KMTA held its end of year meeting May 17, 2017. Highlights of this meeting were the presentation of Brandon Amison’s student, Kevin Xu recipient of the Mansfield Gold Medal Theory Award. In order to receive this award, the student must have received theory test medals from 4th grade through 12th grade. It is quite an accomplishment! For his efforts, Kevin received $200 plus a framed certificate and trophy. Congratulations goes out to Kevin and his teacher for this accomplishment.
The new officers for the upcoming year were installed at this meeting. Pictured (left to right) Katherine Kelly (1st Vice-President) , Sarah Rybiki, (Secretary), Carolina Tong (Treasurer), Alina Uddin (2nd Vice-President), and Kathleen Daugherty (President).
Since this was the end of year meeting the KMTA membership enjoyed a luncheon at Peter Chang’s Restaurant. It was a wonderful opportunity to network and visit!
The general monthly KMTA meeting took place April 19, 2017. Highlights of the meeting were reports from several committees including, Original Composition Committee, State Theory Committee and Spring Festival Committee. The original composition chair, Kathleen Daugherty, reported that one student from the studio of Rebecca Combs participated and received Honorable Mention. The State Theory Chair, Nancy Stevenson, reported that 273 students took the test out of which 163 were gold medals, 69 Silver and 33 bronze. The Spring Festival Chair, Linda Bryan, reported that 17 teachers enrolled 175 students for the Spring Festival, of which, 163 performed. Judges this year commented on the excellent quality of the student’s performances.
Following the meeting, KMTA members received some professional development:
“Reflecting What’s Right in Your Playing: An Introduction to Mirror Practice”, by Michael Clark, University of Houston.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017, the Katy Music Teacher’s Association had the privilege of attending a Master Class on Frederic Chopin. After the regular business meeting, Krume Andreevski (see bio below) presented a piano class with 3 of KMTA’s students. All three girls were working on Chopin pieces. Selections for the KMTA master class were: Waltz in a minor Op. Post, No. 17 performed by Jade Kamoun; Waltz in b minor, Op. 69, No. 2 performed by Janet Wu and Polonaise in A Flat Op. Posth. performed by Tiffany Zhang. It was a very enjoyable and enlightening presentation. Thank you to our 1st Vice President in charge of programs, Tobin Wright for organizing this master class.
Krume Andreevski holds piano performance degrees from he University of Houston (Doctorate), Lynn University (Masters) and Ss. Cyril and Methious University (Bachelors). He has received many honors and won events in International Music Competitions. Among these are: Interfest – Bitola, Macedonia, 2005 (1st Place); Ar Flores Concerto Competition, Ft. lauderdale, FL 2007 (1st place); Chautauqua Music Festival Piano Competition, Chautauqua, NY 2010 (2nd Place); Rovere d’Oro San Bartolomeo, Italy, 2000 (3rd Place); Vojislav Vuckovic, Belgrade, Serbia 2005 (2nd place).
Krume is a dedicated piano teacher and has given piano and music instruction in the Houston area since 2008. He has worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Houston; as an adjunct music instructor at Lone Star College (North Harris); and as a music director in a private music school.
The Katy Music Teachers Association held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. After the regular business meeting, the members received some professional development with a presentation by Dr. Carolyn True from Trinity University. Her topic was ” Collaborations for Pianists”. Thank you to Tobin Wright for making the arrangements.
KMTA would like to congratulate the boys that performed Saturday, February 4, 2017 at our Boy’s Recital. The performances were enjoyed by everyone that attended. Thank you to Catherine Tetrault for organizing this event for KMTA.
KMTA students performed a wide variety of both Christmas and secular music at the Winter Musicale. There were 84 students performing with many performing in duets and one trio! In fact, the Association had to separate the students into 3 recitals!!! Always a good problem to have when you have “too many” students that want to participate. This was also an opportunity for several students to perform in an ensemble. KMTA teachers want to encourage the students to perform in our State Ensemble this coming June, hence the duets and trio. The recital numbers were well prepared and were enjoyed by all!!
A huge thanks goes out to Kay Lowry and the Sonatina Committee for another successful year with the Sonatina Festival. This year KMTA’s Festival was hosted once again by the Kingsland Baptist Church. The event was held November 5, 2016 with 169 students enrolled and 154 that actually performed! Here are some pictures from behind the scenes! Thank you to all the KMTA teachers whose students participated and those teachers who volunteered to be monitors, etc. We also want to express our appreciation to our judges, Dr. Cho, Rick Valentine, Cheryl Marshall and Pamela York.