–  Monthly Meetings  –


WSMTA Meetings are generally held on the first Thursday of each month, except for December, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Wheaton, Illinois. Trinity Episcopal Church is located at 130 North West St. on the corner of West and Wesley Streets in downtown Wheaton. Refreshments are provided so join us for coffee and meet with other members at 9 am. The monthly business meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by our monthly presentation.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Panel: Constructive and Effective Judging Techniques
Stephanie Nakahara Myers, Janna Williamson,
Lynette Zelis

The presentation will be of the concerns for a positive judging mode, and the tools greatly necessary and available for all levels of judging. As an illustration, three students of AiM Levels 5-8 pieces will participate in a “mock judging”. The panel will share their comments, and all attendees may then voluntarily share their judging comments.

STEPHANIE NAKAHARA MYERS, NCTM, completed her undergraduate study at Calvin College in Michigan, and earned her Masters degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University, where she studied the pedagogy under Elvina Pearce. She has been a director of Baldwin Music Education Center and has also served on the faculties of the College of DuPage and the Northwestern University School of Music Piano Academy. She has performed with the DuPage Symphony as a guest pianist for the performance of Stravinsky’s Petrushka. She is an active member of the West Suburban ISMTA, having served in many capacities including AIM Theory Chair, AIM Performance Chair, Program Chair, Certificate Chair, Treasurer, and currently serving as AIM Repertoire Approval Chair for the Illinois State Music Teachers Association. Mrs. Myers has written several articles for the Clavier Companion Magazine (formally known as the Keyboard Companion), and has given presentations for the local chapters of the ISMTA. She frequently adjudicates for local festivals and competitions. Mrs. Myers operates a thriving piano studio in her home in Wheaton area: www.stephaniemyerspiano.com

JANNA WILLIAMSON holds piano performance degrees from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (both ‘summa cum laude’), where she studied with Winston Choi and Karin Redekopp Edwards, respectively. She performs regularly in the Chicago area including venues such as the Chicago Cultural Center and has been featured multiple times on the Shepley Concert Series at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis, Missouri. Janna has performed in masterclass for Edward Auer, Kenneth Drake, James Giles, Martin Katz, Abbey Simon, and William Westney. She studied collaborative piano with Dana Brown (vocal) and Angela Yoffe (instrumental) and has extensive accompanying experience with individuals and groups including the Wheaton Symphony Chorus, the St. Charles Singers, and the String Academy of Chicago. Janna has been a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music since 2004. In addition to teaching privately in her home, Janna has been a faculty member at the Wheaton Yamaha Music School since 2001 where she has taught traditional students as well as the Yamaha and Musikgarten methods. Janna is an active church musician playing in both traditional and contemporary styles, and has experience directing her church’s children’s choir. When she is not seated at the piano, Janna loves spending her time with her husband and their four children.

LYNETTE ZELIS is the owner of Noteable Notes Music Academy in Wheaton, IL. She teaches private lessons and maintains studios for 14 other music teachers. She is currently the director – elect for MTNA and past-president of the Illinois MTA. Lynette is an active member of ISMTA and her local chapter, where she has served as the Achievement in Music (AIM) State Repertoire Chair, AIM Performance Chair, vice president, president and treasurer for the West Suburban Chapter of which she was awarded Member of the Year for ISMTA in 2002. Permanently certified by the ISMTA & the MTNA, Lynette was one of only five teachers in the country to win the 2001 Group Piano Teachers Award from MTNA and the National Piano Foundation. Lynette writes new music reviews for AMT magazine. Lynette received her BM & MM, & MA degrees from Hope College and NIU in piano performance and pedagogy.



Thursday, September 6, 2018, 9:30 a.m.  Trinity Episcopal Church
Dr. Svetlana Belsky: Decoding the Bach Inventions

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 9:30 a.m.  Home of Carol Ann Ishman
West Suburban Board Meeting

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – noon  Trinity Episcopal Church
Joint Chapters Board Meeting

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 9:30 a.m.  Trinity Episcopal Church
AIM Judging Session – 9:45
Michelle Russell: The Spectrum in Music Therapy – Vital and Revealing

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 9:30 a.m.  Home of Kathy Christian
Teacher Information Exchange (TIE) and Teacher Performance Meeting

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 9:30 a.m  Trinity Episcopal Church
Panel on Constructive and Effective Judging Techniques with
Stephanie Myers, Janna Williamson, and Lynette Zelis

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 9:30 a.m.  Home of Lynette Zelis
AIM Theory Packet Stuffing Meeting

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 9:15 a.m.  Trinity Episcopal Church
Dr. Steve Havens: Creativity in the Group Piano Teaching Studio


Thursday, January 3, 2019, 9:30 a.m.  Trinity Episcopal Church
Jeff Capelli: Why (Some) Pianos Sing

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 9:30 a.m.  Home of Julie Crull
Teacher Information Exchange (TIE) and Teacher Performance Meeting

Thursday, February 7, 2019, 9:30 a.m.  Trinity Episcopal Church
AIM Judging Session – 9:45 a.m.
Mark Edwards: Importance of the Pipe Organ to Pianists
*presentation given in Trinity’s organ loft

Wednesday, February 21, 2019, 9:30 a.m.  Home of Carol Ann Ishman
AIM Performance Packet Stuffing Meeting

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 9:30 a.m.  Wheaton College*
Joint Chapters Workshop

Thursday, March 7, 2019, 9:30 a.m.  Trinity Episcopal Church
Dr. Susan Tang: Piano Masterclass

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 9:30 a.m.  Trinity Episcopal Church
Eric Sutz: Classic Foundations – via Jazz Greats – In The Piano Studio

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 9:30 a.m.  Home of Liz Mackenzie
Teacher Information Exchange (TIE) and Teacher Performance Meeting

(*Not a function of Wheaton College)