March 2018

Vol. 21, no. 6

JMTA General Meeting

Date: Wednesday, March 14

Time: 9:15am – Meet and Greet; 9:30am – Business Meeting; 10:30am – Featured Program:

Tallahassee MTA President Sandra Palmer – “Measure Your Treasure”

Location: Keyboard Connection, 9912 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, 32257


President’s Pen

Dear Music Colleagues,
What an informative meeting we had in February with Dr. Jonathan Reed. His presentation about “Musical Interpolation” was riveting. I especially appreciate the hand-outs that he gave us. Leaving us with something for reference is always a plus. This month, we will have an exciting presentation by Sandra Palmer on March 14, at our general meeting at Keyboard Connection. Be sure to attend.
For other music events, read this newsletter to the end. JMTA offers so many opportunities for your students to expand their music horizons.
Take advantage of as many as possible.
JMTA is still in need of an ethics person and a historian. No one has volunteered for either of those positions. Please know that if you can help your music organization, that is a plus for you, a learning experience and a chance to make JMTA even better and more relevant to you as a teacher. Being involved gives you more insight into the workings and possibilities of your organization.
Since this is the month of St. Patrick, I leave you with this Irish blessing:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
See you at the March meeting.

Dr. Sandra Roberts

JMTA President



JMTA Treasurer Transaction Report Nov 1, 2017-Jan 31, 2018

Premier Business Checking November 1, 2017 $7137.31


11/07 transfer to Scholarship Fund in memory of Jeannie Blazs $25.00

11/16 check 1084 A. Renfroe—Programs (presenter) 25.00

12/14 check 1085 FSMT Foundation Fund 15.00


11/30 interest $0.59

12/28 December Recital 115.00

12/28 MTNA Dues 25.00

12/31 interest .61

1/26 FSMTA Dues 25.00

1/31 interest .62

Current Checking $3653.32

Piano Festival Fund 1308.08

Warren Fund 2277.73

January 31, 2017 $7239.13

Business Money Market (Scholarship) $4237.28

Business Shares (Piano Festival) 1636.97

CD (matures 5/21/2018) 8816.24

Total Assets January 31,2018 $21,929.62

Other business:

Changed delivery of statements from paper to e-statements to cut down on record keeping

Sifted through many years’ worth of past Treasurer documents and sent to Amy Turon for scanning and archiving. Still working on this.

Annual Sunbiz report due by May 1st. This filing maintains our status as an active business entity with the State of Florida.

Dues income is down. Only 59 active members renewed/joined. (Not counting collegiate)

Last month I was asked when we last raised our dues, by how much, and what other locals charge in the state.

Dues were last raised in the 2013-2014 FY by $5. It was voted to donate $5 per member renewal/join to District 4.

The lowest local dues in the state is $10 in Northwest and Peace River. The highest is $30 in Okaloosa. The average is $19. Ours is $25. The two locals that border us, Gainesville and Volusia County, are also $25.

– Submitted by Lorraine Eaton


JMTA General Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Keyboard Connection


Chelsea Chacon, Angie Holt, Lorie Burningham, Paulette Kilts, Sandra Roberts, Stephanie Martin, Lorraine Eaton, Denise Homsley, Betty Atkinson, Kamila Shahtakhtinski, Erin Bennett, Anita Renfroe, John Willard Utuk

Call to Order 9:37 am: Dr. Sandra Roberts, President

Parliamentarian Lynn Freeman

Secretary Minutes: Lorie Burningham

Treasurer’s Report: Lorraine Eaton

Vide President/Membership: Lindsay Hardee

Provisional Membership: Michael Mastronicola

Paulette Kilts motioned to approve minutes as handed out and on website. Seconded by Lorraine Eaton. Motion approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Lorraine
Lorraine handed out the most recent statement. All of the bank information is online. Lorraine sent past reports to Amy to scan and archive. Dues are currently $25. Average is $19 for the state. Discussion of raising the dues will be dealt with further down the road.

Lindsay Hardee: Membership (not in attendance)

Provisional Membership: This will be dealt with at the state conference.

