Performance Opportunities for CHMTA Students

Public performance is an essential part of learning to play an instrument. Students of CHMTA teachers are offered many performing opportunities during the year as part of their study.
CHMTA Festival Spring 2018

CHMTA is offering a non-competitive Festival in March, in which students perform in a masterclass setting. Students will be organized by age and level into groups of three to five, with parents, teachers and judge/clinician in the room. Each student or ensemble in the group will perform the planned piece or pieces. After each performance, the judge/clinician will work with the student(s), sharing ideas in a mini-lesson format.

PIANO DIVISION
Festival date and place:
March 17, 2018 at UNC Chapel Hill Kenan Music Building (125 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill)

Registration deadline: Saturday, February 17, 2018. Piano registration form here.

Festival Eligibility: The festival is open to all students aged 5 through 18. Each student can register to perform solos and/or ensembles.

Students can perform one or two pieces. Solos must be performed from memory; ensembles may use music. The performance time must not exceed the time limit for each age group. Teachers are responsible for ensuring that the student’s performance remains within the allotted time. If a student plans to perform pieces that exceed the allotted time, that student may register and pay for two slots of time. For ensembles, all parts must of equal difficulty. The age group of ensembles is determined by the oldest student in the ensemble.

Age groups, times and costs
Ages 5-8 4 minutes $15 (non-member $30)
Ages 9-12 6 minutes $15 (non-member $30)
Ages 13-15 8 minutes $20 (non-member $40)
Ages 16-18 10 minutes $20 (non-member $40)
Ensembles time based on age group $10 per student (non-member $20 per student)
Awards: Each student will receive a certificate for his/her performance in the Festival.
Copyright Law: Students are required to submit to the judge a published, copyrighted version of the music with the measures numbered (numbers may be at the beginning of each system). Questions and Problems: Any questions or problems should be brought to the attention of the Festival Chairs, Tanya Smirnov and Meg O’Brien.

Piano Clinicians: Dr. Paul Nitsch is the Carolyn G. McMahon Professor of Music and the Macavity Artist-in Residence at Queens. He teaches piano, and is a concertizing performer. He has performed most recently in the eastern United States and in Portugal, Austria and Italy. He was awarded two Fulbright Foreign Study grants for study in Vienna, Austria, at the Vienna Academy of Music and Performing Arts (Hochschulr für Musik and Darstellende Kunst), and has studied with highly recognized teachers and musicians, including Leon Fleisher, Walter Hautzig, Anne Epperson and George Crumb. He is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md, and the Cleveland Institute of Music at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Nitsch also served for 30 years as Artistic Director for the Friends of Music at Queens, is past Pianist-in-Residence and Assistant Director of the Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA., Artistic Director of the Fontana Concert Society in Kalamazoo, MI, and Executive Director of the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival at Warren-Wilson College in Asheville, NC. His hobby (as well as profession) is playing chamber music, and he enjoys cooking.
Laurel Siviglia has been an active piano teacher and Church Music Director for 40 years, working in Chapel Hill, as well Long Island, NY. She has been a church organist for over 50 years. Her piano teachers include Myron Press, Valentino Marconi, Morton Estrin and Dwight Pelzer.

Mrs Siviglia was an active adjudicator in New York for many years. She also served on the boards of the CHMTA and the area American Guild of Organists.

VOICE DIVISION
Festival date and place: March 17, 2018 at UNC Chapel Hill Kenan Music Building (125 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill)

Registration deadline: Saturday, February 17, 2018. Vocal registration form here.

Festival Eligibility: The festival is open to all students aged 12 through 18.

Students may perform one piece from the classical or musical theatre category that is no more than 6 minutes long. Teachers are responsible for ensuring that the student’s performance remains within
the allotted time.

Age groups, times and costs
Ages 12-14 $20 (non-member $40)

Ages 15-18 $20 (non-member $40)

Awards: Each student will receive a certificate for his/her performance in the Festival.

Copyright Law: Students are required to submit to the judge a published, copyrighted version of the music with the measures numbered (numbers may be at the beginning of each system).
Questions and Problems: Any questions or problems should be brought to the attention of the Festival Chair of the Voice Division, Kathleen Jasinskas (kathleenspianoandvoice@gmail.com).

