The gift of music has been alive and well in our branch this past year. Those of you who attended the Young Pianists’ Winners’ Recital on Saturday, April 20th, can testify to this fact. This is one of our favorite events of the year, featuring students of our own branch, and what a concert it was. Hopefully more teachers will make plans to attend this beautiful event next year.

This is the time of year when we choose officers for the next year at the year-end potluck meeting. Attached to the newsletter you will find a ballot that the Directors of the Board have put together. Please take the time to fill out your ballot and mail or email it to Anette Guldhammer ( And speaking of the year-end potluck meeting, the venue has been changed. We will meet at the home of Angela Rosser. Please bring a dish to share with your colleagues and let’s end this year together.

I hope many of you are planning on attending Convention. It is a highlight of the year and a great time to get away from it all to refresh and renew the teaching spirit with new ideas. This year Convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara on June 28 to July 2.

Don’t forget that May 1st is the date where the system will open for online renewals for MTAC membership. Remember that membership dues must be received by July 31st in order to participate in Certificate of Merit. You can find more information on that in the MTAC newsletter online.

May the beautiful gift of music continue to inspire us all as we share it with our students.

Happy Teaching!
Linette Rodriguez


Well, we made it! Another Certificate of Merit evaluation has come and gone. Congratulations to all the teachers, students and parents for all the work invested in the study of music.

Branch Honors Recitals: Congratulations to all the students and their respective teachers for their performances at the Branch Honors Recitals held on Sunday, April 28th. There were three programs, 51 students participating and we had 16 graduating seniors this year. This officially marks the completion of another Certificate of Merit year. Thank you to all the teachers that participated to make this another successful year.

CM Graduating Seniors: Our branch is pleased to congratulate 16 graduating seniors from the Certificate of Merit program this year and their teachers:

Alliah Anid (K. Rubke-Foxworth)
Julianna Montano (A. Guldhammer)
Fatemah Belcher (T. Maslova)
Akhil Pulianda (T. Maslova)
Sneha Dayal (A. Rosser)
Audrey Rice (T. Flanders)
Ruth Dunlop (K. Rubke-Foxworth)
Alyssa Rumbaoa (E. Rodriguez)
Alana Grable (A. Batista)
Ava Sarnowski (K. Rubke-Foxworth)
Megan Hoang (T. Maslova)
Nathan Shapiro (S. Kim)
Emmanuel Hui (T. Maslova)
Jason Silverstein (E. Holm)
Kelly Koe (S. Kim)
Lydia Xu (E. Rodriguez)

Convention Students: The Convention schedule will be available on May 15 so that students, parents and teachers can make plans accordingly. More information on that will be forthcoming from the state office so please check your email regularly.
Reminder: Remember to send in your MTAC membership fee before July 31st in order to be able to participate in CM next year. Have a great summer

Other Announcements

IMPORTANT CHANGE IN THE CALENDAR: Please note that our year-end potluck on June 11 will be held at the home of Angela Rosser. Her address is 2785 Garretson Avenue, Corona 92881. The board members will meet at 6:30, and the general meeting will be at 7:00 (starting with the meal first). It would be wonderful to have as many teachers there as possible. Looking forward to ending the year together.

Tammy Flanders has a new mailing address:
11372 Pyramid Peak Court
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737


For those of you who remember the brochures that Rhona Hodgen put together explaining the Certificate of Merit program, there is still a small box of these brochures. These will be available at the year-end meeting on June 11th.


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

Jessica Higdon (May 6)
Christina Guin (May 10)
Loraine Plante (May 26)