2017 Play-a-Thon

Our annual Play-a-Thon took place on February 25 and 26 at the South Mall.  Over 200 students participated.  The total amount collected to date is $7294.56, with a few more donations still expected to come in.  The studio of Gloriana Sewell raised the most money, followed by those of Susan Kuntz and Martha Schrempel.  Amazon gift cards  were awarded to Asa, Elijah, and Gabriel Ligowski (students of Gloriana Sewell), who were tied for raising the most money in pledges. They each raised $240!  They will also share a gift certificate for Young’s Music Store.  Gift certificates for Young’s were also  sent to Landen Burns (student of Kris Fosbenner), who raised $150, and to Sarah Grace Daza (student of Denise Williams), who raised $121.  Three students won free tunings from Jacobs Music:  Isabelle Alessi (student of Irmgard Pursell), Isabelle Russo (student of Carolyn Anderson), and Chris Konopelski (student of Cherie Murray).  Two students won free tunings from Zeiner’s:  Inara Niaz (student of Susan Kuntz), and Mana Khalvati (student of Deb Fleming). 

We are grateful to the South Mall, Zeiner’s Pianos (for providing the pianos as well as the two free piano tunings which were prizes in a drawing at the end of the event), Young’s Music Store for the discount coupons and gift certificates that they provided, and Elizabeth Campbell of Jacobs Music for her help at the event and for also providing another three free piano tunings for the drawing.  Elizabeth also took the contents of the leftover goody bags to Safe Harbor Shelter in Easton to give to the people there.  Thanks also go out to Utz, Just Born, and Provident and Santendar banks for their contributions for the goody bags.  Chairing the event this year was Susan Kuntz, with help from Cherie Murray, Kris Fosbenner, and Deborah Fleming.  Everything went smoothly and a lot of good music was heard throughout the Mall!  We received many favorable comments from passers-by.  Thanks to all who helped make this event a success! 

Cherie Murray, LVMTA Play-a-Thon Co-Chair

2016 Achievement Awards Auditions

This year, 25 teachers participated in AAA, with approximately 265 students performing on piano, voice, and violin; this represented 57 more students than 2015! 145 students received S+ ratings (55%), and we had four honors recitals with very high-quality performances. 11 students will receive five-year highest rating plaques, and a student of Gloriana Sewell's will be honored with a 10-year trophy.
Below are photos of students who received S+ ratings and performed in the Honors Recitals.

Martha Schrempel, AAA Chair

Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival 2016

A successful LVMTA Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival was held Saturday October 8 at Moravian College.  Thirteen teachers entered 130 students who auditioned in piano solo, piano duet, and vocal solo classes.  This represents a slight increase in participation from 2015.  A total of 94 blue ribbons were awarded. 
A big thank you goes to all teachers who worked hard to procure the judges (including last minute changes), who worked the entire day as monitors, theory room proctors, and theory correctors.  Thanks also to Erin Petrella who assisted as a volunteer runner, and to Karen El Chaar, our scheduler.  Special thanks to Gloriana Sewell for tackling multitudinous corrections in the new theory test.
We are grateful to all who participated.  Those who entered students worked long hours in this event, because as usual there were too few teachers involved to split the shifts.  The good-humored team effort of all ensured that the day would be a success!
Carolyn Anderson and Darlene Ziegler, Co-Chairs DSPF

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.