Volume 22, Issue 5 | January 2021
Kristen Normann, President
Olya Katsman, Vice President
Michelle Chi, Second Vice President
Millie Chiem, Treasurer & Parliamentarian
Fonny Chandra, Corresponding Secretary
Ruth Zhou, Recording Secretary
Katherine Valdez, Membership Secretary & Referrals Chair
Grace Cheng, Director
Gloria Ho, Director
Maria Ehlert, Director
Karen Wolff, Director
David Ross, Director & Student Recitals
Lu Huang, 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

Gloria Ho, CM Chair and North Region Chair, (Piano, Strings, Woodwinds and Voice)
Grace Cheng, CM South Region Chair
Millie Chiem, North Region Honors Recitals
Karen Wolff, South Region Honor Recital
Katherine Lee & Ruby Cheung, Theory Site Coordinators
Message from the President
Welcome 2021!

May music be a source of comfort as well as inspiration and challenge for further development. I encourage you to take advantage of our branch’s virtual events to enrich your teaching and develop lifelong friendships. Each of us has something to offer and something to gain. Let this be a year to celebrate growth, new beginnings and resilience.

Important Dates
January 16 (Sat)
  • Deadline to apply for Virtual Student Recital
  • Check the flyer below for more details

January 23 (Sat)

January 30 (Sat)
  • Virtual Student Recital at 4:00 pm

March 11 (Thu)
  • Come and Chat: Technique - Problem and solution at 10:00 - 11:00 am
  • Zoom link to follow

April 15 (Thu)
  • Come and Chat: Short Exam Pieces at 10:00 - 11:00 am
  • Zoom link to follow

April 20 (Tue)
  • Deadline to apply for the Scholarships (Senior Scholarship, YAG Scholarship, and the Regina Mastrantonio Community Music Service Recognition Award)
  • Check the flyer below for more details

May 8 (Sat)
  • Virtual Scholarship Ceremony at 4:00 pm presenting the Senior and YAG Scholarship, and the Regina Mastrantonio Commmunity Music Service Recognition Award recipients.
  • Zoom link to follow
MTAC - SACB website
password: mta1
Peter Mack's Master Class
Saturday, January 23rd, 2021
4:00 pm
Meeting ID: 864 1689 1836


Fantasy in d minor by W.A. Mozart
Sonata Op. 14 No. 1 by L.v. Beethoven
Prelude and Fugue in B-flat Major by J. S. Bach
Paganini Etude no. 6 by F. Liszt
Fairy Tale op. 51 No. 1 by N. Medtner
Sonata No. 3 by S. Prokofiev
Student Zoom Recital
Note from CM Chair
Dear Teachers,

January 15
Deadline to put in repertoire and application for Convention. If you have incomplete students, and it doesn't say enrolled, by their name in your CM roster in your portal, they are going to eliminate them.

February 5 to 15
This is the two weeks your students must upload their repertoire, upload scans of their music, take theory exam, and take the sight reading exam.

March TBA
Apply for convention recital and register for Convention.

July 2 to 6
Virtual Convention Unity through Music

For question about syllabus, CM problems, please contact the teacher e-support link.

If you have any technical questions, you can contact the MTAC State Office. They are available Monday - Friday, from 9 am - 5 pm.

You can find a list of helpful documents regarding all manner of CM procedure in your teacher portal home page, left side.

For policy and procedures, I can look up the answers for you, but I urge you to download the 2021 CM policy and procedures to find your own answers. And all syllabus questions can be answered in your syllabus.

Gloria Ho
CM Chair
New Branch Honor Requirements
The CM council has decided that the evaluators will no longer be evaluating for branch honors, since it is not a Certificate of Merit program. However, as a branch we will adapt.
The new requirements for branch honors is:

  1. Performance, Technique, and Sight Reading must be good or excellent
  2. All pieces must be memorized
  3. Theory Exam must be 80% or better
  4. There will be no rating.
  5. The student will choose the piece.

This year due to the pandemic, there will be no branch honors recital. Branch Honors ribbons will be given if they meet the requirements. Because a student cannot sign up for BH, like the State Honors sticker, the Branch Honors will be automatically given.

However, when and if everything goes back to normal and we have live in person recitals, then Branch Honors ribbons will only be given if the student performs and stays for the whole recital to accept the ribbon when they are presented after the recital.
Hello everyone!
Music Students’ Service League (MSSL) is a student-run group of volunteers with the mission to promote happiness achieved through musical entertainment as well as developing musical appreciation for the underprivileged members of society, especially our elderly citizens. Despite the ongoing pandemic, we still host recitals by pre-recording performances and send them to senior living centers to brighten up our elderly’s day. We are planning to host monthly recitals in this coming year via online or in-person if permitted by health experts.

If you’re interested in joining us, please print, fill out, and follow the directions on the form:

Students of all skill levels are encouraged to join! Not only is this opportunity a great way to fulfill your service hours requirement, but you also get some well-needed practice for recitals and competitions!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Brooke Zheng (, Erin Yu (, or Andrew Gao (
Scholarship Opportunity
Technology Corner
  • Gooseneck iPhone holder from Amazon, which can be attached to the piano lid to provide a top down view of the keyboard
  • New online platform:, better sound quality for online music teaching. Must use Google Chrome to have the best experience. You also can book a free demo to experience the sound.
  • Free video service, Flipgrid, is helping students to record online easily. Some school uses it, because it is super user friendly. Once you sign up, you create a topic (for example CM piano recording 1) and add verbal instructions, create an example video, etc. Next, set the parameters, for example, how long the video could ne, which students can access it, and send a join code to the students. They don't have to create an account. On their side, they open the video, click record and viola! (*Tips from Maretha Davel)

Have more ideas you would like to share? Please email Fonny Chandra at
Piano Tuners' Corner
Robin Whitehouse
Phone: 831-247-0043

David Amendola
Steinway Concert Technician
Phone: 415-250-0724

Linda Kay
Phone: 510-910-0283
Accepting New Students
David Ross
Phone: 510-586-9163

Alice Huang
Phone: 510-709-8293
Location: Castro Valley, CA 94546

Julie Chang
Phone: 510-366-2193
Address:716 Solstice Court, Fremont, CA 94539

To put your name on (or take your name out of) the list, please contact:
Fonny Chandra at: