August 2022 Newsletter

Dear MMAMTA members,

I hope everyone is doing well and getting ready for the new school year coming up soon!

As a reminder for the piano teachers, applications for the Piano Student Showcase are due on September 26. This is might be a great opportunity for your students!

The Musicathon chair is still vacant. If you would be interested, please contact me and I will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have and to assist you with anything you need. My personal email is:

I’m wishing all of us a wonderful school year full of music and accomplishments!

Best regards,

Renan Leme

President, MMAMTA

Director of Orchestras, Hickman High School

Violinist, Missouri Symphony

Owner and Violinist at Leme Ensemble


Fall Workshop: Share-the-Rep (Piano)

Hello! We have been missing our Fall Workshop, which usually kicks off the academic year.

While Diane Hidy Workshop had to be postponed again, some of us are interested in gathering all the same.

Review the schedule below. If you are not a pianist, drop by anyway and have lunch with us!

When: Friday, Aug 19, 9:30am-ca. 12pm

Where: Tsuruta-Miyamoto Home Studio, 2713 Burrwood Dr in Columbia

9:30am Share-the-Rep (Repertoire and Books);

10:30am Brainstorm Musicathon(s) & Handbook/ Calendar Review;

11am Bring your own lunch - if cooler, we can sit outside on the patio

ca. 12pm End.


Renew or Sign-Up for your MTNA membership!

MMTA Pre-Collegiate District Auditions

Pre-Collegiate Application Deadline is Sept 7. Fee is $35.

Pre-Collegiate State Audition is Sept 24 at the Columbia College. Fee is $40.

Enroll your students here, after Aug 15:

2022 The 21st Piano Showcase Information:

  • One piece to be evaluated by two judges
  • Application Deadline: Sept 26
  • Audition: October 8 at the MU Whitmore Recital Hall
  • Performance: October 30, Sunday afternoon at the Missouri Theatre
  • Apply online:

The 2023 MMAMTA/Odyssey Pre-Collegiate Aria / Concerto Competition

  • Any one movement to be evaluated by two judges
  • The work must be memorized to be considered for a performance with an orchestra
  • Audition: January 8, 2023 at the First Baptist Church of Columbia (FBC)
  • Performance: February 17, Friday 7pm at FBC; snow date Feb 19.
  • Apply after Sept 1 here:

The 10th Plowman Chamber Music Competition in Columbia

  • $5000 Grand Prize and Odyssey Series Concert in 2023-2024 Season ($2000+)
  • At least two complete, contrasting works and 30-min of program on YouTube
  • Open to 3-6 ensemble members
  • Age limit: 39 inclusive, as of Mar 25, 2023
  • Live Audition: March 25, 2023 at the First Baptist Church of Columbia (FBC)
  • Finals: March 26, 2023 at the Missouri Theatre
  • Apply after Nov 1:

Odyssey Chamber Music Series, Season 19 is going back to ticketing!  Both concert and fundraiser tickets are on sale August 15, here: