Volume 22, Issue 7 | March 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
MTAC - SACB Board Opening
If you are interested in serving the board, please email Kristen Normann at or text at 510-517-3790
Important Dates
March 6 (Sat)
  • Deadline to apply for March Student Recital
  • Scroll down for more details

March 11 (Thu)

March 20 (Sat)
  • Virtual Student Recital at 4:00 pm

April 10 (Sat)
  • Deadline to apply for April Student Recital
  • Scroll down for more details

April 22 (Thu)* (new date)

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

April 24 (Sat)
  • Virtual Student Recital at 4:00 pm

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
Come and Chat Event
Need more idea for teaching? Want to share your experiences with other fellow teachers? Want to get to know other fellow teachers? Want to chat with old friends in our branch? Then, please join our Come and Chat events! We will have two sessions with some very interesting topics. Don't miss it!

Technique - Problem and Solution
Thursday, March 11th, 2021
10:00 - 11:00 am
Meeting ID: 848 1604 5999

Short Exam Pieces
Thursday, April 22nd, 2021* (date changed)
10:00 - 11:00 am
Meeting ID: 871 2332 7638
Student Zoom Recital
Note from CM Chair
March 5
Exam results are supposed to be published

July 2 - 6
Virtual Convention Unity through Music - look for application to convention

When the results are published, Grace and I will start the process of printing certificates and passing out seals and BR ribbons. I will be ordering the senior plaques. Please be patient and give us a couple or 3 weeks to get the envelopes done for you.

South Region will pick up their envelopes and plaques at Grace Cheng's house. North Region will pick up at my place, Gloria Ho. I will have someone from Castro Valley, pick up the envelopes for Castro Valley/Hayward and drop off at one of the teacher's house to pick up.

I will announce when to pick up your envelopes.

For those with seniors, you will have to come again to pick up the plaques and medals. I will have to wait for them to get done, and also to wait for the medals from state office. I will announce when they will be ready for pick up.

It feels good to be done so early! I hope to see you at a Southern Alameda zoom general meeting. Have a good summer. Let's see what the future holds for us next year! All good stuff I hope!

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 (
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: