Dorothy Yan

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Piano
Student Levels: Intermediate to Early Advanced
Student Ages: Eight and up

Dorothy Yan is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Masters Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy and a Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance. She had the privilege of studying piano with Dr. Kasandra Keeling and worked closely with Dr. Courtney Crappell in piano pedagogy. In her undergraduate career, Dorothy was awarded the Marjorie Powell Zachary Scholarship and Friends of Music Scholarship. In March 2008, she won first place in the Etude Music Club Scholarship Competition. She was also named the Texas Music Teachers Association Collegiate Scholar of the Year in 2009 and granted a scholarship for this honor. Dorothy has also performed in various masterclasses with renown musicians such as Lilya Zilberstein and Jane McGrath.

In 2008, Dorothy started her teaching career and maintained a private piano studio at Hill Country Montessori School (HCMS) in Boerne, TX while also teaching local pre-collegiate students. As a graduate student at UTSA, Dorothy taught at the university level, including teaching three levels of group piano for music majors as well as secondary piano for non-piano music majors. After graduation from UTSA in 2012, Ms. Yan joined the Musical Arts Center of San Antonio, Inc. Dorothy works as an administrator for the Summer Music Institute for strings and piano at UTSA.

Dorothy is active in professional organizations on the local and national level. In 2008, she was a charter member and vice president of the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Chapter at UTSA and served as President from 2010-2012. She also has served on the board for the San Antonio Music Teachers Association (SAMTA) as Program Director in 2012-2013. She currently serves on the SAMTA board as President.

Dorothy has presented her pedagogical research in various music conferences including the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts Research Conference Competition, Texas Music Teachers Association State Convention, and the Texas Music Educators Association Conference. Her presentation entitled “Engage the Brain!: Cognitive Warm-up Activities for Effective Music Lessons.” was accepted for a session presentation at the Music Teachers National Association in Anaheim, California in March 2013. In August 2014, she was a featured guest speaker at the Oregon Music Teachers Association Conference where she presented two presentations of her work in pedagogy: “Engage the Brain!: Cognitive Warm-up Activities for Effective Music Lessons” and “Off the Piano Bench: A Pedagogical Approach to Incorporating Eurhythmics in the Piano Lesson”

As a performance oriented teacher, Dorothy works to develop each student to his or her highest musical potential. She incorporates theory, technique, critical listening, and detailed musicality to prepare students to play their best under pressure. Her students frequently participate in festivals, theory tests, competitions, recitals, and other performance opportunities. Dorothy believes that equal commitment between, student, parent and teacher is essential for students to flourish and excel in their musical education. Students in her studio can expect high expectations coupled with encouragement, challenging them to reach their musical goals and develop a long-term enjoyment and appreciation for music.

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San Antonio Music Teachers Association Celebrates 100 Years

[fusion_text]By NATHAN CONE • APR 17, 2015

The group was founded one hundred years ago at the St. Anthony Hotel in downtown San Antonio, and on March 30, 2015, today’s members—and some of their talented students—gathered to celebrate the occasion with words and music.[/fusion_text][fullwidth background_color=”” background_image=”” background_parallax=”none” parallax_speed=”0.3″ enable_mobile=”no” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”no” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”left” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][fusion_text]Hundreds of children in San Antonio and the surrounding area take private music lessons. If you, your child or grandchild is among them, there’s a good chance your teacher is part of the San Antonio Music Teachers Association (SAMTA).

SAMTA provides “accountability and stability” for teachers, says the group’s president, Dorothy Yan. In addition to professional resources and training, SAMTA offers judged theory and performance contest events for students to encourage high achievement.

For the centennial event, national Music Teachers Association President Dr. Gary Ingle was invited to speak at the luncheon. You can hear his remarks in the audio link above. Yan says working with the national organization has been inspiring to the local board. “It gives you a sense of belonging,” Yan explains, remarking on how many individuals came together to make the centennial event happen.

Performers at the event included Virginia Kane, whose delicate rendition of “Forest Violets,” written by the first SAMTA board president, John Steinfeldt, brought a hush over the room. Jacquelyn Matava sang music by Richard Strauss and Henry Purcell, and Heather Stagg played music by Brahms and San Antonio composer Dr. Peter Petroff.

A highlight of the event was Thomas Steigerwald’s performances of Chopin and Alexander Scriabin. Chopin’s “Etude in C Major” was brought to explosive life by Steigerwald.[/fusion_text][imageframe lightbox=”no” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”right” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][fusion_text]All of the performers were students in San Antonio at one time or another. Now, many of them are teachers themselves or pursuing degrees in performance or pedagogy.

