October 13, 2016 

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A Note From Our President
Beverly Modlin
ISMTA Conference
Fall Recitals
Article Headline
Library Sale Change
Music Sale Opportunity
College Scholarship
Ask the Treasurer
Note from the Editor
September Minutes
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Upcoming Events


Sunday, October 16, 2016 
505 N. Northwest Hwy, Barrington
1:30 P.M. Classical 
3:30 P.M. Pop and Jazz

Svetlana Belsky
"Awards Competition Repertoire"
Monday, October 17, 2016 
Rolling Meadows Library
9:15 A.M. IMT (Independent Music Teachers) Chat
NWSMTA Library Sale 
9:45 A.M. Meeting


Friday, November 4, 2016 
ISMTA Board meeting
8:00 A.M - 9:45 A.M.

Friday - Sunday, 
November 4-6, 2016   
ISMTA Conference
Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL

Sunday, November 6, 2016   
Music Instruction Center (Building P)

AIM JUDGES' MEETING for November Exam
Monday, Nov 7, 2016
Home of Mary Anne Block
749 Oak Rd., Barrington

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 2:00 P.M   Deadline: Gold Medal Recital
Call Elena Goptseva, 

Sunday, November 13, 2016  
Music Instruction Center (Building P)

Sunday, November 13, 2016   
505 N. Northwest Hwy, Barrington

Jennifer Cohen, Vonnie Mrozinski, Helen Grosshans, Bev Taylor
"Studio Crawl 2.0"
Monday, November 28, 2016   
Rolling Meadows Library
9:15 A.M. IMT (Independent Music Teachers) Chat
9:45 A.M. Meeting

  Happy new teaching year! As a piano teacher I have always felt that we should observe September as the start of the new year rather than January. There is always a feeling of excitement and anticipation as students return to school and activities and as the cooler days of fall begin. It is a pleasure to reconnect with students that we may not have seen as often during the summer and to welcome new faces into our studios.What a joy it is to make music with others! Before you accuse me of stating the obvious, think back to all the hours you have spent alone at the piano practicing solo repertoire. As pianists that was the primary focus of our training. I don't mean to imply that the time was not enjoyable (though sometimes frustrating!) as it ensured progress and led to successful performances. However, joining with other performers adds a whole new dimension to our experience of music. I often think about this when I play for choir rehearsals and church services. Most of the choir members are not professional musicians. They are singing for the sheer joy of it. It is so rewarding for both singers and accompanist when all the individual parts come together. I especially enjoy playing along with an instrumental ensemble of guitars, percussion, flute and second keyboard to accompany the choir. There is nothing like the feeling of joining forces to create beautiful sound together! If you participated in or attended the recent Festival of Pianos I am sure that you felt the energy and excitement of the ensemble performances. You observed the degree of concentration, skill, and teamwork required to play and stay together. You probably appreciated hearing the big sound produced by the multiple pianos in a large space. These are such different experiences from playing in the relative quiet of a home or studio by yourself. I am proud to be part of an organization that offers this unique performance opportunity. We can create a long list of all the advantages of exposing students to duets and ensemble playing. It certainly forces them to count and to keep going no matter what happens. It also helps them to become better listeners. However, let's not forget that it is just plain fun to play with others, whether on a large scale like the Festival, in the teacher's studio, or at home with a family member or friend.

Suzanne Murray


WHEELING - Beverly J. Modlin (nee Jobes), 81, of Wheeling for 44 years, died in a tragic accident in New Mexico on vacation with her children Robert and Susan this week.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan M. Hines and her children, Michael and Anne Hines; and her son, Robert C. Modlin and his children, Nicholas, David and Christopher Modlin.
She was their loving mother and friend, grandmother of their children, and wife to their father who died 29 years ago.
She has taught hundreds of piano students in the northwest suburbs the entirety of her years here. She was a long-standing member of the Northwest Music Teachers Association, PEO, Theta Sorority, and staff member of Kingswood United Methodist Church where she served the church as their organist, music director, and Allelus Choir Director at various times of her career.
She was also a tireless volunteer in the church food pantry, "PADS" program assisting the homeless in the community, and so much more.
She loved to travel, played a not-so-good Bridge game, hosted beautiful piano recitals, enjoyed movies with her "movie group," spending time with her wonderful friends too many to count, and making and teaching beautiful music. She was a gifted pianist and organist, teacher, mentor, mother and friend.
The children wish to thank the multitude of kind and brave strangers, park service, Los Alamos Police Department and police chaplain who comforted and helped them at the Bandolier National Monument park where the accident occurred. They felt wrapped in comfort in their time of need and continue to feel the love of their community. Thank you to all who loved their mother.
Visitation will be Sunday, Oct. 9, from 3 p.m. until the services at 4 p.m. at Kingswood United Methodist Church, 401 W Dundee Rd, Buffalo Grove, with Pastor James Preston officiating.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Oct. 7, 2016


The 2016 ISMTA Conference will take place November 4-6, 2016 and is hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University in Normal, IL. Take time to revitalize your teaching skills, find inspiration in new repertoire, listen to outstanding competitions, and network with colleagues. Go to for more information.


The Classical and Pop and Jazz Recitals will be held at the Barrington Area Library on Sunday, October 16th . The Classical Recital will start at 1:30 and the Pop and Jazz Recital will be at 3:30. 


At Monday's  meeting, 
October 17th , we are pleased to have Dr. Svetlana Belsky presenting our Awards Competition repertoire.  

