NEWSLETTERS

 

NOVEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER

 

Dear Hollywood Branch members,

We had two very enjoyable and successful events this past month to jump-start our academic year. 

Our Fall Festival was a success and I received very favorable feedback from teachers as well as students. My sincere thanks to Remi Lee who has been so kind to help chair this recital in addition to the Summer Virtual Recital Series.

Remi has a warm and gentle rapport with the students, and it is heartwarming to see their enthusiasm to share despite the restrictions that our current pandemic has placed on the arts. We will continue to explore ways to improve and refine our virtual presentations.  We always appreciate your feedback and advice.

We also had a wonderful General Meeting presentation by the Bastien Sisters where they shared some of the new Bastien literature and spoke about teaching online and how they integrate their music literature to adapt to our COVID environment.  My warm thanks to Dr. Sanaz Rezai who organized the presentation for us and introduced the presenters to us.

We have more upcoming events that are listed below.  I hope to see many of you use the opportunities offered!

 

Warm regards to you all,

Lieschen Bierstedt

President, MTAC Hollywood Branch

 

NOVEMBER UPDATES…. 

GENERAL MEETING (online)

And Presentation: Dr. Walter Ponce discussion of his book on technique

Arranged by Program Chair, Dr. Sanaz Rezai

November 11th at 10am

We will meet at 10am for a short business meeting to update you on upcoming events and to answer questions. 

This will be followed by a discussion by Dr. Ponce on his book: “The Tyranny of Tradition in Piano Teaching”.

Here is a summary of the book, available on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Tyranny-Tradition-Piano-Teaching-Critical/dp/1476678324

The strict traditions of piano teaching have remained entrenched for generations. The dominant influence of Muzio Clementi (1752-1832), the first composer-pedagogue of the instrument, brought about an explosion of autocratic instruction and bizarre teaching systems, exemplified in the mind-numbing drills of Hanon’s “The Virtuoso Pianist.” These practices–considered absurd or abusive by many–persist today at all levels of piano education. This book critically examines two centuries of teaching methods and encourages instructors to do away with traditions that disconnect mental and creative skills.”

 

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VOCE

Chair: Hasmik Kotelyan

Branch event: February 21, 2021

Applications available on your Teacher’s Portal; new.mtac.org

Applications open: November 1, 2020

VOCE is a prestigious competition for vocalists, strings, winds/brass, and chamber music at the Branch and State levels.

Applications are completed on the MTAC State website under Teachers’ Portal (new.matc.org). Fees for all VOCE events (Non-Competitive and Competitive) are run through the Online System.

Students first perform at our Branch Competition. A non-competitive format is available for students who are not quite ready for competition, allowing them to perform for judges’ comments without being judged against other students.

First place winners of our Branch Competition will advance to State Finals. First place winners of the State Finals perform at the State Convention and will receive cash awards and plaques.

VOCE Dates & Deadlines

November 1, 2020 Online System opens: Teachers enroll students in VOCE via the Teacher Portal at http://new.mtac.org > Teacher Portal > VOCE.

December 1, 2020 VOCE Applications must be completed in the Online System

December 4, 2020 Parents must submit Proof of Age Documentation

December 10, 2020 Repertoire must be completely entered; Parents/Students must pay through the Online System by this date in order be enrolled in VOCE

March 5, 2021 Deadline to apply for VOCE State Finals and submit payment in the Online System

March 9, 2021 Deadline for VOCE State Finals payment March 19, 2021 VOCE Finals submission upload deadline

April 7, 2021 VOCE State Finals Results are posted in Online System

July 4, 2021 VOCE WINNERS RECITAL at MTAC Convention

VOCE Divisions and Categories:

Instrumental Ensemble – competitive and non-competitive and according to age group

Solo Strings – competitive and non-competitive and according to age group

Solo Voice– competitive and non-competitive and according to age group

Solo Winds– competitive and non-competitive and according to age group

Vocal Ensemble– competitive and non-competitive and according to age group

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WINTERFEST (virtual)

Chair: Zewhong Lee

Co-Chairs: Dr. Sunyoung Lee and Lieschen Bierstedt

December 6, 2020

Application deadline: November 6, 2020

Information and application forms are available on our website:

mtac.org; Members Corner (password “Hollywood”)

Video recording submissions deadline: November 22, 2020

For uploading videos, use our branch Google Drive: (file name format: student name/repertoire/composer)

https://driveuploader.com/upload/zbFQyU4hN5/

 Apologies for some last-minute changes to our Winterfest Guidelines on the website! We will NOT be requiring YouTube recordings.  You may upload your videos via our Google Drive link  (see above) as before.

The format will be the same as our Fall Festival. Students will record their performance videos ahead of time and submit these by the deadline via the upload link.  The event will be divided up into 45-minute programs and students will be required to attend their appointed live Zoom program.  At these programs, the facilitator will ask each student to introduce themselves and tell the audience what they will be playing.  The facilitator will at that time present their video.

The judges will be provided with links to the recorded performances ahead of time. Our judges will have the option to view the Zoom programs or to access the links to judge the recorded performances at their own time and pace.

The judges will provide us with the results by the end of the performance day and these will become available within days after the competition.

In addition to offering trophies to the winners in the various categories, we are introducing an additional Awards Program – one outstanding winner will be selected per category, as incentive to students in these complicated times. The awards will be in the form of monetary awards.

New in 2020 – One Award for the winner in each category

Age 5 and under: $20. age 8 and under: $20, age 10 and under: $30, age 12 and under: $30, age 14 and under: $40, age 16 and under: $40, age 17 and above: $50

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BACH MASTER CLASS (virtual)

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Video Submissions Deadline: December 15, 2021

 Presented by

JungHae Kim

Committee:  Dr. Cynthia Harlan and Dr. Sanaz Rezai

Optional second video submission to be used for the Master Class: deadline January 7, 2021 

  • Application forms and the video upload link will be available on our website
  • Three students will be selected to participate, based on their video submissions
  • There will be no application or attendance fee but there will be a participation fee of $50 per selected student
  • Repertoire: J.S. Bach compositions – lower Intermediate levels and above
  • Time span:  2 hours, allowing for teaching as well as Questions and Answers
  • A second optional video submission will be accepted to serve as the Master Class presentation of each student
  • The Master Class will be conducted via Zoom with live instruction of each participant after each video presentation.

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VIDEO RECORDING GUIDELINES

Prepared by our VC Committee

Remi Lee, Dr. Sanaz Rezai, Riko Weimer and Cesar Corona                

General –

  1. Signed consent form – Make sure that the families understand the level of “publicity”
  2. Filming rehearsal – It takes some getting used to performing in front of the camera. Good to sound check and lighting as well.
  3. Saving the clip – Always play it back and save the video before submitting
  4. Naming the file – Follow the format for the title of the file: student name/repertoire/composer
  5. Submission – Each event administrator will create the folders for upload and provide an upload link
  6. Dress code – As formal as in-person performance.
  7. Stage setting – Fix for clean backgrounds (books on the piano, wrinkles on the curtain, etc.)

Recording –

  1. You can record on your smartphone (e.g. iPhone, Samsung, Pixel, etc.) or tablets/laptops
  2. Use the default settings of one of the following
    1. 1080p (1920 x 1080, approximately 130 MB per minute)
    2. 720p (1280 x 720, approximately 60 MB per minute)
  3. Using a webcam or a tripod to mount your device onto is preferable. Holding an smartphone in your hand while recording results in a blurry video.

Set-Up –

  1. Please record in landscape mode by turning your phone or tablet sideways and at eye level.
  2. Arrange it so the device is placed solidly either on a tripod or leaning against a heavy object so that it will not shake or move during the recording.
  3. Being close to the camera is generally better so that we can see and hear you well.
  4. Include the instrument and music stand (especially when memorization is required)

Sound –

  1. Microphone – Additional external microphone that plugs directly into your USB port on your laptop, would be helpful. One option is the Blue Yeti USB Mic for Recording and Streaming on PC or the FiFine USB Recording Microphone. There are many others on the market. Experiment with the best location of the mic for recording your video.
  2. Environment – Check for background noise or interruption

Lighting –

  1. Lighting has a huge impact on the quality of the video. Please make sure you have ample lightning when recording. Ideally, the light source should be behind the camera that is recording.
  2. Please make sure that you don’t have strong light coming from behind you.

Video Submissions Process –

  1. Create a recording of your performance following the above guidelines.
  2. Upload your video onto our branch Google Drive via this link:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1rN_k5zRbkBZD84uEp5VeCSNqr8S5DzIk

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GOOGLE PLATFORM FOR SHARING

pedagogical comments, questions, answers and advice.

