Tuesday, September 22, 2020

President's Message

Dear Irvine Branch Members,


Greetings to everyone and welcome back to our MTAC Irvine Branch!

Hope everyone has been well through the quarantine.


What a different year this has been for us, since we have not been able to see each other for over six months. Under the restriction of Covid-19, we canceled many activities before the summer break. Since the MTAC state board informed us of their decision to have all activities online in August, it’s looking like the social distancing concern will prolong the time of our not being able to see each other. I want to stay optimistic, hoping I will be able to see all of you again in the near future.


At our last board meeting in May, the decision was made that I will be continuing the position of president to serve our branch for the coming school year. Other board members are as follows:


1st Vice President/Programs: Jessica Chen 

2nd Vice President/Programs: Lanzo Luconi 

Venue: Jillair Robinson

Membership: Dr. Valentina Gottlieb 

Treasurer: June Lusk Nelson

Chair, Certificate of Merit: Dr. Bella Tseng

Chair, Romantic/Contemporary Festivals: Jennifer Fung

Chair, Classical/ Baroque Festivals: Xin (Cici) Deng 

Chair, Community Outreach (MSSL): Jennifer Goldin 

Recording Secretary: Heidi Lee Kim

Board Assistants: Inessa Khurgel, Jenny Fu, Ena Kim 

Newsletter/Broadcast: Rachel Tofoli

Cyber Engineer: Ann/Robert Tenney


Due to the continued need for social distancing, and the concern of gathering no more than ten people in a group, our branch activities this year have been planned online, including our branch general meetings and festivals. