We always announce the recipient of MMTA’s Music Study Award at YMS. Tricia Martin presented the award this year to Abigail Heinen, a 7th grade pianist! The Music Study Award is an award of $500 designed to help a student take a significant step forward in their musical pursuits by defraying the cost of lessons or the purchase of music or an instrument. Congratulations, Abigail!
One more exciting announcement we made at the concerts was the sponsorship of YMS for the next five years by Bullard Children's Dentistry, in honor of Steve Hamer's 75th birthday earlier that week. They have made a five-year commitment to give $2,000 per year for the concert. Steve helped found this event 12 years ago with the dream of making it possible for kids to play on the big stage at the Weill Center, where the pros play, and inspire the musical youth of our community. To date, Young Musical Stars has allowed more than 1,000 young musicians in our area to perform at the Weill Center. Steve is Shannon Bullard's father and Dr. George's father-in-law. The Bullards have also been active in YMS with their children performing in YMS concerts each year since the very first one. MMTA is very grateful for Steve Hamer's support of YMS over the years and the Bullards' sponsorship!
We hope to see you back next year for YMS 2023!
Congratulations to the participants of the World Patriotic & Folk Music Festival! It was refreshing to have an in-person festival again after going virtual all last year. We would like to thank all of the students who participated today for bringing such diverse and interesting selections, and we hope you enjoyed making music today.
Teachers are denoted in parentheses.
Congratulations to the students and teachers that participated in our Composition Contest! We would like to thank our judge, Mike Springer, for providing valuable feedback!
Winners and Honorable Mentions are listed below as well as in the videos. Enjoy!
The Michibago Music Teachers Association is pleased to announce the results of our virtual Themes of Nature Festival! We had 99 participants in divisions from kindergarten through adult and duets. We'd like to thank the students and teachers for their work in preparing for MMTA's first ever virtual festival, festival chair Shelba DeMaster for her leadership and work in ensuring everything went smoothly, the parents and support people who helped in many different ways behind the scenes, and our wonderful judges!
Judging for us were Joselyn Vandermause and Justin Krueger, and their bios can be found at the conclusion of this post. Vandermause said of the festival, "These precious students and their music were a true blessing to my week! Especially this year, I hope everyone feels encouraged by my comments, and congrats on putting together such a successful exchange!!!"
Please view the festival results below. Performance videos of the Winners and Runners-Up are displayed here in lieu of an in-person recital. All participants receive a judging sheet and festival certificate while Winners, Runners-up, and Honorable Mentions receive a gold seal on their certificate. Decisions of the judges are final and to be accepted with good sportsmanship.
Thank you again and congratulations to all of our participants for their entries and effort in making this fall festival a success!
Themes of Nature Festival Results
Joslyn Vandermause holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance with an Emphasis in Piano Pedagogy from Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, WI. She studied with Mary Van De Loo, Prof. Kathleen Murray, and Prof. Catherine Kautsky. In 2001, she won the Rocky Ridge Concerto Competition in Estes Park, CO, under study with Prof. David Abbott and Beth Mueller-Grace. She also had the great privilege of performing with their live student orchestra. Since 2002, she has taught piano as an independent instructor, given talks on various pedagogy topics at the local level, and taught at summer camps, such as the Lawrence Academy Piano Odyssey day camp. Joslyn has written articles that have been published in the WMTA newsletter, as well as served in her local FVMTA as president, vice-president-program chair, and on many planning committees for Monster Concerts and local fundraisers. Her students have won various state and national competitions in performance and composition, and some have gone on to study music at the collegiate level. Joslyn enjoys teaching K-adult students, judging, conducting, and learning new music. In leisure, she enjoys spending time in nature with her husband, Aaron, visiting art museums, cooking, and knitting.
Justin Krueger NCTM teaches in the piano area at St. Norbert College. He is a nationally certified teacher of music and an active member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Wisconsin Music Teachers Association (WMTA) and Fox Valley Music Teachers Association (FVMTA). He serves as director of liturgy and worship at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Neenah, Wis. He is also the director for the Green Bay Diocesan Chorale and maintains an independent piano studio.
