North Dakota Music Teachers Association Affiliated with Music Teachers National Association
North Dakota MTA

The NDMTA newsletter is published four times a year. Deadlines for submitting material are May 10, August 10, November 10, and
February 10.

Michelle Kallod, Editor
mkallod@hotmail.com
Phone: 701-235-8517

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Dates to Remember

*Popplers Music Competition, June 7th, 2017 NDSU, Fargo
*NDMTA Conference, June 7-9th, 2017, NDSU, Fargo, FMMTA Hosting
*MTNA Competitions, October 28th, 2017, VCSU, Valley City
*MTNA Conference, March 17-21, 2018, Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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pdf May Newsletter

Fargo/Moorhead Welcomes You to the 2017 NDMTA Conference

The Fargo-Moorhead Music Teachers Association would like to warmly welcome you to attend NDMTA State Conference, June 7-9, 2017 at Reineke Festival Hall on the campus of NDSU in Fargo. We are anticipating a great conference!

Wednesday, June 7th, will be Popplers Music Competition in Beckwith Recital Hall from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. (More information about this non-advancing competition can be found at NDMTA.org - click on Events.) Our state president, Jeanette Berntson will officially open our conference at the evening concert, 7:00 pm in Beckwith Recital Hall. Winners of the competition will perform, as well as Susan Clambey, our 2017 ND Commissioned Composer. Her original work will be premiered. The concert is free and open to the public.

Conference sessions will begin Thursday, June 8th. Our three clinicians for the conference are Geraldine Ong, Nancy Weems and Dianna Anderson, all qualified professionals who are eager to share their expertise with us. The IMTF Buffet Lunch will be held in the Reineke Atrium with featured speaker, Corinne Nustad, our ND Certification Coordinator. After our Banquet in the Reineke Atrium on Thursday evening, we will move to Beckwith Hall for a rapturous recital by Nancy Weems. This concert is at 7:30 pm and is also free and open to the public. Friday, June 9th, we will have two more sessions, wrap up any loose ends and send everyone on their way loaded with inspiration, ideas, door prizes and new memories from a fabulous conference!

During the entire conference, several vendors will be set up, offering products and music for you to purchase. We will also have our Silent Auction displayed in the same area. Each local association and individual members are encouraged to donate item(s) for the Silent Auction. Historical scrapbooks, photo and activity display boards from each association are encouraged as well.

The Registration form can be found on the Events page of this web site. Download, fill it in and send in with your check before May 24 to avoid a late fee. Registrations will be taken at the door but no meal options will be available. Invite a friend, a student or music teacher acquaintance who may not be a member of NDMTA/MTNA to one of the free concerts. Come ready to connect with old friends, make new friends, enjoy really good food you don?t have to cook, bid on a Silent Auction item to support the next generation of musicians, absorb great teaching and inspiring music. We hope to see you in Fargo in June!

Important Information for NDMTA Conference 2017

Check on the Events Page of this website and click on Conferences for information on the Conference Presenters, downloadable Registration Form, and Schedule for the 2017 NDMTA Conference in Fargo/Moorhead. The Popplers Competitions entrance form and guidelines can be found on the Events Page. Click on Competitions.

Arlene Gray is 2018 Foundation Fellow Nominee

Arlene Gray is 2018 Foundation Fellow Nominee

Arlene Gray has been selected by the NDMTA to be honored as the MTNA Foundation Fellow nominee for 2018. With the contribution of $1000 to the MTNA Foundation Fellow program in her name, Arlene will be honored at the 2018 MTNA Conference Gala in Orlando, Florida, as a Foundation Fellow. Arlene's biography can be read below.

pdf Arlene Gray Biography

Upper Valley and Langdon MTAs Sponsor Recital

Upper Valley and Langdon MTAs Sponsor Recital

Geraldine Ong and John LeTellier Jr. from Valley City State University presented a duo piano recital on April 29th in Park River. An exciting and delightful program of Hungarian Dances for Four Hands, WoO1, by Johannes Brahms, and Scaramouche (Suite for Two Pianos) by Darius Milhaud was presented. During the reception following the recital, a question and answer session was held with Geraldine and John. The event was sponsored by the Upper Valley MTA, and Langdon Area MTA.

pdf Piano Duo Recital Program

Memory Time

Memory Time

Pictured is Bernadette Fromhertz and the occasion is her High School Senior Recital. Standing behind her is her teacher, Darla Sheldon, and members of Upper Valley MTA. Bernadette has now graduated from University and is a member of Fargo/Moorhead MTA.

Greater Grand Forks MTA

Greater Grand Forks MTA

Piano students of GGFMTA teachers performed in a Harvest Recital at Valley Memorial Home on October 30, 2016

Greater Grand Forks MTA celebrate National Music Week

Greater Grand Forks MTA celebrate National Music Week

In celebration of National Music Week, students of the GGFMTA teachers performed a piano recital at the East Grand Forks Performing Arts Center on May 7th, 2017

Greater Grand Forks MTA celebrate National Music Week

Greater Grand Forks MTA celebrate National Music Week

More GGFMTA students who performed in the May 7th recital in celebration of National Music Week

Langdon Area MTA Sponsor Honors Recital

Langdon Area MTA Sponsor Honors Recital

Piano students of LAMTA teachers performed at the Honors Recital on Nov. 28, 2016 at United Lutheran Church. The students qualified for the Honors Recital through their solid performances at the Music Rally.

pdf Honors Recital Program

MTNA Conference 2017

MTNA Conference 2017

Jeanette Berntson, Kathleen Johnson, Arlene Gray, Anne Morris, Beth Klingenstein going to the Gala.

MTNA Conference 2017

MTNA Conference 2017

Jeanette Berntson, Vanessa Wold, Michael Langer enjoying a delicious Baltimore meal.

MTNA Conference 2017

MTNA Conference 2017

Kathleen Johnson being presented with a Foundation Fellow Award at the Gala. In the middle is Gary Ingle, Executive Director and CEO of the MTNA, and reading is Rebecca Grooms Johnson NCTM, President of the MTNA.

MTNA Conference 2017

MTNA Conference 2017

Foundation Fellows for 2017 recognized.

MTNA Conference 2017

MTNA Conference 2017

Wynne Ann Rossi and Jeanette Berntson

MTNA Conference 2017

MTNA Conference 2017

Leon Fleisher and Katherine Jacobson Piano Duo Recital

MTNA Conference 2017

MTNA Conference 2017

View of beautiful Baltimore from the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel where the 2017 MTNA Conference was held.

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