MMAMTA Newsletter
January 2017 

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Greetings MMAMTA Members and Happy New Year!  I hope this finds you still enjoying time off with your families and celebrating all that the holiday season means to you.  There are lots of exciting things in store for 2017, so stay tuned for updates!
January Calendar

3 [Tue] MTNA Applications for the Affiliate, Teacher, Program Enrichment, Local Association Start-Up and Collegiate Chapter Grants are online and due 3 P.M.Eastern Time January 3, 2017. These grants are funded through MTNA FOUNDATION FUND. More information:

6-8 [Fri-Sun] MTNA West Central Competition. University of Colorado Boulder.

14-15 [Sat & Sun] MTNA Collegiate Chapters Piano Pedagogy Symposium at University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida

14 [Sat]   2:30pm Pre-Concert / 3pm: Odyssey Chamber Music Series: "Kids@Heart: Kindness & Diversity" - collaborative event with Children's Grove and Columbia Youth Choir. FREE ADMISSION. First Baptist Church, 1112 E. Broadway in Columbia. (Snow date: January 22, Saturday at 3pm)

16 [Mon]  MFMC Registration & Fee Junior District 2 (Columbia) DEADLINE.

16 [Mon]  7pm: Boone Historical Society Concert Series presents Peter Miyamoto and Ayako Tsuruta in a two-piano recital. Program TBA. Admission $20, $10 Students. Boone Museum & Galleries, 3801 Ponderosa in the South of Columbia off Nifong. (573) 443-8936 or

20 [Fri] 7:30pm: Vocal Recital of all Women Composers (including Cecil Chaminade, Clara Schumann, Alma Mahler, Lori Laitman, and more).  Dr. Anne Gross, soprano and Dr. Melissa Simons, piano.  Willie Mae Kountz Recital Hall on the CMU Campus (Fayette, MO)

22 [Sun]  3pm: MMAMTA Teacher's Recital. First Christian Church in Jefferson City. To volunteer to perform, please contact Carline Waugh ( MMAMTA semi-annual meeting after the concert, ca. 4pm.

29 [Sun]  3pm: Voice Faculty Concert including Janice Wenger, piano; featuring Julia Bentley, Christine Seitz, Steven Jepson and Steven Tharp, assisted by Alice Dade, flute and Rachel Menscher, piano. Admission $5. Whitmore Recital Hall at the MU School of Music.
January 2017 Teacher's Recital and Meeting

Our annual Teachers' Recital will take place on Sunday, January 22 (3:00 pm) at the First Christian Church in Jefferson City.  This recital will be followed by our January MMAMTA meeting.  Please consider performing either as a soloist or in collaboration with a colleague. It's a wonderful opportunity for our students to see us perform. Please contact Carline Waugh by January 8 if you are interested in performing on the program. (
Musicathon Update

A friendly reminder that the date has changed and the 2017 Musicathon will be held February 25-26. Please mark your calendars to reflect the change and see the attached advertisement.

The time request deadline for the 2017 Musicathon is coming up - February 1!  Please contact Tim Werts or Jan Houser with any questions.
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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