Deborah Moore, on the SAMTA board’s Centennial Committee, sums up the influence of music teachers on a student’s life when she said, “music teachers are unsung heroes.”

“They are the ones that have ignited that spark,” she continues. Whether students go on to a career in music or not, Moore says, “at some point in our life, whether it be in joy or sorrow, we’re going to draw from those memories [of playing music]…if you have that in your soul and in your heart, it will be very meaningful.”[/fusion_text][/fullwidth]

Notes from the President

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I hope everyone’s semester is off to a great start! We had a wonderful first meeting. Members of the SAMTA board were introduced and Dr. Kasandra Keeling from UTSA presented the selections for the 2015 UTSA / SAMTA Contemporary Piano Competition. The October 17th meeting featured Artina McCain

from Texas Lutheran University; she gave a great presentation titled The Art of Memorization.

I had also mentioned at the first meeting that April 2015 will be the San Antonio Music Teachers Association’s 100th Anniversary! We are excited to celebrate together and commemorate a rich history of music enrichment and excellence.

We have formed a committee to oversee the upcoming events for the celebration, but we would like to extend the invitation to you as well! If you are interested in being a part of the planning process or have any suggestions/ideas please contact me at macsa.dyan@gmail.com!

Dorothy Yan

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TMTA World of Music Test

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TMTA World of Music Test
Ginny Godsey, chair
gsgodc@sbcglobal.net
210.523.5803

Test date:                                            March 28, 2015
Location:                                             Home/studio of Ginny Godsey
6511 Pecan Acres Drive
San Antonio, TX 78240
Entry deadline:                                   February 14, 2015
Fee:                                                     $7.50

Entry forms are available on the SAMTA website or from the chair.

ELIGIBILITY
1.         Any Student Affiliate member, grades 1-12 may participate.  No student may take a test for state grading at a level above his school grade.
2.         There are no theory requirements for participants, nor is participation in the World of Music Program a prerequisite for participation in any other SA activity.

TEST GRADE LEVELS AND STUDY MATERIALS
1.         Tests
a.         Tests for grades 1-3 will be based on World of Music by Carolyn Jones Campbell and illustrated  by William L. Gillock.
b.         Tests for grades 4-12 will be based on The World of Music, A Music History Syllabus by Elinor L. Duff (copyright 1979, 1980 and 1981 by Texas Music Teachers Association).
2.         Study Materials
Primary level (3 books)
First Grade Workbook
Second Grade Workbook
Third Grade Workbook
Level I (3 books)
IA (Grade 4):  Story Music
IB (Grade 5):  Composers of the 20th Century (Copland, Menotti & Gillock)
IC (Grade 6):  Clementi, Gershwin & The History of Music
Level II (3 books)
IIA (Grade 7):  Bach and Mozart
IIB (Grade 8):  Schumann and Bartok
IIC (Grade 9):  Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary Eras
Level III (3 books)
IIIA (Grade 10):  The Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary Eras in Europe and America; Impressionism
IIIB (Grade 11):  Beethoven and Chopin
IIIC (Grade 12):  Form and Style; Brahms; Two 20th Century American Composers
3.         Syllabi and sample tests are available from the TMTA office.

Send entry form and one check for all of your students to
Ginny Godsey
6511 Pecan Acres
San Antonio, TX 78240
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TMTA Local Performance Contest

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Peter Steigerwald, chair                        
macsa.steigerwald@gmail.com             
830.279.8557

 

Local Contest date:                      Saturday, March 14, 2015
Location:                                       Musical Arts Center of San Antonio
12732 Cimarron Path, 78249
Entry Deadline:                             January 31, 2015
Local Entry Fee:                           $20 (Grades 7-12)
$25 (post-12 Young Artist)
Make one check payable to SAMTA.
Additional fees will be paid if advancing to district level

All forms are available online through the TMTA website.

Go to www.tmta.org and click on forms. Scroll down to Performance Contest and click on the Local Association Application.

Teachers will also need to complete the repertoire list. Photocopies of the first page of each piece must be sent to the chair or scanned and emailed to the chair by the due date.

Finally, teachers must email the local chair a jpeg photo of each student with their application.It is the teacher’s responsibility to see that all applications are complete by the deadline. (Application, repertoire list, first pages and jpeg).

