2017-2018 Studio Opportunities
Megan Gilles is a member of the Music Teachers National Association(MTNA)/Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA) (local chapter-Willmar Music Teachers Association), and the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) (local club-West Central Music Teachers Club). Currently Megan serves as the Treasurer of the WCMTC and the President of the WMTA. She serves as the Site Administrator for the Willmar site for Music Bridges, Piano Exam, and Theory Exam and also the MMTA Ensemble Festival. She is also the MMTA Vice President of Membership (2016-2018). These organizations provide the students with the opportunity to participate in many different performance options and workshops.
There are two studio recitals held throughout the year.
All students will participate in both Winter and Spring studio recitals.
Winter Recital-Vinje Lutheran Church, 1101 Willmar Ave. SW, Willmar
- Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 2:00PM
- Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 6:00PM
Spring Recital-Location TBD
- Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 2:00PM
- Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 6:00PM
National Federation of Music Clubs
NFMC Festival- Two pieces are performed on the piano and played for a judge (piano teacher) who provides comments to improve on and the positives of the musical performance. For hymn playing, students use their music. For Piano Solo, music is memorized.
Date: Friday, January 26 (pm) and Saturday, January 27 (am and early pm), 2018
What: Piano Solo and Hymn Playing
Where: Vinje Lutheran Church, 1101 Willmar Ave. SW, Willmar
Cost: $20.00 (?)
Minnesota Music Teachers Association
All MMTA events require registration at least six weeks prior to the event except for MMTA Finals and Honors Concert Registration which is due the week following Preliminaries/Finals respectively.
MMTA Challenge Award-Students who participate in MMTA programs will be able to take part in earning points towards the challenge awards. Awards are displayed in the studio.
- MMTA Ensemble Festival
Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017
Where: Bethel Lutheran Church, 411 Becker Ave. SW, Willmar
When: TBD. There may be two recitals depending on the number of students participating.
Cost: $21.00 per ensemble (divided between players)
Family and friends are invited to attend the Ensemble Festival which is free.
- MMTA State Piano Contest
Date: Preliminaries are
Saturday, January, 20, 2018-College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph
Saturday, February 3, 2018-Calvary Lutheran Church, Alexandria
Finals are Saturday/ Sunday- March 10/11, 2018 (students will choose the date)
Ferguson Hall, University of Minnesota
Honors Concert will be May 19, 2018-7:00PM at the Minneapolis Convention Center
rehearsals April 7, April 21, May 5, May 19
To encourage high performance standards, MMTA sponsors an annual State Piano Contest. Pianists with the highest scores in the Contest Finals are selected for ensemble performance in the State Honors Contest. This concert is a gala event involving 700 young performers playing on 20 grand pianos in ensemble groups. One piano piece is memorized and performed for this contest. A different piece is learned for the Honors Concert.
Cost: Preliminaries is $22.00
Finals is $22.00
Plus the cost of music
Preliminaries-100 Challenge Award Points
Finals-100 Challenge Award Points
Honors Concert-100 Challenge Award Points
- MusicLink Foundation Playathon (100 Challenge Award Points)
February 17-18, 2018
Macy’s Court, Mall of America Bloomington
- MMTA Logowear Design Contest
Students are invited to design a logo for MMTA. The winning design will be printed on MMTA t-shirts. “Logowear” items will be sold to thousands through the MMTA contest, exam and convention participants during the next calendar year.
Deadline-October 2, 2017
- MMTA Theory Exam, Comprehensive Piano Exam, Sight Playing
Fall Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017 - Encore Center, 3881 Abbott Drive, Willmar
- MMTA Theory Exam, Comprehensive Piano Exam, Sight Playing, Music Bridges
Spring Date:Saturday, April 28, 2018 -Vinje Lutheran Church, 1101 Willmar Ave., Willmar
(Other dates and locations available around the state)
Costs range from $11.00-$40.00 depending on event, level, or length
Piano Exam-300 Challenge Award Points
Theory Exam-100 Challenge Award Points
Sight playing Exam-100 Challenge Award Points
Music Bridges-200 Challenge Award Points
Dennis Alexander Piano Festival and Competition
The Dennis Alexander Piano Festival and Competition is an event designed to bring students together for a variety of activities to participate in and observe. Composer Dennis Alexander will be leading many of the activities during the day.
Registration Deadline: October 23, 2017
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Where: Saint John's University, Stephen B. Humphrey building
Cost: $25.00 for one or all of the events during the day
There are three activities for students to "opt-in" for participation. Students can elect to enter any or all. The activities are:
- Piano Competition
- Festival: Repertoire Workshop
- Festival: Dennis Alexander Creative Workshop