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

•MTNA Competitions: Oct. 17th at Valley City State University


•2021 MTNA National Conference: March 13-17 at  Atlanta, Georgia


•2021 NDMTA Conference: June 2,3,4 at Minot State University


•2021 Popplers Music Competitions: June 2, 2021 at Minot State University


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50 Year Member Honored by MTNA!!

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


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Who Won The MTNA Competitions This Year?

The American Music Teacher magazine has arrived on our doorsteps and inside are all the winners of the 2020 awards. Inside you will find pictures of the MTNA Foundation Fellows, including Gloria Bethke, NCTM, North Dakota, as well as the awards for MTNA Teacher of the Year, MTNA Achievement Award, MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year Award and many others.


Included in this issue is also the MTNA Competitions Winners. West Central Division of which NDMTA is a part of had a couple first place wins. Congratulations to Benjamin Dominguez, (Kansas), Jack Winerock teacher, who was the winner of the MTNA Steinway Young Artist Piano Competition, and Matthew Liu, (Kansas), Jack Winerock teacher, who won the Chopin Prize.  There are also some second and third place winners from the West Central Division so check out the list and be inspired by the talent of these young students.


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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

Gloria Bethke Named as 2020 Foundation Fellowship

Gloria Bethke Named as 2020 Foundation Fellowship

Gloria Bethke of Grand Forks, ND was selected to be honored as the 2020 MTNA Foundation Fellow by the NDMTA. Gloria was to be honored at the 2020 MTNA Conference Gala in Chicago with the contribution of $1500 to the MTNA Foundation  in her name. Because of the CORVID-19, the Conference was cancelled and the honor was given virtually by the President of MTNA, Martha Hilley.  Click on this link to see the virtual presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDVtbeN_O3Y&feature=youtu.be. Congratulations, Gloria!


 


 

pdf Gloria Bethke 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

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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. 


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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.  


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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. 


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