MTAC Newsletter (January 2020)

President’s Message

Welcome to 2020! Hope you all survived the holidays in one piece, and were able to carve out some relaxation time as well. We now enter into the busiest time of the year for our branch, with multiple events that many of our students and teachers have been preparing for. I ask that we all make an effort to support one another as the time draws near for each event.

The Holiday Recitals on December 15th were a great success. There were over 50 students participating in 2 recitals. A huge thank you to Allison Grubb for organizing our recitals so far this year. Please note that for the March 1st recital, there will be an important change regarding the applications and a different venue. See the announcement in this newsletter.

Our first event this month will be our branch meeting/luncheon on Monday, January 13 at 11:30 am. This year we will be meeting at the Cal Baptist University Cafeteria. There will be a board meeting at 11:00, followed by our luncheon at 11:30 and then a short branch meeting. Please RSVP to Linette Rodriguez by January 8th at LNRESR@GMAIL.COM if you plan on attending. I understand that many of you cannot come if you work at schools or other places, so I would love to hear some feedback from our branch members about other options to meet. Would a Sunday evening meeting/dinner be a better choice? We try to meet at least 3 times a year over food, as this creates a fun fellowship time and bonds teachers together. What ideas do you have that could increase participation in these meetings?

Even though Convention seems far away, planning to attend starts now. I hope many of you will take advantage of this amazing opportunity, and that we have it close to us this year. The MTAC Convention will be held July 3-7 at the Hilton by the Los Angeles airport. Please make plans to attend.

Thank you in advance to all the teachers for their help in the events coming up. We hope the next few months go smoothly for all involved. Best wishes for a wonderful new year.

Linette Rodriguez


The big deadline is upon us. Don’t forget to have EVERYTHING completed by January 15th. This means: 

  • All repertoire entries must be completed
  • All Convention and Branch Honors selections must be made
  • All Panel/YAG information must be completed (Riverside teachers with panel students MUST choose Day 4 in the scheduling). This also includes the letter of intent for YAG students.
  • All scheduling requests must be requested between January 2-15. Please request AM/PM only if absolutely necessary. Do not request this for all students, or the system may not be able to honor the special requests. 
  • All carpool requests must be requested between January 2-15. 

This is a good time to familiarize yourself with the website. Once you log in, from the home page click on “Certificate of Merit,” “Resources” and you will see a list of resources to use. Be sure to read the CM Newsletter, found at the bottom of the list under “Resources”. There is a lot of important and helpful information in these newsletters. 

Because our CM evaluations are in late March, all non-exempt panel students must arrange to have their theory test taken before March 1st. Please contact Abe Fabella in order to arrange for the theory examinations. 

Best of luck as you prepare for this busy time of the year! 


The website is now open for Bach Festival registration. It will remain open until Saturday, February 1. Our branch’s Bach Festival will be held on Sunday, February 23 at Hole Memorial Music building, La Sierra University. Teachers should send ONE CHECK with fees, any time requests or sibling information, and a list of their students to Tatyana Maslova. Please see handbook for more information.


The Rotary Music Competition is coming up on February 16 at California Baptist University. The deadline to apply for the competition is January 24. This competition is open to high school students only. More information about this event can be found on the flier attached to this email. Contact Annette Guldhammer with any questions at (951) 313-4169, or email at


Our Spring Recital, and the last one of this school year, will be held on Sunday, March 1 at a different venue than we have been using. The event will be held at the All Saints Episcopal Church on 3847 Terracina Drive in Riverside (92506). Please be sure to let your parents know about this change early on, as many will assume it is in Hole Memorial Auditorium again. Also, all applications and fees for this recital need to be sent to Linette Rodriguez, 11879 Dellvale Place, Riverside, 92505. Allison Grubb is finishing her doctorate and will be in the process of finalizing her degree, so she will be taking a break from helping to organize our recitals. Thank you, Allison, for helping thus far and best wishes as you finish your degree.


HELP NEEDED-Our state office wants branches to send copies of all the recitals, master classes, competitions and private studio recitals to them. This is something that a branch librarian or historian would do. It has been a while since we have had someone in that capacity in our branch, as we have struggled to fill in the positions for the board. It seems that the same teachers keep doing all of the organizing and planning. We need more help for these things to continue, or else things need to be dropped, like the branch historian position. 

If any of our teachers are willing to help with this, or any other capacity, please let us know. We can certainly use your help. Please consider how you can contribute to your branch.

CONDOLENCES- The Riverside MTAC Branch is saddened to announce the passing of Rena Warren’s husband, who passed away during the night of December 29th. Rena was a member of our branch for many, many years until recently, and she supported this branch greatly in many capacities over the years. Funeral arrangements have not been announced at this time, but an email to the branch will be sent out as soon as we know more information. Please keep Rena in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

We want to wish the following teachers a VERY happy birthday for the month of January. Enjoy your day to the fullest:

Elvin Rodriguez (1/1)
Victoria Wooldridge (1/8)
Elizabeth Beck (1/17)
Cindy Abts (1/21)
Jim Gaytan (1/28)



January 2-15
Scheduling Requests for Certificate of Merit Due

January 13-Monday
Branch Luncheon at 11:30
California Baptist University Cafeteria
8432 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA 92504

January 15
Deadline for Repertoire Entries for Certificate of Merit and Panel Students

January 24-Friday
Deadline to apply for Rotary Music Competition

January 26-Sunday
Branch VOCE Auditions
California Baptist University Cafeteria
8432 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA 92504

February 1-Saturday
Branch Bach Festival Application Postmark Deadline

February 9-Sunday
Inland Empire Piano Festival
California Baptist University Cafeteria
8432 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA 92504

February 16-Sunday
Rotary Competition
California Baptist University Cafeteria
8432 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA 92504

February 17-Monday
Postmark Deadline for Spring Recital Application

February 23-Sunday
Branch Bach Festival
Hole Memorial Auditorium
La Sierra University
4500 Riverwalk Parkway
Riverside, CA 92505

** Please refer to your MTAC Handbook for the calendar of events for the whole year **


For those who would like to make announcements in the newsletter, please send all of your info to Victoria Wooldridge at by the 25th of the month. Thanks.

MTAC • Riverside County Branch
Victoria Wooldridge, Newsletter Editor
2005 Garretson Ave
Corona, CA 92789