Welcome to the 2022/2023 CFMTA Calendar Year! August 10, 2022
We hope everyone has had a wonderful summer and ready to take on the new school year! CFMTA has a lot of exciting events heading your way, plus a few changes—so please read these updates in their entirety.
Before going any further, thank you to our members for being so active during our 2021/2022 calendar year! We had a wonderful turnout at all of our events, breaking records at Local Auditions and Federation. Let's keep this momentum going! If you haven’t already, remember to renew your membership or join our local chapter to take advantage of the amazing opportunities throughout our 2022/2023 calendar year. For convenience, here are some helpful links:
georgiamta.org - for information on GMTA Auditions, theory exams, practice tests, curriculums, state conference
CFMTA Executive Board
At our last social gathering in May, members voted unanimously to keep our current Executive Board for another two year term. Our CFMTA Executive Officers are:
Fernando Ramos, President
Annette Day, Vice-President
Cheryl Dietmeyer, 2nd VP
LuAnn Latzanich, Secretary
Lacy Yates, Treasurer
Eric Clay, Immediate Past President
Thank you for allowing us to serve you and your students!
Our Officers met on June 7th to begin planning out the year, while also voting on several agenda items. Any pertinent changes will be mentioned below. For other procedural changes, you may find them in the minutes under the Essential Documents section of the website.
Programs (Open to the Public)
Our first program will take place on Tuesday, September 20th, 2022, at North Fayette United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, GA. Business meeting at 10:00am / Presentation at 10:30am.
Dr. Jerico Vasquez will present My Friends Chuck and Sid: A Fresh Approach to Traditional Technical Exercises. This presentation explores creative approaches to Hanon’s The Virtuoso Pianist and Isidor Phillip’s Exercises for Independence of the Fingers, with the goal of making these technical exercises relevant and enjoyable to young piano students.
Our second program will take place on Tuesday, October 18th, 2022, at North Fayette United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, GA. Business meeting at 10:00am / Presentation at 10:30am.
Dr. Beibei Lin will present An Elephant’s Memory: Constructing, Securing, and Stabilizing Memorization for Piano Students. This presentation explores the science of memory and its application to music.
Please join us for these two incredible presentations, which are open to the public.
Fall Festival, our annual fundraising event, will return on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at North Fayette United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, GA. As usual, there will be three recitals—with the possibility of a fourth recital if participation increases. Registration deadline will be on October 12, 2022.
In case you are not familiar, Fall Festival is a great performance opportunity for our students, who will perform in front of an audience while also receiving a rated evaluation from our panel of volunteer judges. This is a wonderful way to prepare for other evaluated events or simply gain additional stage experience. Students must prepare a movement from any sonata, sonatina, or dance from any era or style.
Please remember this event is also what keeps our chapter financially stable and all of our events and programs thriving. We appreciate your participation!
Visit the Fall Festival Page for more information. Non-CFMTA Members are welcomed to participate.
GMTA Theory Exam
We will now be offering the GMTA Theory Exam in the Fall during our Fall Festival event on Saturday, November 12. The deadline for registration is October 1st through the GMTA website.
CFMTA will be offering this test in the Fall for various reasons. Students who take and pass this exam will be exempt from the required GATE Theory Test during Local Auditions. In the past, this test was offered during Local Auditions, but because it was not graded on our premises, the results were impossible to receive prior to the Regional Auditions deadline—as required.
If a student does not pass the exam, they may still be able to take the GATE exam on the date of Local Auditions. This reduces the risk of a student not being eligible for Regionals.
Furthermore, the GMTA Theory Exam is a wonderful opportunity for students and teachers to know where a student currently stands in their knowledge of music theory. There is an ear/listening portion to this exam as well. For practice tests and more information, please visit the georgiamta.org website.
Solo Recitalist Concert (Open to the Public)
Our inaugural solo recitalist event was a great success! CFMTA was able to raise enough funds through audience donations to cover our expenses, so our Executive Board has agreed to do it again. If you would like to see clips of Dr. Elena Dorozhkina’s incredible performances, you may find them on our Past Programs Page.
Our next recitalist will be Dr. You Ju Lee. She will be performing on Sunday, January 29th, 2023, at 3:00pm, at North Fayette United Methodist Church. Please mark your calendar and share this information with students and friends. It is vital that we spread the word to keep this an ongoing event. It is also such a wonderful opportunity for our students to hear and see these performances live and in person without having to travel to distant venues. Some of you may remember Dr. Lee as one of our previous judges at Local Auditions. You may also listen or purchase her incredible recording of Chopin: Selected Piano Works from Amazon!
Our annual Masterclass will take place on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at 10:00am, at North Fayette United Methodist Church. Our clinician will be Dr. Owen Lovell. Five students will be selected to perform and receive further guidance on their pieces. Dr. Lovell welcomes students who have not yet finalized their performance piece.
The Executive Board has voted to amend the following items as they pertain to our Masterclass:
1) Registration is free ONLY for students who participate at our CFMTA Fall Festival, otherwise a $25 fee will be required upon being selected.
2) A student may not participate two consecutive years.
3) Each teacher may submit up two students for consideration.
Visit the Masterclass Page for more information. Open to CFMTA or Peachtree City/Newnan Federated Senior Club Members.
Local Auditions will take place on February 18, 2023, at Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Peachtree City. Be aware that this is the Saturday right at the start of Winter Break for many Fayette County students. Please let your students and their families know well in advance so that they can plan ahead accordingly. We want to give students as much time as possible to prepare.
The GATE Theory Exam will once again be required.
Local Auditions fee has increased to $25 (+ $10 GATE Fee).
Registration deadline will be January 15th, 2023. This is a new statewide deadline! (What this means: sometimes a student can’t participate due to sports, prior conflicts, or simply missing the deadline. Teachers might wish to send them to a neighboring chapter’s Local Auditions instead. All chapters are now required to have the same registration deadline, so please keep this in mind, send plenty of reminders, and—of course—plan accordingly!)
Federation Festival will take place on Saturday, March 18th, 2023, at Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Peachtree City. Please make sure to remind Fayette County students well in advance that this is a long weekend. There is no school the Friday before and Monday after our Festival date.
(Note: as much as we try to avoid school off-days, they continue to increase in frequency, and balancing this with our hosting churches’ own schedules is sometimes difficult.)
Visit the Federation Page for more information, including a step-by-step guide on how to participate.
GMTA State Auditions
Saturday, April 15, 2023, at Piedmont University. Please let competing students know to leave this date open.
Honors Recital/CFMTA Recital
These annual recitals will take place on Sunday, April 23, 2023, at 2:00pm and 4:30pm, at North Fayette United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, GA.
Please visit our 2022/2023 Calendar Page for a complete list of important dates and events, including our CFMTA Socials on December 6th and May 9th and the incredible GMTA Conference on November 3-5.
If you are a CFMTA member and would like your bio and contact information featured on our website, please send it to Fernando Ramos. A picture would be great to include. Be aware that we do get scam attempts every once in a while! But if you’re comfortable navigating through these, your contact information can be made available on the Find a Teacher Page. Always remember that no one from CFMTA will ever email you requesting gift cards, wire transfers, etc.
We look forward to a wonderful year! Again, make sure to renew your membership or join our local chapter to take advantage of these great opportunities and more!!! You can do this at mtna.org.