Managed by Dr Sanaz Rezai

Please remember that we have this resource available for questions and answers. All you need to do is access the site via the link below, and pose your question.  We have so many wonderfully capable and accomplished teachers in our branch.  We can learn much from one another!

Your communication can be anonymous if preferred – just post your comment on the Google Form and the answers will be shared for all to benefit from. Any teaching related subject is open for discussion.

Follow this link and post your first comment!

https://forms.gle/cZhN3KDu8BENAy816

 

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OCTOBER 2020 NEWSLETTER

Dear Hollywood Branch members,

Our board of directors have been working hard to create events that will emulate (and even enhance) the live performances we have always relied on.  Our Fall Festival will be our first large virtual recital.  We will provide all our members with links to the scheduled programs so that you can check in to see how it is being conducted. As you probably know, we will be presenting recorded videos, but the participating students will be attending live via Zoom to introduce their videos.

Again, I want to encourage you all to embrace the virtual presentations that have become our new norm for the foreseeable future. Let me point out the benefits of virtual recitals;

  • our students can relax and enjoy sharing their pre-recorded performances without the stress of performance anxiety
  • our students can display the very best of their capabilities – the benefit of refining their videos
  • the Zoom link can be shared with family members from all over the country (or world) to view the performances
  • the event can be attended in the privacy of a home without traveling long distances
  • students are refining their recording methods and the sound quality of the videos has improved over these past months
  • these performances encourage our students to maintain their lessons and provide our teachers with a stable student load
  • and it is also the pathway to building up performance credit to qualify for participation in the Achievement Awards Recital!

I hope to see many of you on-screen for the Fall Festival programs and our October General Meeting as well as all the other programs!

 

Warm regards to you all,

Lieschen Bierstedt

President, MTAC Hollywood Branch

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 OCTOBER UPDATES….

 

FALL FESTIVAL (virtual)

Chairs: Remi Lee and Lieschen Bierstedt

Sunday, October 18, 2020

All the participating students have by now uploaded their videos successfully.  Thank you all for your cooperation! A Zoom invitation plus a recital program will be forwarded to each teacher.

Students and audience members are asked to access the Zoom meeting link 10 minutes before the start of the program. Students are required to attend the live Zoom program to have their performance video presented.   The facilitator will ask each student to introduce themselves and tell the audience what they will be playing.  The facilitator will at that time, present their video.

Programs are scheduled for 11:30 am, 1 pm and 2 pm.

Feel free to join in and watch the programs.  Zoom links will be provided to all branch members.

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BRANCH GENERAL MEETING (virtual)

Thursday, October 22, 2020

10:30 am to 11:30 am

Bastien Sisters Virtual Piano Workshop

We are fortunate, thanks to the work of Dr. Sanaz Rezai, our VP and Program Chair, to present the Bastien Sisters Virtual Piano Workshop. Please look for the invitation in your email inbox, and if you are able to attend, please RSVP at the link and e-mail email@kjos.com to receive your free packets. We look forward to seeing you there!

 Webinar Instructions 

  • Make Sure to RSVP
  • Please email Kjos Music at email@kjos.com with your preferred shipping address to receive your FREE packet of books
  • Login to the Zoom Workshop 10 minutes ahead of time 
    • Zoom ID: 
    854 1118 9110  Password: 753483
  • All attendees will receive a special discount for attending the event, good through October 31, 2020.**

Please join Lisa in New York, and Lori in California, as they share their unique, personal teaching insights and present captivating compositions from their NEW Bastien New Traditions, All in One Piano Course. As active, full-time piano teachers for over 30 years, The Bastien Sisters know what motivates and delights students of all ages and abilities and they will offer practical and inspiring teaching tips and ideas. Lisa and Lori will discuss how to bring musical meaning and value to each and every lesson, whether those lessons are in person or virtual.

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VOCE

Chair: Hasmik Kotelyan

Branch event: February 21, 2021 (format and venue to be decided)

Applications available on your Teacher’s Portal; new.mtac.org

Applications open: November 1, 2020

Applications close: December 15, 2020

State Finals: April 19, 2021

 We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a VOCE competition this year.  We have several teachers who are interested in the program and who teach a variety of instruments.

VOCE is a prestigious competition for vocalists, strings, winds/brass, and chamber music at the Branch and State levels.

Students first perform at our Branch Competition. A non-competitive format is available for students who are not quite ready for competition, allowing them to perform for judges’ comments without being judged against other students.

First place winners of our Branch Competition will advance to State Finals, scheduled for April 19, 2020, at Chapman University, Orange, California.

First place winners of the State Finals perform at the State Convention and will receive cash awards and plaques.

VOCE Divisions and Categories:

Instrumental Ensemble – competitive and non-competitive and according to age group

Solo Strings – competitive and non-competitive and according to age group

Solo Voice– competitive and non-competitive and according to age group

Solo Winds– competitive and non-competitive and according to age group

Vocal Ensemble– competitive and non-competitive and according to age group

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WINTERFEST (virtual)

Chair: Zewhong Lee

Co-Chairs: Dr. Sunyoung Lee and Lieschen Bierstedt

December 6, 2020

Application deadline: November 6, 2020

Information and application forms are available on our website:

https://mtachollywood.org/members-corner/program-application-forms/

mtac.org; Members Corner (password “Hollywood”)

Video recording submissions deadline: November 22, 2020

 

The Winterfest format will be the same as our Fall Festival. Students will record their performance videos ahead of time and submit these by the deadline via an upload link.  The event will be divided up into 45-minute programs and students will be required to attend their appointed live Zoom program.  At these programs, the facilitator will ask each student to introduce themselves and tell the audience what they will be playing.  The facilitator will at that time present their video.

The judges will be provided with links to the recorded performances ahead of time. Our judges will have the option to view the Zoom programs or to access the links to judge the recorded performances at their own time and pace.

The judges will provide us with the results by the end of the performance day and these will become available within days after the competition.

In addition to offering trophies to the winners in the various categories, we are introducing an additional Awards Program – one outstanding winner will be selected per age category, as incentive to students in these complicated times. The awards will be in the form of monetary awards.

New in 2020 – One Award for the winner in each age category:

Age 5 and under:  $20

Age 8 and under: $20

Age 10 and under: $30

Age 12 and under: $30

Age 14 and under: $40

Age 16 and under: $40

Age 17 and above: $50

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BACH MASTER CLASS (virtual)

Presented by

JungHae Kim

Committee:  Dr. Cynthia Harlan and Dr. Sanaz Rezai

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Video Submissions Deadline: December 15, 2021

Optional second video submission to be used for the Master Class: deadline January 7, 2021

  •  Three students will be selected to participate, based on their performance quality.
  • There will be no application or attendance fee but there will be a participation fee of $50 per selected student
  • Repertoire: J.S. Bach compositions – lower Intermediate levels and above
  • Time span:  2 hours, allowing for teaching as well as Questions and Answers
  • A second optional video submission will be accepted to serve as the Master Class presentation of each student
  • The Master Class will be conducted via Zoom with live instruction of each participant after each video presentation.

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CONVENTION HONORS EMSEMBLE

From our State Office…..New for 2020-2021 Year

The Convention Honors Ensemble is the newest program for MTAC Programs. Established in 2018-2019 with the first Convention Orchestra, the Convention Honors Ensemble program will continue to provide a unique performance opportunity for higher level students.

The goals of the MTAC Convention Honors Ensemble are to provide a celebratory experience for the MTAC community and merit-based recognition to MTAC students.

As an ensemble program, students will be able to participate in a variety of ensembles each year.

For this year, the program will feature a Honors Ensemble Virtual Project, led by noted conductor Alexander Treger.

Also new for the 2020-2021 year, the nomination and audition process will be through the MTAC Online System.

The nomination period will open from November 15 – December 15, 2020.

Dates to Remember:

 

  • Nominations open – November 15, 2020
  • Nominations close – December 15, 2020
  • Applications open – January 5, 2021
  • Applications close – January 31, 2021
  • Audition Deadline – February 28, 2021
  • Ensemble selection – March 22, 2021

·       Participation Fee – April 10, 2021

  • Ensemble performance – July 2, 2021

Audition Tips for Students:

Students are able to record their audition at any time. We recommend that a student treats their video as if they were performing in person. This means dressing as if it was a stage performance, keeping background noise at a minimum and making sure the background is not too distracting. Students are able to upload the best version of their performance.

 

 

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                                SEPTEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER

Dear Hollywood Branch members,

Summer is coming to a close as we lead up to Labor Day. May these Fall days start bringing us relief from COVID!

I have had frequent questions as to when our recitals and competitions can return to a normal format. As an MTAC branch, it is our duty to ensure everyone’s safety and we will thus not be able to have live recitals for the near future. It would be a terrible burden to live with if one of our recitals were to become a “super spreader” event.

