Illawarra Branch News – June 2017

Illawarra Branch News – June 2017

Our year commenced with the AGM held in March 2017 and  Executive Committee were duly elected  with a Volunteer Hon. Treasurer again.

Our events to date have been two very successful Student Concerts held at Nowra Anglican College Bomaderry in May and Cedars Christian College in June 2017. Both venues were filled to capacity along with student participation being very high. Various ages and abilities were presented in these concerts, including adult duets with their children or students.

Instruments varied from each venue with Piano, clarinet, violin at Cedars CC and Piano, violin, flute, voice at NAC.

It is pleasing to note the joint effort by Parents with their children along with the strong input of our MTA Teachers and Non-MTA Teachers.

The Eisteddfods have both been held during the past month or so and a very high standard was evident in all areas of music, including the section sponsored by our Branch at Wollongong for Under 10yrs Baroque Section, which was very competitive.

Our successful PD with Amanda Handel in April was well received by those present and all agreed it is a pity that more teachers were not present, as the content was inspiring, relevant and educational.

The forthcoming Australasian Pedagogy Conference in Adelaide in July will see a selection of our Members attending and will come home inspired and with renewed energy for them to teach to their students.

Also in 20th July is the University of Wollongong Open Careers Day at West Nowra Campus 9am to, with year 10 students participating in workshops, hands on with Stall holders etc., including our own representation by our President, promoting the MTA of NSW and The Private Music teacher.

25th July is our General Meeting held at Dapto Anglican Church Café 10.30am. All welcome.

Student Concert at Cedars Christian College is on Sunday 27th August – Closing date 14th August,2017.

19th September 2017 General Meeting at Dapto Anglican Church Café 10.30 am.All welcome.

20th October 2017 closing date for Junior Music Festival – Cedars CC – Saturday 4th November 2017 – all day. An Advanced Section will be held this year for under 16yrs.

Teachers’ Concert 21st October Kiama – Stan Keough’s home – Time to be advised.

NAC Student Concert Bomaderry Sunday 29th October 2017. Closing date 16th October,2017.

28th November, 2017 0 General Meeting Dapto Anglican Church Café 10.30am.

4th December,2017 – Christmas Lunch – Windjammers Restaurant Novotel Nth Wollongong.12noon.

10th February,2018 General Meeting Dapto Anglican Church Dapto 10.30 am.

AGM 2018 – 25th February,2018 – Cedars Christian College -Farmborough Heights.TBA.

MTA Members these are the dates for 2017/2018, in the event that there is a change of venue or date, this will be conveyed to you as soon as convenient.

I hope that your year is beneficial to you and your students alike.

Musically yours,

Elaine Davis
President MTA of NSW Illawarra Branch

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