Volume 20, Issue 5 | January 2019
Kristen Normann,  President
Olya Katsman , Vice President
Michelle Chi, Second Vice President
Susie Kim , Treasurer & Parliamentarian
Fonny Chandra , Corresponding Secretary
Ruth Zhou , Recording Secretary
Jung-Hee Park , Membership Secretary & Referrals Chair
Grace Cheng,  Director
Gloria Ho,  Director
Maria Ehlert,  Director
Millie Chiem , Director
Marina Grudskaya,  Director & Student Recitals
Sophia Vu,  Director & Website Administrator

Sandy Fong & Maria Ehlert, Hospitality
Sr. Andre Marie Fujier & Ruth Zhou,  Historian
Carmencita Aspiras,  Sunshine
Lu Huang , Composer Today
Olya Katsman , MSSL Community Outreach
Dr. Jiang Wu,  VOCE (Voice, Strings and Woodwinds)

Gloria Ho,  CM Chair and North Region Chair, (Piano, Strings, Woodwinds and Voice)
Grace Cheng,  CM South Region Chair
Ji An,  North Region Honors Recitals
Karen Wolff , South Region Honor Recital
Katherine Lee & Ruby Cheung,  Theory Site Coordinators
Important Dates
January 12 (Sat) - Practicing and Preparing for Performance by Margret Elson, 4 pm - 6 pm
  • Location: Community Church of Christ at 34050 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont, CA 94555
  • For more information: CLICK HERE
  • Who should attend: Music teachers, students at all levels of practice and performance, parents, anyone preparing for auditions or performance, and mental health professionals who work with artists and performance.
  • Please come! Even if you have not registered! The location has plenty of spaces for everyone!

January 15 (Tue) - Deadline to put CM repertoire online and sign up for CM activities (Branch Honor, Convention, etc)

February 9 (Sat) - Theory Test for Panel Students

February 10 (Sun) - Student recital
  • Location: Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Auditorium at 43326 Mission Blvd. Fremont, CA 94539
  • For more information: CLICK HERE

February 16-17, 23-24 (Sat-Sun) - CM NORTH REGION Piano Performance and PANEL Auditions

March 16-17 (Sat-Sun) - CM Theory test for all Disciplines at Chabot College

March 17 (Sun) - CM Woodwind and Voice Performance

March 16-17, 23-24 (Sat-Sun) - CM SOUTH REGION Piano Performance
Practicing and Preparation for Performance
CM News
Message from CM Chair
January 15
Deadline for teachers to put in their repertoire and to sign up for CM activities (Branch Honor, Convention). This is for all teachers.

Deadline to change Panel students to regular CM status.

January 30
Deadline for NORTH REGION special preference requests for exam time for students. All teachers can submit your requests to me. Please have a legitimate reason why the student needs a particular date, or time in order to be considered. If you know your student's time need, please send it to me at any time before February 1 date.

February 1
TENTATIVE publish date of exam schedule for NORTH REGION only.

February 9
Theory Test for Panel students. You MUST take the theory exam if you are not exempt, or this is your first Panel BEFORE March 1. The location is 33045 Korbel Street, Union City, CA 94587 at 4:00 pm (home of Gloria Ho).

February 16-17, 23-24
Panel Auditions. Your Panel coordinator will contact you regarding your student appointments.

February 16-17, 23-24
NORTH REGION Piano Performance dates

March 9
Makeup for theory exams for high school only.
This year the makeup date will be BEFORE the official theory exams at Chabot College.
It will be held at my house, 33045 Korbel Street, Union City, CA 94587 at 4:00 pm.

March 16-17
Theory exams for all disciplines at Chabot College. Check your directory for address.

March 16-17, 23-24
SOUTH REGION Piano Performance dates

March 17
Woodwinds Performance Date held at Anna Poklewski Academy of Music. Check your directory for address

March 17
Voice Performance Date. Schedule to record DVDs. Location and date to be announced in February.

Due to the dates being spread out, I do not need to announce anything for South Region because your exam isn't until March. I will make announcements in February for your information. However, if you already know your need for a special time, please inform GRACE CHENG of that information.

Gloria Ho
Dear teachers,

Please encourage your students of any age who are ready to perform to join MSSL.
It is a great opportunity for them to perform more and get Community Service hour.
To register: CLICK HERE
Membership fee is $15

  • Next Event: January 27, 2019 from 2 - 3 pm. The recital will take place at Aegis Living of Fremont (3850 Walnut Ave., Fremont, CA 94538)

Below is the pictures taken by Charissa Luk from December event at Brookdale Senior Living. There were a total of 12 performers and around 30 seniors who came to listen. The seniors enjoyed the event very much and hope that the students can come back to perform.
YAG Concert's Pictures
The Young Artist Guild (YAG) Piano Concert by Cameron Akioka was fantastic! We hope Cameron can come this year so more of our branch teachers and students can hear such a fine performer.
To see Cameron's performance:
Competition Opportunity
The Ninth Annual Kathryn Gawartin Chopin Piano Competition
The Ninth Annual Kathryn Gawartin Chopin Piano Competition sponsored by the West Los Angeles Branch will be held on Sunday afternoon, February 17, 2019 at Roth Hall, Crossroad School located at 1714 21st Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.
This is a high caliber cash award competition and is open to all branches of MTAC. Online application is now available and the deadliine is January 28, 2019. Postmark deadline for entry fees and proof of age to reach Louisa Wong is January 29, 2019.
Please visit for further information.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Louisa Wong at or Dr. Wojciech Kocyan at
Accepting New Students
Kris Palmer
Flute, Piccolo, Alto Flute, and Bass Flute
Phone: 650-868-3150

Daivd Ross
Phone: 510-586-9163

Karen Wolff
Piano, Organ
Phone: 510-651-8140

Alice Huang
Phone: 510-709-8293
Location: Castro Valley, CA 94546
New Contact
Joy Fisher
Phone: 510-862-6485