MTAC Newsletter (March 2021)

I remember last April, one year ago, writing this President’s message to the Riverside Branch membership, finding it difficult to provide some words of guidance and comfort. Last April we were all struggling with this global event that put the emergency brakes on everything we knew to be “normal.” The arts, in particular, have taken a massive hit. So now, one year later, I remind each of you what I said last year: “In times of peril, frustration, fear, confusion, apprehension, etc, we can learn to look at things differently, in ways we have never done before. We get pushed and stretched in ways that can make us grow.” I don’t know about you, but I feel that this very long year has taught us all many valuable lessons on priorities, stamina, creativity, just to name a few, and we all have certainly grown in ways we would not otherwise have grown.

As usual, the month of March was quite busy, with the Spring Recital, the Certificate of Merit evaluations and the Steinway Competitions. This month of April will include the Young Pianists’ Competition, some important deadlines for Convention (be sure to look at the Calendar of Events) and our Branch Honors recitals. Remember to sign up for Convention. Let’s all help support the efforts of our organization in putting together this fine event. The dates are July 2-6.

Wishing you all the best as you start wrapping up the year. Happy teaching!

Linette Rodriguez


CM 2021 is in the books! I hope you and your students found the virtual experience satisfactory. We will receive results on Monday, April 5.

An application form for our Online Branch Honors Recitals is available on our website: The postmark/email application deadline for our Branch Honors Recitals (to be premiered on YouTube, Sunday, April 25th) is Friday, April 9. The State office is no longer recognizing Branch Honors, however we will maintain the standards we have kept in the past:

Branch Honors Student Qualifications

  1. 7th grade and above
  2. CM Level 5 and above
  3. Received Good/Excellent on all components: Repertoire, Sight Reading, Technic
  4. 70% or higher on the Theory Exam

Please be sure your applicants meet the criteria for our Branch Honors. Thank you!

Senior Bios

Please send it to your graduating Seniors who’ve earned their Senior Medallions so they can prepare their own bios. Bios should be sent by April 9th or as soon as possible.

And finally, tell your students, parents and friends to tune into our MTAC Riverside YouTube channel (video link to come) on Sunday, April 25 to watch our Seniors and Branch honorees!



Bach Festival Winners

Congratulations to all the students and their teachers who were chosen in the Bach Festival to move on to the Regionals in May:

Ethan Aguilar (Linette Rodriguez)
Christina Liu (Huan Che)
Ziyue Bi (Eva Martin-Hollaus)
Mary Ma (Huan Che)
Erik Chen (Huan Che)
Ziyuan Mo (Huan Che)
Kathleen Gurning (Elvin Rodriguez)
Ethan Pan (Huan Che)
Jacob Hegart (Abe Fabella)
Isabelle Ragsac (Elvin Rodriguez)
Claire Howard (Yiyi Ku)
Matthew Sakata (Yiyi Ku)
Lily Kim (Elvin Rodriguez
Evangelyn Wuchner (Yiyi Ku)
Amanda Liu (Huan Che)
Carey Yoon (Elvin Rodriguez)

Honorable Mention:
Alexa Vargas (Elvin Rodriguez)

Teachers of students going to the Regionals should have received an email regarding the instructions for entering students in the Regionals. Please contact Elvin Rodriguez ( if you have not received this email.

Steinway Junior Winners’ List

Congratulations to the following students and their teachers in winning the Steinway Competition, Junior Category:

Ziyue Abby Bi (Eva Martin-Hollaus)
Matthew Sakata (Yiyi Ku)
Jadon Wu (Angelica Prodan)
Evangelyn Wuchner (Yiyi Ku)
Edina Zhang (Angelica Prodan)

Steinway Senior Winners’ List

Congratulations to the following students and their teachers in winning the Steinway Competition, Junior Category:

Isabella Cao (Agatha Hou)
Kathleen Gurning (Elvin Rodriguez)
Matthew Gurning (Elvin Rodriguez)
Christina Liu (Elvin Rodriguez)
Ben Phipatanakul (Angelica Prodan)

Honorable Mention:
Isabelle Ragsac (Elvin Rodriguez)

Happy Birthday!

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

Alma Batista (4/9)
Kate Rubke-Foxworth (4/14)



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