Vocal Clinician: Dr. William Adams is the artistic and musical director of the award winning Heart of Carolina A Cappella in Durham, North Carolina; Vice President for Youth in Harmony
and Outreach for the Carolinas District of the Barbershop Harmony Society; founding member of the CARA nominated professional jazz a cappella ensemble Avante; and a
professional music educator with more than 30 years of experience. His varied teaching experience has led him to chair a college music department; design an entire collegiate
music curriculum; evaluate and certify current and prospective music educators; direct vocal and instrumental ensembles in colleges, high schools, churches, and the community;
give private lessons on voice, woodwinds, piano, guitar, and bass; diagnose and rehabilitate vocal injuries in singers of all ages; direct honor choirs and festival choirs
throughout the country; and to speak about vocal health, curriculum design, and music education advocacy to performers and educators alike. He is a published scholar in the
music of Ralph Vaughan Williams and a composer and arranger whose works have received international performances and awards from the Kennedy Center. Dr. Adams’
performance background is as varied as his teaching. He is an operatic baritone and active concert soloist with a growing repertoire of more than 60 roles in Opera, Oratorio, and
Musical Theater; a choral chamber musician with experience from vocal jazz to madrigals; and an instrumentalist who has performed on more than 40 instruments in every
conceivable setting from symphony orchestras to rock bands. Dr. Adams earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Music
degree in Vocal Performance from California State University at Northridge, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from California State University at San Bernardino, and an
Associate in Arts degree in Music from Chaffey College.

Adams Headshot 2017

CHMTA Student Recitals

CHMTA Student Recitals are formal performances held at area venues.

Please see the calendar for exact dates, times, and information regarding submission of materials. Submissions are due at least 7 days prior to the recital. Students and teachers Please consult the Recital Information Sheet for guidelines regarding CHMTA Student Recitals.

We welcome submissions of pictures of students at CHMTA recitals for posting on our website. If you would like to contribute pictures please send hi-res jpeg files to Aviva Enoch at avivaenoch501 at symbol goes here gmail.com.

Please be sure to fill out the picture release form and attach it to your email.
CHMTA Masterclass Competition

CHMTA is proud to announce that the 2017 Master Class Competition judge and presenter will be Dr. Joseph Di Piazza from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Joseph Di Piazza has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, and Europe as a recitalist, chamber player, and soloist with symphony orchestras. He has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards including: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto soloist in Chicago's Orchestra Hall, Chopin recital at the Chicago Art Institute as winner of the Chicago's Women's Club Piano Competition, MacDowell recital at Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University as winner of the Illinois National Federation of Music State Competition.

In addition to numerous University guest artist recitals such as the University of Alberta, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Kentucky, other venues include the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for the Performing and Cultural Arts, and Concert Series at the Art Museums of Washington DC, Cincinnati, North Carolina and Kentucky. He has participated as a performer, clinician and adjudicator in festivals at Interlochen, Michigan; Eastern Music Festival, Greensboro, NC; Chicago Spring Arts Festival; Beethoven Festival on Long Island, NYC; and Focus on Piano Literature Series at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro School of Music. Concerto performances include the canon of Russian Romantic Concertos: including Tchaikovsky 1st and Rachmaninoff 2nd and 3rd with numerous Symphonies.

Dr. Di Piazza will listen to 20 student auditions on Saturday, November 18 in the Kenan Music Building at UNC Chapel Hill. Winners will be chosen to perform in a Master Class presented by Dr. Di Piazza from 3-5pm that same Saturday in Person Hall at UNC.

Younger students (under 12) should prepare late intermediate to advanced solo literature while older students should prepare advanced solo repertoire. Auditions will be 10 minutes in length. There are no repertoire requirements and performances should be from memory.

Sign up for audition times here. Payments can be made online when selecting your audition time.
CHMTA Artist-in-Residence

More information will be posted by December 2017.
CHMTA Playathon

Our most popular fundraiser of the year, the Playathon is a fun performance opportunity for students and teachers to raise money to benefit www.Musical-Empowerment.org.

Through free, one-on-one music lessons, Musical Empowerment nurtures meaningful relationships between collegiate mentors and children in under-served communities based on a shared love of music and learning that build a foundation of confidence, creativity and self-discipline to create successful individuals.

The 2016 will be held at University Place, 201 S Estes Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 on December 2, 2017 from 11am-1pm and 2-4pm.

Ruggero Piano is generously donating a Yamaha grand piano for the event.

Poster and sign up sheet are here to keep track of your participating students.

Contact us with any questions.