2022-2023 Calendar

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Online via Zoom

Presenter: Natalya Shkoda

Playing in ensemble is a life-long skill. Ensemble playing develops synchronization and socialization. It brings joy to all involved. What is the role of an ensemble in elementary piano education? What are the resources? How can ensemble music boost a teacher’s creativity? CSU, Chico Piano Professor Dr. Natalya Shkoda, together with her student and daughter April Smirnoff, will discuss benefits and challenges of introducing ensemble music during the first two years of individual piano studies in the online Zoom presentation Re-thinking the Role of Ensemble Music in Elementary Private Piano Studies.

Time: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Chandler Fashion Center/Superstition Springs Mall
music showcase

Your students may play in costume in celebration of the Halloween season. You may program your students according to a theme (jazz, movie themes, etc.)

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Hammer & Strings Conservatory

Presenter: Silvan Negruţiu

Come hear performances of selected students, open literature of all levels, in a masterclass by the newest NAU Director of Piano Studies.

Time: 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Hammer & Strings Conservatory

The Fall Student Recital is open for students of all levels to play one memorized, polished piece.

Time: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Hammer & Strings Conservatory
france music notes

Bonjour! This year, in honor of Cesar Franck’s 200th Birthday, we celebrate French music!
Any original composition by a French composer from any musical era is eligible for this concert. Some suggestions of possible composers, but not limited to, are: Berlioz, Boulez, Boulanger, Chailley, Chaminade, Couperin, Chabrier, Debussy, Dukas, Faure, Franck, Messiaen, Milhaud, Poulenc, Rameau, Ravel, Roussel, Saint-Saens, Satie, Schmitt, Streabbog, Tailleferre, etc. French-style inspired compositions are welcome as well, for example, Old French Tale by Tchaikovsky, Les Petites Impressions by Jennifer Linn, and French Suites by Bach.

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Hammer & Strings Conservatory

Presenter: Elias-Axel Pettersson

14th-century Italian poet and scholar Francesco Petrarca wrote more than 300 sonnets (Shakespeare wrote 154), all dedicated to Laura, whose true identity has never been confirmed, only surmised. Upon his travels to Italy, Franz Liszt became inspired by Petrarca’s poetry and composed three pieces based on Sonnets Nos. 47, 104, and 123. Dr. Pettersson will take his listeners through the mind of each great artist and show how poetry was turned into music that moves the soul.

Time: 7:00 pm
Gilbert High School

Piano Ensemble is one of the events our students enjoy the most, and look forward to each year. Our “duet concert,” features ten groups of varying musical difficulty, performing two duets together as an ensemble. Each group can have up to twelve pairs of participants, giving each participant the opportunity to play Primo in one duet, and Secondo in the other. Each group is directed by a conductor, who will help students play as an ENSEMBLE during their three rehearsals and final performance. This is an event you don’t want to miss!

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Hammer & Strings Conservatory

Presenter: Robert Hamilton

Based on his recent co-authored book, Artistry: Pursuing the Mysteries of Music Performance, Professor Hamilton’s workshop will probe the question: “What do composers want from us? Moving on from the printed score to the creation of Music.”

Location TBA

Winners of each category will receive a medal and cash awards. Up to $1,700.00 will be distributed among the winners, based on the number of awards.

Time: 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Hammer & Strings Conservatory
spring recital

The Spring Student Recital is open for students of all levels to play one memorized, polished piece.

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Hammer & Strings Conservatory

Presenter: Snezana Krstic

Experience the insights of master teacher Snezana Krstic as she teaches an open lesson for the public. Ms. Krstic comes with decades of teaching many students to their highest potential, first from her native Serbia, where she was professor of piano and honored teacher of pedagogy, to the US, where many of her students have continued winning prizes from local to international levels.

prize performers

This event provides a competitive performance opportunity to students of all levels and ages in a recital format. There will be a recital for each level. The winners will receive trophies and cash prizes.


Annual Membership Luncheon

Time: 11:00 am
Crackers & Co. Cafe

Join us for lunch to wrap up a fantastic year of EVMTA events!

Time: 7:30 pm
Hammer & Strings Conservatory

All graduating Seniors are invited to perform 1 piece or 2 short pieces. Seniors receiving the Senior Award (by separate application) are expected to perform in the recital.


Arizona Study Program

ASU Music Building

Arizona Study Program is a twelve-year graded course of study developed by the Arizona State Music Teachers Association to provide for the development of musical performance, technique, and theory. It is organized in terms of the twelve years of public school, with one level available for each of the years a student would be enrolled in school. It requires continual work throughout the year. Each spring, students are evaluated on repertoire and technique requirements by a master adjudicator and are required to complete a written theory test.