Monster Concert 2015
TMTA's Monster Concert 2015 will be held on June 4th at 7:00 p.m. at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. A grand piano extravaganza featuring ten grand pianos, approximately 200 pianists grade 3 to adult will play in groups of up to 20 at a time. Patriotic, popular and jazz arrangements, classical works and more will be performed by these students who represent 20 TMTA teachers.
Monster Concerts have a long history in Lafayette, dating to 1979 when area adult pianists performed the first of four Monster Concerts that were a part of the Midsummer Arts Festival. The Piano Teachers Network (now the Tippecanoe Music Teachers Association) began producing the biennial concerts for students in 1987. With this year’s concert, over 2,000 students have had the opportunity to experience piano teamwork on a large scale. Since 1989, TMTA has presented a concert piano bench to the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, helped in the maintenance of the LSO Steinway concert grand piano (which was purchased with funds from the 1979-1982 programs), contributed to the purchase and maintenance of a grand piano for community use at the West Lafayette Public Library, provided a concert bench for that piano, and helped support the annual West Lafayette Musicale’s Jamieson Piano Competition. Several years ago, TMTA gave to the Tippecanoe Arts Federation a Steinway grand piano and concert bench which TMTA had housed and maintained at TAF for many years.
TMTA provides many educational and performance opportunities for area piano students through events such as the Sunday Showcase Recitals and IMTA District Auditions as well as continuing education opportunities for members. Most recently, TMTA collaborated with the Bach Chorale Singers to provide a Bach Piano Competition for pianists grades three through eight. Winners were featured on the Bach Youth Chorus program on May 2, 2015.
A sustained education in music provides intellectual and creative advantages that last a lifetime. Among the benefits of music study are the development of self-confidence, self-discipline and an outlet for self-expression. The 2015 Monster Concert provides all of these experiences for local piano students.
Tickets for the 2015 Monster Concert are $5 and will be available at the door.
BACH PIANO COMPETITION WINNERS
Winners of the Bach Piano Competition held on April 25 include:
Elementary (3rd and 4th grades)
First Prize: Ariel Lyanda-Geller
Second Prize: Taiga Nishida
Intermediate I (5th and 6th grades)
First Prize: Song Kim
Second Prize: Caleb Weber
Intermediate II (7th and 8th grades)
First Prize: Seth Weaver
Second Prize: Lily Kostraba
All winners received cash awards; the first prize winners will perform on the Bach Chorale Singers Prelude, Concert and Youth Choirs program, Saturday, May 2 at 4 pm at First Baptist Church in Lafayette.
The competition, sponsored by the Bach Chorale Singers and the Tippecanoe Music Teachers Association in celebration of the Bach Chorale Singers 50th Anniversary year, featured 24 students in grades 3 through 8 representing 10 area piano teachers.
Pictured above are Second prize winners
Taiga Nashida; Lily Kostraba; Caleb Weber;
First prize Intermediate II - Seth Weaver
Not shown - Ariel Lyanda-Geller (Elementary) and Song Kim (Intermediate I)
The Tippecanoe Music Teachers Association, formerly known as the Tippecanoe Piano Teachers Network, was established in 1986 to support quality music education in the greater Lafayette area. All TMTA members also belong to the Music Teachers National Association and the Indiana Music Teachers Association. By coordinating the efforts of individual music teachers, TMTA is able to produce many exciting music activities which contribute to the cultural richness of our city and help build the creative, intellectual, social, and physical skills of our students.