Volume 23, Issue 4 | November 2021
Jesse Micek, President
Olya Katsman, Vice President
Karen Wolff, Second Vice President
Millie Chiem, Treasurer
Philip Halseth, Corresponding Secretary
Ruth Zhou, Recording Secretary
Katherine Valdez, Membership Secretary & Referrals Chair
Grace Cheng, Director
Maria Ehlert, Director
Jed Galant, Director
Gloria Ho, Director
Lu Huang, Director & Website Administrator
Varvara Milinder, Director
David Ross, Director and Student Recitals

Maria Ehlert, Hospitality
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
Note from the President
Greetings -

Our branch board has organized a variety of events for November and December. There will be another branch recital on 11/13, followed by a Pedagogy & Play social event on 11/17. On 12/6 we will be meeting for our annual Christmas Luncheon. It is a joy to be able to gather again for this event after last year’s cancellation. Finally: on 12/11 we are presenting a holiday concert at Christ’s Community Church as a fundraiser to help pay for restoration work on the grand piano there. The 12/11 concert will feature several performers from our branch’s MSSL as well as two additional groups: Countryman Guitar Ensemble and Moreau Catholic High School girls chorus. You will find all the relevant information about these events in the “Important Dates” section below.

As always, please let us know if we can do anything to support you in your teaching endeavors.

All the best,
Jesse Micek

Important Dates
Student Recitals
Location: Christ's Community Church, 25927 Kay Ave. in Hayward

November 13th – @ 4pm
January 22nd @ 4pm
February 12th @ 4pm
April 23rd & 24th – BH Recital and Senior recital 
May 13th – Scholarship Recital

Pedagogy and Play
November 17th @ 10am at Olya Katsman's home 38733 Jonquil Dr. Newark, CA 94560

Christmas Luncheon
December 6th – @ World Gourmet on Stevenson Blvd. 11am - 1pm
Christmas Luncheon at World Gourmet
We want to see you! 

Join teachers from our branch for a time of fellowship and fun at our annual Christmas Luncheon.  

When:  Monday, December 6th
           11a.m. - 1p.m.

Where: World Gourmet Buffet, 6010 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont
They serve a diverse array of foods:
           Salad bar
           Mongolian BBQ
           Dim Sum
           Desert bar
           Ice cream
           And more.

Cost: $23 - this includes an all you can eat meal, soda or tea, tax and gratuity. No need to pay in advance; just pay for your meal at the restaurant and say you are with the “MTAC” for this group price.

*World Gourmet offers a 10% discount for seniors.

For fun: we will continue our tradition with a gift exchange of an item costing $20 or less. Come anyway even if you do not want to participate in this.

Questions? Email Karen Wolff:
MTAC - SACB website
password: mta1
Branch Recital
Photo from the October 23rd recital at Christ's Community Church in Hayward
Pedagogy and Play
Our first Pedagogy and Play meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, November 17, at 10:00am at Olya Katsman’s home 38733 Jonquil Dr. Newark, CA 94560. 

Pedagogy & Play is an informal social for teachers to discuss various pedagogical topics, and also a chance to perform for each other or sightread through some 4-8 hand ensembles (optional)!

We’d like to suggest a topic “Making History Meaningful”. How do you incorporate teaching music history in your lessons? You can also suggest any topic for discussion! 

We will have pot luck brunch following the discussion and performances, so please bring some food to share! 
Sometimes we just need a chance to unwind! Also a friendly chance to meet with other teachers and enjoy each other's company.
There is ample space in the studio, also outdoor patio will be available for those who feel more comfortable being outdoors. However, to adhere to social distancing protocols, we are limiting the attendance to the first 25 people registered. Hand sanitation station will be available. Please wear your mask. 
CM News
Branch Directory
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
Aileen Chanco
Phone: 510-305-1364
Address:5089 Seaview Ave, Castro Valley, CA 94546

Julie Chang
Phone: 510-366-2193
Address:716 Solstice Court, Fremont, CA 94539

Alice Huang
Phone: 510-709-8293
Location: Castro Valley, CA 94546

Patricia Kast
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Piano

David Ross
Phone: 510-586-9163

To put your name on (or take your name out of) the list, please contact:
Philip Halseth at: