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

News Highlights

Dates to Remember

•2022 MTNA National Conference: March 26-30:  Will be a virtual conference


•2022 Popplers Music Competition: June 1 at NDSU, Fargo, ND


•2022 NDMTA Conference: June 1-3 at NDSU, Fargo, ND


•2022 NDMTA Board Meeting, Wednesday, June 1, 4:00PM TBA


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2022 NDMTA Conference at Fargo/NDSU June 1-3, 2022

It is a 'go' to have an actual face to face NDMTA Conference at NDSU Reineke Hall in June! It will be so wonderful to meet our fellow teachers/friends without a computer screen between. Fargo/Moorhead MTA have planned a fabulous schedule of events full of concerts, learning, and socializing. The full schedule can be downloaded on the Events<Conference page of this web site as well as registration information. 


Presenters at the conference include Melody Bober and Amy Mercer. Concerts will be the winners of the Popplers Competitions, Christopher Gable presenting his piece commissioned by the NDMTA, and the Excelsior Trio. Information about the presenters can be found on the Events<Conference page of this web site. There is lots of time for socializing and visiting with our peers, and luncheons, banquet and coffee breaks, and music displays. 


Plan to attend and be refreshed with lots of new information and tips to enhance your teaching. It has been a couple years since we had the opportunity to gather together - we can hardly wait!!


 


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Lisa Schuler is 2022 Foundation Fellow

Lisa Schuler is 2022 Foundation Fellow

Lisa Schuler, Langdon, ND, is a MTNA 2022 Foundation Fellow. Contributions of $1,720 were given to the MTNA Foundation in her name exceeding the minimum amount of $1500 and Lisa will be honored at the MTNA Conference in March. Congratulations to Lisa!!

pdf Lisa Schuler Biography

Darla Sheldon is 2023 Foundation Fellow Nominee

Darla Sheldon is 2023 Foundation Fellow Nominee

Dala Sheldon has been selected to be the 2023 MTNA Foundation Fellow nominee.  With contributions of $1500 to the MTNA Foundation in her name, Darla will be honored at the 2023 MTNA Conference. Darla was a long time member of Upper Valley MTA in Park River until her retirement and move to Fargo where she has continued her membership with the Fargo Moorhead MTA. Please read about Darla in her biography below. 

pdf Darla Sheldon Biography

Check This Out!! Beth Klingenstein Featured in New MTNA Online Business Digest!

Check This Out!! Beth Klingenstein Featured in New MTNA Online Business Digest!

 

Welcome

 

Welcome to MTNA’s new online Business Digest! This quarterly resource provides MTNA members with vital information on the ever-changing business aspects of our professional lives. I am extremely happy to be working with a team of experts involved with the most up-to-date options for improving the business side of our teaching lives.  

 

My life-long interest in the business challenges facing music teachers has allowed me to give hundreds of presentations across the country and to publish extensively on the topic. I am now honored to be MTNA’s first Business Resources Coordinator.

 

—Beth Gigante Klingenstein, NCTM

(Taken from MTNA Business Digest email, October 2021, Volume 1, Issue 1)


See the full October 2021, Volume 1, Issue 1, by clicking on this link or doing a 'copy and paste' of this web address: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Welcome-to-the-Inaugural-MTNA-Business-Digest.html?soid=1131528944391&aid=ed0oWaziV4E

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North Dakota MTNA Competitions held Oct. 23, 2021

The three-tiered MTNA Performance Competitions (Junior, Senior and Young Artist) began with the state competitions level  held at Valley City State University, on Sat., Oct. 23. Categories of performance competitions include string, brass, woodwind, piano, piano duet, voice and chamber music in string and woodwind with 3-6 performers. The non performance category includes composition in the levels stated above and also an elementary level. 


The performance categories that were represented at VCSU were Young Artist (YA) Piano, Senior (SR) Piano, YA Woodwinds, and YA Strings. When there is only one entrant into a competition category, that entrant is automatically advanced to the Division. Competition categories that had only one entrant includes SR Strings, Junior (JR) Strings, SR Woodwinds, SR Composition and JR Composition. Judges for the event were Piano - John LeTellier, VCSU; Woodwinds - Dr. Lindsey Wiehl, VCSU; Strings - Laura Prokopyk, Bismarck. 


The winners of the state performance competitions will advance to the video-only Division level and the winners of the Division level advance to the in-person national finals to be held during the MTNA Conference in Minneapolis, March 26-30, 2022. 


 

Results of Young Artist Strings Competition

Results of Young Artist Strings Competition

Left to right: Julia Beck, winner, student of Jon Rumney, Minot State; Anthony Schreier, alternate, student of Jon Rumney; Laura Prokopyk, judge. 

Results of Young Artist Piano Competition

Results of Young Artist Piano Competition

On the right is Emma Winje, winner, student of Tyler Wottrich, NDSU; on the left is Julia Beck, alternate, student of Dianna Anderson, Minot State

Results of Young Artist Woodwinds Competition

Results of Young Artist Woodwinds Competition

Teacher, Charles Young of Minot State (on the far right) brought this group of students to compete in the Yamaha Woodwinds competition. The winner in the woodwinds category is Rachel Dockter who is pictured 2nd from left. Alternate is Danica Rumney who is pictured 2nd from the right. 

