Since the previous newsletter, DVMTA has wrapped up the year with several noteworthy events! In early November, several teachers and piano families converged on Organ Stop Pizza for a delightful fund-raising event! Sharing an evening of pizza and unforgettable entertainment with our piano families offered those who attended a unique opportunity to make some new connections! It was also satisfying to see the awe on the faces of first-time attenders when the mighty Wurlitzer went into action! An added bonus was that Organ Stop donated back $202 to our organization, which will fund two Devoted Performer awards this year!
A few weeks later, our Original Composition Festival took place thanks to Toni Tetreau, Debbie Engelsman and Jessica Heidt. And what an event it was! I have attended several of the composition recitals in the past, but I have to say that this was one of my favorites! I loved the venue and the compositions were better than ever! We continue to be so grateful to Penny Scott, our faithful evaluator, who gives each student the most amazing, thorough feedback year after year! The learning the students gain from participating in this event is phenomenal and well worth the preparation time!
In November, we also had our general meetingwhich included an extremely worthwhile presentation called “Power Up Practice” put together by our very own DVMTA members – Hollie Lunt, Kelli Riding, Joni Walker, Shannon Payne and Alayne Favreau. There was a wealth of information presented, and I know that everyone walked away with lots of new ideas that could be put immediately into practice! Thanks so much, ladies, for sharing all of these wonderful pearls of wisdom with us!
In early December, several of us met at Panera Bread for our December Luncheon. It was great to fellowship with old friends and new friends! I love this event, because it is such a great way to network with each other and share studio and life stories! Teaching piano is such a lonely profession, so it is wonderful to have a chance to meet informally with other people who understand our world! I’d like to give a shout out to Toni Tetreau who gave the event a special touch by providing adorable handmade ornaments for each participant and some fun door prizes as well!
Now, it is time to gear up for our next big events – Cavalcade, Awards in Excellence andAchievement Day! Just as you all have contributed to the success of our fall events, I am confident that you will support our spring events as well. You are all proving the truth in this year’s theme – “Individually we are one drop, but together we are an ocean”! The opportunities we provide for our students are priceless. Personally, I can’t fathom what teaching piano would be like without them! Hurray for DVMTA!
DVMTA President 2018-2019
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