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Branch Newsletter – Nov 2015

MTAC Alameda County East


Su-Shan Chi, Branch President

Dear Teachers,


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!


Su-Shan Chi

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


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, and CM Co-Chair Velma Chan at A lot of information about CM is also available at your Teacher Home Page at the MTAC website (

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


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


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:


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:

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:


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.


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:

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To submit information, events, or advertisements for studio openings to our Branch Newsletters, send materials to Beth Tomlin ( by the 25th of each month. Thanks!

Beth Tomlin MTAC Alameda County East Newsletter Chair

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