October 2022 Noteworthy

Curtain Raiser: Stan Watkins

Stan maintains an active studio of 40 students in North Kirkland. Previously, he served in Christian ministry in the Seattle area, Estonia, and England. Then, he operated a local moving service for six years. That may be a unique career path: ministry, moving company, musician. At the meeting, he will play “A Hermit Thrush at Eve,” (Op. 92, no. 1) by Mrs. H.H.A. (Amy) Beach. This piece contains exact notations of hermit thrush bird songs and on the first page she includes this verse by John Vance Cheney: 

Holy, Holy... in the hush
Hearken to the hermit thrush;
All the air
Is in prayer.

Presenter: Yelena Balabanova – “Q&A with Yelena”

Dr. Yelena Balabanova is an acclaimed soloist and is widely recognized for her extensive repertoire, original interpretations, innovative programs, and a sought-after clinician on healthy technique and artistry. We are fortunate to call her a part of our community here at EMTA! Read her full (and very impressive) bio here.

For October’s general meeting, Yelena will share her sources for repertoire ideas and her online teaching experience. Then she will lead a conversation of experiences and ideas – she asks that you bring any questions you may have about specific skills, a specific piece, ways to practice, parent/teacher relationship, general ideas, tips, tricks, etc.. Yelena is looking forward to seeing everyone and sharing her ideas!

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Board Meeting Bullet Points – October 6, 10 am  –                    Next meeting: 11/8/22, 10 a.m.

  • A new password is coming for the members-only portions of the EMTA website. Please make sure your membership is current to continue to access those resources!
  • Our annual Holiday Social will be held at Edgewood Baptist Church on 12/13 from 10-12. More details to come!
  • The full minutes from each monthly board meeting will soon be available on the website for your reference.


Check out October’s member spotlight – Suzetta Glenn!  – Jeff


The deadline for November’s Newsworthy will be Sunday 11/6. Thank you! – Jessica

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Help Wanted –              Holiday Gift Donations for Holly House            –           Judy Cook

Holly House is a Children’s Holiday Gift program providing food and necessities for low-income children in 16 Edmonds School district schools.  The director, Pam Martinez, asked us to focus on teens and shared the “top 3 gifts” for teens:

Top 3 Gifts for Girls:                                                                          

1.  Make-up kits and nail sets                                                     

2.  Curling, crimping, straightening irons/hair dryers               

3.  Girls’ Crafting Items (12 – 17 years)                                         

Top 3 Gifts for Boys:

1.  Nerf Guns (12 – 17 years)

2.  Legos (12 – 17 years)

3.  Footballs, soccer balls and basketballs

Please bring your donations to the EMTA October and November meetings.  At the general meeting on November 8, 2022, we will take a creative group photo to help with Holly House marketing and encourage other to donate!

Thank you for your generosity and reaching out to the teens in our community! 

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Upcoming Events Calendar

***Please visit the website for our full calendar! EMTA Calendar – Edmonds Music Teachers Association***

Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival and Workshop 2022                 –              Edgewood Baptist Church

Festival Chairpersons: Valerie Gathright, Marie Wollam-Mergler

We are so excited to announce that 21 teachers are sending a total of 91 students to the October 15th Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival! Due to this high enrollment, we have a tight schedule that MUST be followed so every student gets time with the adjudicator. For the workshop, students should check-in 10 minutes early with music and headphones. They may bring personal corded headphones, or we can provide some on loan.

10/14/22 – 7 p.m. Jazz, Rags, and Blues Concert with Festival adjudicator, Elliot Gray    **Doors open at 6:45**

10/15/22 – Jazz, Rags, and Blues Festival and Workshop

Time Era Festival 2022                                           –                                         Hartley Mansion Everett, WA

              Festival Chairpersons: Dr. Yelena Balabanova, Allan Park

Time Period: Modern
In-Person Adjudicator: Jeffrey Gilliam
Virtual YouTube Adjudicator: Dr. Peter Mack

                            10/16/22 – Registration Due

                             10/30/22 – YouTube recording submissions due

                             11/6/22 – In-Person Performance

Halloween Community Recital                          –                                     King’s Chapel, Crista (Courtyard Assisted Living)

Chairperson: Jennie Holland, 206-794-9771 19327 Kings Garden Dr N, Shoreline, WA 98133

We need more students to sign up for this fun event – we would love to see 3 kids from each studio! Please email or text your students’ names, the title of their piece, and the composer to Jennie Holland. Students may dress up in costume for this recital! The residents will SO appreciate having visitors and listening to music!

10/29/22 – 2 p.m. – popcorn wagon available for refreshments afterward!

Adult Piano Social                                                   –                                                        Dawn Taylor-May’s studio

              Chairpersons: Dawn Taylor-May, Amber Saldivar                                          18902 92nd Ave. W, Edmonds

This is a social evening where EMTA adult students can socialize and/or perform in a casual and safe social setting. Partners of adult piano students and their piano teachers are also welcome. 

11/14/22 – Signup Deadline

11/17/22, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Piano Social            

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From the Archives

October is EMTA Charter Anniversary Month! First EMTA President Carolyn Malnes (1989-1991) accepted the Chapter Charter on October 6, 1990 at the District I Conference held at Edmonds United Methodist Church. The EMTA Memories Scrapbook (1989-1998) will be available to see at this month’s membership meeting. Come check out a photocopy of the charter, pictures of charter members, and the program for the 1990 District I Conference!

The Charter Member signatures you might recognize are Carolyn Malnes, Judy Baker, Carolyn Lee, Marilyn Droz, Suzetta Glenn (Welcome Back, Suzetta!), Keva Vaughan McMorrow, and Debra DeMiero. EMTA has existed for 33 years (our 30th anniversary was celebrated at the Sept. 2019 General Meeting) and it’s been 32 years since we received our charter.

Submitted by Marilyn Droz, NCTM, EMTA Historian.

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