February  17, 2014

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Note from the President
Awards Committee Info
Editor's Note
NSMTA Program Invitation
January Program
Emilio del Rosario Competition
College Scholarship
January Minutes
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Upcoming Events


Feb 17- Meeting - Rolling Meadows Library


Mar 1- Baroque Festival

Our Savior's Lutheran Church


Mar 10 - AIM Judges' Mtg.

Suzanne Fleer's home


Mar 22-26 - MTNA National Conference



Apr 6 -Classical/Pop-Jazz Recital 

Rolling Meadows Library


Apr 14 - Teachers' Musical

Steinway Gallery (Northbrook)



A Welcome from Our President
Maureen Flood
Dear Fellow Members:

Is anyone else sick of winter?  I have had it!!  I do, however, feel really grateful for my job and the ability to work out of my home.    No snow days for me!    When parents called to check on whether or not I was having lessons, I said -- "Absolutely!"   I think most of them were glad to get the kids away from their video games and out of the house for a little while.


I am really looking forward to our Baroque Festival on March 1st -- This will be such an enriching opportunity for our students!   Remember, this event has been made possible by our "Local Association of the Year" award money -- and our wonderful committee, headed up by Carol Walgren-Georgas.   Please read the bios of our esteemed presenters.    The fees are due Monday, February 17


Also coming up soon is the MTNA Conference. I have heard there are a record number of enrollments.   Pedagogy Saturday is already full.  Be sure to get to your sessions early! 


There is a reception for certified teachers on Tuesday, March 25, from 5 - 6 p.m.  You must register for that.  This is sponsored by the Piano Technicians Guild


Don't forget to vote for our East Central Division Director -- you have until March 3 to vote.  Voting is easy to do online.  You may also detach the ballot from the February/March issue of American Music Teacher and mail it in.   


Congratulations to Ilse Schmidt, who has achieved 50 years of membership in MTNA!   We are grateful to you for your years of dedication!


We are sending prayers for a quick healing to Marilyn Crosland, who had a bad fall.   She was not seriously injured, but needs to relax & rest her knee for awhile -- and those of you who know Marilyn know that it's not easy for her to take it easy!    Send her a card or a note, if you get a chance!


Also, our sympathy goes out to Marcia Mally -- her brother has passed away, after a long illness.


We will not have a regular meeting in March -- hopefully I will see many of you at the conference!  Please be thinking of whom you would like to nominate as our "Member of the Year" as we will take a vote at the April meeting.  There are many worthy individuals, who have devoted lots of time to our organization.


By the way, did I mention that I'm sick of winter!?!?!


Maureen P. Flood
President, NWSMTA
Awards Change


The Awards Competition Committee has decided to raise the age limitation of Intermediate Division up to 15 years instead of 14; due to the difficulty of the repertoire.

Galina Kostukovsky

Note from the Editor 
Alex's mother has no background in piano.  Yet, Alex's progress is outstanding.  And he's 5 years old. 
During Alex's lesson, Mom watches closely.  When something new or difficult comes up, Mom whips out her smart phone and videos Alex and I working on the difficult passage.  He always comes back a week later with it improved. 
We don't really have to be techno geeks. Our students and their parents are.  And they come with their own equipment. 
Deb Lynch, Editor
 NorthshoreMTA Invitation


Wael Farouk will be the presenter on Monday,
February 24 at 11 AM at MIC (Music Institute of Chicago), near Willow and Green Bay in Winnetka. 
"A wonderful musician, and a dazzling pianist."-David Dubal, author of The Art of the Piano. At the age of 32, Egyptian pianist Wael Farouk has had an extensive performing career.  With a vast repertoire spanning from Scarlatti to Bolcom, he commands more than 70 concertos and more than 60 solo programs, including the complete piano works of Chopin and Rachmaninoff. He has appeared as a soloist with the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Saint-Etienne National Orchestra, the Academy of the Arts Orchestra, the Manhattan Symphony, and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra for more than 20 concertos, including the Egyptian premieres of Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3, Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, and Prokofiev Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2, and 3. 
Russian Portraits, his debut solo album, was released on the Carlock Records label in 2013. The all-Russian album has drawn praise for its musical beauty and virtuosity. David Dubal has described the album as one that "gives us familiar repertoire played with a new light and freshness. Here is piano playing that brings chills to the flesh, performed with a rare virtuoso technique."
During the 2012-2013 season, Mr. Farouk made his Carnegie Hall solo debut. He will be performing the complete solo piano works of Rachmaninoff in a five-concert series across North America in 2013-2014.
Mr. Farouk is on the faculty of the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. 

We would love to have any Northwest Suburban members who are free that morning join us for what promises to be a wonderful lecture-recital.  He has entitled his presentation "Rachmaninoff's Pianistic Language: A Survey through His Piano Output."