Our teachers are encouraged to recommend audio equipment to their students to enable them to record their performances for participation in recitals and competitions. A separate microphone with a USB computer connection will produce better sound quality. There are endless choices on the market today.

I hope to see many of you at our online meetings and at our online Fall Festival.

Warm regards to all,
Lieschen
President, MTAC Hollywood

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SEPTEMBER UPDATES ……

 

FALL RECITAL (virtual)

Date: Sunday, October 18, 2020
Information and application forms are available on our website: Members Corner (password “Hollywood”)
Applications deadline: September 25, 2020
Video recording submission deadline: October 4, 2020
This will be a virtual recital. Students will be asked to record and submit their performance videos. The day will be divided up in our usual program format and each 45 minute program will be featured via Zoom with each student in attendance to introduce their recorded performances. Students will be accepted on a first come basis. More details are available on our branch website application page.

Fees have been reduced to reflect lower branch costs.

Fees:

⦁ No teacher’s fee

⦁Solo Student’s fee:

⦁ Up to 2 minutes $14 reduced to $7

⦁ Up to 5 minutes $18 reduced to $9

⦁ Up to 7 minutes $22 reduced to $11

Duet fees: Same fee as a single solo performance plus additional $1 per student.

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WINTERFEST (virtual)
December 6, 2020

Application deadline: November 6, 2020
Information and application forms are available on our website; Members Corner; Application Forms (password “Hollywood”)
Video recording submissions deadline: November 22, 2020

We anticipate that this will be a virtual competition. Video presentations will be submitted to the judges to select the winners. More details about the format of this competition will follow and will be available on the branch website applications page.
In addition to offering trophies to the winners in the various categories, we are introducing an additional Awards Program – one outstanding winner will be selected per category, as incentive to students in these trying times. The awards will be in the form of monetary awards.

New in 2020
One Award for the top winner in each category
Age 5 and under $20.00
Age 8 and under $20.00
Age 10 and under $30.00
Age 12 and under $30.00
Age 14 and under $40.00
Age 16 and under $40.00
Age 17 and above $50.00

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NEW BOARD APPOINTMENTS

We were sad to receive the resignation of two of our board members, Tina Chapkinyan and Dr. Cynthia Harlan. Both have been essential and respected members of our board of directors. The current pandemic has created different obligations and commitments for many of us and we recognize the pressures it engenders. We wish Cynthia and Tina warm good wishes for the rest of this year.

The following board positions have been voted on and approved:
Vice President – Dr. Sanaz Rezai
Treasurer: Chizuru Sanada
Corresponding Secretary: Riko Weimer

We were fortunate to have these three members agree to fill these positions. Welcome aboard!

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CERTIFICATE OF MERIT
Chair: Dr. Sunyoung Lee

Our traditional September CM Information Meetings have been cancelled by recommendation of the State Board. Instead of hosting these CM training meetings, the CM Council has created an online training video and quiz that will be available starting September 15. We have also been advised teachers should direct all technical questions to the MTAC State Office.

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LAUNCHING A GOOGLE PLATFORM FOR SHARING
pedagogical comments, questions, answers and advice.

Thank you to Dr. Dr. Sanaz Rezai who is the creator and brainchild of this platform. We invite you all to take part. We have so many wonderfully capable and accomplished teachers in our branch. We can learn much from one another!

Your communication can be anonymous if preferred – just post your comment on the Google Form and the answers will be shared for all to benefit from. Any teaching related subject is open for discussion.

Follow this link and post your first comment!
https://forms.gle/cZhN3KDu8BENAy816

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UPCOMING MEETING PROGRAMS
Program Chair: Dr. Sanaz Rezai

As our new Vice President, Sanaz is also in charge of programs for our general branch meetings. She is in the process of procuring presenters. I hope you will all join us in these exciting programs. More info will follow.
Our first meeting will feature:
Lori Bastien Workshop presenting new material
Online October 22, 2020 at 10:30amOctober 22, 2020 at 10:30am

Our last meeting of the academic year will feature:
Yuko Maruyama for a jazz presentation
Friday, June 11, 2021

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AUGUST 2020 NEWSLETTER

Dear Branch Members,

I hope you are enjoying these summer months and are staying safe. Now that CM has been completed, I think we can all relax a bit.

We usually do not send out a newsletter in August, but this year is an anomaly and I feel our branch members have a need for information and communication.

To update you: our Finance Committee met online to audit our finances. The purpose of the audit meeting is to verify that our branch uses acceptable protocol and guidelines to keep our finances secure and running smoothly according to State requirements relating to budget planning, correct collecting/disbursing of monies, record keeping and accurate fund reporting.

So if you find that we are sticklers for detail, please know that it is to comply with financial guidelines!

Our Board had the first of two Planning Meetings to discuss events for the new academic year. We anticipate that the recitals and competitions will be done via recorded video performance submissions for the foreseeable future. As a board we are dedicated to explore the best platform possible for our students to present their music. 

Our Board Planning Meeting #2, scheduled for August 17th will focus on our branch finances and budget planning.

A tentative Schedule of Events has been posted on this website under Calendar of Events. The website will continue to undergo further updating to coordinate all documents and announcements.

As always, we are open to suggestions. Please stay in touch! I appreciate hearing from you!

 

My warm regards to all,

Lieschen Bierstedt,

President MTAC Hollywood Branch

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NEW BRANCH MEMBERS – WELCOME!

Our branch membership roster has been updated and I was happy to see almost all our branch members sign up and pay their dues before the July 31st deadline.

As we enter the new fiscal and academic year, we are delighted to have

7 new members joining our branch:

Eric Cha (cello)

Jongeui Kim (clarinet)

Bom An (oboe)

Yun-Hee Lee (piano)

Pauline Gehai Yi (violin)

Sang Keun Chang (voice)

Katerina Kolesnik (violin)

We look forward to meeting you all and hearing your students at our recitals and competitions. We are excited to have a range of instruments to enrich our events.

May it be a happy experience for you all!

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BRANCH INFORMATION AND SHARING MEETING

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 11am

Via Zoom

Focus: Recording Equipment for Student Video Presentations

A few of our members will be sharing their studio equipment set-up.  Please feel free participate and share your own set-up with our members.

Invitations with a Zoom link will be sent out closer to the time.

Come and join us!

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VIRTUAL RECITAL #3

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Application deadline: Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Co-Chairs: Remi Lee and Lieschen Bierstedt

The focus of this recital is on Jazz and African American composers though not excluding other eras or composers

Via Zoom Webinar

 

A Zoom webinar invitation & link, as well as an attached recital program will be sent to each participant and teacher.  You are welcome to share this link with family and friends who wish to view the recital. Audience members will be off-screen but teachers and performers will be visible.

Applications are accessible on our website under Members Corner; Application Forms.

Pre-recorded video presentations are acceptable but must be presented live by each participant

We encourage teachers to advise their students on how to achieve the best audio and video quality. As before, the recital will be recorded, edited and posted on our branch Facebook page and on our branch website.

 

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 CERTIFICATE OF MERIT UPDATE

Chair: Dr. Sunyoung Lee

Please refer to our website CM menu for copies of all the latest communications from the State Office and from our CM Chair.

By now most students have received their CM results online.

There will be a detailed announcement soon, from the State Office regarding your Evaluation Report Forms (comment sheets).  These Report Forms, as well as the Theory Test results will be made available electronically.

 

CM Certificates are available at Lieschen’s home for pick up. 

4745 Cromwell Ave, Los Angeles, Ca 90027

Cell Phone: 323-365-2103

Follow the directions in the garden path to lead you to the studio door.  The certificate envelopes are in alphabetical order by teacher, in a plastic container outside the studio door.  There is no need to notify anyone – just come by and pick it up between 9 am and 7pm.  It will remain available until the middle of August.

Some of the unclaimed trophies from our Winterfest and Sonata Sonatina Competitions are also available in a container in alphabetical order.

 

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 CHAIRS MEETING

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 11 am via Zoom

This is an important meeting for all those that are chairing events for our branch. We should all feel comfortable with the performance format and we will explore the options together. We will also be discussing budgets, event guidelines and procuring judges.

Please mark your calendars!

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JULY 2020 NEWSLETTER

Dear Hollywood Branch Members,

By now our students have all completed the performance part of the CM Evaluations and are in the process of concluding the theory part.  The deadline for submitting the theory exams has been moved to July 15th as a result of technical problems that have arisen. See more info below.

I want to express my deep appreciation to Sunyoung for all she has done as our branch CM Chair.  She started months back – before March – preparing all the details for a normal CM day. Then we suddenly faced the uncertainty of  COVID-19.  We changed course and procured private homes and studios to ensure the safety of all, but again, had to change course with the official lock-down and the announcement by the State Office that CM was postponed to a later date. All these adjustments can be compared to a big ocean liner changing course – very cumbersome and time consuming.

