In reflecting on what to say in this last newsletter of the 2020-2021 school year, I am reminded of the kind of year this has been. I am also aware of the incredible changes we have all had to endure, and the lessons we have learned along the way. All in all, while this pandemic has been a difficult journey, the lessons learned will be with us for years to come.
Through it all, music has continued to survive, and more than ever the value of what music brings seems to have grown in this crisis. Yes, there have been hardships: loss of work, cancelled events of all kinds, isolation from others, an increase in mental illnesses, and even loss of life. But we have also seen the resilient side of the human spirit, trying to cope with so much loss and change. As we continue to strive to get back to a new normal, let’s not forget the lessons that we have learned.
A few reminders are in order. First, Convention will be virtually, July 2-6. Remember to register for this event and support the efforts of those trying to bring a quality event to us in our homes or studios. Secondly, MTAC memberships are due by July 31st in order to participate in the Certificate of Merit program and to have your name listed in the directory. More information on that and other important information is in the MTAC newsletter online. If you don’t know where to look for that, log into new.mtac.org and at the bottom of the home page, you will see several “buttons.” The very first one is RESOURCES. Click on that one and you will find many things, including the MTAC newsletters. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with this website.
Our year-end event will be held on Tuesday, June 8 at PF Chang’s next to Tyler Mall. We will be in the outdoor patio. The board members will have a short meeting at 6:30, and then at 7:00 we will order our meal. We have only 2 hours at the table, so we must finish at 8:30. I have 13 teachers that have signed up, and we look forward to spending this time together.
I want to thank Victoria Wooldridge, our Corresponding Secretary for her work the last few years. She has done an outstanding job putting out our newsletter. Thank you, Victoria, for a job well done. You will be missed.
It has been an honor for me to be your president for the last 3 years, and I look forward to the new slate of officers that will be voted in by June 8th. If you have not sent in your ballot, please do so before June 8th so we can finalize the vote that very evening. For those teachers that will be coming, you can bring your ballot sheets there. I will bring extra copies in case anyone forgot theirs. Please support your officers as they work tirelessly to plan all the events for our branch, and consider helping in some way.
May the beautiful gift of music continue to inspire us all as we share it with our students. Also, I hope to see all of you in September for our first meeting of the 2021-2022 school year. Look for more information in the September 1st newsletter. Have a wonderful summer!
Certificate of Merit
I have yet to receive our certificates and Senior medallions from the state office; however, I expect them to come in the mail sometime in June. Watch your inboxes! I will immediately let you know when I receive them.
We want to wish the following teachers a VERY happy birthday. Enjoy your day to the fullest:
Angela Rosser (6/8)
Allison Grubb (6/23)
Elijah Cineas (7/5)
Anette Guldhammer (7/10)
Coralee Gaytan (7/12)
Jeong-Eun Lee (7/12)
Jesse Gandt (7/18)
Mary Vanhoozer (7/23)
Shinyoung Kim (7/24)
Tammy Flanders (7/26)
Beverly Serra-Brooks (7/27)
Verna Woolf (8/3)
Jessie Joo (8/23)
Anthony Ginter (8/28)
For those who would like to make announcements in the newsletter, please send all of your info to Victoria Wooldridge at firstname.lastname@example.org by the 25th of the month. Thanks.
MTAC • Riverside County Branch
Victoria Wooldridge, Newsletter Editor
2005 Garretson Ave
Corona, CA 92789