Applicants with incomplete files will not be allowed to compete. As stated in the TMTA guidelines, please do not allow students to contact the chair.

As enforced at the semi-final and final levels, all teachers of competing students will be required to assist with monitoring and timekeeping duties at the local level.

 

Guidelines:

  1. Applications must be filled out by the teacher, not a parent or student. Applications submitted by parents or students will be returned.
  2. In addition to the online form, applications are not complete until the first pages and jpeg are received.
  3. Please send only one check, payable to SAMTA, for the total number of students entered. Checks must be from teachers only. Checks from parents of entrants or entrants will be returned to the teacher.
  4. Information regarding eligibility, time limits, and rules for the local, semi-finals, and finals contests can be found in the TMTA Student Affiliate Handbook available online at www.tmta.org.
  5. Announced winners of each division will be required to pay another contestant fee payable to SAMTA on the day of the local contest. At the conclusion of each division, the local contest Chair will collect this fee to register the contestant for the next level of the contest. It is the teacher’s responsibility to inform potential winners of this extra fee.
  6. Send entries to:

macsa.steigerwald@gmail.com

Peter Steigerwald
Local Contest Chair
108 Casita Cove
San Marcos, TX 78666

 

If you have any questions, please call Peter Steigerwald at (830) 279-8557

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TMTA Publication Contest

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Dorothy Yan
macsa.yan@gmail.com
281.323.9825

Entry Deadline:           December 15, 2014 (postmark)

Entry fee:                $12.00
Application available on SAMTA website

Guidelines

  1. This Student Affiliate activity is for grades 1-Post 12.
  2. There is no theory requirement for this competition.
  3. Any number of articles may be submitted.  Teachers entering more than one student are urged to have students write on different topics, if possible.
  4. The topics are purposefully broad to allow the student journalist freedom of perspective.
  5. The list of topics is available on the SAMTA website at www.mig.ribice.xyz.
  6. The articles should be written so that others of the same age will be able to read them.

Submittal of essays

  1. All articles should be submitted to the local chairperson postmarked no later than December 15, 2014.
  2. Each student should keep his original article or a copy, since winning articles become a part of the permanent SA collection.
  3. All essays should be typed (by student, parent, teacher, etc.), single-spaced, using Times New Roman 12-point type for ease of judging.
  4. All essays should include a bibliography and discography, citing the sources of information used in the paper.
  5. Students should take care to avoid plagiarism by rephrasing information from their sources.  Quotations are acceptable, but should be short and clearly cited as to author and source.
  6. Student’s name should not appear on the essay itself, nor should a cover sheet be used.  The essay should not be in a folder of any kind.
  7. Stay within the minimum/maximum word guidelines, and there should be no illustrations or borders.
  8. Each article must be accompanied by the entry form found on the SAMTA website at www.mig.ribice.xyz or from the chair.
  9. Also send a signed photo release form available on the SAMTA website or from the chair.
  10. Each article must be accompanied by a non-refundable entry fee.  All divisions are $12.00.  Please send all entry fees in a single check, made out to SAMTA-SA.

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TMTA Original Composition Contest

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Dorothy Yan
macsa.yan@gmail.com
281.323.9825

Entry deadline:                                   November 5, 2015

Local entry fee:                                   $8

Original Composition Recital:             January 18, 2015 at 3:00pm
Morning Side Manor, 2201 St. Cloud 78201

Entrants must be Student Affiliate members and must pass the TMTA Theory Test.

 

  • Consult your TMTA Student Affiliate Handbook for information about contest divisions, eligibility, submittal of manuscripts, state entry fees, and judging and awards at the state level.

 

  • Entry form is available from the SAMTA website. Completed entry forms and entry fees must be postmarked no later than November 5, 2015.  Please include fees for all of your students in one check payable to SAMTA and mail to:

 

Dorothy Yan
12939 Ocean Glade
San Antonio TX 78249

  • Entries judged Superior or Excellent at the local level may be entered at the state level.  Depending on the grade level, there is an additional $10 fee for any composition that is sent to the state level.  Manuscripts, critiques and certificates of participation will be returned to all students

 

  • All local winners will perform their pieces in the Original Composition Recital on January 18, 2015.  All local winners must return their corrected manuscripts by January 4, 2015.

