Volume 19, Issue 7 | March 2018
Millie Chiem,  President
Jesse Micek , Vice President
Michelle Chi, Second Vice President
Susie Kim , Treasurer & Parliamentarian
Fonny Chandra , Corresponding Secretary
Kristen Normann , Recording Secretary
Jung-Hee Park , Membership Secretary & Referrals Chair
Grace Cheng,  Director
Ruth Zhou,  Director
Maria Ehlert,  Director
Marina Grudskaya,  Director & Student Recitals
Olya Katsman.  Director & MSSL Community Outreach
Sophia Vu,  Director & Website Administrator

Sandy Fong & Maria Ehlert, Hospitality
Sr. Andre Marie Fujier & Ruth Zhou,  Historian
Carmencita Aspiras,  Sunshine
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
Ling Lee & Ji An,  Honors Recitals
Katherine Lee & Ruby Cheung,  Theory Site Coordinators
Upcoming Events
Mar. 10, 11 (Sat/Sun)
CM Theory Test at Chabot College, Hayward

Mar. 10, 11, 17, 18 (Sat/Sun)
CM Piano Evaluation - North Region

Mar. 11 (Sun)
CM String Evaluation

Apr. 7 (Sat)
Branch Honor Recital for South Region at Castro Valley Center for the Arts

Apr. 8 (Sun)
Branch Honor Recital for North Region at Castro Valley Center for the Arts
Senior Awards Recital at Castro Valley Center for the Arts
Recital Programs will be post on   when they are ready.  Teachers are responsible to double check the recital programs and contact Frances Martin for South region and Ji An for North region when there are discrepancies.

Apr. 20 (Fri)
Business Practices, Teaching Policies, and How to Survive in the Summer at Anna Poklewski Academy of Music - Fremont

Apr. 21 (Sat)
Senior Scholarship and YAG Scholarship deadline

Apr. 30 (Mon)
The Regina Mastrantonio Memorial Fund deadline
Important News
Scholarships applications and deadlines for high school students:

Senior Scholarship - $1000
Deadline: April 21, 2018
To apply please send the following information to
  1. Student name
  2. MTAC teacher recommending the student
  3. Performing instrument
  4. An acceptance letter verifying enrollment in the music program from the college as a music student starting in the Fall of 2018
  5. A personal bio with attached picture
  6. 30 minutes recital program for the Spring Luncheon

YAG Scholarship - $1200
Deadline: April 21, 2018
To qualify, student must achieve YAG in Junior or Senior year. Performance at Spring luncheon and Major in music is NOT a requirement.
Send the application to Jesse Micek at

The Regina Mastrantonio Memorial Fund Community Music Service Recognition Award - maximum of four winners and each will receive $250 award and a certificate
Deadline: April 30, 2018
To qualify, the candidate has to be a student of an MTAC-SACB teacher.
Send the application to:
Jesse Micek
4558 Alma Ave.
Castro Valley, CA 94546

Special thank you to children of Regina Mastrantonio for donating the $1000 scholarship!

For more details on MTAC-SACB scholarships go to:
Or see page 16, 17, and 18 in the directory
Convention News
MTAC's annual Convention is just around the corner, taking place this year at the Orange County Hyatt Regency Hotel in Garden Grove from  June 29 to July 3

** Each Branch can select a member who has never been to Convention before to receive  full registration for free**
Click the link below to apply:
The full convention registration must be received by the State Office no later than  June 10.
If you have any questions regarding the free first-time Convention attendee, please send email to:
Millie Chiem at  
CM News
March 10 and March 11 North Region Performance Exams
March 10 and March 11 Theory Exams for ALL Disciplines at Chabot College
March 11 String Exams
March 17 and March 18 North Region Performance Exams
April 7 South Region Branch Honors Recitals
April 8 North Region Branch Honors Recitals
April 8 Senior Awards Recital

There is very little time for the branch honors coordinators to do their work, so when the results gets published please be quick to find out if your students will want to play in the Branch Honors recitals.
REMEMBER, they will NOT automatically put your students in the recital. You have to make a request and tell them which students will play.

Many thanks go to Katherine Lee and Ruby Cheung for their contribution to the theory site. Let’s make sure everything runs smoothly for them, and let no conflicts happen at the theory site.

Thank you to Ji An for north region branch honors recitals and to Frances Martin the new south region branch honors recitals coordinator.

My deepest thanks go to Ling Lee who has served as Branch Honors Coordinator for so many years. Her tireless dedication is deeply appreciated by all. I am happy to give her a much deserved break. Enjoy
your extra free time. Thank you very much.

For north region, the results should be made public March 26. Give me a week to enter the results. It might go earlier if I get it done quick.

Grace Cheng will announce when the south region results will be published.

For Voice and Woodwinds, I will publish the results as soon as I get the theory exams results entered, so hopefully next week.

Thank you everyone for all your efforts in running the CM program for Southern Alameda. We need each and everyone to put in their share. Please be kind to each other. Please work to the best of your ability.

Gloria Ho
CM Chair
Master Class Opportunity
M aster class with Dr. Edward Neeman
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018 (Deadline to sign-up: Saturday, March 17)
Time: 3:00 PM
The Steinway Gallery in Walnut Creek
$50 per student
Please write the check payable to Ji An and mail it to:
The payment must be received by March 17.
The Australian-American pianist Edward Neeman has performed across five continents. Critics have lauded him as a “true artist” with “an excellent technique” who “isn’t afraid to put a distinctive stamp on whatever he touches, without resorting to mannerism.” A top prizewinner of numerous international piano competitions, including first prize in the Joaquín Rodrigo Competition in Madrid, the Southern Highlands International Piano Competition, and the World International Piano Competition. Dr. Neeman also has appeared as a soloist with the Prague Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Kentucky Symphony, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and the American West Symphony.
Dr. Neeman holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Australian National University, a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music and a Doctor of Musical arts degree from the Juilliard School.
Dr. Neeman regularly gives masterclasses around the world and has been a jury member for the Mozart International Piano Competition in Thailand, the Hong Kong Schools Festival, the Jakarta Conservatory National Competition, the West Australian Pianists Competition, and numerous competitions and festivals in the United States. He has taught at Utah Valley University and will shortly move to Australia where he will teach piano at the Australian National University. He also holds the position of Artist Faculty at the ELMS Conservatory in Jakarta, Indonesia.
This master class is open to the students in level 7 and higher.  The piece should be no more than 12 min. since each student will have 25 min. session with Dr. Neeman. The piece must be a classical repertoire. No teaching materials, please. Ji An will take 4 performers and 2 alternates. 
This will be a great opportunity to have a performance experience and a feedback before the Branch Honors Recital or the competitions.
To sign up:
Email Ji An at your student’s name, school grade, the title of the piece and send the check to the address above for the registration fee. 
Thank you. Hope to see you all in the Master Class.
Competition Opportunity
Click here or the picture above for more information
Accepting New Students
Maggie Seuis
138 Paraiso Dr.
Danville, CA 94526
Phone: 510-305-0942