May 1, 2015
Dear MRMTA Members,
The last few months have been flying with many wonderful activities and fun events. I am always so honoured to be President of an organization that works for its members. It truly engages so many people on both sides of the teaching profession; students, parents and teachers.
As you all know, the Musicthon was once again at the Forks. In its 25th year, it has matured into a fun, successful event with many teachers participating. Many thanks to all who came out and volunteered but especially to committee chair, Gina Wedel. She has become the backbone to this event and runs it with great efficiency and confidence. It runs smoothly under her hard work and dedication. Gina and I had the pleasure of an outing to see where all the money raised for the Variety goes to and I can honestly say the cause is very worthwhile. We attended a class held by Margot Harding at Harstone Dominion Daycare in the inner city. There, we participated in 2 classes of the Musictanz Programme and had a great time. Inner city Nursery and Kindergarten aged children are taught music aurally through rhymes, rhythm and song. It is a wonderful programme and we really enjoyed our visit.
Our last workshop of the year was held in January with Melanie Whyte as our guest clinician. Thank you to her for this fine learning/teaching experience and to the participants who learned so much. Leanne Hiebert kindly worked at making this event happen and I am indebted to her and the executive for making sure the MRMTA continued to serve its members during my time away due to illness.
Another year has passed and the Scholarship Competition too is completed. Thank you to Susan Kirton, a new member to the MRMTA who worked extremely hard running this annual event, along with her fabulous committee. The word is that the Gala Concert was an excellent one. Congratulations to all of the participants and their teachers. Pianist Megan Dufrat, under the tutelage of MRMTA member, David Moroz was the winner of the advanced piano competition. She is off to represent Manitoba at the National Piano Competition in Vancouver during CFMTA/FCAPM Convention in July. We wish her the best of luck!
The new website is up! The executive spent many exhausting hours to get the website up to par and we hope everyone will reap the benefits of being found and seen easier on the new site. Did you have a chance to upload your biography and photo yet? I just love the photos taken by Garnie Ross at the photo shoot we offered to all members. They are fabulous and fun. Enjoy perusing the new site…..and if anything is missing, let us know.
Meanwhile, come on out to see the executive chez moi, Sunday June 21st at the second annual “Wine-Up”! Sign up online (give it a try!) or just show up. The more the merrier... all the details are on the home page of the MRMTA website!
Tiffany A. Wilson, President