever a concert event is held by the symphony association. Collegiate member, Regina Graham, received the 2018 TMTEF Collegiate Award at the 2018 TMTA State Convention. She will also be serving as the new All-Star Festival Chair for the 2019 TMTA State Convention.
Richardson Music Teachers Association is made up of piano, voice, and cello teachers. They offer five festivals during the school year. In addition to their monthly general meetings, they have an active IMTF group that meets monthly. Richardson MTA maintains a Facebook page and has a website. Their teachers are dedicated, skilled, and generous in their service to the Richardson MTA teachers and students.