VMTA Spring Conference

June 4, 2005 - Charlottesville

VMTA's Spring Conference was held June 4, 2005 at Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge in Charlottesville. After the Business Meetings, the program was held in the lovely auditorium of the building where Corky Sablinsky now lives. Nathalie Steinbach presented a concert of original compositions by students of the Yamaha Music School in Fredericksburg. The first performer was Saam Aghevli, age 12, first prize winner in the Junior Division and student of Dr. Valerica Maican. Other performers were all students of Ms. Steinbach: Alicia Paulose, Hanna Motsenbocker, Paula Motsenbocker, Benjamin Brosche, Mari Motsenbocker, James Paulose, Gabrielle Vita, Juliana Vossenberg, and Rebecca Kutzer-Rice. Juliana won first prize in the Elementary Division and Rebecca won first prize in the High School Division. After each student performed Ms. Steinbach pointed out how that composition had taken shape from a simple idea through development of a motif, repetition, sequences, contrasts, and "embroidery."

Nathalie Steinbach, VMTA member and presenter, and winners of VMTA's State Composition Competition.
Local Association Presidents: Lisa Withers, Blue Ridge; Jeanne Jackson and Mary Wirth, Co-Presidents of Charlottesville; Susan McDowell, Roanoke Valley; Sharon Stewart, Richmond; and Pat Brady, Harrisonburg.

MTNA Conference

April 1-6, 2005 - Seattle

Gabriella Ryan, Kim Peachy, Tracy Cowden, and Jean McEntire at the Virginia luncheon.
Tonya Menard and Kim Peachy browse through music at a vendor display.
Rosita Mang, whose student, Yvonne Chen, placed third in the MTNA Junior Piano Competition.
Linda Gutterman and Martha Smith enjoying the conference.
Vicky Wyatt and Nancy Breth. Nancy gave a presentation on chamber music.

VMTA Fall Conference

October 20-23, 2005 - Virginia Tech (Blacksburg)

VMTA officers for 2005-07, elected at the Fall Conference, are L to R Jacqueline Yeomans, Secretary, Denise Adkins, Membership; and Wanda Hall, President. Not shown is Julie Slingerland, Treasurer.
VMTA Teacher of the Year for 2005 is Anne James NCTM of Richmond. On the right is Past-President Kim Peachy, who presented the award to Anne at the VMTA Banquet.
Conference Artist Dr. Henry Doskey, who presented a concert on Friday, gave a lecture on the piano pieces of William Gillock on Saturday, and conducted a Master Class on Sunday.
Rex Richardson, trumpeter, James Wiznerowicz, composer, and Dmitri Shteinberg, pianist after a performance of “…drifiting on a still point” a composition by Wiznerowicz for trumpet and piano, that won the Commissioned Composition competition sponsored by VMTA and MTNA.
The Virginia Tech Women's Chorale performed at the VMTA Banquet on Friday, October 21, 2005.
Brian Gendron, conductor of the VT Women’s Chorale.
Betty Ann Spiers NCTM, Dee Booth and Mr. Booth enjoy the dinner and entertainment at the VMTA Banquet.
Dr. Lise Keiter-Brotzman, Chair of MTNA Senior Performance Competitions, and Dr. Tracy Cowden, Assistant Professor of Piano at Virginia Tech, and local coordinator for the Fall Conference, chat after the Friday evening recital.