Bring your sheet music, so you can take notes.  She will be concentrating on the following pieces:

Primary A
Clementi Arietta
Diabelli Siciliano
Primary B
Hook, Gavotta
Goedicke Op. 6 No. 5
Elementary A
Bach Little Prelude
Tchaikovsky Mazurka
Elementary B
Rameau La Joyeuse
Dello Joio Street Cries
Junior A
Mendelssohn, Song Without Words
Shostakovich, Fantastic Dance
Junior B
Ibert White Donkey
Bach Courante
Intermediate A
Ginastera La Danza de la Moza Donosa
Bach Prelude
Intermediate B
Scarlatti Sonata
Grieg Prelude
Senior A
Tchaikovsky, November
Mozart, Sonata
Senior B
Ravel Prelude
Chopin Etude

Critically acclaimed as "a passionate pianist and scholar," Svetlana Belsky is an in-demand recitalist and chamber pianist, noted for her remarkable rapport with audiences and stylistic versatility. She has appeared in the Ukraine, Russia, Poland, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and throughout the United States. Dr. Belsky has received awards both for her performances in international piano competitions, and for her advocacy of new American music. 

Her recordings have been heard on radio stations worldwide. The American Record Guide hails her most recent CD of the solo version of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring (Centaur, 2014) as an "extraordinary performance." Dr. Belsky's annotated translation of Busoni as Pianist has been nominated for an American Musicological Society award. 

Following emigration from the Soviet Union, Dr. Belsky studied with Emilio Del Rosario in Chicago. She earned her Bachelor of Music summa cum laude and Master's degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, studying with Ann Schein. Later, she earned her Doctorate in Performance at the Manhattan School of Music, working with Nina Svetlanova. As the Coordinator of Piano Studies at the University of Chicago, Dr. Belsky teaches students from four continents, among many other academic responsibilities.


The Library sale has been moved to  Monday, Nov. 28  at the General Meeting. All materials checked out in Sept. are renewed and will be due at the General Meeting on Nov. 28


Robin's family has given us all of her sheet music - we will have it available for purchase at our  Monday  meeting, along with Faythe Kalkwarf's music.  We are asking that you make a generous freewill donation to Robin's children if you buy any of her music, or to the chapel fund at The Moorings, which was Faythe Kalkwarf's charity of choice, if you buy from her collection.  We will not be pricing items individually, but asking that you pay a fair price, what you think the music is worth to you.  

If anyone would like a "sneak peek" and the opportunity to buy before the meeting, Justyna Weirich will have it all available at her house on Friday, October 14th, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.    Please call Justyna if you are interested and planning to come:   847-259-6204.  
If you have a senior in high school planning to major in music at a college or university, now is the time to start preparing her/him for our $1000 college scholarship.   The student must fill out the application form, write an essay of no more than 500 words, perform 3 pieces of music on U TUBE on the instrument they are majoring in, and send a copy of the acceptance letter from the college or university & perform at the winners recital at the end of April.  Complete rules and application forms are on the website.  If you have any other questions, please contact me by phone or email.  If by email, please write college scholarship in the subject line.

Pat Borchardt

A $25 check was given to Moorings Chapel Fund in memory of Faythe Kalkwarf who passed away July 5, 2016. 

A check was given to the Hospice CareCenter at the Northwest Community Hospital (JourneyCare) in memory of Marilyn Crosland. 

A check was given to Kingswood United Methodist Church in memory of Beverly Modlin. Beverly was our President from 1986 to 1988 and 1990-1992.  Beverly was our conductor at our Festival of Pianos.

A 'Thinking of You' card was sent to Ruth Petersen who has not been well. 

Janice Wilkans, Hospitality


How to request a check?
  1. Go to
  2. Click on "For Members"
  3. Click on "Committee Information"
  4. Scroll down to "Treasurer"
  5. Print out the "Request for Check" from, fill out the form, and mail it to Chyi-Ling Evans, 1068 W. Willow Street, Palatine, IL 60067 along with the original receipt.
  6. Or submit the request online by click on "Submit Request for a Check".  Mail the original receipt to Chyi-Ling Evans.  If the original invoice/receipt was sent electronically, upload it on the form.
How to make a deposit of checks?
  1. Go to
  2. Click on "For Members"
  3. Click on "Committee Information"
  4. Scroll down to "Treasurer"
  5. Click on "Deposit Slip".  Print out the form, fill it out and send it along with the checks to Chyi-Ling Evans
How to do the annual report and budget request?
  1. Go to
  2. Click on "for Members"
  3. Click on "Committee Information"
  4. Scroll down to "Treasurer"
  5. Click on "Annual Report/Budget Request Form".  Print out the forms, fill them out and mail them to the president and the treasurer.
Other useful information:
  1. Copies, print-outs from home computers will be reimbursed 10 cent per copy/print-out.  The amount of copies cannot exceed more than 500 copies.  We do not reimburse copy papers and ink cartridges.
  2. Please do not include any personal purchase on the same receipt with the reimbursed items.
  3. Keep a copy of your "Request for Check" or "Deposit Slip" and send a copy to your chairperson for her/his record.
  4. The chairperson should keep track of all incomes and expenses for the yearly report. 
  5. Please send a copy of your yearly report to the president, Suzanne Murray and a copy to the treasurer, Chyi-Ling Evans before the end of May, 2017.  Tip: Put together your yearly report as soon as your event is finished and send the report to the president and the treasurer.  You can relax the rest of the year.

I'm in California, on a safari with my grandsons.  I usually skype their piano lessons, but we will be able to have a reality piano camp while I"m here.

In the words of Suzuki, "Teaching music is not my main purpose.  I want to make good citizens.  If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance.  They get a beautiful heart."  

I accompany a very talented oboe player,, David, who is in college now.  After his first year in college as a math major, he shared with me that he likes to associate and interact with musicians.  He likes the sensitive way they view the world.  At the time I wondered how he got to be so wise, so young.

Deborah Lynch