Krueger is active as a performer, adjudicator and a collaborative pianist, who serves currently as the FVMTA president and as the Vice President of Membership for WMTA. He has presented at various local, state and national conferences and workshops, including the 2019 WMTA Conference in Eau Claire, Wis., the 2019 MTNA Conference in Spokane, Wash., and the 2016 National Conference on Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy at Oberlin College. His article “Smartphones, Tablets, and Chocolate Cake,” was published in AMT Magazine in 2019. His musical instructors have included Peter Amstutz, Andrew Trechak, Sylvia Coats and Elaine Moss.
Our 2020 Composition Festival results are in! We want to thank our judge Wynn-Anne Rossi for working with our students this year, as well as the teachers and students who worked hard to submit entries!
Wynn-Anne Rossi is a renowned composer with vibrant educational outreach. Her compositions have inspired audiences across the United States and around the world. She has over 100 publications, primarily for piano, which are widely distributed online and in music stores. Her repertoire also includes works for vocal and chamber groups, concert band and orchestra. You can find her complete biography here.
Congratulations to all the participants and teachers on their hard work, and special congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions!
Composition Festival Results
Division 1: Kingergarten - Grade 2
Sad Face by Katerina Garty, student of Lydia Matthews - Winner
Division 2: Grades 3-5
Day and Night by Giuliana Miller, student of Lydia Matthews - Winner
Witches by Ena Formolo, student of Jenni Hogan - Honorable Mention
Division 3: Grades 6-8
The Duchess' Ballroom by Grace Schultz, student of Tricia Marton - Winner
The Storm's Arrival by Avery Harmes, student of Jenni Hogan - Honorable Mention
Summer Wagon Ride by Abbi Heinen, student of Shelba DeMaster - Honorable Mention
Division 4: Grades 9-12
A Deep Breath by Mario Truong, student of Pru Palecek - Winner
Sledding by George Phillips, student of Tricia Marton - Honorable Mention
Division 6: Collegiate Musicians and Music Teachers
Storm Chasers by Lydia Matthews - Winner
Go Forth in the Dance by Marlene Wondergem - Honorable Mention
Division 5: Adult
Sabato Cafe by John Balma, Jr., student of Beverly Mark - Winner
Chroma's Color Orchestra by Grace Heine, student of Beverly Mark - Honorable Mention
Daryl and the Printer by Julie Ruh, student of Beverly Mark - Honorable Mention
We enjoyed hearing all of the beautiful sonatinas and sonatas today at our fall festival, held at Lakeland University, and seeing all of the bright, smiling faces! Congratulations to everyone who performed, and a special congratulations to the winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions!
The Winners' Recital took place at 4:00 pm in Bradley Auditorium.
Teachers are denoted in parentheses.
Ensembles -- All Grades and Adults
Winner - Gwendolyn Wichman and Alaina Holycross (Marton and Vincent)
Runner-Up - Shawn Kanz and Shelba DeMaster (DeMaster)
Honorable Mention - Victoria Garces and Addison Schliewe (Carper and Blasczyk)
Honorable Mention - Jeni Hopeman and Shelba DeMaster (DeMaster)
Grade 1 & 2
Winner - Liberty Adelman (Varshavski)
Runner-Up - Joel Vincent (Vincent)
Honorable Mention - Phoenix Otten (Casper)
Winner - Giuliana Miller (Matthews)
Runner-Up - Mae Mathews (Casper)
Honorable Mention - Veyda Toerpe (DeMaster)
Winner - Emilia Garces (Casper)
Runner-Up - Noah Hopeman (DeMaster)
Honorable Mention - Carmen Carolfi (Varshavski)
Honorable Mention - Casey Roethel (DeMaster)
Honorable Mention - Anna Beine (Vincent)
Winner - Gwendolyn Wichman (Marton)
Runner-Up - Liam Hoffman (Mann)
Honorable Mention - Ben Duwell (Marton)
Honorable Mention - Elizabeth Yetzer (Marton)
Winner - Joshua Vincent (Marton)
Winner - Abbi Heinen (DeMaster)
Runner-Up - Zack Miller (Mann)
Honorable Mention - Addison Achter (Carper)
