Piano Ensemble


January 27, 2024    
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Gilbert High School
1101 E Elliot Road
Gilbert, AZ 85234
“Classics, Dances and Movie Flicks”

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!

Ticket Info:
Only the student will be admitted without a ticket. Friends and family must purchase tickets in advance online or in-person at the concert.

Ticket Prices:
$13 – Credit Card, Cash, or Check

Purchase Tickets Online:
Click here to purchase Ensemble tickets in advance

Final MANDATORY Rehearsal: Saturday morning, January 27, 2024
Time: To be announced. Music must be in a BLACK FOLDER or BINDER for the performance.

THREE weekly rehearsals: Follow the schedule below. Failure to attend these rehearsals without prior notification may result in dropping the student.

Rehearsal Location:
Mesa Community College
Southern & Dobson – Building: MU 43
1833 West Southern Ave.
Mesa, AZ 85202


1/8, 1/15, 1/22
1/9, 1/16, 1/23
1/11, 1/18, 1/25
6:30 PM: GROUP B
Conductor: Marla Bradford
6:30 PM: GROUP A
Conductor: Becky Rogers
7:00 PM: GROUP D
Conductor: Julie Follett
7:00 PM: GROUP E
Conductor: Ken Noble
7:00 PM: GROUP C
Conductor: Caitlin Tolman
7:30 PM: GROUP G
Conductor: Melodie Acker
7:30 PM: GROUP F
Conductor: Marcia Havlovic
7:30 PM: GROUP H
Conductor: Becky Rogers
Conductor: Radmila Stojanovic
8:00 PM: GROUP I
Conductor: Marcia Havlovic
8:00 PM: GROUP J
Conductor: Jung Lee


Click here for the complete Piano Ensemble list of repertoire


1. In September, hand out copies of the flyer and the student registration sheet to students and explain how Piano Ensemble works.

2. Attend the Ensemble Music Preview Workshop on Thursday, September 21, 2023, 10:00 – 11:30 AM, at Hammer & Strings Conservatory, 610 North Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234

3. Begin registering students online for their appropriate ensemble groups. Registration will be open from October 15 to December 1. Don’t forget to collect the registration fee of $20.00 per student for EVMTA members, $45.00 for non-members! Non-members must contact the event chair to approve registration.

4. Purchase the appropriate music at The Music Store or at the September meeting.

5. Assign students to begin practicing music in October.

6. Registration deadline is December 1, 2023. Go to EVMTA.org to register your students online. You will receive confirmation upon receipt of registration. If you do not hear anything within one week of registering, please contact Marcia Havlovic at marcia.havlovic.music.studio@gmail.com.

7. When students are able to play their duet(s) accurately, begin reviewing how to watch someone as they play. This is a difficult task for any age or level, and the more it is reviewed in lessons, the easier rehearsals will be for the conductor and student. Practice conducting patterns together, try speeding up and slowing down the piece while they watch you, and have them identify what is most important to hear in their piece(s). Too often
students play an entire duet loudly, disregarding both melody lines and dynamic changes. Your assistance here will help make rehearsals more efficient and fun for everyone.

8. Continue reviewing the pieces weekly with students once rehearsals have begun. Ask them what the conductor wants them to work on. Check your e-mail and/or voicemail; sometimes conductors will let you know directly what is needed.

9. Fulfill your volunteer commitment with EVMTA and Piano Ensemble, whether it’s during rehearsals or at the concert. If you have students participating, you are expected to help.

10. Attend the concert on Saturday, January 27, 2024. Your students have worked hard, and so have you; come and enjoy!

(Review this with students before rehearsals begin!)

1. No food or drink is permitted within the facilities at any time.

2. ORIGINAL MUSIC is required by law and WILL BE CHECKED at the first rehearsal! Music will then need to be in a BLACK FOLDER or BINDER by the third rehearsal.

3. Students, parents, teachers, and other guests attending Piano Ensemble rehearsals are permitted to be in the lobby, rehearsal area, and the restroom facilities only.

