Branch Newsletter – Nov 2015
MTAC Alameda County East
Su-Shan Chi, Branch President
Two months have passed since the beginning of the school year and quite a few events have also taken place at Alameda County East Branch. September Social/Young Artist Guild Recital, CM Information Meeting, October lecture with William Wellborn and Branch Student Recital all took place within the past two months. For upcoming events, on November 7, we will have our Intermediate Master Class with Roy Bogas at Las Positas College. On December 5, students will present a Teen Community Service Recital for the senior residents at the Heritage Estates in Livermore. If you and your students haven't had a chance to come and participate in one of our activities, please check into our calendar of events and come join the fun.
Besides having our planned activities, this month is especially exciting for our branch as we look forward to the launch of our new branch website! Please watch for upcoming announcements when our website is ready for you to view and visit. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please let me or any of the board members know. Your participation and involvement with the branch will make our branch an even more inviting and fun place to be!
Wish you and yours a very early and Happy Thanksgiving!
Upcoming Branch Events
Nov 7 : Intermediate Master Class
Nov 14 : Del Valle Fine Arts Series: Richard Cionco, piano
Nov 24 : Registration Deadline: Teen Outreach Recital
Dec 5 : Teen Community Service Recital
Jan 11 : Lecture with Dr. Gwendolyn Mok
Jan 30 : Branch Recital
Feb TBA : VOCE recital, competition and Master Class combined.
Feb 20-21 : CM Theory Testing
Mar 5-6 : CM Performance Evaluations
Mar 12 : CM Branch Honors Recitals
Apr 11 : Lecture with Dr. Robert Bowman
Apr 23 : Branch Recital: ensemble
May TBA : May Luncheon
May 21 : Teen Community Service Recital
CERTIFICATE OF MERIT
Su-Shan Chi and Velma Chan, CM Branch Co-Chairs
Certificate of Merit 2016 Registration Completed
CM registration period for 2016 just ended on October 31. Our branch has 682 students registered this year for CM evaluations in piano, strings, flute, and voice. As a reminder, here are the CM testing dates for 2016:
February 20-21 : Theory Tests
March 5-6 : Performance Evaluations
March 12 : Branch Honors Recital
Database for entering repertoire and evaluation information online will be open from January 2- January 31.
If you have any questions regarding CM, please email our CM Branch Chair Su-Shan Chi at firstname.lastname@example.org, and CM Co-Chair Velma Chan at email@example.com. A lot of information about CM is also available at your Teacher Home Page at the MTAC website (www.mtac.org).
11/7 Intermediate Master Class
Saturday, November 7th at 2:30pm
Michelle Rank, VP of Programs
Pianist Roy Bogas will conduct an Intermediate Master Class For CM levels 4 – 7 at:
The Black Box Theater Building 4000
3000 Campus Hill Drive
Livermore, CA 94551
This event will be co-hosted by the MTAC Alameda East Branch and Las Positas College. The class is open to students of our branch, and the general public is welcome to come and observe.
Master class participants get a unique chance to work with a highly respected performing artist in a professional environment. Please invite your students and their parents to attend this inspiring program!
About Roy Bogas
Roy Bogas is a pianist of international renown, debuting with the San Francisco Symphony at age 14. At age 19, he became the accompanist for violinist Yehudi Menuhin, playing over a hundred concerts with him throughout North and South America. A student of Ada Clement, Adolph Baller, Hedwig Rosenthal and Rosina Lhevinne, Mr. Bogas received piano training in New York and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
In 1962 he was a prizewinner at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, making his New York and London debuts the following year. In addition to recital work, Mr. Bogas has performed as soloist with virtually every orchestra in California, as well as many others across the United States and abroad. He is also principal solo pianist for San Francisco Ballet and Diablo Ballet. Currently a member of the music faculty at Holy Names College, he is very active as a chamber music performer. Roy is the founder and director of the MasterGuild Series of professional chamber music, as well as the Gualala Summer Festival of Chamber Music.
