Themes of Nature Festival 2020
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.
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