DVMTA members were elated to gather in person for our annual April Brunch to celebrate another DVMTA year's success. What a year it has been, and we were grateful to visit in a social gathering. The brunch was held at Toni Tetreau's home, where we enjoyed delicious food and wonderful companionship. DVMTA President, Lori Weidemann, spent time thanking DVMTA Board Members, Committees and individual members for all the hard work to make this year happen. Despite many challenges related to COVID-19, DVMTA was able to adapt and carry on. Whether in person, virtually, or a combination of both, all of our Student Events and General Meetings were able to be held, and were successful. Thank you to all! Thanks also, to the April Brunch Committee, Wendi Heslop and Amy King, for a wonderful morning.
DVMTA teachers and students were excited and grateful to be able to participate in this event, after last year's Awards in Excellence was canceled due to COVID-19. Auditions were held on April 10th, and the Winners Recital was held on April 24th, both at Hammer & Strings Conservatory in Gilbert. We were so thankful to have a venue willing to host, and judges willing to meet in person, with safety protocols, so that this event could be held. Students were well-prepared, and delivered amazing performances. Thank you to all participating teachers and students. Even those who are not awarded are able to learn and grow from their preparation and performance. Thank you to the Awards in Excellence Chair, Lorri McHardy, and her committee members, Yali Luo and Hong Zhu, for a job well done!
Students waiting to audition
The Winners Recitals
Janeen Noble Outstanding Music Student Award
At the 3:45 pm recital, the Janeen Noble Outstanding Music Student Award was presented to Arella Payne, student of Claire Westlake. Arella exemplifies the combination of musicianship and service that Janeen lived. Arella plays both piano and violin, and is involved in school, church and community music, as well as teaching piano herself. Congratulations to this deserving student for all her hard work, practice and service to others.
What a wonderful, busy, exciting time of the year it is! The final weeks of the school year still hold Awards in Excellence Winners Recitals, April Brunch, Achievement Day, and the Awards Plus recognition ceremony. I hope that you will find a few moments to recognize and congratulate each of your students for their efforts and accomplishments, great or small. I have challenged myself to find new ways to do just that. Instead of saying “good job”, I say:
I invite you to join us at the April Brunch on April 30th! It is our last General Meeting of the school year and will not have a Zoom option, given the nature of the event. Details are in this newsletter and on the DVMTA website. The brunch is a great time for members to take some moments to relax, connect and share ideas, and celebrate our successes ---which have been many! I can’t thank enough those who have served and volunteered and helped in any way to make our events and organization run so smoothly. You make DVMTA what it is, and every moment of time you give is greatly appreciated! Thank you!
Lori Weidemann, DVMTA President
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DVMTA members and friends gathered either online or in person at Hammer & Strings Conservatory in Gilbert for our last General Meeting of this year. We were privileged to hear from Dr. Karali Hunter, owner and founder of Hammer & Strings Conservatory. Dr. Hunter discussed "Sound in Motion" as she worked with three students of DVMTA teachers. Each student performed and Dr. Hunter helped each to further develop their motion skills to enhance sound, and to invite the audience into the performance. In just a short amount of time, such a difference was seen and heard in each student's ability technical skills, and in their ability to create imagery and expression. Thank you to Dr. Hunter for sharing her skills and knowledge and for connecting with these students in a personal and amazing way.
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