Honorable Mention - Charlotte Bullard (Vincent)
Winner - Sawyer Moore (Carper)
Winner - Alaina Holycross (Vincent)
Runner-Up - Evelyn Walton ( Marton)
Honorable Mention - Victoria Garces (Carper)
Honorable Mention - Grace Schultz (Marton)
Winner - Hannah Sowin (DeMaster)
Runner-Up - Paul Ritter (Marton)
Honorable Mention - George Phillips (Marton)
Grade 9 & 10
Winner - Chloe Meyer (Marton)
Runner-Up - Jeremiah Vang (Marton)
Honorable Mention - Jia Phillips (Marton)
Honorable Mention - Jaylon Jones (Marton)
Honorable Mention - Josué Medel (Marton)
Grade 11 & 12
Winner - Joshua Vang (Marton)
Runner-Up - Jacob Yasonick (Shapiro)
Honorable Mention - Jonathan Grimins (Wagner)
Honorable Mention - Sofia Santamaria-Micher (Marton)
Winner - George Schroeder (Mann)
Runner-Up - Simon Ulrich (Carper)
Honorable Mention - Bill Fricke (Mark)
Michibago teachers enjoyed the first meeting of the new school year at the studio of Louise Mann, on Friday, September 27, with Barbara Froehlich, NCTM presenting on rote teaching for beginners. She is part of the Fox Valley Music Teachers Association and brought many helpful materials and ideas to share with us about teaching beginners. We were pleased to meet several new members at this meeting and are looking forward to a full and successful year!
Our teacher retreat kicked-off that afternoon as well, this year at a lakeside vacation home in Waupaca. Topics discussed this year included performance anxiety and strategies to help our students, mental health when balancing a busy teaching schedule, and using Music Mind Games to teach music theory, among many others. The board game Maestro! about famous composers of European history was enjoyed among the teachers, along with other games, fresh air, campfires, and copious amounts of delicious food and drink. A good time of connection and renewal was had by all in attendance!
We were thrilled with the students who chose to participate in Young Musical Stars in Concert Saturday, May 4, at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts. Michibago Music Teachers Association and Shorewest Realtors were excited to offer the opportunity to showcase Sheboygan County’s talented youth for our 10th Annual Concert.
A Special performance at this year’s concert included NICHOLAS SUMINSKI, from Williamsburg, Michigan and Appleton, Wisconsin, a piano concerto soloist who has performed with the Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra. He won the Wisconsin State Music Teachers National Association Piano Competition and Lawrence Conservatory’s Concerto Competition. He was awarded the 2016 Marjory Irwin Prize for Piano Performance and the 2018 Margaret Gary Daniels Keyboard Performance Award, and the prestigious Wriston Scholarship. He is simultaneously pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in chemistry and Bachelor of Music Degree in piano.
"Here’s what Michibago Music Teachers is about—a long day of volunteering so that over 100 music students in our area can play on the Stephanie [H.] Weill stage. Tricia Marton and Drea Wagner sword fighting to Pirate music backstage helping one of my students feel more at ease as she gets ready to go on stage. Young Musical Stars just had its 10th concert in big part because the backstage energy is deliberately kept light and fun." -Louise Mann, President and Treasurer of MMTA
That backstage energy is characteristic of all Michibago events. Kind encouragement and inclusion is the overarching tone of our organization, and it has allowed us to work together to serve our students with opportunities like Young Musical Stars.
Thank you to all of our Parent Booster volunteers! Teachers are grateful when parents step in to give a helping hand with the many tasks that go into putting on this concert each year. Our families have been wonderful to step forward and help to make everything go so smoothly.
Here's to many more years of showcasing the talent and hard work of youth in our community!
Grade 4 Results (Site 1):
Winner: Eric Hou (student of Tatyana Smith)
Runner Up: Sarina Zhou (student of Shu-Ching Chuang)
Honorable Mention: Matthew Lin (student of Tatyana Smith)
Annika Zhou (student of Shu-Ching Chuang)
Lily Sun (student of Sam Ecoff)
Grade 5 Results (Site 2):
Winner: Rocky Yang (student of Bill Lutes)
Runner Up: David Plummer (student of Mary Anne Harris)
Honorable Mention: Christina Wang (student of Mary Anne Harris)
Jude Stallbaurr (student of Paulette Garin)
Leon Cao (student of Margarita Kontorovsky)
Audrey Zheng (student of Mary Anne Harris)
Ryan Zhu (student of Mary Anne Harris)
Grade 6 Results (Site 3):
Winner: Eric Yuantong Ma (student of Flora Lim)
Runner Up: Audrey Semin (student of Mary Anne Harris)
Honorable Mention: Ella Stolzman (student of Erika Moldenhauer)
Alexander Thomas (student of Flora Lim)
Jackson Menzel (student of Sam Ecoff)
Jenna Reenders (student of Sarah Vincent)
Victoria Garces (student of Drea Wagner)
Grade 7 Results (Site 4):
Winner: Sophia Jiang (student of Bill Lutes)
Runner Up: Zengtao Xing (student of Mary Anne Harris)
Honorable Mention: Shira Gui (student of Mary Anne Harris)
Elizabeth Fall (student of Bethany Hartlab)
Pria Joseph (student of Elizabeth Daniels)
Adrian Jin (student of Margarita Kontorovsky)
Grade 8 Results (Site 5):
Winner: Corona Chen (student of Margarita Kontorovsky)
Runner Up: Grace Hou (student of Tatyana Smith)
Honorable Mention: Matthew Chu (student of Margarita Kontorovsky)
Kevin Liu (student of Mary Anne Harris)
Grace Fan (student of Mary Anne Harris)
Grade 9 Results (Site 6):
Winner: Cynthia Lu (student of Tatyana Smith)
Runner Up: Chris Wu (student of Shu-Ching Chuang)
Honorable Mention: Joshua Cao (student of Flora Lim)
Daphne Wu (student of Bill Lutes)
Jonah Braun (student of Linda Johnson)
Rohan Yethinaj (student of Kristine Bergtson)
Grade 10 Results (Site 7):
Winner: Wojtek Klos (student of Mary Anne Harris)
Runner Up: Yale Huang (student of Bill Lutes)
Honorable Mention: Cynthia Cao (student of Margarita Kontorovsky)
Jeffrey Lu (student of Denise Taylor)
Geoffrey Xue (student of Margarita Kontorovsky)
Grade 11 Results (Site 8):
Winner: Elizabeth Rhinehart (student of Lori Schneider)
Runner Up: Andy Liu (student of Margarita Kontorovsky)
Honorable Mention: Finn Buch (student of Opala Bilhorn)
Alexander Ge (student of Margarita Kontorovsky)
George Logan (student of Denise Taylor)
Joshua Vang (student of Tricia Marton)
Grade 12 Results (Site 9):
Winner: Emily Chu (student of Margarita Kontorovsky)
Runner Up: Benjamin Nelson (student of Terri Seitz)
Honorable Mention: Daisy Chen (student of Elena Petrova)
Kaitlyn Lampe (student of Rachel Chapin)
Winner: Travis Beckler/Teddy Xing (student of Cyndi Duszynski)
Badger Vocal/Instrumental Competition
Winner: Joshua Vincent (Student of Sarah Vincent)
Winner: Anna-Helena Hamann (Student of Marsaia Kaster)
Runner-Up: Isabella Sand (Student of Marsaia Kaster)
(These results do not include the Vocal, Strings, or Flute divisions, which will be updated as information becomes available.)
This was also our beloved Drea Wagner's last meeting before she heads to North Carolina next month to take a music faculty position at Ambassador Baptist College!
Drea has been a member of MMTA for 12 years, taking on such roles as festival chair, secretary, president, and everything in between. We can’t quite imagine being without her and will surely miss her, but we will remember to move forward with the same dedication and care that she gave to MMTA. Thank you, Drea, for your years with us and we hope you will visit once in a while!