The evaluation process went online with the April announcement by the State Office and Sunyoung did hours of research to be able to guide our branch members very efficiently via Zoom meetings through the details of the new format. She did all this in addition to her job on the CM Council.  Thank you so much Sunyoung!

We are fortunate to have many exceptional people in our branch who all work together to create opportunities to develop and educate our students.  I am always grateful to these colleagues.

Let us hope that it will soon be safe enough for us to meet in person over a potluck lunch at my home to celebrate the end of the academic year and an improvement in the pandemic!

My warm regards to all,

Lieschen. Hollywood Branch President

P.S. – here is a link to a great article promoted by the Music Teachers’ National Association, regarding the reopening of music studios. https://www.mtna.org/MTNA/Explore_MTNA/Reopen_FAQs.aspx

 

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CERTIFICATE OF MERIT

Chair:  Dr. Sunyoung Lee

 The latest update from the State Office regarding the theory exam is as follows:

 Due to technical difficulties this week with the Theory exams, the Theory Exam deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020 for all students.

Please confirm that your students have received the appropriate links for their instrument and level.

If your students are missing their links, please have the student and parent email the State Office –  Jackie Torres with their name, instrument, level and their request.

The State Office is best prepared to answer your questions!

 Results of the CM Performance Evaluations will be posted to the MTAC Online System by June 29, 2020.

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VIRTUAL RECITAL SERIES

Chair:  Remi Lee

 DATES:

Sunday June 28, 2020

Sunday July 12, 2020 

August 9, 2020 – you are invited to focus on Jazz and African American composers (optional)

We hope that this recital series will be useful to keep your students motivated through these summer months. Be sure to befriend our Hollywood Branch Facebook page to view an edited synopsis of each recital.

The July and August recitals will be in the format of a Zoom webinar which will allow you to invite parents and family from all over the country (and the world) to attend. The attendees will not be visible on your computer screen, thus allowing a better focus on the performer.  It allows us to accommodate more performers per program. A webinar link will be sent to all participants and teachers and will be available on our website for your convenience to invite attendees.

The August recital will focus on Jazz and African American composers.

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MEMBERSHIP DUES

Deadline:  July 31st

Please check the MTAC State website (mtac.org) to renew your membership.  If you miss the July 31st deadline, you will forfeit your opportunity to participate in CM this coming year.

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MTAC CONVENTION 2020

I hope you will be able to attend some of these online convention offerings –

July 10 – 13, 2020

Registration for the MTAC Online Convention 2020 is now open!

From July 10-13, MTAC members and non-members, music teachers, and students are invited to watch pre-recorded sessions and student recitals, attend live webinars and the annual Business Meeting!

This year, the CM Panel Master Classes will be held virtually with the student and Master Teacher! Panel students who received high marks on their auditions have been invited to participate.

 

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JUNE 2020 NEWSLETTER

Dear Hollywood Branch Members,

Our Certificate of Merit teachers are in the process of preparing for our fist ever virtual evaluations.  This will go down in history! 

Please stay in touch by joining our online meetings. A great deal of useful information is shared at the meetings.  You are welcome to just tune in and listen!

And do check our branch website for upcoming meetings and announcements.

Please stay safe and healthy!

Lieschen Bierstedt, President

Online General Meeting,

 Friday, May 29th, 2020

At 11am 

Dr. Sunyoung Lee, our CM Chair will be available to update you and answer any further questions regarding the virtual CM evaluations.

Please join us a discussion regarding our first ever Virtual Recital at the end of June and the format of future recitals. Our newly formed committee on Virtual Communications, has some ideas that will be shared.  We will also discuss teaching experiences and studio equipment for online teaching.

You will receive a meeting invitation via Zoom. Click on the link: Join Zoom Meeting (or copy and paste the link into your browser). Join by video or by phone.

Certificate of Merit

All student evaluations videos must be uploaded between

Thursday, June 4 and Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 11:59pm.

CM Evaluators will evaluate the performances through June 21 and the results will be posted to the MTAC Online System by June 29, 2020.

Students have to upload a PDF of their original music for the Evaluator’s use during the evaluation process. The application will not be considered complete until the PDF score is uploaded.  (This scan should be deleted for copyright purposes after June 14th when the process has been completed)

 Here are a few other reminders from our CM Chair, Dr. Sunyoung Lee

  • Notify the parents to check their Emails on 6/4 to create accounts to upload the videos before the deadline of 6/14
  • Use student’s Application Number which begins with 7xxxxxx, NOT the ID Number.
  • Check your students’ recordings before they upload. Be sure the camera angle is  correct: the evaluator needs to see the whole keyboard, the pedal and side face of the student.

Online Board Meeting

Monday, June 15th at 11am

 Please mark your calendars!

 We have much to discuss.

 

Virtual Communications Committee

committee members –

Remi Lee, Cesar Corona, Riko Weimer, Dr. Sanaz Rezai

Our committee met online with the goal of planning how to restart recitals, what health and safety precautions need to be taken and what the estimated timeline would be.

 A full proposal is in the works to define:

The Progressive Stages for returning to the Presentation of Recitals and Competitions during the Pandemic

 Our first step will be our Virtual Recital at the end of June! 

 

Hollywood Branch First Virtual Recital 

Sunday June 29th 

start planning! 

Procedures –

  • Sign up using the Baroque Festival application form. 
  • A completed and signed Consent form will also be required for each participant.
  • Students get accepted on a first come, first serve basis and the excess number of students will be held over for ensuing recitals.
  • The recital will take place on a Zoom platform. We will limit each program to 5 students only.  The Zoom screen will contain the 5 participants and their families, the teachers of each student, the chair of the program, and one moderator to handle the procedures; making sure we mute and organize the screen properly. There will thus be 12 participants on the Zoom screen.
  • The first Recital will be limited to 3 programs only.  This will allow us to see what works and what needs improvement.
  • Program I: 11 am           Program II:  12 pm          Program III: 3 pm
  • A printed recital program will be included with the Zoom invitation.
  • We will record each Zoom program and it will be posted on our Hollywood Branch Facebook page if we have all the Consent Forms on file. This will allow our branch Facebook users to view the recital and provide feedback.
  • A link will be posted on our branch website.

 

 

May 2020 

Dear Hollywood Branch Members,

This has been another difficult month for everyone. I hope you are all healthy and coping with the COVID-19 lockdown. Most of our teachers have had to do some speed learning to make the transition to online teaching and in addition, are dealing with the downsizing of their studios.

The month of April has seen the cancellation of our Branch Bach Festival, our Regional Bach Festival, our Bach Master Class, a get together for a Board meeting and a General Meeting…. 

But online communications have been strong!

Never before have we needed one another’s input, advice and support more than now.  We have had some wonderful online sessions where we have learnt much from one another. I invite you all to join us online! More info below.

And do check this website for upcoming meetings and announcements.

Please stay safe and healthy!

Lieschen Bierstedt,

President, Hollywood Branch

 

 Online Board Meeting

Thursday, May 7th at 11am

We have much to discuss.

I hope to see all our board members on Zoom!

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Next Online General Meeting focusing on CM

Friday, May 8th at 11am

The meeting will mainly deal with CM and the process of creating the video presentation for an online evaluation

Please refer to the Certificate of Merit menu on this website for detailed information about CM

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 “A Morning of Sharing”

Online General Information Meeting 

Friday, May 29, 2020

At 11am

 Please join us for further updates on CM evaluations, weighing possible future recitals etc.  We will also discuss teaching experiences, studio maintenance and financial aid for small businesses.

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Information about joining a Zoom Meeting.

I will send out a meeting invitations via Zoom to each one. Click on the link: Join Zoom Meeting (or copy and paste the link into your browser). Join by video or by phone.

 If you have questions or problems connecting via Zoom, please let me know and I can do a one on one session to get you logged on and familiarize you with the process. 

Nothing should prevent you from attending – not an old computer or a computer without a camera or an old cell phone.  There are ways around these complications. 

Let me help you!

