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

*NDMTA Board Meeting, October 14th, 10 a.m.via technology
*MTNA Competitions, October 28th, 2017, VCSU, Valley City
*MTNA Conference, March 17-21, 2018, Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
*NDMTA Conference, June 13-15 2018, in Dickinson, ND, Badlands MTA hosting

Longtime NDMTA/MTNA Member Dies

Longtime NDMTA/MTNA Member Dies

Frank C. Pearson Jr. of Dickinson, ND died July 29th, 2017 at the age of 96. Frank was a longtime member of the NDMTA/MTNA and held the office of state president in 1964. In MTNA, Frank was the first West Central Division President 1974-1978. He was honored with an MTNA Foundation Fellow in 2004.

After obtaining advanced degrees from Albion College, Albion, Mich. and University of Michigan, Frank came to Dickinson State University in 1963 and was chairman of the Dickinson State College Music Department and the first Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences in 1980. He retired in 1986 but remained an avid DSU supporter as Professor Emeritus.

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Attention: MTNA Competitions Link Has Changed!

The MTNA website has been updated and the url for the upcoming MTNA Competitions link has changed. The new link for information and applications is:
www.mtna.org/MTNA/Engage/Competitions/Competitions.aspx

Applications must be complete and submitted online by 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Wednesday, September 13, 2017. The North Dakota MTNA Competitions will be held at Valley City State University on October 28, 2017.

YouTubeConservatory - An exciting place on the web!

An interesting new concept for YouTube use is being introduced by Dr. Grigor Khachatryan. Dr. Grigor Khachatryan, Assistant Professor of Piano at Concordia College, has created the YouTubeConservatoy for the purposes of exploring various aspects of the Classical solo piano and chamber music repertoires. The videos are targeted towards all ages and skill levels. Subscribing to the channel is free and you can subscribe by visiting Dr. Khachatryan's website at www.grigorkhachatryan.com and clicking on the YouTubeConservatory icon. The videos include performances, recordings that include the score, theoretical explanations, instruction in Music Theory, Composition, and Counterpoint, as well as a monthly live-stream Q&A sessions.

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.

Check this Website Out: Color in My Piano blog

Joy Morin is a piano teacher in Ohio and on her website is a plethora of ideas for teaching piano. Included on her site are many free downloads including worksheets, games, lesson plans, ideas for summer camps, live broad casts of subjects such as when to move onto a new piece etc. She can be followed on Pinterest, Facebook, or receive her blog updates directly in your email box. This is a great site for the new piano teacher as well as those that have taught many years. Check it out!! www.colorinmypiano.com

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