 

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TMTA Theory Test

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Entry fee:                                           $11.00 per student[/fusion_text][/three_fifth][two_fifth last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][fusion_text]Zelda Meneses-Reus, NCTM, chair

zelda.meneses@yahoo.com

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Entry Deadline:                                     Friday, September 26, 2014

Test Date:                                          Saturday, November 1, 2014

Make-Up Test Date:                            No Make-up available

 

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SPRING TESTING INFORMATION

Entry Deadline:                                     Friday, December 19, 2014 

Test Date:                                          Saturday, February 14, 2015

Make-Up Test Date:                            Sunday, February 15, 2015

For both testing periods, the testing location will be at the UTSA Music Building. The make-up testing location will be Musical Arts Center of San Antonio, 12732 Cimarron Path, Helotes TX 78249.

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  1. Students MUST be enrolled as Student Affiliate members for 2014-2015.  (See instructions in the Student Affiliate section.) **IMPORTANT** PLEASE DOUBLE-CHECK THE STUDENT’S SCHOOL GRADE BEFORE ENTERING IT ON THE ENTRY FORM. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ME YOUR STUDENT AFFILIATE CHECK! IT WILL BE RETURNED.
  1. Register online at www.mig.ribice.xyz —preferred method. To register online, go to www.mig.ribice.xyz and log in with your assigned username and password. Follow the steps outlined on the instruction sheet that you received with your username and password. Hardcopy entry forms are available from the SAMTA website or from the Theory chairperson if you are absolutely unable to register online. Be sure to request these forms in time to meet the entry deadlines. Mail the check, a copy of the completed registration form and a copy of the completed Cover Sheet (if mailing a hardcopy registration form) to:

Zelda Meneses-Reus 132 W. Summit San Antonio, TX 78212

  1. Teachers who enter students are REQUIRED to be present on the day of the theory test to assist with the tests.  Be sure to indicate your availability to work on the online registration form or the cover sheet if using the hardcopy forms.  Registration forms that do not list the teacher’s availability to work will not be accepted.   Incomplete forms will be returned!  If a teacher absolutely cannot work on the day of the theory test, he/she should first contact the chairperson and see if there is a preparatory activity in which he or she can invest their time prior to the event.  These tasks are limited and will be given on a first come, first served basis.
  1. Teachers who have students taking the make-up test are also REQUIRED to be present on the day of the make-up test to assist with the tests.  Make-up tests will not be given to students whose teachers are absent on the day of the make-up test. [Passed by Executive Board, fall 2009]

A teacher who does not work and does not send an adult substitute will be subject to a $100.00 penalty fee.  (Non-payment of this penalty will result in being prohibited from entering students in the Theory Tests the following year.) [Passed by the Executive Board, August 2011]

  1. The entry fee for each student is $11.00.  Make one check, payable to SAMTA for the total number of entries from your studio.  Entry fees are non-refundable and cannot be carried over to the next test.
  1. NO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE ENTRY DEADLINE
  1. ABSOLUTELY NO CHANGES ARE ACCEPTED AFTER THE ENTRY DEADLINE.   Teachers are responsible for finding out the school grade and test level of their students before completing the entry form.  Students must either take the theory test at the level entered (grade level or below) or forfeit the opportunity to take the test altogether.
  1. Due to the rapidly increasing number of student participants in the state of Texas, the processing time for all theory tests has become longer over the years.  It is not likely that we will get the Fall results before the Spring test deadline.  Consequently, use your best judgment when entering students in the Spring test.  For example, you may want to enter a student in both the Fall and Spring tests if this student is resolute in obtaining a gold medal or if you think a new student is likely to obtain an unsatisfactory score on the Fall test.  By entering the student in both the Fall and Spring tests, the student is ensured two tries if it is necessary.  Please do keep in mind that entry fees submitted cannot be refunded.  Feel free to call the chairperson if you need to discuss specific situations.

Please note that there will be absolutely no exceptions to the above guidelines.  Registration CANNOT be made over the phone.  No entries or alterations will be permitted after the deadlines.

Teachers are advised to allow plenty of time for their students to make plans by posting the dates of the test in advance.  There will be a make-up test on the day following the actual test date; however, this make-up test is solely for students who have an emergency or an impossible conflict on the day of the actual test.  These students may take the make-up test only by asking their teacher to contact the chairperson.

Please do not give out the chairperson’s contact information to parents.  Correspondence must be conducted directly between the chairperson and the teacher.

Phone messages and email requests for make-up tests (no later than 6:00 p.m. on the day of the actual test) will be accepted. Reminder:   Make-up tests will not be given to students whose teachers are absent on the day of the make-up test).  Permission to take the make-up test will be given at the chairperson’s discretion.  The following excuses are acceptable:  SAT/ACT test, Band/Choir UIL, illness, church services.  Unacceptable excuses include ball games, sport practices, swim meets, etc. No make-up tests will be offered to families who “forget” to show up on the actual testing date.