Lieschen:  323-365-2103

Certificate of Merit

More information is posted under the Certificate of Merit menu on this website

 CM Evaluations will be conducted online and will resumed at the end of May

We will be assigned a date for downloading and completing the video evaluations  

  • The performance evaluation will be in video format
  • Sight Reading is waived this year
  • students are permitted to change repertoire,
    except for the piece designated as the “Syllabus Piece.”
  • students will not be penalized if changes no longer comply with the required repertoire categories.
  • updates are not necessary in the repertoire portion of the student’s application in the
    MTAC Online System.
  • Students will complete their theory exam on an online testing platform. The test will be in a multiple choice and short answer format.
  • The listening examples of the ear training portion of the exam will be included in the theory exam.
  • CM Convention recitals have been cancelled

 

Hollywood Branch Scholarship and Student Awards

 Congratulations to two outstanding students:

Vivian Kim, student of Dr. Sunyoung Lee

Oliver Harlan, student of Dr. Cynthia Harlan

 Both students were chosen as recipients of the Olga Balogh Award

A special, engraved plaque will be presented to each of these students

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Hollywood Branch MTAC Facebook Account

 We now have a Facebook account.   

https://www.facebook.com/Hollywood-Branch-MTAC-111200060568080/

 The goal is to provide us all with a pathway to share our thoughts, events and student performances. We would love to for you to partake in this conversation.

 Our students need to have a platform for performances and a goal to work towards.  I would love to see us feature our students on our Facebook page. We welcome your input and suggestions to make this productive for all.

 

Cancelled/postponed events…

Spring Festival May 3, 2020

Achievement Awards Recital June 7, 2020

The venues for both these are unavailable – neither the Fenton Charter School or LA Valley College are open for public performances.

Time will tell if we can reschedule events and in what format.

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As yet undecided…..

Our branch Annual Meeting (General Meeting) and Potluck Lunch

at Lieschen’s home

On June 3, 2020

The hope is that we might still be able to get together for this meeting at my home in an outdoor setting, around the pool, depending on health advisories.

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Convention update

From our State Office……

MTAC 2020 Convention will be online!

 

Mark your calendars for July 10-14, 2020!

 

We will be posting virtual teacher and student sessions as well as student competitions and artist recitals. We are working with our presenters, exhibitors and featured artists to bring you a unique Convention experience into your home.

 

Please note the CM student recitals have been canceled for this year.

 

As MTAC Teacher members, you will be able to register for free. Your Member ID found on your Teacher Portal will be your discount code.

 

We will have both Teacher Track and Student Track sessions and the Convention will be open to the public. Registration will be $20 per student and non-member registration.

 

 

Stay tuned for more programming updates!

 

April 2020 

Dear Hollywood Branch Members,

I hope you are all well and staying healthy.  Please let me know if you are aware of any of our members in distress. We would like to offer support and help where needed!

Life has changed so dramatically since my last newsletter to you.  Our February General Meeting was the last opportunity we had to get together.  (See our website for the minutes to this meeting)

The month of March has seen the cancellation of several of our programs.  CM was the most disruptive cancellation, but the Baroque Festival and the Bach festival soon followed and so did the Bach Masterclass. Each of these programs have a trail of consequences that had to be dealt with by each chair.

As if this time, the Spring Festival has also been cancelled.

I think we are all in limbo at present, waiting to see how the Coronavirus hazard progresses.

In the meantime, we are all trying to cope with how to maintain our studios. I feel it is important to be able to turn to our colleagues to share ideas, and to learn from one another.

We will thus institute a Hollywood BranchMorning of Sharing on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 11am via Zoom video conferencing. See the details boxed below.

 We are also working on a MTAC Hollywood FaceBook page for communication among our members.  More details will follow soon.

Stay safe and healthy!

Lieschen Bierstedt,

President, Hollywood Branch

 Video conference with all our members

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

At 11am

 Please join us in a discussion of what our members are doing to maintain their studios through these pressing times. We will hear from a few members about their online lesson experiences.

I will send out a meeting invitation via Zoom to each one.  All you need to do is click on the link that says: Join Zoom Meeting (or copy and paste the link into your browser).

 You do not need to join Zoom to participate – you can just log on and join the conversation. If you do not have a viable computer, you can access the conversation via telephone.

If this video conference proves to be useful, we will make this a regular event for our branch during these difficult times.

 

Hollywood Branch Scholarship and student Awards

 Application Deadline:  April 1, 2020

 Our branch offers one scholarship and two achievement awards to selected students every year based on their years of participation and achievement in our branch events. The presentations take place at the

Achievement Awards Recital on June 7, 2020

·      The Eugenia Clemmons Award is presented to a student under the age of 13

·      The Olga Balogh Award is presented to a student between 13 and 18 years of age

·      The Andrew Clemmons Scholarship is offered to a selected graduating senior who is planning to pursue a degree in music.

 Information is available on this website under Awards and Scholarship and application forms are available, as with all other programs, under members Corner; Application Forms.

 The online applications will be considered by the board to make the selections.

CM  Update –

Statement from our State Office and the CM Council. 

 

“State and local government health agencies have been adjusting their precautionary measures with additional social distancing mandates. With this in mind, the CM Council and State Organization have been working diligently to create a postponement plan so the remaining students may take their Certificate of Merit Evaluations.

Important updates for Certificate of Merit Evaluations:

  • Evalutions will resume in late-May/early June, depending on advice from local governments in regards to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Parents and teachers will receive a notification once their evaluations have been rescheduled.
  • The CM Council and State Organization are reviewing different options for this to take place. More details on the Evaluation procedures will be discussed with each branch or region in late April.
  • The required syllabus piece on the student’s application must remain the same, but the remaining repertoire can be changed without penalty.

Due to the ongoing pandemic and with the health and safety of students and their families in mind, all CM Convention 2020 Recitals will be cancelled. Student who have already enrolled for 2020 Convention will be refunded.” 

 

March 2020 Newsletter

A recap ……

February has been a busy month for many of our chairs and board members.
Certificate of Merit takes hours upon hours of preparation to ensure a smooth-running event. Sunyoung, Zewhong and Alan have been organizing the student schedules, the theory papers, the judges’ packets, the teachers’ work schedules, the set-up of the rooms at UCLA, the food, the tables and chairs and a thousand other small details. We are grateful for all their work! Thank you also to Marina Lomtatidze for taking charge of our food preparation! I look forward to seeing all our participating members.

We had an inspiring General Meeting in February with YAG member, Noah Simon, performing and answering questions. I have had excellent feedback from our members about the benefits of this presentation.

Photos are posted on our website under Members Corner, Q&A and Photos.

Thank you all for coming!
Lieschen Bierstedt, President

 

Details regarding upcoming events…..

Bach Festival

Sunday, April 5th in the afternoon
At Pierre’s Fine Pianos
11039 W. Pico Blvd., LA 90064

Applications deadline: Thursday, March 5th

Regionals:  May 17, 2020 also at Pierre’s Fine Pianos

Chairs:
Zewhong Lee (zewhong@gmail.com) and Remi Lee (remilee1988@gmail.com)

Register for the Bach Festival the usual way – through the SCJBF website. Guidelines and details are available on SCJBF website (contact your chairs for forgotten usernames or other assistance): scjbf.org

also refer to this website:
under Members Corner, Application Forms, Bach Festival .

Branch application fee per student:  $35

Complete your applications online but mail cheques (made out to MTAC Hollywood Branch) to:
Remi Lee, 525 S Serrano Ave #202, LA 90020

As before, at our branch Bach Festival students may play any original music of J. S. Bach, transcriptions of Bach’s music, or music of other Baroque composers.
However, to be eligible to be considered among the 50% chosen at the Branch level to play in the Regional Festival, the following exceptions must be kept in mind:
No music from the Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook, ANH 113-132,
No transcriptions other than those made by J. S. Bach himself from his own works,
No works by other Baroque composers

Baroque Festival

Sunday, April 5th in the morning

At Pierre’s Fine Pianos
11039 W. Pico Blvd., LA 90064

Applications deadline: Thursday, March 5th

Chairs:
Remi Lee (remilee1988@gmail.com) and Cesar Corona (teacher@openlidpiano.studio)

This is new program that we are introducing this year. Register for this event through our branch website: mtachollywood.org (password “Hollywood”)

The program is a non-competitive recital similar to our Fall and Spring Festivals but with the requirement that repertoire should be chosen from the Baroque era.

Applications, guidelines and fees are available on this website 
under Members Corner, Application Forms, Baroque Festival.

Complete your applications online but mail cheques (made out to MTAC Hollywood Branch) to:
Remi Lee, 525 S Serrano Ave #202, LA 90020

Certificate of Merit
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Schoenberg Music Bldg., 445 Charles E Young Dr. E, LA 90095
Chair: Dr. Sunyoung Lee
Wind and Strings Coordinator: Zewhong Lee – zewhong@gmail.com
Theory Coordinator: Dr. Alan Oettinger – alanoettinger@yahoo.com
 
We are in good hands with Sunyoung planning our CM day! Thank you to her and her co-chairs for all the hard work.

You will receive further directions and information from Sunyoung directly.

We look forward to seeing all our participating members at the evaluations!

