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

•2020 MTNA National Conference - March 21-25, Chicago IL


•2020 Popplers Music Competitions - June 3 - NDSU, Fargo, ND


•2020 NDMTA Conference - June 3-5 - NDSU, Fargo, ND

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Gloria Bethke Named as 2020 Foundation Fellowship

Gloria Bethke Named as 2020 Foundation Fellowship

Gloria Bethke of Grand Forks, ND has been selected to be honored as the 2020 MTNA Foundation Fellow by the NDMTA. Gloria will be honored at the 2020 MTNA Conference Gala in Chicago with the contribution of $1500 to the MTNA Foundation  in her name.

pdf Gloria Bethke Biography

Marjorie Johnson is 2021 Foundation Fellow Nominee

Marjorie Johnson is 2021 Foundation Fellow Nominee

Marjorie Johnson of Fargo, ND is the 2021 Foundation Fellow Nominee. With the contribution of $1500 to the MTNA Foundation in her name she will be honored as a Foundation Fellow at the 2021 MTNA Conference. 

pdf Marjorie Johnson Biography

Badlands MTA Holds Piano Extravaganza

Badlands MTA Holds Piano Extravaganza

December 7th was an exciting day for the students of the Badlands MTA teachers. What makes it so exciting is that one of the performing students will have a chance to win a Yamaha keyboard, sponsored by Eckroth Music and donated by Yamaha Corporation. This year's winner of the keyboard is Serra Buerkle. The excited young lady is pictured by her wonderful prize. 

Young Performers at the Badlands MTA Piano Extravaganza 2019

Young Performers at the Badlands MTA Piano Extravaganza 2019

NDMTA/MTNA Competition Results

The NDMTA held the state MTNA competitions at Minot State U on October 26th, 2019. There were entrants in the following categories: Young Artist Woodwinds, Young Artist Brass, Senior Piano, Young Artist String, and Young Artist Piano. Since there was only one entrant to the Young Artist String and Young Artist Piano categories, those representatives will automatically advance to the Division level of competitions. The following pictures are of those that competed at the state level and their teachers.  The winners and state representatives will video record their programs for Division competition in January.


 


 

NDMTA/MTNA Competition Results Young Artist Woodwinds

NDMTA/MTNA Competition Results Young Artist Woodwinds

Pictured is Jessie Johnson (Bassoon), Honorable Mention; Charles Young, Teacher; Arnikka Thompson (Clarinet) Alternate; and Rachel Dockter (Saxophone), Winner. All three students and their teacher are from Minot State University. 

NDMTA/MTNA Competition Results Young Artist Brass

NDMTA/MTNA Competition Results Young Artist Brass

Pictures is David Rolandson, teacher; Emily Bailey (Tuba), Honorable Mention; Bryana Guzman (Euphonium), Alternate; Michael Harrison (Trombone), Winner.  All three students and teacher are from Minot State University. 

NDMTA/MTNA Competition Results Senior Piano

NDMTA/MTNA Competition Results Senior Piano

Pictured are Elizabeth Deckert, Penn, ND, Alternate; Dr. Dianna Anderson, teacher; Kevin Vandall, Mylo, ND, Winner.  Dr. Dianna Anderson of Minot State University is the teacher of both students. 

NDMTA/MTNA Competition Results for Youg Artist String and Young Artist Piano

Zephaniah Pearlstein (Cello), will represent the state in the Young Artist String category at the  Division level. His teacher is Simona Barbu from the University of North Dakota.  Fangyuan Su (Piano), will represent the state in the Young Artist Piano category. Fangyuan is taught by Nariaki Sugiura from the University of North Dakota. Pictures of these representatives were not available. 

Popplers Music Competition Held June 19, 2019

Popplers Music Competition Held June 19, 2019

Popplers Music Competitions was a highlight of the 2019 NDMTA Conference. Seven students participated in the competition. Entered into the Elementary Category were Samuel Presteng, Ariel Bahn, and Aubrey Badding. The Junior High Category was represented by Sylvia Pesch, and Jack Kern. Sydney Crockett and Thomas Vadnais competed in the Senior High Category. Teachers of the various students were Gorlia Bethke, Susan Nagel, Lisa Schuler, Sharon Wesbrook, Cathy Tweten, and Michael Langer.  The Elementary winner was Samuel Presteng, student of Gloria Bethke; the Junior High winner was Jack Kern, student of Cathy Tweten; the Senior High winner was Thomas Vadnais, student of Michael Langer.  Pictured are all the students with the competition chair, Karen Okerlund.  

FMMTA Hosts 2019 Iva Fillebrown Scholarship Competition

Congratulations to the participants and winners in the Iva Fillebrown Scholarship Competitions! In the Junior High Division, the winner was Ariel Bahn, student of Sue Nagel.  In the Senior High Division, the winner was Hanson Chen, student of Dr. Robert Grove. The judge for the competition was Dr. Jay Hershberger of Concordia College, Moorhead. 


 

Senior High Students in 2019 Iva Fillebrown Scholarship Competition:

Senior High Students in 2019 Iva Fillebrown Scholarship Competition:

Pictured are the participants and winner in the Senior High Division (left to right): Hanson Chen (winner), Tessa Hultin, Sophia Lucht, Ethan Kessler and competition judge, Dr. Jay Hershberger. 

Junior High Students in 2019 Iva Fillebrown Scholarship :

Junior High Students in 2019 Iva Fillebrown Scholarship :

Students participating in the Junior High Division of the 2019 Iva Fillebrown Scholarship Competition are (left to right): Eleanor Culloton, Kevin Johnson, Ariel Bahn (winner), and Zakk Volk. 

Beth Gigante Klingenstein to Serve on MTNA Board of Directors

Beth Gigante Klingenstein to Serve on MTNA Board of Directors

Beth Gigante Klingenstein was elected to the position of Secretary-Treasurer of the MTNA at the recently held MTNA Conference in Spokane, WA. She will serve a two year term. Beth has been an active member of the NDMTA, serving as president of the state organization for two terms. She also has served on the MTNA board of directors as a director for the West Central Division. 

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