Volume 22, Issue 10 | June 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
Note from the President
It has been my pleasure to serve as branch president for the last three years. The people on the branch board are hard working, creative, selfless and truly want what is best for our Southern Alameda County teachers. They serve with positive attitudes and we have a lot of fun!

I have a new adventure in the coming years that I am excited about! My husband and I are moving to Colorado to build our next home. We searched in many western states for a property that will give us quiet, beautiful space in the forest and we found it last year. My husband is an ultra talented designer/builder and I am enjoying being part of the process. 

After 37 years of teaching and participating in this branch, I have closed my piano studio. So many hard goodbyes! I will miss being part of MTAC, but I appreciate the leadership opportunities I have experienced. Most difficult is saying goodbye to many lifelong friends in this branch - a closeness that has come from time spent working on the board and attending events. 

Many thanks to our outgoing board members, Michelle Chi (Vice President) and Fonny Chandra (Corresponding Secretary) who have served for many years. Welcome to new board members, Philip Halseth and Jed Galant.

A positive, level-headed and forward-thinking person, Jesse Micek, will be your new president. He has previously served as Vice President and has experience with the branch events. He will be a wonderful leader!

I wish you all the best in your teaching!


Kristen Normann
Important Dates
July 2 - 5 (Fri - Mon)
  • Virtual Convention - Unity through Music

July 31
  • Deadline to pay for MTAC membership fee
MTAC - SACB website
password: mta1
Message from the Membership Secretary
Hello SACB teachers,

I hope all of you are doing well.

It is the time to renew your MTAC membership for 2022. The deadline of membership fee is due July 31. When you sign in to your MTAC account, you can just click the "Yes, renew now" button to complete the renewal process. If dues are not received by July 31, membership will not be renewed by that date, which may result in ineligibility to participate in CM 2022.

Please also check if your personal information on your profile (email address, home address, and phone number) is up to date. I will use that information for our branch's membership directory. So, if you have made some changes, please let me know by sending me an email. It will be very helpful so I will not miss anything.

Thank you!
Katherine Valdez
Scholarship Recipients
$1000 Senior Scholarship Recipient:

Justin Wang
student of Jed Gallant

The Regina Mastrantonio Memorial Fund Community Music Service Recognition Award Recipients:

Erin Yang
student of Grace Cheng
Helen Yuan
student of Fonny Chandra
Rebecca Tseng
student of Olya Katsman
Qingping Ye
student of Dorothy Su
Yichen Zeng
student of Dylan Librande

Each student received $250 award

Congratulation to all scholarship recipients!!!
Note from the CM Chair
July 2 to July 5
  • Virtual Convention 2021 - Unity Through Music


Let's hope the pandemic will end up like the flu regards to severity, and then we can have live in person recitals in 2022! CM has greatly changed, but like I said, nothing lasts forever. The branch board will be thinking of ways to offset the lack of live exam performance with something else. I am sure. I have every confidence.

Since there is no more branch tests, then there is no CM preparation to be done.

My job is left to do the branch honor recitals next year. I will do that all by myself! I used to do it, so I have come full circle!

I am about to send a survey. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE fill it out. I need to hear from you! I want MORE THAN 25 TEACHERS ANSWERING THE SURVEY

Thank you for your attention!

Be safe, be prosperous, be happy, and see you next fall!

Gloria Ho
CM Chair
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 (
Short Exam Pieces ideas
If you have anything to add to help all of us, please contact Gloria Ho at with composers and their pieces that helped you get a student to pass their level
Sandy Fong is retiring after 32 years of teaching and being involved with MTAC since she was a student herself. We appreciate all her time and effort providing delicious food for our branch’s events. 
Thank you Sandy, and we wish you much happiness!
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:
Piano for Sale
Sherman and Clay baby grand is in need of a new home ASAP.
Please contact Gloria at (510) 797-5839