SPAMTA hosts fall student auditions, distributed excellence awards
The Stevens Point Area Music Teachers Association (SPAMTA) held its 33rd annual Fall Classical Music Festival Saturday, Nov. 19, in the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Noel Fine Arts Center.
One hundred young musicians from age 4 years to adult took part in the music auditions and performed two contrasting musical selections by memory for a judge. Auditions were conducted for piano, guitar, violin, viola and voice. Participants received an overall score based on their performance.
“The Fall Classical Music Festival is a very low-key, positive experience for every level of music student,” said Gail Heywood, president of SPAMTA. “The performers gain experience in the preparation of audition repertoire and obtain feedback on their performance from a highly qualified professional. When the participants prepare and practice for this audition, they work to perfect their performances.
“Students also learn about contrasting musical style periods and performance preparation. They get to meet and see other young musicians and have a greater appreciation for music. They generally apply similar determination and perseverance to many future endeavors academic or otherwise,” she said.
“Additionally, participation in this event provides the young musician with the opportunity to observe other musicians and gain self-esteem through their accomplishment. In their involvement in this event, the students also raise funds for our SPAMTA College Scholarship. So this program is very beneficial in supporting the arts in our community,” she said.
Adjudicators for the Fall Classical Music Festival were Eddie Brown, Karen Dunn, Nadine Lehr and Aaron Marx.
Jenny Burton, Gail Heywood, Judy Meyer, Rachel Snyder Turney, Mary Thomas, Heather Wagner and Tom Yang were Stevens Point area teachers with students participating in the event.
An honors recital and award ceremony was held after the day’s events featuring those students who achieved the highest performance score. The following area students received the rating of excellent:
Connor Akey, Phoebe Aswani, Alana Caldwell, Katy Czerwinski, Matt Davis, Lexi Ford, David Gui, Anna Hahn, Ben Haemmerle, Annaliese Heese, Isabelle Francis, Ava Frederiksen, Lucas Haemmerle, Olivia Heese, John Jazdzewski, Annalise Jewell, Lydia Kort, Ben Kovalaske, Ava Lang, Daniel Lindner, Summer Littles, Rachel Marten, London Mattison, Isabella Jewell, Drew Nelson, Scarlett Mattison and Ryland Mayek.
Emma Nelson, Alex Olmstead, Alyssa Olson, Jonathan Olson, Aubrey Ortner, Peter Pu, Ashlyn Solinsky, Lucia Stephani, Krishiv Sreejith, Madeline McBride, Hope Stephani, Julia Storch, Micah Turney, Caleb VanNatta, Leah Wetterau, Aaron Tian, Payton Vollendorf, Megan Yang, Olivia Yang, and Nathan Zuge.
The SPAMTA is an affiliate of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). The Stevens Point chapter serves the communities of Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids and Waupaca. Founded in 1876, MTNA, the oldest professional music association in the country, represents more than 24,000 independent and collegiate music professionals.
The local chapter of MTNA meets on the second Wednesday of the month (during the school year) at Mitchell Piano Works. Meetings are free and open to the public.
Visit the Stevens Point Area MTA website at www.spamta.webs.com or the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association website at www.wisconsinmusicteachers.com for more information about music outreach programs and membership.