The challenges of the past year have caused us to adapt to the times and circumstances we are in, and DVMTA members have been up to the task of reimagining our Student Events. Cavalcade has always been an exciting time for students to gather in groups and perform duet ensembles, with as many as 15 pianos onstage. This year looked much different, but thanks to our talented and innovative Cavalcade Committee, the show was able to go on. This year's performance occurred virtually, with students and teachers submitting their "Rock On!" themed pieces with a digital recording. Sara Pratt, head of the Cavalcade Committee, compiled the recordings and put together an amazing video performance, which was released on YouTube. Sara and her committee, Carolyn Eldredge and Yuerong Gong, deserve much thanks, for their hours of dedication to this project and event. Similarly, teachers deserve a huge thanks for helping their students learn and record their pieces, with most even playing along. Great job, everyone!
Young DVMTA composers brought their musical ideas to life through the annual Composition Festival. Each participating student composed and notated their piece, then submitted a recording of themselves playing the piece. Each piece was then evaluated by Penni Scott, who has been a wonderful friend to DVMTA for many years, and has contributed so much to our developing DVMTA composers. Students were then able to participate in one of two Festival recitals, either virtually, or in person at Southeast Valley Bible Church, and each recital participant received a medal. Congratulations to these dedicated musicians, and many thanks to their devoted teachers, and to the Original Composition Committee: Claire Westlake, Debbie Engelsman, and Jessica Heidt.
DVMTA students were amazing as they performed at Music Marathon. Some participated virtually by sending videos of themselves playing their selected pieces, while others participated in person by performing in front of a small and distanced audience at one of our two venues. The locations included Superstition Springs Mall and Southeast Valley Bible Church, and we were thrilled to have so many participate, 230 in all! These wonderful students shared their music enthusiastically, and with great energy, and demonstrated that despite the challenges we have, there are still opportunities to connect, and to make memories together. Many thanks to our Music Marathon Committee: Charles Newton, Lori Kaye Faler and Diana Palmer.
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