Volume 22, Issue 1 | September 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
Happy September!

After several months of changing my approach to teaching due to the pandemic, I am learning to let go of the things over which I have no control. At the same time, I am learning to embrace change, embrace technology, and embrace challenge. These have not come easily and there will still be bumps in the road, but, it has given me better focus and peace of mind.

As time goes on, some will return to in-person lessons, some will continue virtual lessons and others may use a combination of both. Regardless, music teachers are resourceful, hard-working and creative in the midst of these challenges. So we will find a way to connect with our students, to inspire great musicianship, to teach and to be taught, to find humor when the students' home life spills into the lesson and most importantly to continue sharing the music!

I am grateful to our branch board members, who work tirelessly to provide quality programs and events for all of us and our students. We appreciate input from all branch teachers so let us know what programs will be helpful to you . we will be working together, collaborating and sharing ideas to improve our teaching and our well-being.

Wishing you much success in your teaching!

Kristen Normann
MTAC-SACB President
Important Dates
September 26 (Sat)
  • Zoom Live Student Recital at 1:00 pm

September 30 (Wed)
  • Come and Chat for MTAC-SACB at 10:00 am

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October 5 (Mon)
  • Deadline to apply for October Student Recital
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October 13 (Tue)
  • Gail Lew Presentation on New Music for Motivation and Success at 10:00 am

October 19 (Mon)
  • Zoom Live Student Recital at 7:00 pm
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Come and Chat for MTAC-SACB
Dear Teachers,

We want to connect with you! Please come and chat on:
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 10:00 am
Kristen, our President, will host the meeting. We can share ideas, ask questions, chat about how our teaching is going, or just come to get to know other fellow teachers.
Click on the link below to join:

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Gail Lew New Music Presentation
Student Zoom Recital
CM Dates to Know
  • Virtual CM Teacher Training Opens - September 15
  • Video and quiz are available between September 15 - October 20, 2020
  • CM Application Period Opens - October 1
  • CM Application Period Closes - October 31
  • CM Application Fee Deadline - November 5
  • Last Day to Add Repertoire - January 15
  • Student Evaluations Begin - February 13
  • Student Evaluations End - March 28
Please encourage your students of any age to join MSSL.
To register, go to:

New MSSL Membership Secretary:
Victoria Miao 
41952 Corte Santa Barbara, Fremont, CA 94539
Helpful information for online class on Zoom
First of all, Zoom and most laptop/tablet microphones have built-in audio enhancements that are great for picking up speech, but are not great for music. You will need to turn off these audio enhancements to make sure the audience and judges hear a good-quality version of your performance. Here are the instructions:

How to disable "Audio Enhancements" on a MAC in Mojave:

System Preferences - Sound - Uncheck box “Use ambient noise reduction”

How to disable the "Audio Enhancements" on a PC in Windows 10: 

Right-Click the Speaker Icon in the Taskbar, Select Sound - Recording 
Double Click Microphone
Select Enhancements - Check "Disable all sound effects"
Select Communications - Check "Do Nothing” 

Register and install the ZOOM App (

Disable the "Audio Enhancements in Zoom:

Click on the ^ next to microphone icon bottom left corner
Audio Settings - Audio - Uncheck Box “Automatically adjust microphone level” and set slide to middle
Check Box “Show in meeting option “To Enable Original Sound” from microphone
"Suppress Persistent Background Noise” - select “Disable"
Echo Cancellation - select “Auto”

Quit out of any unnecessary applications running in the background

Don’t have other devices in your home use Wifi during this time

It's best to use an ethernet connection
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 the list (or take your name out), please contact:
Fonny Chandra at: