2016 Achievement Awards Auditions

This year, 25 teachers participated in AAA, with approximately 265 students performing on piano, voice, and violin; this represented 57 more students than 2015! 145 students received S+ ratings (55%), and we had four honors recitals with very high-quality performances. 11 students will receive five-year highest rating plaques, and a student of Gloriana Sewell's will be honored with a 10-year trophy.
Below are photos of students who received S+ ratings and performed in the Honors Recitals.

Martha Schrempel, AAA Chair

Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival 2016

A successful LVMTA Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival was held Saturday October 8 at Moravian College.  Thirteen teachers entered 130 students who auditioned in piano solo, piano duet, and vocal solo classes.  This represents a slight increase in participation from 2015.  A total of 94 blue ribbons were awarded. 
A big thank you goes to all teachers who worked hard to procure the judges (including last minute changes), who worked the entire day as monitors, theory room proctors, and theory correctors.  Thanks also to Erin Petrella who assisted as a volunteer runner, and to Karen El Chaar, our scheduler.  Special thanks to Gloriana Sewell for tackling multitudinous corrections in the new theory test.
We are grateful to all who participated.  Those who entered students worked long hours in this event, because as usual there were too few teachers involved to split the shifts.  The good-humored team effort of all ensured that the day would be a success!
Carolyn Anderson and Darlene Ziegler, Co-Chairs DSPF

Achievement Awards Auditions-November 19, 2016

AAA will be held on Saturday, November 19, and the honors recitals will be the next day, Sunday, November 20; all events will be at Moravian College on the South Campus. The postmark deadline is October 22. 
Please send your forms to the designated person on the Teacher Code list, which can be found at the AAA Google Docs website (linked from our AAA website page). TEACHER CODES ARE DIFFERENT FROM DOROTHY SUTTON; PLEASE CHECK YOURS!!
All forms and the teacher codes will be on the site by Oct. 8. Please read all the rules and regulations so the application checkers don't have to redo any forms! 
The only really new thing is that we're now allowing downloaded music if accompanied by the appropriate form; copies will not be accepted by the judge unless accompanied by this form. Also, make sure all your students have filled out the Photo Permission Form so we can take photos at the recitals with a clear mind. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Thanks in advance for all the work everyone does to make this a successful event!
Martha Schrempel, AAA Chairperson

"Don Giovanni" at the Metropolitan Opera - September 23


Yet again, we had great success running another early in the year trip to the Met.  This was accomplished with great support from many of our teachers.  I would like to thank Carolyn Anderson, Janice Derstine, Keren Ligowski, Martha Schrempel, Gloriana Sewell and Darlene Ziegler for all promoting and sending their students on this trip.  We had 38 students and 4 teacher chaperones attend.  Many of these students were sixth graders and first time opera goers!  This year we had wonderful orchestra seats that were listed online as selling for $250 each.  The ushers told me that this particular performance had the largest amount of students attending of any previous opera. 
Students were sent a study packet and listening resources to prepare for the opera.   We reviewed much of the materials together on the bus and our Met rep was yet again very pleased with the knowledge of the opera and wonderful behavior that our students demonstrated.  Many thanks to Laura Stanell, from the Derstine and Sewell studios, who was seated next to the volunteer, for representing our group in such a fine manner!  The manager of the gift shop approached me and remarked that our students were the most well behaved group of students he had ever encountered!   Every student said that they thoroughly enjoyed the opera.  The music was wonderful - it is Mozart at his finest.  The set and production was a bit drab and critiqued thusly in the NY Times, but the students said that they loved the opera and most said that they would attend another Met bus trip.  The students filled in a short questionnaire provided by the Met on the return trip.
Respectfully submitted,
Susan Kuntz

Musikfest 2016

Read the 2016 Musikfest Report from Chairperson Rosemary Murdy-Haber here.

Our Mission


To organize all music teachers in the Lehigh Valley into one professional society.

To promote public recognition of the value of music education.

To develop the potential of members and their students.

To encourage, inspire, and assist students in their study and enjoyment of music.