May 2022

Greetings to Our New Members
If you're reading a PTG member e-newsletter for the first time, welcome! If you need anything, please get in touch with your chapter president, Regional Vice President, or the PTG Home Office. Be sure to check out some of the great benefits of PTG membership. To all members, check out the list of new members in each month's Journal and see who's new in your area.
Updating Your PTG Website Login Info
The PTG Home Office has transitioned to a new member management system and we have launched our new member portal. This tool will help us stay connected with you and improve your membership experience. For security reasons, your login information for the website was not imported and you will have to setup new credentials when you login to your account for the first time. If you have your sign-on information saved from the old system, you will have to go to my.ptg.org and www.ptg.org to logout before following the steps below to set up a new account.
  1. Go to www.ptg.org.
  2. Click on Sign In, in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. The system will ask you for a Username. Please type in the email address that you use for your PTG account. Then, click on the Forgot Password link at the bottom of the page.
  4. You will receive a verification code sent to that email address. Enter the code to reset your password.

Once logged in you can go to PTG Members and click on My Portal where you will be able to edit your profile, shop in the PTG Store, search the Member Directory, register for the 2022 convention, pay invoices online and more. Please remember to keep your profile updated so we can better serve you! If you have any questions, please contact us at ptg@ptg.org.
Convention Registration is Open!
Check out these quick links to start planning your 2022 PTG Convention & Technical Institute experience.

Save Money
As always, a Convention Roommate Connection community is available for those interested in sharing rooms. Check out the Convention Rideshare Connection community if you'd like to carpool.

Special Offer for First-Time Convention Attendees
PTG members can save $300 on any 2022 registration including a Live Stream Pass! Call 913-432-9975 to ask for the First-Time Rate.

Finance Your Exam Journey – Deadline Extended
The Piano Technicians Guild Foundation offers scholarships for an exam fee and convention registration available to members who have passed two RPT examinations and plan to take the third exam at the annual convention. Applications are due no later than May 30. Please visit the Foundation website and click on Convention & Exam Scholarships for instructions and to apply online.
Deadlines for Bylaws Proposals, Reports and RFAs
The next meeting of the Board of Directors will take place in Anaheim, CA on July 31 and August 1, 2022. This is notice that all reports and Requests for Action (RFAs) forms (not sent to the Bylaws Committee) will be due on Thursday, June 16 to be included in the Board/Council book. A Committee Report form can be found with Committee Documents on www.ptg.org.

It is not required that Organizational Policy amendments be sent to the Bylaws Committee but the committee will check for conflicts with Bylaws and assist in writing amendments. If desired, proposed amendments must be submitted in writing using the Request for Action (RFA) form with the revision date of 2022/01 with supporting arguments, to the chair of the Bylaws Committee no later than Friday, May 27.

All proposed Bylaw amendments must be submitted to Allan Gilreath, Chair of the Bylaws Committee, no later than Friday, May 27. Email all proposals to allan@allangilreath.com with a copy to bylaws@ptg.org. Please use the current RFA form with a revision date of 2022/01 which can be found in the Forms and Documents section of www.ptg.org. All reports and RFAs should be submitted in WORD format for easy placement into the Board/Council book.

The annual Council meeting will be held August 2. This is notice that all Delegate and Alternate names are due by July 1 in order to participate in the Council meeting. Chapter presidents will be receiving a reminder with an attached Delegate Registration Form. If you have any questions about any Board or Council-related items, please feel free to contact Barbara Cassaday at Barbara@ptg.org or call 913-276-5207.
Take the Digital RPT Written Exam
This new format is easy to use, scoring is automatic, and can be given anywhere you have internet access and a digital device. The 100-question, online format of the exam must be administered by an RPT. Contact the Home Office (kathy@ptg.org) or the ETSC Written Exam Subcommittee Robert Guenther (r.guenther.rpt@gmail.com) or Greg Cheng (gchengrpt@gmail.com) to set up an exam and receive instructions for the examiner and examinee.

New Online Journal Search Now Live
We’re proud to debut the new online version of the PTJ article search. You may search for an article by using key words that seem likely as well as the author and/or title. Type in search terms, hit return or click on the magnifying class icon, and all records that include the search term(s) will appear. This index of the Piano Technicians Journal from 1979-present was under the aegis of the PTG Education Committee. Our thanks to project coordinator Jason Kanter and the many volunteers who contributed to the index. Find it at www.ptg.org/members/journal-search.
Position Opening: Journal Editor
The Piano Technicians Journal is seeking a person to serve on its editorial staff. Here’s a short list of qualifications we’re looking for. A strong candidate will:
  • Be a Registered Piano Technician.
  • Possess intermediate to advanced technical skills and experience.
  • Be a capable writer.
  • Be a capable photographer.
  • Be a capable computer user (Microsoft Word/Excel and PDF editing).
  • Be an active team member with good communication skills.
  • Be able to meet deadlines consistently.
  • Be available to attend monthly virtual staff meetings.
  • Have adequate professional time to meet Journal responsibilities, 10-20 hours per month.
Experience with editing and publishing is a plus. This is a contracted and compensated position, open until filled. If you have questions or are interested, contact us at editor@ptg.org.
Piano Jobs at Convention
Looking for a job? Looking to fill open positions? Let us help you connect during the 2022 PTG Convention and Technical Institute. We’ll have a dedicated bulletin board where job seekers and employers can post their information. There are no cost or registration requirements, but if you are interested in participating, we’d like to know. Please send a note to shawn@ptg.org or kathy@ptg.org.
New Home Office Personnel
Please help us welcome two new staff members. Essence Alexander will be serving as the Administrative Assistant. You’ll likely hear her voice when you call the office and she’ll also be assisting with the PTG Store and with PTG board activities. Mustafaa Rose will be the new Finance/Administration Manager. He’ll be the one sending out bills, taking payments and handling all the other details that keep PTG in good financial shape.
What's in the May 2022 Journal?
  • Harpsichord Basics for Piano Technicians Part 3: How to Fix A Hanging Jack
  • Relocating a Piano Service Business
  • Measuring How We Tune
  • And much more.
The Piano Technicians Journal is always available 24-7. The May issue is online now.
PTG Green Initiative
As adopted in 2005, the Council Book of Resolutions states, "Home Office and PTG membership shall be environmentally aware." Over the last year, the HO has been working towards eliminating the printing and mailing of such things as newsletters, supplements, invoices, and monthly statements. Please update your profile online or contact the HO if we do not have your current contact information. Click on Public Profile under your Contact Details to update your information.