OMTA/WSMTA Music Artistry Programs (Formerly Adjudications)
Chair: Cherie Felts
For this event, students prepare music from different music eras and present them to a college level adjudicator for both written remarks and optional interactive time working with the adjudicator immediately following their performance. It is helpful for both the student and their teacher because this opportunity provides objective feedback, encouragement and helps the student to have set and accomplished musical goals. Students that would like to enter the OMTA /WSMTA Recital Competition are required to participate in OMTA/WSMTA Adjudications as well. In addition, our adjudicators choose students from all levels to perform in the Olympia Chapter’s Honors Recitals which are held the Sunday immediately following Adjudications week, based on their adjudication performance. Contact OMTA Music Artistry Program Chair
OMTA Autumn Recitals
Chair: Mariann Ryan
Olympia Music Teachers Association offers three recital festivals each year that are open to the students of both members and non-members.
Autumn Festival is held on the first Saturday in November. Students memorize and perform pieces that relate to the season, such as falling leaves, stormy weather, Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc. This is the perfect performance opportunity for students of all ages and levels.
Contact OMTA Autumn Recitals Chair
OMTA Concerto Competition
Co-Chairs: Lynn Lewis and Jennifer Bowman
Chair to provide an updated description of this event. This is an exciting event where piano students of all ages play a Steinway grand piano on stage at the beautiful Washington Center for the Performing Arts. A second piano plays the part of the orchestra. While not all students are in it for the competition, this is a judged event, and winners will have the opportunity to play their piece with the Olympia Chamber Orchestra in their upcoming season! This is a great event to attend, watch and listen. You will enjoy the level of musicianship and the variety of captivating music. Admission is free to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted. Contact OMTA Concerto Competition Chair
OMTA Master Lessons
Chair: Joseph Murrow
OMTA Master Lessons Students provide an opportunity to present one or more pieces for a master teacher and receive coaching in the fall and winter. This is an excellent opportunity for teachers who would like help in preparing for MAP, or the Chapter Honors Competition, or are working towards certification, as the hours count towards continuing education points. Contact OMTA Master Lessons Chair
OMTA Pop, Jazz & Ensemble Recitals
Chair: Mariann Ryan
Pop, Jazz, Duet (Ensemble) Recitals are held in conjunction with the Musicianship Festival, the first Saturday in May. This delightful event provides students the opportunity to perform from these three genres of music, always a favorite for the audiences.
These recitals are great opportunities for students to gain confidence playing for larger groups, and for teachers to collaborate for these fun events. There are always enough participants that each recital festival is broken into three and sometimes four recital sessions; typically 20-25 students perform in each recital session. Contact OMTA Pop, Jazz & Ensemble Recitals Chair