Dear MMTA Members,
Preparations for the 129th MMTA Conference are in full swing. The conference opens on Sunday, October 12th at 1:00 p.m. (on-site registration begins at noon), and continues through noon on Tuesday, October 14th at the beautiful Henry Hotel, 300 Town Center Drive. Adjacent to Fairlane Town Center shopping mall, The Henry was voted #1 in 2013 U.S. News Best Hotels in Michigan. Complimentary parking will be included with your beautiful hotel room.
I am excited to announce that Panayis Lyras is this year’s Conference Artist. Being a Silver Medalist in the Van Cliburn International Competition, Mr. Lyras was appointed Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Piano at Michigan State University in 2004. Besides being an inspiring pianist, Mr. Lyras is a wonderful educator and an enthusiastic speaker. He will perform works by Brahms, Chopin and Liszt in the Monday evening concert. Mr. Lyras will be leading a master class of advanced students on Tuesday morning.
The Metropolitan Detroit Musicians League will be our local host this year. With the vibrant MDML chapter and Arvi Sinka and Carol Levy as co-chairs, MMTA is in great hands. The MDML is organizing the Sunday evening concert which will also include the MMTA Commissioned Composition by Andy Francis, a DMA student attending MSU.
Of course we will enjoy hearing the MMTA and the MTNA student winners on Sunday and Monday afternoons. More scheduling information will be added to the website when available.
Catching up with friends across the state, meeting new members, sharing ideas and strategies makes the conference a true destination to nourish our mind, body and soul. So mark your calendars, enjoy the summer and I’ll see you at The Henry!
Gail Lytle Lira, MMTA Vice President
Please note the following deadlines to our 2014 Conference:
August 1: Deadline for conference schedule material for the program booklet. This includes presenters, titles, descriptions, performers’ bios, photos, and program information.
August 15: Deadline for all advertisers and exhibitors to be sent to Barbara Collins.
August 15: Deadline for all other entries in the conference program booklet. This includes welcome letters, Teachers of the Year, Distinguished Service Award, and the list of conference volunteers.
September 20: Deadline to register for a room at The Henry Hotel and receive the MMTA conference rate of $100 plus taxes for Single/Double room.
September 20: Conference preregistration deadline – both mail and online. This is also the last date to withdraw from the conference and receive a registration refund.
Michigan MTA is affiliated with the Music Teachers National Association
All contents © 2009 Michigan Music Teachers Association