Hollywood Branch Scholarship and Student Awards

Application Deadline: April 1, 2020

Our branch offers one scholarship and two achievement awards to selected students every year based on their years of participation and achievement in our branch events. The presentations take place at the
Achievement Awards Recital on June 7, 2020

⦁ The Eugenia Clemmons Award is presented to a student under the age of 13
⦁ The Olga Balogh Award is presented to a student between 13 and 18 years of age
⦁ The Andrew Clemmons Scholarship is offered to a selected graduating senior who is planning to pursue a degree in music.

Information is available on this website under Awards and Scholarship and application forms are available, as with all other programs, under members Corner; Application Forms.

Teachers will have an opportunity to present a short introduction of their student applicants at the April Meeting.

Bach Masterclass

Sunday, April 26, 2020
At 2pm
At Riko Method School of Piano, 3363 Glendale Blvd. LA 90039

Carl Matthes will be leading the Masterclass. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain insight into the intricacies of teaching Baroque music.
Participating students will be selected from the Bach Festival winners/ Regional Bach qualifying students.
Please mark your calendars!
More details will follow later.

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February 2020

President’s Message

A Recap…..

On Friday January 17th we had a General Meeting followed by a very informative talk by Dr. Alan Oettinger on how to prepare your students for the CM theory exam. Thank you, Alan, for covering all those little details that we need to know as teachers!

On Sunday, January 19th, our Sonata Sonatina Competition was beautifully run by our two Chairs, Dr. Sanaz Rezai and Chizuru Sanada. We are very fortunate to have these capable members handle our program for us!

Our two judges, Dr. Gloria Cheng and Yuko Maruyama, are well respected musicians and I think you will find their comments informative. Our chairs requested that all participants provide their music to the judges for reference in writing their comments. I trust our students and teachers will notice a difference in the quality of comments as a result.

 

Our thoughts are with our long-time member,

Virginia Whitehead with the passing of her sister, Dorina.

Wishing you strength and peace during this difficult time Virginia.

 

Upcoming events to plan on:

General Meeting 

Thursday, February 20, 2020
at 10am
at Riko Method School of Piano, 3363 Glendale Blvd., LA 90039.

Performance and Discussion by YAG member,

Noah Simon

Our Certificate of Merit program leads to many opportunities for our students – the ultimate is to become a YAG member.
I hope you will all join us to listen to a performance by Noah Simon, a YAG member, followed by a discussion on his years of study, through the CM program, that ultimately lead him to this achievement.

10am – Performance by YAG Member, Noah Simon
10:40am – Questions and Answers on all YAG requirements
11am – refreshment break
11:20am – Reminders and discussion of upcoming events
11:45am – Adjourn
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Noah Simon, 21, is from Los Angeles, California. He is currently in his first year of studies with Professor Julia Mustonen-Dahlkvist at the Ingesund School of Music in Arvika, Sweden. He has also studied with Professor Stanislav Ioudenitch at Oberlin Conservatory, where he also studied politics and literature.
This March, Noah will participate in the 2019 Sion International Piano Competition in Istanbul. In 2019, Noah was accepted into the Khachaturian International Piano Competition and the Tucumán International Piano Competition. Noah is a two-time prize-winner of the National YoungArts Foundation and was a finalist at the 2017 Yamaha USASU Young Artists International Senior Piano Competition.
He has been a regular recitalist for the Music Teachers’ Association of California’s Young Artists Guild. He has performed solo recitals at venues such as Steinway Hall of Beverly Hills, Chapman University, and the Westside Committee of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. As a concerto soloist, Noah has performed at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, California with the Vicente Chamber Orchestra, as well as with numerous other orchestras. In his home of California, he won the Christine Piper Plumb Grand Prize for best concerto in the state.
He has been fortunate enough to perform for and learn from such legendary artists and pedagogues as William Grant Nabore, Peter Frankl, Dang Thai Son, Claudio Martinez Mehner, Eliane Reyes, Hamish Milne, and Andreas Staier. Noah has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Tel-Hai International Piano Masterclasses, the Cooper Festival, and the Dino Ciani Academy.

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Two Events on the same day …. am and pm!

Baroque Festival
Sunday morning April 5, 2020
Application deadline: March 5, 2020

Pierre’s Fine Pianos
at Pierre’s Fine Pianos, 11039 W. Pico Blvd., LA 90064

Co-Chair: Remi Lee – remilee1988@gmail.com
Co-Chair: Cesar Corona –  teacher@openlidpiano.studio

This is new program that we are introducing this year. Register for this event through our branch website: mtachollywood.org (password “Hollywood”)

The program is a non-competitive recital similar to our Fall and Spring Festivals but with the requirement that repertoire should be chosen from the Baroque era.

Guidelines are posted on our website under Members Corner; Applications.

 

Bach Festival
Sunday afternoon April 5, 2020
Application deadline: March 5, 2020
Pierre’s Fine Pianos
at Pierre’s Fine Pianos, 11039 W. Pico Blvd., LA 90064

Chair: Zewhong Lee – zewhong@gmail.com
Assistant Chair: Remi Lee – remilee1988@gmail.com

Register for the Bach Festival the usual way – through the SCJBF website. Guidelines and details are available on this website (contact your chairs for forgotten usernames or other assistance): scjbf.org
Also refer to this website under Members Corner; Applications Forms; Bach Festival for further information.

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January 2020 

President’s message

Dear Hollywood Branch Members,

Wishing you all a wonderful New Year! I hope it will be a year and decade filled with promise and contentment.

We had a very successful Winterfest Competition on December 15th. Thank you to Zewhong and Sunyoung for all their hard work! The new venue, the Cammilleri Hall was wonderful and our hope is to continue using it in the future. There were few glitches in transitioning to the new venue.

I hope however, that more of our members will make use of the free street parking on Vermont in the future! The (pay per hour) parking structure is an alternative option, but it is best to avoid parking in the various small lots on the USC campus – these are expensive or reserved.

We would love to hear all your feedback at our January General Meeting!

Here is an update about upcoming events:

General Meeting on Friday, January 17, 2020
at Hasmik’s Burbank Studio,

916 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506
at 10am

Presentation by

Dr. Alan Oettinger:
“Preparing students for the CM Theory Exam”

Alan has many years of experience with the CM program. We are fortunate to draw on his expertise!

“Dr. Alan Oettinger received his Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in piano and composition from the Eastman School of Music in New York. After moving to California, he was an Assistant Professor of Music at Chapman University, where he taught piano, theory, composition, orchestration and music history. Since moving to Los Angeles, he has maintained his own teaching studio. Students of his have won contests at the local, regional and state levels, and have gone on to become music majors.
Dr. Oettinger served three terms on the MTAC Board of Directors and six years as Assistant Coordinator of Certificate of Merit. He wrote the CM Sight Reading pieces for four years, and the 1997 and 2003 Technique Guides used in that program. He is very active each year as an evaluator for CM, and as a judge for Bach Festivals and various other competitions. For many years, he has been on the Board of Directors of the Southwestern Youth Music Festival. As a composer, his own music has been published and performed nationwide. He was commissioned by M’lou Dietzer to write pieces for three volumes of her First Impressions series.”

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Sonata Sonatina Competition: January 19, 2020
At Los Angeles Valley College, Music Building,

5800 Fulton Ave. Van Nuys, 91401
Free parking is available in Lot B on the corner of Oxnard Street and Fulton Ave
near the Music Building
open this PDF attachment for map
https://www.lavc.edu/about/library/map/LAVCmap_Web-and-Print-01-17-19.pdf

 

Our two Chairs, Sanaz Rezai and Chizuru Sanada, have been working hard to prepare a well designed program with two excellent judges.

Teachers will be receive the list of winners by email the evening after the competition.  Trophies will be available for pick-up two weeks later at Lieschen’s house and also at the February General Meeting.

Students should remember to bring their music, with numbered measures to hand to the judges.

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December 2019 

President’s message

Dear Hollywood Branch Members,

I hope you all had a wonderful, joyful and relaxing Thanksgiving! My warm good wishes to you all as we enter the holiday season.
Here is an update about upcoming events:

Winterfest: December 15, 2019
Plan to arrive early to familiarize yourself with the new venue and parking arrangements!
At Cammilleri Hall on the USC (University of California) campus
In the Brain and Creativity Institute Building (Dornsife Neuroscience)
Cnr Downey Way and McClintock Ave
Enter from Vermont Avenue at Downey Way (entrance #6).
Parking:
Sunday street parking is available on Vermont Ave… a short walk to Cammilleri Hall.
Parking Structure A (Downey Way Structure) has plenty of parking available for $2 per hour
Judges and chairs will have access to Parking Lot #2 in front of the recital hall.

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Sonata Sonatina Competition: January 19, 2020
At Los Angeles Valley College, Music Building, 5800 Fulton Ave. Van Nuys, 91401
Please note!
Application deadline is: December 19
Submit your application online and mail your check by the deadline.

