Awards Plus recognizes outstanding DVMTA students for their commitment to DVMTA Events. Students are required to participate in four out of five events, for three out of five years. It's an accomplishment indeed, and these students deserve all the recognition they receive. This year there were 10 Devoted Performers, as well as 1 Senior Scholarship recipient. This graduating Senior was awarded for her outstanding musical achievements, and dedication to DVMTA. Thank you to Lorri McHardy and all teachers who participated. It's a wonderful event to celebrate!
For the second year, the venue for Achievement Day was at MCC's Performing Arts Center. Students came to be tested and evaluated in the areas of Theory, Sight Reading, Ear Training, Composers, Technique, Duets and Composition, as well as playing memorized pieces for DVMTA Evaluators. This is always a great day to celebrate all that has been accomplished this past year for students, as well as teachers. A dedicated 195 students participated from 25 studios. A grateful thank you to Carolyn Rooder and Beth Christensen, and to all the amazing DVMTA teachers who helped with so much for this day.
Students performed wonderfully for testing and evaluations!
Awards in Excellence Auditions were held Sat. April 14, 2018 at AZ Piano. There were 104 students from 15 DVMTA Teachers who auditioned, a dramatic increase from the past few years! What a success! The students came prepared with two memorized pieces from DVMTA's Repertoire List and performed for Adjudicators. There were 37 winners who performed in one of two Winners Recitals, Sat. April 21st at AZ Piano. Thank you to Alayne Favreau for organizing the event and being a fabulous cheerleader, and to her committee, Fei Xu, Hong Zhu, Wendi Heslop and Sara Pratt and other helpers. Congratulations to all who auditioned, and to the winners!
The Winners Recital
DVMTA was very pleased to present the Janeen Noble Outstanding Music Student Award to Ruby Norman, student of Melissa Hogue.
The Dress Rehearsal
With much anticipation students arrived at Mesquite High School in Gilbert for Saturday morning Dress Rehearsals. Students were instructed where to sit and how to move onstage with their group, and they had a little fun in the process!
The Performance for the 33rd Annual Cavalcade of Rhythm
With even more anticipation the shows began Saturday evening! Two performances featuring students and teachers entertained family members and guests and displayed fabulous duet skills. The Sounds of the Circus were everywhere under the big top, and our Ringmaster, Charles, and special guests Jimbo the Clown and Bethany kept us on the edges of our seats. Our drummer, Keith Palmer, helped us keep the rhythm, as nine groups of students and teachers performed and had a blast! Special recognition was given to longtime DVMTA member, Linda Carpenter. Heartfelt thanks to the Cavalcade Committee, Hollie Lunt, Joni Walker, Charles Newton, Kelli Riding and Heidi Morris, and all DVMTA members who helped make this event successful!
Waiting for the show to begin
Waiting backstage for each group's turn
The performers and entertainers
Thank you to the Cavalcade Committee!
And thank you to all DVMTA members and helpers!
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