4. Students, parents, teachers, and other guests attending Piano Ensemble rehearsals are asked to respect the rules laid forth by the facility and follow any other directions given by the employees, chairperson, conductors, and Piano Ensemble volunteers. Failure to do so may result in not being permitted to participate in Piano Ensemble.

5. Concert Dress—must be dressy, recital appropriate attire. Hems must fall at or below the knee. No spaghetti straps.


Which group should I register my student(s) for?
There are 11 different groups at varying levels. Your student should be able to sight-read the music for his/her group with a high degree of success. Check rehearsal and performance dates and times with your students before registering them. Fees are non-refundable.

Primo or Secondo?
Students will play Primo for one piece and Secondo for the other. We will match students together unless you have a partner for him/her already. On the registration page, please include the age of the student. Parents may, at no charge, play in a group with their student if there are unfilled parts. We always need parents or teachers to play the accompaniment and/or parts with Group A, both at rehearsals and during the performance!

Where do I purchase music?
At the September EVMTA meeting or at The Music Store, located at 2630 W. Baseline Rd., Mesa (NE corner of Price and Baseline). Ask at the front counter for the EVMTA Piano Ensemble music. Their phone number is (480) 831-9691. You will also see a group using music from MusicNotes.com. Purchase directly from the website.

What will my student(s) need to bring and know for rehearsals?
Students need to bring all of their music to every rehearsal. Students need to attend every rehearsal, be on time, follow the directions of the conductor, and learn their music thoroughly. Failure to do any of the above can result in dismissal from Piano Ensemble at the conductor’s discretion.

**Students must bring ORIGINAL MUSIC to the first rehearsal.**
**Music will need to be in a BLACK FOLDER or BINDER brought by the third rehearsal.**

How can I choose the appropriate level for my student(s) if I don’t know the pieces?
Join us for a preview of all the pieces! Get a sneak peek at the music for the Piano Ensemble at the EVMTA September 15th meeting. We will play through all the duets, discuss which pieces will best fit your student(s), and have lots of fun. All Ensemble music will be available for purchase at this meeting.

Do students receive awards for participating in Piano Ensemble?
Yes! Students who participate for five or more years receive awards for their hard work and dedication to Piano Ensemble:
5th – 8th Years: trophy
9th Year: $100 check
10th Year & Beyond: $25 check


Each teacher is expected to volunteer 2-3 hours for Piano Ensemble. There are a variety of tasks that you may be asked to assist with. (Your help is very much appreciated. This event could not happen without you!) Please decide which days you will be available to help with before you register online:

• Monday rehearsals
• Tuesday rehearsals
• Thursday rehearsals
• Saturday AM dress rehearsal
• Behind-the-scenes help
• Handing out programs
• Advertisements for program
• Sitting with students at program
• Tickets/greeting at concert

REGISTER ONLINE, carefully double-checking the spelling of student’s name:

1. Student’s name, group, pieces, parts (Primo or Secondo), and partner, if applicable

2. If the student does not have a partner, indicate on the registration page which part the student is playing (Primo or Secondo). Include the student’s AGE, as this aids in partnering up with another student. Student plays Primo on one selection and Secondo on the other.

3. ***Please indicate if the student is eligible for an award (ensemble participant for five or more years). Students who are receiving awards are asked to submit a photograph for the program.

4. Registration is $20.00 per student for EVMTA members, $45.00 per student for non-members. Only the performer will be admitted to the performance without a ticket. All others may purchase admission tickets for $13.00 each.

5. Online registration will be available from October 15 to December 1. The registration deadline is December 1. You will receive a confirmation upon receipt of registration. If you do not hear anything within one week of registering, please contact Debbie Saifi at debsaifi@icloud.com.


If you have questions, contact:
Marcia Havlovic at marcia.havlovic.music.studio@gmail.com

Click Here for the EVMTA Event Cancellation Policy

Piano Ensemble