Volume 22, Issue 3 | November 2020
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
Notes from the President
Each November brings us into season of expressing thankfulness and gratitude. In these difficult times, we could grumble our way through the season, longing for the things we used to be able to do. Or, we could choose to have a daily practice of gratitude and enjoy the little things. Perhaps we will look back on them as the big things. Focus on the joys of your teaching day and enjoy sharing your love of music with your students.
"This is a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before." - Maya Angelou

Kristen Normann
MTAC-SACB President
Important Dates
November 14 (Sat)
  • Peter Mack Lecture: THE ART OF THE PHRASE at 5:00 pm

Topic: Lecture by Peter Mack
Time: Nov 14, 2020 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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October 9 (Fri) to December 1 (Tue)
  • Time to sign up for Peter Mack's Master Class
  • To register, email Olya Katsman at
  • Please read the Master Class Guidelines below before registering your student

December 3 (Thurs)
  • MTAC-SACB Event: Come and Chat at 10:30 am
  • More information to follow

January 23 (Sat)
  • Peter Mack Master Class at 4:00 pm
  • ZOOM information to follow

Virtual Student Recital dates *(Board decided to waive the recital fee for students)
  • November 29 (Sat) at 5:30 pm, deadline to apply November 15
  • December 13 (Sun) at 4:30 pm, deadline to apply November 29
  • January 30 (Sat) at 4:00 pm, deadline to apply January 16

MTAC - SACB website
password: mta1
Peter Mack Lecture
Peter Mack's Master Class Guidelines
  1. Application deadline is December 1, 2020
  2. There will be a total of 8 students and 2 alternates selected for the master class
  3. Selection is on first come first serve basis, but the repertoire will be considered for a balanced program
  4. One student per teacher
  5. One piece per student
  6. Level 7 and above
  7. The participation fee is $30, non-refundable in case of cancellation by the student
  8. Each student will receive 25 minutes (+/- a few minutes) of instruction
  9. Please email your student name, age, the piece they will play and the duration of the piece to: Olya Katsman at

Peter Mack's Master Class will be on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 4:00 pm via ZOOM
Student Zoom Recital
Note from CM Chair
Dear Teachers,

I am sorry that I have not been of more help in answering your e-mails to me. This is an excerpt of an e-mail all of you received that tells you how to contact the state office if you have technical problems with the website or other questions no pertaining to syllabus of CM policy and procedures.

For questions about the syllabus, level, or policies, please follow up with your teacher. They can reference the CM syllabus and CM Policies and Procedures.

If you have any technical questions, you can contact the MTAC State Office. We are available Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm.

For policy and procedures, I can look up the answers for you, but I urge you to download the 2021 CM policy and procedures to find your own answers. And all syllabus questions can be answered in your syllabus.

Remind your students to pay the registration by today, November 5 which is the deadline.
You have until January 15 to put in or change repertoire, sign up for convention

Gloria Ho
CM Chair
CM Dates to Know
  • CM Application Fee Deadline - November 5 (TODAY!!!)
  • Last Day to Add Repertoire - January 15
  • Media Submission Due Date - February 15
New Branch Honor Requirements
The CM council has decided that the evaluators will no longer be evaluating for branch honors, since it is not a Certificate of Merit program. However, as a branch we will adapt.
The new requirements for branch honors is:

  1. Performance, Technique, and Sight Reading must be good or excellent
  2. All pieces must be memorized
  3. Theory Exam must be 80% or better
  4. There will be no rating.
  5. The student will choose the piece.

This year due to the pandemic, there will be no branch honors recital. Branch Honors ribbons will be given if they meet the requirements. Because a student cannot sign up for BH, like the State Honors sticker, the Branch Honors will be automatically given.

However, when and if everything goes back to normal and we have live in person recitals, then Branch Honors ribbons will only be given if the student performs and stays for the whole recital to accept the ribbon when they are presented after the recital.
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. Our next event will be held later this month, tentatively October 29th and 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 (
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.

Have more ideas you would like to share? Please email Fonny Chandra at
Accepting New Students
Joy Fisher
Phone: 510-862-6485
Location: Castro Valley, CA 94546

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: