KCMTA April Newsletter

KCMTA April Newsletter        

Happy Spring!

Now that the new season is here, I’m beginning to see some glimpses of “normal.” Achievement Auditions will be held in-person in May, and we’re beginning to plan for our May meeting. Would you like to meet in person? I would like to hear your opinion, either way.

Before we get there, we’ll have an engaging workshop with Alon Goldstein on April 6.  Be sure to join us at 9:45 for a quick meeting before the joint KCMTA & Federated workshop on Zoom.

The nominating committee has presented the following slate of officers for the upcoming year. Notice that there are a few openings remaining.  If you would like to volunteer or to recommend someone to serve on the board, let me know.

Kellie Harvey, KCMTApresident@gmail.com


2021-2022 Nominative Slate of Officers

President                                               Melody Stroth, NCTM

President Elect

VP-Achievement Auditions                    Dr. Linda Chen

VP-Concerto Competition and Recital     Dr. Maya Tuylieva

VP-Fall Festival                                     Lisa Wilson, Beci Lankford

VP-Master Lessons                                Dr. Kari Johnson

VP-Membership                                    Joyce Berg, NCTM, Doris Mattingly

VP-Multi-Piano                                      Heather Lewis

VP-Music Progressions                          Dr. Aurelian Boccard

VP-Workshops                                      Dr. Janet Fetterman, NCTM

VP-Yearbook                                        Kellie Harvey

Recording Secretary                             Dr. Ivy Lu Wang

Corresponding Secretary                      Michelle Gehring

Treasurer                                              Linda Featherston, NCTM

Auditor                                                 Stephen Berg

Parliamentarian/Antitrust Compliance    Kellie Harvey

Immediate Past President                     Kellie Harvey


2021-2022 Committee Chairs

Certification                                          Lisa Cattanach, NCTM

Development/Public Relations              Joyce Berg, NCTM

Holiday Program                                   Melissa Falkner, NCTM

MTNA Media Library                           Joe Myers

Social Media/Website                           Po Sim Fanny Head




4/6       KCMTA Meeting & Alon Goldstein Workshop 
4/13     Executive Board Meeting
4/24-25 Music Progressions
5/4        KCMTA Meeting & Roundtable   
5/15     Achievement Auditions

Alon Goldstein
Exploring the Baroque Era (including Scarlatti and Ornamentation)

Think Fall Festival next year:  the Baroque Era.  Do you have questions?  Who doesn’t?  Our workshop presenter has answers.

We are so privileged to have esteemed artist/teacher Alon Goldstein address us in a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, April 6 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Goldstein is currently on the faculty of the UMKC Conservatory of Music when he is not concertizing and giving master classes all over the world.  Please read the shortened bio below and see the entire amazing read on his website at www.alongoldstein.com.  Do not miss this meeting!

The Zoom link will be provided via email prior to the meeting.  See you there!

Alon Goldstein is one of the most original and sensitive artists of his generation, admired for his musical intelligence and dynamic personality. He made his orchestral debut at the age of 18 with the Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta and returned a few seasons ago with Maestro Herbert Blomstedt in Beethoven Concerto No. 1. In recent seasons, Mr. Goldstein has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Philadelphia Orchestra; the San Francisco, Baltimore, St. Louis, Houston, Vancouver, Kansas City, Indianapolis, and North Carolina symphonies; and orchestras on tour in Paris, Mexico, Russia, Romania and Bulgaria.

Mr. Goldstein also maintains an active recording presence with a number of new releases on the Naxos label, most recently an album of Scarlatti piano sonatas (June 2020). His online recitals and series of online chats entitled “Alon Not Alone” have drawn audiences from around the globe.

The winner of numerous competitions, Mr. Goldstein graduated from the Peabody Conservatory where he studied with Leon Fleisher and served as his assistant – a position assigned only to his most exceptional students. In 2019, Mr. Goldstein was elected to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars, an honor bestowed upon graduates of the institution who have achieved excellence in their field. He is one of only two Peabody graduates to have been selected. A dedicated and creative teacher, Mr. Goldstein was appointed Strandberg Endowed Chair, Visiting Piano Professor at the UMKC Conservatory.

Melody Stroth, KCMTA President-elect; Federated Teachers Workshop Chair


Achievement Auditions

Achievement Auditions WILL take place on Saturday, May 15, 2021 in-person at Kansas City Piano (formerly Schmitt Music) with safety measures fully enforced (temperature check, masks required, hand washing/sanitizing before and after playing, etc.).  PLEASE NOTE:  Registration WILL NOT open until April 3rd and families will need to sign an in-person liability release/waiver to be able to participate.  For more detailed info, including general guidelines, syllabus and technical requirements, please visit:  http://kansascitymusicteachers.org/student-programs/achievement-auditions/  (link to the registration form will be found there)

Please contact Linda Chen at lindaychen@aol.com with any questions.  Looking forward to your enrollments!


–Linda Chen, D.M.A.


Welcome New Members!

 I’d like to give a warm welcome to our new members and invite everyone to come to our April 6 presentation by UMKC professor, Dr. Alon Goldstein. If you need students, please contact me. If you have any questions about our events, don’t hesitate to ask!

Joyce Berg, NCTM, VP for Membership

Katherine Forsha
Overland Park, KS  66221-7979
(303) 579-8567
New Member

Garrett Mahurin
Blue Springs, MO  64014
Voice, Vocal Coach
New University student

Helena Vasconcellos
KCMO  64131-1344
(816) 500-5769
Piano, New member


Steinway grand piano for sale

The seller is a former KC resident who has retired to the Napa California area where the piano currently resides.  The piano belonged to his wife who was a pianist.  He would love to have a local KC person purchase the piano.  He would consider paying for the cost to transport to KC and could offer financing if needed.  Please see the attached pictures.  Below are his details regarding the piano:

Steinway – June 1906
6.2 feet
Model – A
Complete remodeled from Greg Hulme – he is well known for rebuilding Steinways.
Purchased in 2002
$ 75,000.—
Rosewood color
Ivory original keys
Comes with double bench – a full size Persian  rug and lamp
In perfect condition
Very little played
A dealer in Oakland – the best in the Bay area will list the Steinway for $ 65,000.—
On consignment and I will get $ 35,000.—based on our agreement.

I would consider to work something out to move to KC or for a visit here in Napa

Also for the right person I would consider financing

I want Nancy’s piano to be with a person that would appreciate the instrument – that is important for me

If interested, please contact Fritz Zschietzschmann (fwz@zintl.com) directly for more information and/or pictures.








Antonov Masterclasses

Greetings, my name is Avguste Antonov.
I am a concert pianist and professor of piano at the Conservatoire de Chateaubriant (France).  On my website at avgusteantonov.com, you will find my biography, audio and other information.

Due to the COVID crisis, much of the traditional activities have been moved to the virtual world, including adjudication and masterclasses, with no end in sight. In light of all the uncertainty and restrictions, I am starting monthly virtual masterclasses which are open to all pianists regardless of age and level.  I am sending you this email with the masterclasses flyer attached and it would be greatly appreciated if you could forward the information to the piano teachers of the Kansas City Music Teachers Association and the various piano students.

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