Results of Senior Piano Competition

Results of Senior Piano Competition

Left to right: Caleb Mendez, winner, student of Nariaki Sugiura, UND; Kevin Vandal, alternate, student of Dianna Anderson, Minot State.

Also Representing North Dakota at Division

The following students were single entrants in a category and automatically advance to the Division level: SR Composition: Marcus Hart, student of Darcy Brandenburg, Fargo; JR Composition: Vedant Srivastava, student of Tamara Bertram, Grand Forks; SR Strings: Ainsley Boucher, student of Tamara Bertram, Grand Forks; JR Strings: Katelyn Hur, student of Tamara Bertram, Grand Forks; SR Woodwinds: Sophia Klee, Bismarck, student of Russell Peterson, Concordia College.


Congratulations to all of the competition entrants and best wishes as you advance to the Division Competitions. 

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2021 Service to the Profession Award Given to Dr. Nariaki Sugiura

2021 Service to the Profession Award Given to Dr. Nariaki Sugiura

Congratulations to Dr. Nariaki Sugiura for being awarded the 2021 Service to the Profession Award given by the NDMTA at their Conference in June.  Dr. Sugiura has presented programs to NDMTA local associations, given masterclasses for students of all ages, organized local competitions, and given performances.  He also helped with the arranging of the 2015 and 2019 conferences to be held at Grand Forks and UND.  Dr. Sugiura was nominated by two local associations: Greater Grand Forks MTA and Upper Valley MTA. The NDMTA is grateful to Dr. Sugiura for all he has done for the independent music teachers and their students. 

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Popplers Competition 2021

The 2021 Popplers Competition was held virtually with the students uploading videos of their performance. The performances were judged by Autumn Zander who was a presenter at the 2021 NDMTA Conference which was held virtually in June. The winners were awarded with a check from Popplers Music, courtesy of Don Langlie. Each student chose one of their videoed pieces to be played at the virtual winner's recital. 

Elaine Liu - Elementary Division

Elaine Liu - Elementary Division

Winner of the Elementary Division of the Popplers Competition was Elaine Liu, student of Gloria Bethke. Elaine is 10 years old and is from Grand Forks.

Caleb Kessler- Junior High Division

Caleb Kessler- Junior High Division

Caleb Kessler of Fargo was the winner in the Junior High Division. Caleb is 13 years old and attends school at Fargo Oak Grove.  His teacher is Susan Nagel.

Madison Lyman - Senior High Division

Madison Lyman - Senior High Division

Madison Lyman was the Senior High Division winner. Madison is 15 years old and lives in Minot.  She is a student of Dr. Dianna Anderson. 

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Badlands MTA Present Guys Only Recital

Badlands MTA Present Guys Only Recital

Badlands MTA had a little fun this spring! They presented a "Guys Only Recital". Sixteen guys played a variety of music on a Sunday afternoon in April.  From the program it looks like some of the guys are brothers or perhaps related as they share last names. This unique idea might be fun to emulate!  The pictures are the program presented. 

Program from the Guys Only Recital

Program from the Guys Only Recital

 


 


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Upper Valley  and Langdon Area  MTAs Enjoy Session with Dr. Dianna Anderson

Upper Valley and Langdon Area MTAs Enjoy Session with Dr. Dianna Anderson

Dr Dianna Anderson presented an insightful session on "Cultivating Persistence in the Private Studio" to Upper Valley MTA and Langdon Area MTA in Park River on Saturday, Mar. 13th. Among the topics talked of were the importance and difficulty of cultivating persistence and ways that the teacher can improve persistence in their students while maintaining a sense of fun and enjoyment. Among those attending were left to right, back row:  Laura Galloway, Jan Johansen, Cindy Olson, Lisa Schuler; in front are Dr. Anderson (at the piano), Mia Presteng and Cheryl Kjelland.


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Badlands MTA Hold Workshop and Recital With Dianna Anderson

Badlands MTA Hold Workshop and Recital With Dianna Anderson

 


L to R Jean Guenther, Carma Kulish, Jennifer Goettle, Becky Schwartz, Priscilla Keogh,
Cheryl Dockter, Sandy Weisenberger, Sharon Gegelmann,
Dr. Dianna Anderson, David Poffenberger

Badlands MTA sponsored Dr. Dianna Anderson for a Workshop and Piano Recital on October 3, 2020 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in  Dickinson, ND.  Dr. Anderson is currently our State MTA president and is on the faculty at Minot State University. The title of the workshop was “Cultivating Persistence in Young Music Students.”  Dr. Anderson’s performance of Beethoven’s Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57 was her debut of this, the “Appassionata” Sonata.

The recital was open to the public and we had a nice turnout.  We had a marvelous time learning and listening!  We haven’t had a lot of musical events lately and this one gave everyone present a wonderful presentation of what we all have been missing!


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50 Year Members Honored by MTNA!!

Marjorie Johnson, NCTM, and Karen Okerlund, members of Fargo/Moorhead MTA are being recognized by the MTNA as a 50 year members of MTNA/NDMTA. They will receive a special 50-year Member pin from the MTNA. Congratulations, Marjorie and Karen for your dedication to the MTNA/NDMTA and the piano teaching profession!! It is a great achievement! 


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