Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023 was our Cavalcade performance day. The day began with a dress rehearsal at Skyline High School in Mesa, where the performance was also held. Excitement was in the air as the students had the opportunity to check out the performance venue and rehearse on stage in their groups. Whether it was their first Cavalcade performance, or whether they have participated in numerous Cavalcades, students were all smiles as they prepared for the evening's performance. Teachers and volunteers also enjoyed the morning, and shared moments of fun and laughter.
Cavalcade season has arrived! Students have been rehearsing their duets, and began gathering together in their groups to practice together. The "Pirate Partners" met on one of two evenings each week for three weeks in February. The Music Store hosted the rehearsals, and we are grateful for their hospitality. Beginning students through advanced students gave it their all, and got used to playing with the members of their group while following their director. Teachers, students and families have been preparing for months, and we are so excited to get this event going!
DVMTA's annual Composition Festival was held Saturday, Nov. 19th and Sunday, Nov. 20th at Southeast Valley Bible Church. Two recitals were held Saturday, and one recital was held Sunday. Young composers performed the pieces they had previously composed, notated, recorded, and submitted for evaluation. We were amazed at the talent and creativity, and were so pleased with the progress each student made. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to explore their creativity, and to develop music writing skills. Many thanks to the teachers and parents who supported and helped these students, and to Penni Scott for her constructive and encouraging evaluations. Thanks also to the Original Composition Festival committee: Buffie Meeker, Jessica Heidt and Debbie Engelsman.
The first student event of the new year, Music Marathon, was a huge success! Hundreds of students from the valley performed at various locations during this all day piano recital. This year's venues included Superstition Springs Mall, Southeast Valley Bible Church, and Copper Springs Retirement Community. A virtual option was included. Some students dressed in Halloween costumes, while others took a casual or classy approach. All performed so well, and made their families and teachers proud. We love this fun fall event, and we appreciate all the community support these students receive. Many thanks to the Music Marathon Committee, Sharon Vance, Nancy Chase, and Diana Palmer.
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