Job Opening - Position: Assistant Director of Camp Levine

Reports to: Director of Camp Levine

Job Summary: Working as a team with the Director of Camp Levine, the Assistant Director prepares for and helps to implement Camp Levine, one of the largest and most successful music day camps in the Mid-Atlantic region. During the camp season, the Assistant Director serves as the site director of the Upton Street location.

For application details, click HERE.

VMTA Valley District Auditions

VMTA Valley District Auditions are scheduled for Saturday, May 13th, 2017 in the Forbes Center at James Madison University. Applications and guidelines are available in the VMTA Yearbook (pages 14 & 15). The application fee is $25, with checks made payable to VMTA (checks must be included with the application). The deadline for applications is Friday, April 21st. Please send applications to Dr. Lori Piitz, 1045 Sherwood Court, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. For more information, contact Lori Piitz (


VMTA Valley District Auditions

VMTA Valley District Auditions are scheduled for Saturday, May 14th, 2016 in the Forbes Center at James Madison University. Applications and guidelines are available in the VMTA Yearbook. The application fee is $25, with checks made payable to VMTA (checks must be included with the application). The deadline for applications is Friday, April 22nd. Please send applications to Dr. Lori Piitz, 1045 Sherwood Court, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

For more information, contact Lori Piitz (

The Virginia/North Carolina Chapter of
the National Society of Arts and Letters
announces the 2016 Shirley Rabb Winston Vocal Scholarship

Awards include a first prize of $10,000 and other cash awards. Entrants must be US Citizens, 16-22 years of age.

Go to for additional information and application materials.

Applications are due February 1, 2016. Send them to:
Johanna B Chase
400 Wellington Drive
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

2015 MTNA National Conference

For information about the March 21–25, 2015 MTNA National Conference in Las Vegas, please click HERE.

VMTA Theory/Sight Reading Testing and District Auditions -- Spring, 2015

VMTA Theory/Sight Reading Testing for the Harrisonburg, VA and surrounding area will be given by the Harrisonburg Music Teachers Association (HMTA) chapter on Saturday, March 7th, 2015 beginning at 9 a.m. in Room 318 in the Music Building at James Madison University. For application, email Dr. Pat Brady at and request a Theory/Sight Reading Testing Application. Application deadline is February 13th, 2015. Guidelines for theory and sight reading test levels can be found in the VMTA Yearbook. The fees for theory and sight reading testing combined is $23. (check made to HMTA). Application may be sent electronically. Fees may be paid at the test site, before testing begins.

VMTA Valley District Auditions are scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2015, in the Forbes Center at James Madison University. Applications and guidelines are available in the VMTA Yearbook. The application fee (checks made to VMTA, is $20., and must be included with the application. The deadline for applications, sent to Dr. Pat Brady, 671 Confederacy Drive, Penn Laird, VA 22846, is Friday, April 24th, 2015. For more information, contact Pat Brady.

2014 MTNA National Conference


MTNA is headed to Chicago for the 2014 MTNA National Conference! The Conference will take place March 22–26, and MTNA would love the help of our State and Local affiliates in promoting the conference to members.

MTNA has put together a promo packet to download for affiliates which includes:

  • Applicable promotional Facebook and Twitter updates
  • A conference logo
  • Conference content for newsletters

To download the packet, simply click HERE and then scroll down to "Download Promo Packet."

MTNA is happy to provide whatever we can to help promote the conference to State and Locals, so feel free to contact Marketing & Public Relations Associate Chad Schwalbach at if you have any questions or promotional needs.

Call for Participation:
“The Intersection of Jazz and Classical Music”
– a piano festival and competition

When: June 24-28, 2013

Where: West Virginia University School of Music, Morgantown, WV

The WVU School of Music Keyboard area seeks proposals that would address the 2013 Festival topic, “The Intersection of Jazz and Classical Music.” Sessions of interest for pianists on jazz, classical music, or both, study and performance at all levels are welcome. There are three components to this summer festival:

  1. piano competitions (jazz and classical, high school and college)
  2. special guests in concert, master classes, and workshops
  3. Invited papers, lecture-recitals, workshops

Proposals may include improvisation, historical context, specific composers, specific works, performance for mixed media, opportunities for innovation in teaching and in performing, and today’s job market in the areas of both jazz and classical piano. Submissions will be evaluated by the WVU keyboard faculty based on the likelihood of attracting interest (student, teacher or public) and the feasibility of the project. Our target audience will be students (high school and college), private teachers, public school teachers, college teachers and music lovers.