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General Meeting and Presentation on Monday, January 17, 2020 at 10 am
at Hasmik’s Burbank Studio, 916 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506
Presentation by Dr. Alan Oettinger:
“Preparing students for the CM Theory Exam”
Alan has many years of experience with the CM program. We are fortunate to draw on his expertise

“Dr. Alan Oettinger received his Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in piano and composition from the Eastman School of Music in New York. After moving to California, he was an Assistant Professor of Music at Chapman University, where he taught piano, theory, composition, orchestration and music history. Since moving to Los Angeles, he has maintained his own teaching studio. Students of his have won contests at the local, regional and state levels, and have gone on to become music majors.
Dr. Oettinger served three terms on the MTAC Board of Directors and six years as Assistant Coordinator of Certificate of Merit. He wrote the CM Sight Reading pieces for four years, and the 1997 and 2003 Technique Guides used in that program. He is very active each year as an evaluator for CM, and as a judge for Bach Festivals and various other competitions. For many years, he has been on the Board of Directors of the Southwestern Youth Music Festival. As a composer, his own music has been published and performed nationwide. He was commissioned by M’lou Dietzer to write pieces for three volumes of her First Impressions series.”

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General Meeting and Performance on February 20, 2020 at 10am
at Riko Method School of Piano, 3363 Glendale Blvd., LA 90039.

Performance and Discussion by YAG member, Noah Simon
Our Certificate of Merit program leads to may opportunities for our students – the ultimate being to become a YAG member.
I hope you will all join us to listen to a performance by Noah Simon, a YAG member, followed by a discussion on his years of study, through the CM program, that ultimately lead him to this achievement.

Noah Simon, 21, is from Los Angeles, California. He is currently in his first year of studies with Professor Julia Mustonen-Dahlkvist at the Ingesund School of Music in Arvika, Sweden. He has also studied with Professor Stanislav Ioudenitch at Oberlin Conservatory, where he also studied politics and literature.
This March, Noah will participate in the 2019 Sion International Piano Competition in Istanbul. In 2019, Noah was accepted into the Khachaturian International Piano Competition and the Tucumán International Piano Competition. Noah is a two-time prize-winner of the National YoungArts Foundation and was a finalist at the 2017 Yamaha USASU Young Artists International Senior Piano Competition.
He has been a regular recitalist for the Music Teachers’ Association of California’s Young Artists Guild. He has performed solo recitals at venues such as Steinway Hall of Beverly Hills, Chapman University, and the Westside Committee of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. As a concerto soloist, Noah has performed at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, California with the Vicente Chamber Orchestra, as well as with numerous other orchestras. In his home of California, he won the Christine Piper Plumb Grand Prize for best concerto in the state.
He has been fortunate enough to perform for and learn from such legendary artists and pedagogues as William Grant Nabore, Peter Frankl, Dang Thai Son, Claudio Martinez Mehner, Eliane Reyes, Hamish Milne, and Andreas Staier. Noah has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Tel-Hai International Piano Masterclasses, the Cooper Festival, and the Dino Ciani Academy.

 

November 2019 

President’s message

 

Dear Hollywood Branch Members,

FALL FESTIVAL RECAP:
I want to thank Grigor Akopyan for a beautifully run Fall Festival.  We all enjoyed listening to the students perform, from beginners to advanced, and then seeing them step forward to receive their certificate and flower as recognition. It is as always, a wonderfully, supportive environment to start the new academic year of performances.  Grigor’s daughter and son-in-law spent the day helping run the program.  Thank you to both, Anna and Stefan Ulubabyan.

WINTERFEST:

Our next event, the Winterfest competition, takes place on December 15, 2019 and the application deadline is November 15, 2019.  You will now be able to complete your student application and the teacher application summary form online.  The deadline for submitting your check remains the same – November 15. Your students will not be allowed to perform without payment of the application fees.

Our Winterfest will take place at a very special recital hall – the Cammilleri Hall on the USC campus. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to use this venue.  It is a world-class auditorium designed by Yasuhisa Toyota, the acoustician also responsible for the concert hall portion at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the New World Center. This is where musical performances, theatre, poetry readings and lectures take place. The hall is part of the “Brain and Creativity Institute” and is located near Vermont Ave at the Downey Entrance (and on the corner of McClintock Ave and Downey Way).  Ample street parking will be available, but there are parking lots available close by if you wish to pay for parking.

OCTOBER GENERAL MEETING RECAP:
Thank you to all those who attended the October General Meeting.  It was a productive and fun meeting. The minutes of this meeting is posted under the members Corner.

NEW EVENT ! – BAROQUE FESTIVAL:
At our October board meeting it was decided to add a non-competitive Baroque Festival to our schedule of events. This Festival will take place on the same day as the Bach Festival, April 5, 2020 at Pierre’s Fine Pianos on Pico Blvd. The Bach Festival will remain unchanged as a competitive event with registration through the SCJBF website.  Student applications for the Baroque Festival will however be done on our own branch website and will be based on the same fee schedule as the non-competitive Fall and Spring Festivals.  This will provide our students with another opportunity to fulfill the requirements for participation in the Achievement Awards Recital at the end of the year.

October 2019

President’s Message

I look forward to seeing you all at our first General Meeting of the new academic year!  The meeting will be focused on updating you on what is new and ongoing in our organization. You can access the minutes of our previous General Meetings on our website at:  www.mtachollywood.org , Members Corner, General Meeting Minutes with the branch password.

Please reserve the date and time:

General Meeting
Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 10am to 12noon
Lieschen Bierstedt Studio – 4745 Cromwell Ave, Los Angeles, Ca 90027

The month of September was busy.  Many of you attended one of the well-run CM Information Meetings to enable you to participate in CM in March 2020. Thanks to Dr. Sunyoung Lee for conducting  these meetings!

Our Finance Committee met and worked on creating a budget for our branch based on the financial and participation records of our various programs. After an analysis of these figures, the committee decided to recommend an increase in some of the program registration fees.  The proposal was voted on by the board and approved. The new fees are reflected on the Application Forms on our website:
www.mtachollywood.org , Members Corner, Application Forms.

Our website has been updated, so please refer to this site for any information that you need. Our web designer, Ed Klein is still working on creating an online student registration format for all our programs and our first run with this will be for our Winterfest Competition on December 15th (application deadline of November 15, 2019). We had hoped to have it ready for the Fall Recital in October, but slower and careful is always a good philosophy in starting something new!

We had a well-attended Program Chairs and Co-Chairs Meeting in September.  You will find a listing of the branch members who agreed to these positions on our website under this Home menu. They will be working hard to make it possible for your students to perform in our recitals and competitions. We always appreciate the help of all the participating teachers in running the program. If you are available to help, please let the Chair know.

Just a reminder that our CM registration is open from October 1 through October 31, 2019.

An event that you might want to attend this month, is:

SCJBF Complete Works Awards Concert on Saturday October 19, 2019 at 2pm,

Covenant Presbyterian Church, 607 E. 3rd Street, Long Beach 90802

This Awards Concert features performances by the  most outstanding students of the Southern California Junior Bach Festival.

And of course, our own Fall Recital follows on:

Sunday October 20 at Santa Monica Blvd Fenton Charter School

1022 N. Van Ness Ave. LA 90038

I look forward to seeing you at our General meeting and at many of these other events!

Lieschen Bierstedt, President

September 2019

President’s Message

 

I hope our members have had a wonderful summer and that each of your studios is brimming with enthusiastic and talented students😊.

I want to our thank our former president, Hasmik Kotelyan for two great years of productive work.  I hope to follow in her footsteps, but as always, it is a joint effort and I value everyone’s help and input.  I will be communicating with our members by email at the beginning of every month.  But the website remains your most detailed source of reference.

The board had its annual summer meeting in August and our calendar of events was tentatively established.  Please check this site for any updates or changes as we finalize our venues.

The board decided to redesign our “Members’ Corner” to create an online application process for our programs.  Our web designer, Ed Klein is in the process of establishing these application forms and it will hopefully be ready for our first event, the Fall Recital with an application deadline of    September 20, 2019.

Also under the “Members’ Corner” you will very soon find a downloadable Consent Form (along with the  usual Program Instruction page and the Application Forms).  We encourage all teachers to make use of this Consent Form which is recommended by the MTAC State Office.  It serves as a parent consent for their child to participate in MTAC programs, a waiver of liability as well as a media consent.  Teachers should keep one on file in their studio for each student.

The board also decided to schedule a meeting for all Program Chairs this year.  I hope we can all learn from one another at this meeting. The meeting will cover subjects such as online application retrieval, program design, judges selection etc.

