DVMTA honors Devoted Performers who have a special commitment to DVMTA events, and who participate in at least 4 events for 3 out of 5 years. They are honored at Awards Plus with a trophy and cash prize. Also honored are Senior Scholarship Recipients. These are high school seniors who have spent many years participating in DVMTA events, and who have been involved musically in school and in the community. This year 9 Devoted Performers were awarded, and there was 1 Senior Scholarship recipient. Congratulations to them and to their teachers for their dedication! The awards ceremony was held at Legacy Retirement Residence in Mesa. Thank you to Carolyn Eldredge and Keisha Weight for organizing this inspiring evening!
This year's Senior Scholarship recipient, Courtney Walker and her teacher (and mom), Joni
Achievement Day this year was held at the newly renovated MCC Music Building, and was a great success! We had 175 students participate in evaluations by our DVMTA teachers, in the areas of performance, technique, theory, sight reading, ear training, duets, composers and composition. Students brought their honed skills and their enthusiastic attitudes as they were tested and given constructive critique. We love ending the year on this high note, with so much being achieved by students and teachers alike. There's a lot to do, so thank you to all teachers who helped, and to the committee, Buffie Meeker, Lori Weidemann and Lisa Wallace.
Excellence. A term I have often looked upon in recent times as being a goal that doesn’t seem to hold the same value as in days past. I get frustrated when dealing with customer service reps who don’t seem to understand their own products. I get disillusioned when I experience professionals taking questionable shortcuts. I get disappointed when I see the all-mighty dollar taking front seat to things that are in the best interest of people. I get disheartened by students who continually fail to put forth effort to make even adequate progress. But inevitably, something comes along that restores my faith in people’s innate ability to strive toward excellence. This past month, my wake-up call was my attendance at this year’s Awards in Excellence recitals. The event is aptly named because the students’ performances were indeed excellent! I was truly in awe of not only the performances themselves, but the dedication and countless hours that students must have spent in preparation for the event! I’m so happy that DVMTA has the opportunity to participate in and award this level of excellence. The students are definitely deserving!
In addition, as I am pondering what excellence means, I am reminded of all of the people who have shared their time and talents with the organization this year! I have had the pleasure to work with some amazingly excellent people who have spent countless hours bringing you wonderful events for your students to participate in this year. Nearly 100% of our members have done something to help our organization thrive this year. I doubt that many organizations can boast that! I am so proud to be a member of this organization! In my book, anyway, DVMTA is……EXCELLENT!!!!
DVMTA President – 2018-2020
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DVMTA's last General Meeting of the year is the April Brunch. We love getting together to enjoy good food and to reminisce about the events and activities this past year. It's also a time to finish preparations for the upcoming Achievement Day. This year's Brunch was excellent, and it was a great time for all. President Carolyn Rooder spent time thanking all who served on this year's committees, and all members who helped during the year. She gave a special tribute and presented a gift to Alayne Favreau, one of our dedicated members, who is leaving our organization to serve a religious mission for her church. She will be missed! Thank you to Corinne Walker and all who helped to make the morning wonderful!
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