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Events
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Competitions & Auditions


Certificate of Merit

2016 February 6th (Saturday)
CM Keyboard Final Schedule Emailed.

February 28th (Sunday)
CM Theory Test Day - Keyboard Only El Camino College 8:30am-6:00pm 

March 13th (Sunday)

March 19th (Saturday) DAY 1
CM Keyboard Evaluations El Camino College 

March 20th (Sunday) DAY 2
CM Keyboard Evaluations El Camino College 

March 26th (Saturday) DAY 3 CM Keyboard Evaluations Private Studios 

April 2nd (Saturday) Southern California Jr. Bach Festival

April 3rd (Sunday) Keyboard Branch Honors Recital El Camino College 

April 17th (Sunday)
Senior Medallion Recital (Probably at St. Mark's in Lomita) Stay tuned for application deadline. 

May 1, 2016 (Sunday), Steinway Piano Gallery - Beverly Hills
Postmark Application & Payment Deadline: April 1, 2016 (Friday)


May 14th (Sat) MTACLB Sonatina/Sonata Competition in Seal Beach

**See Red for Updates!

Next workshops

12/12/15 combined workshop in Torrance
1/9/15 in Seal Beach
1/30/15 in Torrance *2 Jan. workshops, no Feb. workshop
3/5/16 in Seal Beach
Students cannot miss more than 2 performance workshops to qualify for awards at the May Awards Workshop

UPCOMING HOLIDAYS:

Monday  12/21/15, 12/28/15 (Winter Break)
Tuesday 11/24/15 (Thanksgiving Break), 12/22/15 (Winter Break), 12/29/15 (Winter Break) (2 more dates TBA)** 
Wednesday 11/11/15 (Veterans Day) 11/25/15 (Thanksgiving Break), 12/23/15 (Winter Break), 12/30/15 (Winter Break) 
Thursday  11/26/15 (Thanksgiving Break), 12/24/15 (Winter Break), 12/31/15 (Winter Break) (1more dates TBA)

Please check Google Cal for updates!




PIANO CONNECTION
Looking for a good starter piano?  Email Ms. Noreen to get more information about buying this Wurlitzer piano below!


November 2015  Volume 18, No. 3
Dear Parents and Students,

Congratulations to all of the participants in the CAPMT Piano Auditions and Ensemble Auditions and to the students who received the top "5" score!  Good luck to the The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program performers in December. Certificate of Merit program practice books should be completed by December 1st! 

The Holiday workshop on Saturday, December 12, 2015 is a combined workshop for everyone that begins at 3:00 in the Torrance studio and will end around 5:00. Students may perform a holiday piece, classical, or perform in a secondary instrument.  Parents and siblings are welcome to join the fun in an ensemble.  Please limit your selections to just one piece or two very short pieces this month!  We will end with our "Heart and Soul" ensemble finale, and please prepare a dish from your ethnic background!

I am giving a presentation Two-year Wait List:  How to Build and Maintain a Recession-proof Music Studio for the MTAC Irvine Branch in November.


Sincerely,


*President-Elect
*Membership Chair Interim
*CAPMT District 3 Piano Auditions and Ensemble Auditions Chair

CAPMT Piano Auditions & Ensemble Auditions
The California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT) Piano Auditions and Ensemble Auditions were held on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 at Cal. State Dominguez Hills.  I'm very proud of all of the participants for your preparation and performances:  Kenneth Booth, Jaclyn Gerschultz, Robert Gerschultz, Austin Lee, Irene Lee, Sven Kuttner Smith, and Ensemble team Jillian Farley & Lana Gilligan.  

Special congratulations to the students who received the top score of a "5" and will perform in the Southern Festival on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Harbor College in Wilmington:  Kenneth Booth, Jaclyn Gerschultz, Robert Gerschultz, and Irene Lee
Jillian, Irene & Lana
Sven

Kenneth,Robert, Jaclyn &  Austin
Jaclyn performed the Kabalevsky Youth Concerto for her final Auditions performance (14th year!)


Certificate of Merit 2016

Certificate
 of Merit
10/1/15-10/31/15 2016 CM Online Registration begins and ends.  Payment and signed liability forms are due to Ms. Noreen by Sep 23rd.
2016 February 6th (Saturday) 
CM Keyboard Final Schedule Emailed. 

February 28th (Sunday) 
CM Theory Test Day - Keyboard Only El Camino College 8:30am-6:00pm 

March 19th (Saturday) DAY 1
CM Keyboard Evaluations El Camino College 

March 20th (Sunday) DAY 2
CM Keyboard Evaluations El Camino College 

March 26th (Saturday) DAY 3 CM Keyboard Evaluations Private Studios 

Keyboard Branch Honors Recital El Camino College 

April 17th (Sunday) 
Senior Medallion Recital (St. Mark's in Lomita) Stay tuned for application deadline. 


Practical assessment dates 2015/16:
between November 28th - December 10th , 2015
(specific dates for each center: TBA)
 
Theory assessments: Fri Dec 11th and Sat Dec 12th, 2015

Students Enrolled: for December Practical Assessments
Kayla Booth Level 1, Jonathan Chang Level 3, Austin Lee Level 4, Jynel Zeitz Level 6

Theory assessments: Fri Dec 11th and Sat Dec 12th, 2015
 
Here is the link to more detailed information:


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News for Graduating High School Seniors

College Class of 2020 Merit Scholarship Deadlines
Keeping Vigil on Merit Scholarship Deadlines
If you're in the hunt for merit scholarships, be sure to stay on top of explicit deadlines a school on your list might have.  Click here for more info



Tuition Due Date Reminder
Please remember that tuition is due by the 1st of each month.  A $15 fee will be automatically charged to your account if tuition is not received by the 1st. Tuition is payable online with a transaction fee here.  Tuition may be transferred from your bank to my account without a fee depending on your bank.  (BofA and Chase works.) To view the 2015 WPS Studio Policy click here.   Please email Noreen Wenjen for direct deposit info.
Community Service

 MSSLSBB Members-
Irene Lee, Peter Lu, Michelle Lu

Please submit a check for $15 to me for membership.  The following forms need to be completed:
MTACSBB Branch Liability click here 
MSSL application click here
MSSL Standing Rules click here 
Click here for MSSL-SBB Facebook page

To learn more about mssl click here

MSSl-Long Beach Branch Recitals

Robert Gerschultz, Jaclyn Gerschultz, Kenneth Booth, Kayla Booth.

Kenneth Booth and Kayla Booth performed in all of the MSSL Long Beach Branch Recitals in October and November!
Jennifer Watts and Andrea Chou-Wu, chairs of MSSL, have reserved 9 performance dates for the months of October, November and December. Any students who would like to participate are welcome to! Students can earn community service hours, and most importantly, bring music and joy to the residents of these retirement homes.
 
Please print the attached flyer and share with your students. All information regarding dates, locations, how to sign up, etc. are on the flyer and on the branch calendar, www.mtaclb.com/calendar.html
Country Villa, Seal Beach 3000 N Gate Rd, Seal Beach, CA 90740 October 11 @ 3pm November 15 @ 3pm December 13 @ 3pm
 
Katella Manor 3952 Katella Ave, Los Alamitos, CA 90720 October 18 @ 3pm November 22 @ 3pm December 20 @ 3pm 

 Artesia Christian Home 11614 183rd St, Artesia, CA 90701 October 4 @ 3pm November 8 @ 3pm December 6 @ 3pm

WPS Student Alumni News 
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