Deadline for proposal: January 31, 2013

Session proposals must include the following:

  1. Session title and 250-word abstract
  2. 75-word bio for each presenter (Word)
  3. 75-word session description (Word)
  4. Publicity photo for each presenter
  5. Presentation requirements in addition to grand piano:

Lectern __________
LCD Projector __________
Document camera __________
Sound system (CD or MP3) __________
Music Stand __________
Other __________

Send to Dr. Christine Kefferstan


Decisions will be made by March 1, 2013. More information on the festival can be found at:

Three-Day Grant Workshop at Virginia Tech

Master the techniques of writing superior and winning proposals
October 30 - November 1, 2012, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Virginia Tech - Blacksburg, Virginia.
Sponsored by the Grant Training Center

This intensive three-day grant proposal workshop is geared for: 1) those who wish to strengthen their grant writing skills and 2) beginners who wish to acquire and master the techniques of preparing, writing and winning proposals from various funding agencies. The center of attention will be on how to effectively write proposals in times of keen competition and limited resources. Much has happened in new regulations and in approaches to grant writing, be it for the researcher in the sciences and social sciences, education and non-profit professionals.

For more information:

Virginia Students Win In International Competition!

One of our VMTA teachers, Natalya Vornovitsky, from the Richmond Music Teachers Association, recently entered 2 of her students in the Texas Tenth Sonatina and Sonata International Piano Competition. Lynne Bai and Ray Bai won 1st Place in their respective categories! Lynne previously also won in the Richmond Music Teachers Bach Competition, the Virginia Music Teachers District Auditions, and the Virginia Music Teachers State Auditions.

Congratulations to all!

UUCR is Looking for an Interim Music Director

The Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston (UUCR) needs a part-time music director from now until January 2013. Duties will include:

  • Working with the minister to select and schedule music for worship services
  • Directing the choir in weekly rehearsals and performances at two to three services per month
  • Assisting with other musical worship activities as needed

If you are interested, please send your resume to or to:

Interim Music Director Search
Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston
1625 Wiehle Ave.
Reston, VA 20190

Results of 2011 MTNA Competitions and VMTA Auditions

Kudos to our winning students and teachers!!! To see the results, click on these links:

2011 MTNA Competitions Results     2011 VMTA State Auditions Results


VMTA Fall Conference – 2012
“The Well-Rounded Music Teacher”

Click HERE for more information.

I would like to invite you to our VMTA Fall Conference, “The Well-Rounded Music Teacher”, set for Thursday through Sunday, November 8-11, at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester. Most of us teach heavily on weekends, but I would like to suggest that you make an effort to come to this refreshing weekend event. In order to compensate for your absence in your town that weekend, set up special group lessons on Monday-Wednesday. Make it sound like a big deal (and make a big deal out of it!). Try a few music games and ask your students to perform a piece for the group. You can have all your students come for a couple hours in different groups during those three days. Then pack your bags on Thursday and celebrate. You are coming to the VMTA conference!

The Opening Ceremonies Recital will be held on Nov. 9th, Friday, at 9 am with performances by members of the Shenandoah Conservatory music faculty. Brazilian pianist Alexandre Dossin ( is the conference artist, performing on Nov. 9th at 8 pm. Critics have called Dossin a "wonderful pianist," "master of contrasts," "master of expressiveness," and “a stunning pianist with a symbiotic relationship with the instrument." He has four CDs released worldwide by Naxos (Verdi-Liszt Paraphrases, Kabalevsky Sonatas, Kabalevsky Preludes and Liszt in Russia) and is an editor for the Schirmer Performance Edition Series (Tchaikovsky The Seasons, Tchaikovsky Album for the Youth, Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Liszt Consolations and Liebesträume, Rachmaninoff Preludes, vol. 1).

The State auditions and MTNA competitions will take place as usual from Thursday through Saturday. On Saturday, please have an early breakfast at the hotel and come to our VMTA business meeting at 8 am. John Winsor is the commissioned composer, presenting his work on Saturday also. And the VMTA concerto competition winners will perform with the SU orchestra under the direction of Jan Wagner in the evening. Dr. Dossin will give a masterclass for the 2nd place VMTA competition winners on Sunday, followed by the winners’ recital.

