News and Announcements of Bluebonnet Music Teachers Association, Williamson County Texas, USA

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Bluebonnet News

Bluebonnet MTA

Dear Colleagues,


Last Activity
 If you missed the last meeting, we missed you. Check our newsletters at so you know what we discussed. We  had a great  meeting.
Happy New Year!  Hope your holidays were wonderful and that you are energized for the New Year.

Next Meeting
The NEXT general meeting will be on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.
Time: 10:30 A.M. at Panera Bread in Cedar Park.   Please remember to not wear perfume.

Panera Bread, 10900 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park 78717. 996-8300. Turn
from 183 onto Lakeline Mall Drive by Strait Music. This is one block
east of 183. Turn left into the shopping center.  Turn left at Target.


Hymn Festival students that get a Superior rating may perform at the Honors Recital.
Teachers, be aware that the Honors Recital is only one week after the Hymn Festival.

Be Ready
You may want to announce the Honors Recital to your Hymn students
before the Hymn Festival. So that they'll be ready, in case they want to perform at Honors Recital.

 I'll take registrations for Honors Recital until Tuesday January 17. To register in Honors Recital, send student names, titles of pieces and composers to by Tuesday January 17.


 The judge for Hymn Festival will be Buffy Currens.  Her biography is at


1. Deadline
Deadline for registration for theory test is January 3.
2. Handout
For students who will take the Theory exam: Teachers, please remember to give your students the Parent Handout. You can find it in the yearbook at

SA Registration
The last day to register students who will be taking the theory test in Student Affiliate is January 3. The teacher events calendar is in the yearbook at:

If you are registering any ensemble students:
Please remember to complete their ID or contact information in your student listings at the TMTA website
with complete contact information for your ensemble students.
 The ensemble Chairman will need this information.


1. Pedals Pipes and Pizza 
On Saturday, February 18th, the Austin, TX Chapter of the American Guild
of Organists will be sponsoring *Pedals, Pipes and Pizza* - a program
designed to introduce young musicians to the pipe organ. All pianists
between 11- 16 years of age are invited. The program will be hosted at
University Presbyterian Church (2203 San Antonio Street Austin, TX 78705).
Members of the chapter and the host church will be available to help the
students to explore and learn about the pipe organ.
Following introductions, the students will hear, see and play the pipe
organ. The students will learn about similarities and differences between
the piano and a pipe organ. They will enjoy an informative demonstration,
view videos about the history and construction of pipe organs, and have a
chance to play a piece on the organ. We’ll also be serving pizza for lunch.
There is a $10 registration fee per student payable in advance to reserve
a spot for the event. A parent/guardian is welcome to attend the event with
the student ($5 fee if they choose to join us for lunch). Each student
should bring a short (2 min. or less) prepared piece to play on the
pipe organ keyboards (suggested selections might include a hymn or work by
a Baroque Composer). We will limit the event to 15 student participants.
Help us spread the word and interest for this event.
For more information or with questions, contact Marti Ahern, event chair,
at 512-219-7457 or by email: .

2. Wednesday Morning Music Club Wilcox Maurer Competition
The competition for the Wilcox, Maurer, Putter and Rudd Awards for High School
Musicians, sponsored by the Wednesday Morning Music Club, will be held on Saturday,
March 18, 2017 at Steinway Piano Gallery, 12980 Research Blvd., in Austin.  Awards
range from $700 to $1200.  The deadline for registration is February 17, 2017.  For
repertoire and requirements, go to, “Competitions and
Awards,” and download an application from High School Competition.

Lillian Simmons
Bluebonnet MTA
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