Jane McInnis
VP Programs
February Program

"Guiding Students through Successful Performance"
Professor Sale maintains an active professional career as teacher, author, clinician and pianist. Following graduate study he received a professional teaching certificate from The New School for Music Study, where he studied Piano pedagogy with Frances Clark and Louise Goss. 

At Concordia University Chicago, Professor Sale teaches courses in piano pedagogy and is the director of the Preparatory and Community Piano Program. Since 2000, he has served as associate editor for the music reading department in Keyboard Companion magazine. Additionally, he is the educational consultant for the Frances Clark Library for piano students. As a workshop and master class clinician, Professor Sale has appeared throughout the U.S.

$1000 College Scholarship
The deadline is fast approaching for the $1000 college scholarship, which is April 1st.  If you have a high school student graduating this spring and majoring in music at a college or university and you are the primary teacher of this student, go to, click on members, then student info, and college scholarship.  Complete info is on the website along with the application form.  If you have any questions, please call or email.


Pat Borchardt    
Baroque Festival


Program for our students provided by our MTNA Award


The presenters:


Harpsichord - Emily Jane Katayama maintains a diverse career as a solo and collaborative performer, educator, and lecturer. She hold a Master of Music degree in harpsichord performance from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Edward Parmentier, and a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (Wheaton, IL). An active member of the Chicago and Naperville chapters of ISMTA/MTNA, Emily currently serves as the Director of the Piano Academy at North Central College (Naperville, IL). And teaches on the faculty of the Preparatory and Community Piano Program at Concordia University Chicago.


A dedicated chamber musician, Emily is a founding member of the period ensemble New Comma Baroque, the Antiqua Baroque Consort, has played continuo and solo with orchestras and in recitals in the Chicago area and for the Academy of Early Music series and at the Boston Early Music Festival (2011 and 2013. She owns and performs on her 1977 William Dowd French single manual harpsichord.


Organ-Barbara Kudirka majored in music at Mankato State University, studying piano with Mary Veverka and Edward Epple and organ with Dr. Paul Karvonen. She earned a Master of Music degree in piano performance at Northwestern University, studying with Pauline Lindsay. In 1995 she became the Minister of Music at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rolling Meadows, serving as organist/pianist, choir director and children's muic director. She became Director of Music at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Glenview in 1999 where she plays the 36-rank Gabriel Kney (1996) pipe organ.


Her chief musical mentor has been Menahem Pressler , Distinguished Professor of Piano at Indiana Universiy, with who she has studied piano in master classes for the last 25 years. Currently, she receives organ coaching from Margaret McElwain Kemper (Music Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University.


Dance-Linda Daniels McDonald is Director of McDonald Dance Academy in Arlington Heights. She received her early ballet education from noted instructors such as Anida Sedala, Ruth Page, Gus Giordano, Fernado Schauffenberg, Barbara Copeland and Jerry Bywaters Cochran. Performing with such artists as Edward Villela and Rudollph Nuryev further enhanced her educational experience. Linda received a fine arts degree in ballet from Texas Christian University, was a soloist with the Fort Worth Ballet Company, and danced with the Fort Worth Opera under the direction of Marina Swveltova. She danced in Summerstock with the Music Theatre of Wichita, Kansas. She taught at Dance Center North, Northbrook Dance Center and Dance Variations Workshop in Palatine until opening McDonald Dance Academy in 1994. Linda is actively involved with Dance for Life in Chicago and a member of C.N.A.D.M. Board of Directors. She directs the Arlington Dance Ensemble and her students have gone on to receive dance scholarships, to major in dance at college and to dance professionally. Linda has created choreography for many local theatre groups, including four St. James musical productions. She lives in Arlington Heights with her husband and three children.

Achievement in Music (AIM)


AIM Exam Performance level III and IV

February 9, 2014

Final Report


22 Teachers enrolled students in the AIM Level III and IV Performance exam on Sunday, February 9th.  61 students completed the exam, including 36 for level III and 25 for level IV.  Two students (one level III and one level IV) will be scheduling a make-up exam. The high, low and average score are as follows:















Thank you to all of the teachers who assisted in the exams.  Everyone, from check-in to hall monitors and judges, helped make the day run very smoothly.  Special thanks to Lyn Ehrgott who kindly assisted even without enrolling students in the exam.  Thanks also for the many delicious refreshments brought in for the exams. 

Teachers still looking to pick up their student exams following today's meeting (February 17th) should contact Fran Onley. 

Click here for link to Baroque Festival Poster.

Northwest Suburban Music Teachers Association
Maureen Flood, President
Chieko Garling, Webmaster

Deborah Lynch, Newsletter