September 2022 Newsletter

MMAMTA September Newsletter

Dear MMAMTA members,

I hope everyone is having a great beginning of school year and is as excited as I am for all the recitals, performances, competitions, and music events in general that come with it!

As a reminder, if you haven’t renewed your MMAMTA membership, please do it ASAP. There are many opportunities that come with our association such as our pre-collegiate concerto competition, summer camp scholarships, and in March 2023, audition for a chance to perform in a master class by one of the three Plowman Competition judges – Amit Peled, cello; Lucille Chung, piano; or Jeff Scott, horn.

Here is the link to renew your membership:

As another reminder, if you are interested in having any of your students participating at the MMTA pre-collegiate competition, the deadline is September 7th, which is coming up very soon!

I am wishing all of us a wonderful new school year full of excitement and good music!


Renan Leme

President, MMAMTA

Director of Orchestras, Hickman High School

Violinist, Missouri Symphony

Owner and Violinist at Leme Ensemble

2022-2023 MMAMTA Handbook is here!

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Password is "MusicalEducation"

Renew or Sign-Up for your MTNA membership!

MMTA Pre-Collegiate District Auditions

Pre-Collegiate Application Deadline is Sept 7. Fee is $35.  Enroll your students here:

Pre-Collegiate District Audition is Sept 24 at the Columbia College in Columbia.

Pre-Collegiate Stat Audition this year is at the Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) in Cape Girardau. Fee is $40.

Fall Workshop: Share-the-Rep (Piano)

A group of us got together to share some repertoire and we learned a lot!  Rep List is being compiled; thank you for your patience.

~ Audition Opportunities ~

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: