Musikfest 2015

Plaza Tropical
Monday, August 10, 2015
Hello All,
Today, a large crowd gathered to hear a great hour of repertoire performed by our local PA Music Teachers Association at Plaza Tropical at  Musikfest .
Again, I want to personally and publically thank Herb Heffner and Vicky Serrao for donating their time by helping me with the audition process last month. Mirta Heffner again served as a warm welcoming hostess and made all the students feel relaxed and organized. THANK YOU to a GREAT TEAM!........ I COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU!!!!
This year we heard students perform music from many outstanding teachers’ studios, namely Carolyn Anderson, Janice Derstine, Arianna Goldina, Herb Heffner, Susan Kuntz, Mary Ann Saylor, Martha Schrempel, Vicky Serrao, and myself. Another GREAT TEAM! Since we only had one (1) hour of time allotted to showcase our students, the audition process needed to be very selective this year. We were only able to take 50% of the students that auditioned, which I’m certain, was disappointing to many students and teachers. Perhaps next year, we might be given more time and more students will be able to participate. On a more positive note, we had an equally balanced program with 11 pianists, 2 violinists, and 10 vocalists. Many audience members told me the program had variety, with a good mix of musical selections and left them wanting to hear more. The “spot on” perfect timing was a tribute to the momentum of the program moving along in a smooth manner which made the audience want to join us in the audience next year.
Again, I also would like to thank Vicky Serrao and her husband, Greg, for graciously donating the cost of printing the programs at Staples. A much appreciative gesture!
As I reflect on a rainy but PERFECT afternoon filled with stunning music, I was most proud of our organization. The stagehands pre-set all equipment in a timely fashion, the mics were placed perfectly for the vocalists and violinists, the audience was supportive and appreciative, and everything went off without a glitch. The quality of repertoire along with the students’ professional mannerisms, stage presence, and memory skills, showcased our organization with the respect and dignity it deserves. So in closing, I welcome the opportunity to present our LVPMTA chapter of students and teachers at Musikfest 2016….because I was proud to be your ambassador for this event.
Rosemary Murdy-Haber
Musikfest Recital Coordinator

2015 Play-A-Thon Report

Our annual Play-a-Thon took place on February 28 and March 1 at the Palmer Park Mall. Fifteen studios were represented by the students who participated. A total of $5175 was raised. The studio of Gloriana Sewell raised the most money, followed by those of Susan Kuntz and Lori Huth. Visa gift cards are being award to Elijah and Gabriel Ligowski (students of Gloriana Sewell) and Lucy Kitch-Peck (student of Vicky Serrao) for being the top three fund-raisers. Four more students tied for raising the next lower amount. They will receive gift certificates for Young’s Music Store. These students are Michele Li (student of Darlene Sydlik), Giana Pistoria (student of Cherie Murray), and John and Rebecca Derham (students of Gloriana Sewell). Two students won free turnings from Zeiner’s: Lalitha Loka (student of Sue Kuntz) and John Zemanek (student of Liz Zemanek). Three students won free turnings from Jacobs Music: Angela Chen (student of Martha Schrempel), Philip Han (student of Darlene Ziegler), and Noah Zacharia (student of Lori Huth). We are grateful to the Palmer Park Mall, Zeiner’s Pianos (for providing the pianos as well as the two free piano tunings), Young’s Music Store, and Jacobs Music for the three free tunings which they contributed. We are also grateful to Elizabeth Campbell of Jacobs Music for her help at the Mall, as well as John and Tom Zeiner who spent time with us there on Saturday. In addition we owe thanks to Utz, Just Born, and Gertrude Hawke Chocolates for their contributions for the goody bags. Thanks also to all those who participated and who helped to contribute to and stuff the goody bags for the Play-a-Thon. Chairing the event was Lori Huth with help from Cherie Murray and Deborah Fleming. Thanks to all who helped make this event a success!
Cherie Murray, LVMTA Play-A-Thon Co-Chair

Metropolitan Opera Trip - September 19

Our trip to see Mozart's "Le Nozze de Figaro" was wonderful! Thanks to Susan Kuntz, chairperson, and all the teachers and students who participated and helped make this delightful annual trip such a success.

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Our Mission


To organize all music teachers in the Lehigh Valley into one professional society.

To promote public recognition of the value of music education.

To develop the potential of members and their students.

To encourage, inspire, and assist students in their study and enjoyment of music.