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June 2012 - Florida State Music Teachers Association

June 2012 - Florida State Music Teachers Association

June 2012 - Florida State Music Teachers

I had the privilege of attending the FSMTA Competitions in Tampa at the Hillsborough Community College Ybor City campus in May. It certainly was an exhilarating day! The talent of the students and teachers in Florida is remarkable. We want to congratulate all of the winners and their teachers. Read the following competitions articles to learn the results of these prestigious competitions. The judges had a challenging task in choosing the winners of each level. Many thanks are due to Lesia Schulha and her coordinators, Elizabeth Kiebler, Norma Mastrogiacomo and Anne McLean. Not to be forgotten, we also need to thank Kenneth Hanks of HCC who was the extremely helpful site coordinator. Without his assistance and knowledge of the school, the day would have been much more stressful. To stage these competitions is definitely a collaborative effort, and these generous volunteers spent many hours working together to produce a day of true harmony. They are to be congratulated for the great success of the day, expressed not only by the students themselves, but also by the parents, teachers and the judges. Those among us who were fortunate enough to travel to the Big Apple in March were treated to an outstanding conference in a fantastic city. The presenters and workshops were all very informative; there were so many subjects to instruct, inspire and entertain that it was difficult to decide where to go. We were told that 435 people submitted applications to be presenters, and they had to limit it to 30, so you can see that they were really the cream of the crop. It was exciting to be a Floridian there, as many non-Floridians were greeting us with congratulations and comments about what a great state we have. We all know that, but Florida was outstanding this last year. We should all be very proud of our state. President’s Message by Adrienne LeBlanc At the business meeting of MTNA, we were awarded the State Affiliate of the Year Award and presented a plaque which will join the one we received in 2006. Those plaques will be displayed at our state conference this fall for all of you to see. There were several of us there to receive the plaque and hear the comments on how the decision was made. Among other things, our website was mentioned as being outstanding. Our thanks go to Amy Turon, our talented and very hard-working webmaster. She has done a beautiful job in setting up a web page that is not only good-looking but also extremely functional. If you take a few minutes and visit some of the other states websites, you will appreciate her even more as you see how all of her time and efforts have paid off. Also mentioned was our newsletter. Although it is online now, it continues to be an excellent example of what a newsletter should be. Thanks go to Becky Barlar for putting this together for us. Another thing that affected our being chosen State Affiliate of the Year was the donation given to the Alabama Tornado Relief fund. Many other states also contributed, but our generous contribution to that effort was certainly noticed. They also mentioned the amount DATES AND DEADLINES of awards we give to our students through our Foundation. In addition, Florida stood out by having an orchestra at our state conference to play with our FSMTA State competition winners. We can certainly be proud of our state, but most of all, we need to remember that this all happens because of the hard work of so many of our members who generously donate their time. Thank you! We are honored to be the home of the new Southern Division Director-Elect Marc Hebda. So many people came up to me and told me how happy they were that Marc was elected. He is very wellknown throughout the organization, and everyone seemed to feel like he will keep us in good hands throughout his term of office. We all congratulate Marc. I am sure he will do a terrific job. And, I want to thank you all for your votes! MTNA Distinguished Composer of 2012, Florida’s Dr. Shawn Hundley was honored at his own recital which featured his composition, A New American Ballad. It was performed by his colleague at Bethune-Cookman University, Dr Rose Grace. His composition was chosen from 23 works submitted by various states. Following the performance, he continued on page 2 June 9. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FSMTA Executive Board Meeting – Cabot Lodge, Gainesville June 15. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deadline for state conference clinicians’ and presenters’ applications* July 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Next Newsletter Deadline July 31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deadline for applications – FSMTA Excellence in Teaching Award* July 31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deadline for applications – Local Association of the Year Award* September 12 – 3 pm . . . Deadline for applications – MTNA Competitive Events* October 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deadline for submitting 2013 Commissioned Composer nominees November 1-4 . . . . . . . . . FSMTA State Conference, Deerfield Beach January 19-21 . . . . . . . . . Southern Division Competitions – University of North Carolina in Greensboro March 9-13. . . . . . . . . . . . MTNA National Conference – Anaheim, California *See article in this issue

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