The above rules and regulations have been revised and contain vital information, both old and new.  Please read these rules very carefully and call the chairperson with any questions you may have.  This will alleviate any misunderstandings at the event for you and your students. Due to the great numbers of students that participate in this event and the resulting volume of paperwork,

ALL RULES AND REGULATIONS WILL BE ENFORCED!

CHAIR’S DECISIONS ARE FINAL.

Medal Rankings

  1. Students who score 90 or above are award Whitlock medals for Levels 1-12.  Fractions are dropped.A score of 93 ¾, for example, earns a Bronze Medal.

Gold Medal: 98-101     Silver Medal: 94-97      Bronze Medal: 90-93

  1. Vocalists who score 90 or above on Whitlock Test Levels 6, 8, 9, and 10 are awarded the Vocalist Theory Medal.
  2. Instrumentalists who score 90 or above on Whitlock Test Levels 6, 8, 9, and 10 are awarded the Instrumental Theory Medal.
  3. Students taking tests below grade level do not receive medals

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SAMTA Winter Festival

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Sponsored by Rolling Oaks Mall and Steinway Piano Gallery

Heather Stagg, chair 
hstagg@gmail.com
210-722-5472

There are two sections to this event and students may enter one or both sections.

T-Shirt Design Contest
The winning design will appear on the official T-Shirt & receive a $25.00 check.
Performance at Rolling Oaks Mall
Each participating student will receive a T-Shirt.

 

Winter Festival T-shirt Design Contest
Entry Deadline:                                     October 24, 2014
Eligibility:                                              Open only to students K-12

Design rules

  • Student artwork must have a white background and employ no more than 3 other colors
  • Dimension of the artwork must not exceed 8.5 inches by 11 inches.
  • The artwork must not bear the name of the student.

Entry process

  • Attach the Individual Student Entry Form to the student’s artwork with a paper clip.
  • Send entries in a 9” by 13” or larger envelope via first class mail postmarked by the deadline to:

Heather Stagg, 10924 Vance Jackson, Ste. 401, San Antonio, TX 78230

The winner will be announced in the November issue of the Ritornello, and the design will appear on the official t-shirt and the student will receive a $25.00 check.

Parents may not submit entry forms or contact the chairperson directly and the decision of the chairperson is final.

All deadlines are postmark dates.

If a family of a student winning the design contest wants additional t-shirts, this must be notated on the entry form. SAMTA makes only one order for t-shirts and this order cannot be modified.

SAMTA is unable to return any artwork to the students.

 

Winter Festival Performance
Date                                                     Saturday, December 13, 2014
Location                                               Rolling Oaks Mall
Entry fee                                               $15 per student
Entry Deadline                                      October 24, 2014
Eligibility                                               Open to students of all ages (incl. adult students)

 

Performance Guidelines

  • Each studio has a total performance time limit of 2 hours, regardless of the number of students entered. This is a maximum amount of time allowed and not a required time commitment.  
  • If a teacher cannot use the entire time slot assigned to their studio, they should notify the chairperson so that schedule adjustments can be made. Teachers should not give away their assigned time to other colleagues without first discussing scheduling with the chairperson. 
  • Only students who have registered for this event are eligible to perform. Students who did not meet the registration deadline will not be allowed to perform.
  • Instruments allowed: (a) All solo instruments. (b) Ensembles.

All instrumental ensembles are welcome as long as each individual instrument does not exceed 50 pounds.  Risers will not be available for choral ensembles.
**Please keep in mind that electrical outlets will not be available.**

  • Teachers must be present at least 10 minutes before their studio’s performance time and during the entire performance.  Please strictly adhere to the time slot assigned.

Entry process

  • Online enrollment will be available on the SAMTA website.  Each performer, excluding the teacher, counts as one student.
  • Print out a copy of your online enrollment and send it, along with one check (made payable to SAMTA) postmarked on or before the deadline to:

Heather Stagg, 10924 Vance Jackson, Ste. 401, San Antonio, TX 78230.

  • Performance programs are welcome but not mandatory.  These programs should serve as a keepsake for your students, their family, and friends.  Please, no logos, sponsors or advertisers.  Programs may not be sold.
  • Confirmation of performance time and location will be sent to teachers no later than three weeks prior to the event.

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