February 18 2023
Please join us for a Zoom meeting on Monday, 2/20/2023 at 9:45 AM. Bring your own coffee and favorite pastry.

Meeting ID: 896 1963 3607
Passcode: 219505
Congratulations to the 234 students from 37 teachers who participated in the AIM Levels 3 to 12 Theory exams at Harper College and thank you to all the judges and volunteers who made it possible.
The camp scholarship has 2 divisions: Junior division, up to 8th grade - Senior division, 9th through 12th grades. This is for any instrument, but the student must be studying the instrument with a teacher who belongs to NWSMTA for at least 2 years. 1st place winners in each division receive $300 and 2nd place winners in each division will receive $200. The checks will be made out to the camp that the student will be attending. Enrollment form, and information regarding rules and requirements are on the website. Click on FOR MEMBERS, STUDENT EVENT INFORMATION, CAMP SCHOLARSHIP. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact me.

Deadline to apply is May 1st.

Su-Yi Su
The $1000 college scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who will be either majoring or minoring in music at a college or university. The scholarship is open to all instruments and the teacher of this instrument must be a member of NWSMTA for at least 2 years. The scholarship will be paid in 2 installments, the first installment of $500 will be sent to the school for the Fall Semester and the 2nd installment of $500 will be sent to the school after the student has sent the chairperson a copy of acceptable grades from the first semester. Enrollment form, information regarding all requirements and rules are on the website. Click on FOR MEMBERS, STUDENT EVENT INFORMATION, COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact me.

Deadline to apply is May 1st.

Su-Yi Su
“If we could only ask Mozart… “
We’ve all seen it- notes with staccato markings, or under a slur, or no markings at all. The first two seem simpler to interpret, but how about the third category? My musical life changed (for the better!) while searching for the answer to this one simple question: “How long is a quarter note?” The process opened the floodgate to a myriad of notational knowledge I didn’t know I didn’t know! Let’s explore some of them together and see how they can be applied to a few of the most commonly studied works from the Classical-era. The results may surprise you.

Pianist Ann Chang's curiosity and wide-ranging professional interests have taken her in many directions, allowing her to forge a unique career and establish a distinguished reputation. Upon returning to her beloved hometown of Chicago in 2020, she performs regularly and teaches at the Ann Chang Music Studio and the Music Institute of Chicago. She is also the Founder of Act3 Arts Consulting LLC. 

Ann was the Artistic Director of the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska- an executive role for 12 years. Dr. Chang is a Fulbright Scholar specializing in Classic-Performance-Practice. She has held the position of Associate Professor (piano) for over 24 years and Director of Career Development-Music Entrepreneurship program at the University of Nebraska Glenn Korff School of Music. Dr. Chang was the Founder and Director of the award-winning Meadowlark Music Festival and a former TEDx and TEDwomen Speaker. She is a recipient of a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University-Jacob School of Music. Ann is a mother of three delightful young adults, Sarah, Hannah, Peter, and one adorable dog, Indiana Jones. 
Dear NWSMTA members,

This is a poem a student wrote for me on the occasion of her Book Two recital. She is now a successful woman who has traveled the world. I have always treasured her poem. It hangs on my wall, where people occasionally stop to read it. I think of her often, as well as her sister and brother. 

I am grateful for the many students I have had the pleasure of sharing music with. If I had an impact on them, it pales compared to what I learned from them. 

“What comes from the heart goes to the heart”

“Long Long Ago”
I started playing the piano.
I learned from Mrs. Lynch
However, from the very first start,
Mrs. Lynch, taught me to play from my heart.
I practiced “Cuckoo” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,”
Sweated through “Sonatina” and “Arietta.”
I saw “London Bridge” falling,
And heard “Aunt Rhody” calling.
“French Children” came to rescue and play.
The pleasure was surely not far away.
I stumbled through “Chant Arabe,” “Musette” and “Allegretto Two.”
My fingers became sore, they turned black and blue.
I realized I wasn’t finished with just one Minuet,
Mrs. Lynch of course had four more for me in a duet. 
I huffed and puffed and met “A Little Playmate.“
I said “Goodbye to Winter” in honor and good faith.
I met a farmer in swift pace,
And greeted him happily with a smile on my face.
I fluttered and shuffled, stepped in and out,
Pranced joyfully around, the Scottish were proud.
I whispered “Christmas Day Secrets” in elegant performance,
Received applause and a bowing audience.
I was able to present all my pieces with my eyes closed.
With one little finger and no music under my nose. 
And today, on my graduation here,
I salute and thank my best teacher for all her love and cheer.
She taught me and many other children, too,
That playing piano is the most wonderful thing to do.

Christiana Stephan

Deborah Lynch
Newsletter Editor