I always value your feedback. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Lieschen Bierstedt
Hollywood Branch President 2019 – 2021

 

August 2019

President’s Message

Welcome to the start of the new academic year!  Our new Board of Directors is in the process of planning recitals and competitions, setting up budgets, planning speakers or performers to enhance our meetings and generally making sure this will be a productive year for us all.

We always appreciate input from of all our teachers and I hope that we will see many of our members at the scheduled meetings and events.

Lieschen Bierstedt

Hollywood Branch President, 2019 -20121

 

 

June 2019 

 

General Meeting

(the scheduled board meeting that was to follow, has been cancelled)

Thursday, June 6, 2019
10 am at the home of Lieschen Bierstedt
4745 Cromwell Avenue, Los Angeles, Ca 90027
Los Feliz area

Please come and join us. Our new Board of Directors will be introduced and installed, followed by a lecture/demonstration by Carl Matthes on the music of Bach (see details below).
The morning will conclude with a potluck lunch around the pool.
Please RSVP by Monday June 3, 2019
323-309-1603 (Hasmik Kotelyan)

LECTURE/DEMONSTRATION on 

21 CENTURY BACH

Presented by

Carl Matthes: Teacher, Pianist

 

Carl Matthes, a native of Los Angeles, began studying Bach in 1950 learning Inventions, Sinfonias and Suites. He remembers saving money to purchase harpsichordist Wanda Landowska’s LP vinyl recordings of the complete Well-Tempered Clavier and, in 1955, Glenn Gould’s recording of the “Goldberg Variations.” Eager to learn this music, he used these recordings to help form his understanding of Bach performance possibilities.

He also learned transcriptions of Bach organ works by Alexander Siloti (with whom his teacher, Earle Voorhies, studied) and Ferruccio Busoni while performing in a Master Class given by Bach expert, Rosalyn Tureck. In 1960, at USC with Lillian Steuber, she encouraged him to perform in a Master Class conducted by Juilliard’s Rosina Lhevinne, attend classes of harpsichordist Alice Ehlers (who founded SCJBF in 1961), lectures by Bach authority Karl Geiringer and to study in England with Ilona Kabos.

He has appeared as soloist with orchestra in Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, the Seattle Center Coliseum, with Josef Krips and the San Francisco Symphony while touring for 15 years on the Community Concerts Circuit. In England, he performed in Wigmore Hall, Lord Clive House and St. Martins-in-the-Fields as well as in Holland, Italy, Spain and Germany. He was a candidate for a Rockefeller Foundation grant to record the piano music of Aaron Copland and has appeared at three MTAC State Conventions as performer of and lecturer on contemporary American music. He has given many Master Classes, including for SCJBF. He was Executive Director of Southwestern Youth Music Festival for 29 years and SCJBF General Chair for 9 years.

Carl says, “Through my many years as a teacher, I have encouraged even my youngest students to learn Bach’s music, sharing my own understanding of practice techniques, tone, ornamentation, tempo, dynamics and pedaling.

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April 2019

event

 

  

   

J.S. Bach Master Class

Sunday, April 7, 2019

at 1pm

 

Steinway Hall, 8801 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hill, CA 90211

Bach Master Class presented by Jeffrey Lavner.

Jeffrey Lavner is Chair of the Piano Department at the Colburn School

of Performing Arts, Los Angeles, and Workshop Coordinator of

Keyboard Skills for Non-majors at the Colburn Conservatory.

Previously, he was an assistant lecturer at the University of Southern

California, as well as a faculty member at Santa Monica and Golden

West Colleges.

He holds a B.M. with performance honors from Syracuse University, and

M.M. from the University of Southern California, and has won numerous

professional awards. His earliest professional experiences were as a jazz

pianist. He now performs as both pianist and harpsichordist. He was the harpsichord player for

Harmonia Baroque 2001-2003 and for the Los Angeles Baroque Players 2003- present.

His piano studies were with Daniel Pollack, Milton Stern, George Pappastavrou, Bela Nagy, and

Gabriel Chodos and his harpsichord studies were with William Neil Roberts and Malcolm

Hamilton. He has performed at LACMA, the Norton Simon Museum, the Getty, and the Huntington Library.

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December 2018

President’s Message

The Winterfest 2018 was a beautiful event. We had some very nice performers. Our students grow musically and technically more and more at every event.

Thank you Zew Hong Lee, Dr. Sunyoung Lee, and Aroutioun Mikaelian for organizing the Winterfest. It was a delightful day. Congratulations to all the teachers whose students were chosen to receive a trophy or an Honorable Mention certificate.

I would like to let you know that our branch Bach Festival date has been changed to Sunday, February 10th at Steinway Hall, Beverly Hills. Please make a note of it.
The 2019 Sonata/Sonatina Competition, chaired by Armine Margaryan, will be held at the Los Angeles Valley College. Keep in mind the application deadline is December 20th. Visit our branch website for more information or send your questions to the chair, Armine Margaryan, via e-mail, arminemargaryan@rocketmail.com .

Happy Holidays to all.

Sincerely,
Hasmik Kotelyan

(allegrettoms@yahoo.com)

 

 

November 2018

President’s Message

We had a very nice meeting on October 14th.  Thank you to our members for coming and sharing your ideas and discussing our branch current and future events. Certificate of Merit registration is now over and entering repertoire is currently available on-line. The Winterfest Competition takes place on December 16th. Please, keep in mind that the application deadline is on November 16.  Mail your check and forms to the competition chair, Zew Hong Lee.

At the beginning of the new 2019, we have scheduled our Sonata/Sonatina competition. The new chair, Armine Margaryan, expects your application forms to be mailed to her by December 20 of this year. Thank you, Armine, for chairing the Sonata/Sonatina competition.

I hope you all have a nice Holiday season.

Regards,
Hasmik Kotelyan

(allegrettoms@yahoo.com)

 

October 2018

President’s Message

I hope you all are having a nice back to school season at your studios. I am sure you find it helpful to visit our branch website for the recital dates and CM deadlines in planning your studio’s participation. All recital dates and venues are now finalized and updated on the site thanks to our web master, Lieschen Bierstedt.

Our next event is the Winterfest. We have reserved the recital hall of the Los Angeles Valley College for December 16, 2018.

CM students’ enrollment is open also. Make sure you keep an eye on e-mails coming from our branch CM chair, Dr. Sunyoung Lee.

The first general meeting of this academic year is on Monday, October 15 at 10:00 am at my Hollywood studio. I am looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Regards,
Hasmik Kotelyan

(allegrettoms@yahoo.com)

 

September 2018

President’s Message

Welcome to the new 2018-19 academic year. I am excited to start the new year with our newly launched branch website.  This is a big accomplishment. Thank you Lieschen Bierstedt for your loyal dedication in creating it.  I would like to thank our board members too for their input in building an accurate and informative website. Now we will be able to access and download all recital and award forms directly from the website under the Members Corner Menu Item.

You will also be able to search and find answers regarding your obligations and advantages as a member under the Members Corner if you refer to the Hollywood Branch Standing Rules and Guidelines or the Branch Bylaws. I am sure you have already visited some of these pages and found it useful.  Please send me your thoughts and ideas.

The Newsletters will continue to be forwarded via email.  The first student event is the Fall Recital.  Please note the deadline for applications: Wednesday, September 26, 2018.  A note from our recital chair, Grigor Akopyan is included.

Please mark your calendars with the General Meeting dates. I hope many of you will attend these. Some of the recital dates will not be finalized until the venue contracts have been secured. The two CM meetings are at my Burbank studio. Please keep in mind that one of the meetings is required if you wish to submit any students to participate in CM 2019. There are no exceptions to this rule.

I am looking forward to seeing you at the CM and General meetings.

Regards,

Hasmik Kotelyan 

(allegrettoms@yahoo.com)

Summer 2018

President’s Message

Welcome to the launching of our MTAC Hollywood Branch website!  We are very proud to introduce to you, our branch, its members and the various activities that we offer.  We continue to build on our history of 62 years of excellence in music education.

The Hollywood Branch currently consists of 38 members who teach a variety of instruments and who have nurtured hundreds of students through their musical journeys. Our standards are high, and we provide numerous performance opportunities to encourage growth and musical development for our students.  We also take pride in providing a platform to display our students’ talents.

The Hollywood Branch offers a series of professionally run recitals and competitions throughout the academic year as well as a highly regarded annual evaluation program, the Certificate of Merit program, that is based on a set educational curriculum.

All these activities are made possible through the volunteer efforts of our teachers.  All programs and competitions are planned and conducted by our teachers – a major undertaking, but always done with student benefits in mind.

All the Calendar of Events dates on our website will be updated in August, when our new academic year swings into action.

I am proud to represent our branch as President, and I hope you will find what you need on our website.

Hasmik Kotelyan,

President