2017-2018 Studio Opportunities
More details coming soon....
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. These organizations provide the students with the opportunity to participate in many different performance options and workshops.
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.
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 four 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
- Collaborative Duet Workshop
There are two studio recitals held throughout the year.
All students will participate in both Winter and Spring studio recitals.
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.
What: Piano Solo and Hymn Playing
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.
MMTA Ensemble Festival
Where: Bethel Lutheran Church, 411 Becker Ave. SW, Willmar
When: TBD. There may be two recitals depending on the number of students participating.
Cost: $20.00 per ensemble (divided between players)
Family and friends are invited to attend the Ensemble Festival Concert which is free.
MMTA State Piano Contest
Date: Preliminaries are Saturday--Greater Minnesota
College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph
Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall
Calvary Lutheran Church, Alexandria
Martin Luther College, New Ulm
Bethel University, Arden Hills
Finals are Saturday/ Sunday-
(students will choose the date)
Ferguson Hall, University of Minnesota
Honors Concert will be at the Minneapolis Convention Center
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. An additional piece is learned for the Honors Concert.
Cost: Preliminaries is $21.00
Finals is $21.00
Plus the cost of music
MMTA Theory Exam, Music Bridges, Comprehensive Piano Exam,
Sight Playing Exam
Date: Local contest-Saturday,
(Other dates and locations available around the state)
Where: Vinje Lutheran Church, 1101 Willmar Ave. SW, Willmar
Costs range from $16.00-$31.00 depending on event, level, or length