Altruistic: Denise Homsley doesn’t have anything to report

Communications: Angie – nothing to report

Community Service: If you think you have someone that would be a candidate, applications are due before the end of December. Encourage students to keep a journal of their activities.

Student Day: Denise Homsley: Saturday, February 17th, the honors recital will be the 25th at UNF at 3 PM in the recital hall.

Historian: We still need someone to handle this

Ethics: We still need someone to handle this

Internet Media: Lorraine Eaton, Chelsea Chacon – Website domain name renewal is due next month. Lorraine will take care of it.

Piano Festival: Lindsay not here – Angie Holt mentioned that Anita has given music to Martha (Keyboard Connections) and they’re moving forward. The festival is in November.

We will discuss money for outside presenters in April

Scholarship: Kamila Shahtakhtinski has no applications.

Social: Angie Holt – Angie passed around a sheet to sign up for food.

Student Recital: March 11 is at All Saints Episcopal. 4171 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. The event is free and open to the public. From 3-4 PM

Programs: Anita Renfroe: March – Sandra Palmer, April – Preview festival music, May is concerto winners. Anita has corresponded with Erin about that. It will be held at Keyboard Connections.

Old Business:

We still need members to fill the positions of Ethics and Historian committees.

Paulette Kilts mentioned that If the provisional Membership passes at the state level, someone would need to update the bylaws as well.

New Business:

Lorraine: Scrapbooks and photos will be brought one more month and then they will be thrown away. Lorraine would like someone to take music books home and bring it back every month. Sandra will take over that job for Lorraine.

Erin Bennett reminded us that the deadline is February 24 for the concerto competition. The competition is March 24.

Meeting adjourned at 10:08 AM

Thanks for Lorraine, Anita and Angie for bringing refreshments.

Program: Jonathan Reed: “Musical Interpolation: filling in musical gaps with student creativity.”


JMTA March General Meeting

For our program on March 14th, Sandra Palmer will be speaking on “Measure your Treasure.” She has great teaching tips and we will all walk away with some fresh ideas.

Sandra Palmer is the current president of the Tallahassee MTA and is also an active judge for the American College of Musicians (piano guild).

– Dr. Anita Renfroe


Multi-Piano Festival – November 2018

Attached to the High Notes is the list of music selected by the MPF (multi-piano festival) committee.

The duets will be presented at the JMTA April meeting on Wednesday, April 11. There will be a sign-up sheet at the March meeting for anyone who would like to assist in presenting the duets in April.


JMTA Student Recital

The next student recital is Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. It will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4171 Hendricks Avenue.

Please send all the information as soon as possible to Sandy Stewart, You may bring the $5 fee for each student the day of the recital. Each student performs one piece. Send the title, composer, approximate time of the piece, student name and level. Teachers should bring a plate of cookies.

We hope to see you there!


JMTA Proton Therapy Recital

On Tuesday, April 10, JMTA will hold a community recital at the Proton Therapy Institute for the patients and staff at 6 p.m. It is located at 2015 N. Jefferson Street downtown. This recital is for intermediate and advanced students only. Each student may perform one or two selections. The Institute provides food for the event.
Send all information to Sandy Stewart by April 3. Students will receive community service hours for participating.


District IV Concerto Competition

Date: March 24, 2018 in the UNF Recital Hall (room 1200)

District Competition Winners will compete in the State Concerto Competition held at the FSMTA Competitive Events, May 18-19, 2018 at Stetson University. Winners will also perform at the May JMTA Meeting held on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Keyboard Connection.

Questions? Contact Dr. Erin Bennett at

Further information can also be found on the FSMTA Competitive Events website:

Dr. Erin K. Bennett, NCTM


2018 District IV Student Day
Denise Homsley, Mus.M., NCTM, Chair, District IV Student Activities

District IV Student Day was held Saturday, February 17, 2018, on the campus of Jacksonville University. Heartfelt thanks is extended to Dr. Henry Rinne, Dean, College of Fine Arts, and our site coordinator Dr. Scott Watkins, Associate Professor of Piano, Coordinator of Keyboard Studies, and to Jacksonville University itself for the gracious use of the campus.

Twelve JMTA teachers enrolled 68 students to participate in this year’s Student Day. This represents an increase of two teachers and twelve students over the previous year. Many thanks to our adjudicators: Dr. Sandra Stewart, Jo Plunkett, and Dr. Michael Mastronicola. Your expertise and helpful comments are so appreciated!

Appreciation is also sincerely extended to the following for their assistance with the administration of Student Day: Betty Atkinson, Ansel Audain, Lorraine Eaton, Anne Marie Giffin, Nikki Groff, Angie Holt, and Jeannie Rose. Many thanks, as well, to Lynn Atkinson, David Cox, and Mark Homsley for their assistance at Student Day.

Thirty-eight students qualified to participate in the Honors Recital. The Honors Recital was held on Sunday, February 25, in the Recital Hall at the University of North Florida. Many thanks to Dr. Erin Bennett, Associate Professor, Piano and Piano Pedagogy at UNF, for arranging the use of the Recital Hall. Twenty-five students gave an excellent performance of one of their repertoire pieces from Student Day. Afterward, a reception was held upstairs, giving everyone an opportunity to offer their congratulations.

Thank you everyone for making this year’s Student Day very successful!! Let’s continue to prepare and enroll even more students in this fine music evaluation program. We look forward to 2019 District IV Student Day!


“Music For Dance” Concert Opportunity

UNF School of Music’s Recital Hall, Monday, March 5 at 7:30pm

JMTA associates Dr. Simon Shiao, violin, and Dr. Michael Mastronicola, piano, will join violinist Saori Kozawa Herreros in concert performing works by Piazzolla, Stravinsky, Bartok, and Bach. This event is free and open to all.


“Four Hands Go For Baroque” Concert Opportunity

Amelia Island Plantation Chapel, Sunday, March 11 at 4:00pm
JMTA associate Dr. Anita Renfroe will be in concert on the piano with Dr. Ross Ellison from Hershey, PA on the organ. As Dr. Renfroe says, “this is an unusual program of duos, duets and solos. It’s not often that you hear duets on the organ!” This event is free and open to the public.


JMTA Member’s Edition of Composer’s Lost Manuscript Published

100 Years Later

JMTA member Dr. Scott Watkins, Associate Professor of Music at Jacksonville University, had his edition of American composer Howard Hanson’s solo piano work, “Symphonic Rhapsody, Op. 14,” published by Carl Fischer in December. Dr. Watkins discovered the unpublished manuscript of the work while conducting research in May, 2016, at the Eastman School of Music for his upcoming book on Hanson’s life and work in California.

Watkins has been active giving lectures and performances of the work since last April when he introduced the work in Vancouver. He has also lectured on and performed the work in September at Texas Christian University, and this past October he repeated the lecture/performance at the College Music Society’s National Conference in San Antonio.

Dr. Watkins will perform the work at Jacksonville University March 6 on a program which replicates the October, 1919 concert in San Jose, California, at the College of the Pacific when Hanson himself played his “Symphonic Rhapsody” for the first time.

Here is the link to the Hanson piece on the Carl Fischer website:

Jacksonville University’s news magazine, The Wave, published a story on the work and its discovery. The story can be seen here:


Last chance to find that picture of you with the crazy hairdo from 1992!

The March meeting will be the last meeting at which the JMTA scrapbooks will be available to sort through and take home whatever you like. All photos and scrapbooks can be viewed forevermore on the Local Archives page of the state website,


Need a Sponsor?

Does anyone in the JMTA need a sponsor or need help in any way? If so, John Scott, owner of Great Scott Music School, is interested in helping our organization. If interested, contact John at


Music Exchange

Do you have too much music collected in your studio? Is there some you think you’ll never use? Let’s have a music exchange! Bring your unwanted music to any JMTA meeting. Bring home something new to you! Look for the “Free Music” spot. Music does not have to be brand new.


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