Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) has sent its members a letter earlier this fall, declaring that they have decided to strip instrumental and vocal competitions all together from 2013. They will keep piano and chamber music competitions. Personally, I find their decision appalling and even offensive that MTNA would retain chamber music competition but not continue supporting the instrumental and vocal competitions. As a member of its local association MMAMTA with strong advocacy for ALL music, I implore you to write MTNA Board (list below) a letter of appeal to reconsider and reverse their decision. Currently 25% of MMAMTA members are instrumental/vocal teachers, and the number is growing year after year. More importantly, the experience students gain from the competitions is priceless, and that includes some of my own students who play more than just piano. Please join me in spreading the word. Let's keep MTNA truly all-inclusive.
MMAMTA Immediate Past President
Pianist & Artistic Director
Odyssey Chamber Music Series | www.odysseymissouri.org
Plowman Chamber Music Competition | www.motheatre.org