One of the great things about DVMTA is the variety of events that students can participate in. There is something for everyone, and Original Composition is an opportunity for pianists to grow their composing and performing skills. Students compose and record an original piece, and send it for evaluation. We were privileged to have Penni Scott use her talents to listen to and evaluate each composition and provide meaningful feedback. Over 100 students submitted compositions and performed at the Festival, which was held Saturday, November 18th and Sunday, November 19th at Southeast Valley Bible Church. Families and friends attended and heard some amazing compositions, and we cannot wait to see where these students' skills take them! We are thankful to the Original Composition committee, Buffie Meeker, Jessica Heidt and Joni Walker.
October 28, 2023, was a wonderful day for 461 young DVMTA pianists as they presented their pieces in the annual Music Marathon. Students prepared diligently and were rewarded with audiences showing their appreciation for their hard work. This year's locations for the event included Superstition Springs Mall, Southeast Valley Bible Church, Copper Springs Retirement Community, Clearwater at Agritopia, North Chandler Place, and Mirabella at ASU. This is a great opportunity for pianists to perform in public in relaxed environments. Twenty-seven teachers participated and helped prepare their students, and students showed up with smiles and even some costumes. Many thanks to the Music Marathon committee, Sharon Vance, Nancy Chase and Diana Palmer, and all others who helped make this day so amazing.
DVMTA loves to recognize students for their hard work and dedication to participating in DVMTA events. These students are recognized at our annual Awards Plus ceremony, which was held Monday, May 15, 2023 at Southeast Valley Bible Church in Gilbert. Sixteen students were awarded with Devoted Performers, which recognized them for participating in four out of the five DVMTA events each year, for three years out of five years. They were presented with trophies and monetary gifts. Three high school seniors were presented with Senior Scholarships, which awards them scholarship money based on their participation in DVMTA events over the years, and their involvement in school, church and community music programs. We love this opportunity to recognize this dedication and commitment to the learning of music. Their teachers and families were also recognized and thanked for all their support. Thanks to Jenna Hartley and Jenni Caddy for putting this wonderful evening together.
DVMTA held our annual Achievement Day at Mesa Community College on Saturday, May 13, 2023. We gathered in the Music Building, a wonderful facility, and students were able to display many of their achievements for the year. They were tested on Theory, Sight-Reading, Ear-Training, Composers and Duets. Students who chose the standard option played two pieces for an adjudicator, and one piece was memorized. Students who chose the expanded option played three pieces, all memorized, for an adjudicator. Hats off to all of the students and their teachers for their hard work. Many, many hours of practice goes into getting ready for an event like this. Thanks also to all the DVMTA teachers and helpers who made the day successful. A special thank you to the Achievement Day chair, Carolyn Rooder, and her committee, Lisa Wallace and Hillary Bitter.
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