The workshops were carefully chosen to cover a wide gamut of topics, appealing to any musician or instrumentalist. The lecturers include renowned artists and teachers such as, Kenneth Lee, Sarah Reaser O’Brien, Maria Botelho Hubler, Forrest Kinney, Johnandrew Slominski, Lynne Mackey and Alexandre Dossin. Our IMTF session with Samantha Luck will discuss “What is your Favorite Method Book Series (or Repertoire Collection)? Why? “. Vendors can register online to reserve a table at the conference and place ads in the conference program book, to help defray the costs of the conference. We appreciate your support! Please spend time visiting the exhibits on Friday and Saturday.

Spread the word to your colleagues, college students and/or any musician you know (all instruments and voice). I can assure you that all the sessions will be informative, inspiring and energizing! And the wonderful music by our guest, competitors, and the SU orchestra and faculty members will lift your spirits!

-- Paulo Steinberg, VMTA president-elect


Congratulations to the Division Finalists who competed on the National Level at the MTNA Conference in New York City, March, 2012! And a big HURRAH! to Emma Resmini and Alice Weinreb, teacher, for winning the MTNA National Junior Woodwind 1st Place, as well as Brian Hong and his teacher, June Huang for winning the National Senior String 1st place!

Listed below are the Southern Division finalists from Virginia:

  • Junior Piano – Evelyn Mo, Thomas Mastroiani, teacher
  • Senior Strings – Brian Hong, June Huang, teacher
  • Young Artist Piano – Jasmine Lee, Bradford Gowen, teacher
  • Chamber Music (Wind) – Shenandoah University (Ryan Romine, tchr.) Graduate Wind Trio: Eugene Sidorov, Oboe; Benjamin Peck, Bassoon; Eric Waggoner, Piano.


Dorothy Taubman Seminar: Maria Hubler, a Taubman certified teacher, will be presenting a session at the VMTA conference in November. For more information about Dorothy Taubman Seminars, please visit:

American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra 2012-2013 Season Auditions: AYPO accepts musicians up to age 21 on strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and harp. Applicant should have at least two years of experience on the instrument and be currently enrolled in private lessons. AYPO accepts applicants based on their musical ability without regard to gender, race, religion, disability, or income (full and partial scholarships available).

To apply, complete the application and submit with non-refundable $40 fee. You can pay the fee online with credit card (Visa or MasterCard) or mail a check to the office (made payable to AYPO). Application Deadline: Monday, April 9, 2012. Applicants should check the AYPO website for audition requirements, excerpts, and schedule. Applicants will be notified by e-mail 10 days prior to the audition date as to the specific time for his/her audition as well as the location and directions. Visit the AYPO Website or contact the AYPO office at or 703-642-8052.

Application Form

International Competition for Young Pianists
“Il Pozzolino”
14th – 18th November 2012

Click HERE for rules and regulations.

String/Orchestra Teaching Position - Osbourn High School, Manassas, Virginia: Click here for details.

KIPP DC: Multiple Teacher Openings

KIPP DC is a network of high-performing, college-preparatory charter schools in Washington D.C. which serve the city’s under resourced communities. At KIPP DC, there are no shortcuts: outstanding educators, more time in school, a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement and support help our students make significant academic gains and continue to excel in high school and college. KIPP DC currently operates eight schools, serving over 2,000 students from early childhood through high school.


Currently, we are hiring for a middle-school string teacher serving students in the 6th through 8th grades. We are also looking for a high school band teacher to provide instruction to our students in 9th-12th grade. We also have two general elementary music positions available. We are looking for highly dedicated educators who will bring a “whatever it takes” attitude to helping children succeed.


Please apply immediately, as applications are accepted on a rolling basis. All interested applicants should visit online at , and click the appropriate “Apply Today” button to apply for a position. If you have any questions, please contact Katie McMahon at For more information about KIPP DC schools, please visit our website at

Welcome to the new and improved VMTA website! This page will be used to post special announcements from VMTA administrators. For now, please just take your new site for a "test drive" and let me know if you run into any snags. Oh ... and please check out my music at ReverbNation!

John Winsor (VMTA Webmaster)
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