MMAMTA Newsletter
September 2016

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Greetings MMAMTA Members!  It is an exciting time to see students return from summer and get back into the swing of things.  Our MMAMTA calendar is full of wonderful events for the upcoming academic year.  I hope you will take full advantage of all MMAMTA/MMTA/MTNA has to offer for you as a part of your membership.

A few orders of business:  Due to my recent marriage and name change, please note my new email address (  Also, a huge thank you to Jan Houser (and Steve) for hosting our Fall Workshop on August 27! Jessica Johnson was a wonderful presenter and I think I can safely say we all learned a lot from her!

MMAMTA Handbook

The MMAMTA Handbook is ready!  It will be available on the website as of September 1.  A huge thank you goes to Shoko Nelson for all of the many hours of help she put into the editing/finalization of this handbook!
September Calendar
  • 7 [Wed]  Deadline for CMU Vocal/Piano Workshop
  • 8 [Thurs]  MMTA District Auditions deadline (Sept 1 for St. Louis)
  • 12 [Mon]  7:30 pm MU Faculty Recital: Dan Willett and Natalia Bolshakova. Whitmore Recital Hall, MU Campus.
  • 18 [Sun]  MMAMTA Preview Recitals: Our Savior's Lutheran Church (JC) - Jan Houser, chair. Columbia College (Columbia) - Judith Shaw, chair.
  • 18 [Sun]  3pm MU Faculty Recital:  Iskander Akmadullin and Natalia Bolshakova.  Whitmore Recital Hall, MU Campus.
  • 21 [Wed]   Central Methodist University (CMU) Vocal/Piano High School Invitational Workshop
  • 21 [Wed]  Deadline for Women's Symphony League/ MOSS Fall Piano Showcase Auditions
  • 24-25 [Sat-Sun]  MMTA District Auditions at Columbia College
  • 25 [Sun]  3 pm MU Faculty Recital All Mozart Series: Julie Rosenfeld, violin and Janice Wenger, fortepiano. Whitmore Recital Hall; MU School of Music in Columbia, MO
  • 30 [Fri]  7:30 pm MU Faculty Series: Peter Miyamoto in piano recital.  Whitmore Recital Hall; MU School of Music in Columbia, MO.  Program to include: Mozart Piano Sonata in B-flat Major K. 570, Schubert Four Impromptus D. 899 (Op. 90), and Schumann Kreisleriana
CMU Piano/Vocal Invitational Workshop

The Swinney Conservatory of Music at Central Methodist University is hosting an Invitational Piano and Vocal Solo Workshop for high school students on September 21, 2015.  The workshop is designed for outstanding high school students who are preparing for district competition.  The workshop will be divided into sessions in the areas of piano and vocal solo preparation and critique, piano master classes, and vocal classes with work on diction and interpretation.  Collaborative coaching will also be available for piano and vocal duos. This is excellent "practice" for district competition! The deadline for registration has been extended to Wednesday, September 7; please register here. Feel free to contact Melissa ( or Susan ( for more information.
Membership Renewal Reminder!

This is your last reminder for membership renewals. Click here to renew your membership.
Piano Day @ MU!

Piano Day at MU is scheduled for Saturday, October 8.  This event is geared towards highschool students and consists of masterclasses, concerts, and workshops! See schedule at bottom of newsletter.

The deadline to register is September 26, 2016. For questions, please contact Dr. Janice Wenger at

Click here to register. 
Brainstorming for Fall 2017 Workshop

Even though we just closed the books on our Fall 2016 workshop, it's never to early to start thinking ahead! We would like to apply for an MTNA matching grant in January, but this application is due just days after our January meeting.  Receiving this grant will allow us to potentially bring in a large name in the field.  If you have any ideas of who you might want to invite, please send them to Melissa ( or Tim (
Do you have an event or an announcement you would like to share with the group?  
Email me a week before the end of the month and I will include it in the next newsletter!
All the best,

Melissa Loehnig Simons
MMAMTA President
Assistant Professor of Piano and Theory
Central Methodist University
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