Other Branch Lecture/Presentations coming up:
Lecture by Dr. Gwendolyn Mok
When: January 11, 2016, 10AM- 11:30AM Where: Music Exchange , 7704 Dublin Blvd, Dublin
Lecture by Dr. Robert Bowman on Improvisation
When: April 11, 2016, 10AM- 11:30AM Where: Music Exchange, 7704 Dublin Blvd, Dublin
12/5 TEEN COMMUNITY SERVICE RECITAL
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 7:00PM Heritage Estates Retirement Community, 900 E Stanley Blvd, Livermore, CA 94550
Milen Varimezov, Recitals Chair
This recital is open to teenage students. Each student will receive a certificate for four hours of community service. Students will perform in front of audience of seniors.
A reminder regarding the upcoming teen recital: The administrators at the senior center asked us to keep the program within one hour. Therefore, we might not be able to accept all student applications if the program exceeds one hour. Applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please, submit your students' applications early to ensure a spot in the program for your student. You can find an application on form download page of our website.
Please inform the parents that seating for parents will not be provided.
Repertoire guidelines are same as with our branch student recitals, but your students can choose also Christmas songs and other holiday music, play in duets or other ensemble forms, or perform their own pieces.
Application Deadline: November 25, 2015
Please download the application form for more information.
Upcoming Branch Recitals this year:
Jan 30 : Format TBA
Feb 7 : VOCE recital, competition and Master Class combined.
Apr 23 : Ensemble Recital
May 21 : Teen community service recital at Heritage Estates
VOCE REGIONAL AUDITIONS FEBRUARY 7 – Register Now
Ewen Tsai, VOCE Chair
VOCE Regional Auditions will be on Feb.7, 2016 from 11:00-4:00 at the San Francisco Community Music Center at 544 Capp Street, San Francisco.
Registration is open on November 1-30. Please login into the new MTAC website to register: new.mtac.org.
BRANCH TRAVELING LIBRARY and PROJECTOR RENTAL
Kayo Hsu, Librarian
Our branch has many collections of books, CDs and CM materials for our members to check out. Each item can be borrowed for one month at a time, and can be extended up to three months. CM theory tests and sight-reading booklets are limited to two weeks and cannot be extended. Check out location: at branch general meeting site or Kayo Hsu’s home. If checking out from Kayo’s home, you will need to email her ahead of time on the name of items and the date to pick up. Kayo Hsu: firstname.lastname@example.org
Projector for Rent
Our Branch has a projector (Epson, LCD Projector,VS210) for our members to rent for a short period of time. If you’re interested in renting, please contact Kayo Hsu. Kayo Hsu: email@example.com
11/10 FREE PIANO CONCERT at LAS POSITAS
Pianist Gustavo Romero, currently on the faculty at the University of North Texas, will perform a FREE CONCERT at the Mertes Center for the Performing Arts at Las Positas College on Tuesday, Nov 10th, at 7:00pm. The program will focus on Schubert. ADMISSION IS FREE.
11/14 DEL VALLE FINE ARTS CONCERT SERIES AT THE BANKHEAD
Location: Bankhead Theater, Livermore
JoAnn Koopman, Del Valle Fine Arts
Pianist Richard Cionco, a friend of our MTAC and master class presenter last year, will be playing on November 14, 2015, Saturday 8pm at the Bankhead Theater. He will perform Prelude in B Minor by J.S. Bach/Alexander Siloti; Kreislerianna, Op.16 by Robert Schumann; Six Postcards by Richard Cionco; Odeon by Ernesto Nazareth; Danzas Argentinas by Alberto Ginastera.
As always, students are free with one adult ticket, and subscribers receive a 20% discount for a subscription to all 5 concerts.
Subscriptions and tickets can be purchased
in person: ticket office, 2400 First St., Livermore
by phone: 925.373.6800 web site: www.bankheadtheater.org
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To submit information, events, or advertisements for studio openings to our Branch Newsletters, send materials to Beth Tomlin (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the 25th of each month. Thanks!
Beth Tomlin MTAC Alameda County East Newsletter Chair