MTAC Newsletter (November 2020)

Happy November, the month where we make a special focus on giving thanks. It may seem ironic, with everything going on around us, that we could take time to be thankful during this time. But you don’t have to look too hard to find many, many things to be thankful for. Be sure to take the time to reflect on these things as they help us to get a healthier perspective. This, in turn, helps us be a positive influence on our students as they struggle with this unprecedented time of uncertainty and fear. On Sunday, October 25, our branch hosted our yearly Harvest Recital, although this time it was a virtual one. There were about 20 students participating, represented by the studios of Cindy Abts, Abraham Fabella, Anette Guldhammer and Kate Rubke-Foxworth. Congratulations to the students and their teachers for a fine recital. A special thanks to Abraham Fabella who organized all the recordings into this fine recital. Our next branch-sponsored recital will also be virtual, and will be on Sunday, December 13th. Look for more information in your handbook, and be sure to see the Calendar of Events at the end of the newsletter for the application deadline. November seems to be a relatively quiet month, but there is a lot to prepare for during this time. Teachers should be preparing their students’ repertoire for CM, and, for those students that like a bigger challenge, for the various competitions that begin in early 2020 (VOCE, Inland Empire Piano Festival, Rotary Competition, Bach Festival, Junior and Senior Steinway Competitions and Young Pianists’ Competition). Remember to refer to your handbook for dates and information on these events. I wish for all of you to stay safe as we head into the holidays and the end of an unusual year. Best wishes to you and your students, and keep making music together!

Linette Rodriguez


CM ENROLLMENT IS ALMOST COMPLETED: The enrollment deadline for CM was October 31st at midnight. Hopefully no one forgot to enroll their students. The next step is crucial. It is important that parents log into their Parent Portal and pay for the CM fees. Due date is November 5th. CM enrollment is not completed until the fees are paid for by the parent. REPERTOIRE ENTRIES: The process of entering repertoire for your students is ongoing until January 15th. This is also the time to choose Convention.

GET TO KNOW YOUR WEBSITE: All the information needed regarding important dates and procedures are on the website. The best place to explore would be under “Resources.” Teachers can also access the latest CM Newsletter with important dates from their Teacher Portal home screen. Take the time to familiarize yourself with these valuable tools.

PANEL INFORMATION: All Panel students are required to take the Sightreading portion of their Evaluations. The media submission due date for Panel students of all instruments and voices this year is February 14.

Results for panel auditions will be available on March 1. Please check for information about Finals applications by that date.


January 15 – Universal deadline for repertoire entries, both regular CM students and Panel students.

For a complete list of dates, please visit the Home Page of your Teacher Portal, look under RESOURCES and then CM Calendar.

As always, please let Abraham Fabella (cell: 909-800-9633) know if you have any questions on anything regarding CM. Best wishes to all as you prepare your students for this year’s evaluation!


Welcome to our newest member, Jeong-Eun Lee! Dedicated to performing a wide range of solo and chamber repertoire, pianist Jeong-Eun Lee has been recognized in numerous competitions and festivals such as the Coleman National Chamber Competition, Northwest Chopin Festival, Seattle Young Artists Music Festival, the MTNA Washington State Competition and the Sturm Page Competition. Dr. Lee performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and she appeared as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony at the Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA. She served as a collaborative fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and Songfest. Originally from Seoul, Korea, Dr. Lee received degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Jean Barr, Nelita True and Yoshikazu Nagai. Dr. Lee previously served as a collaborative pianist at the State University of New York – Geneseo and she is currently a staff pianist at the Riverside City College.


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

Aniko Schueller (11/10)


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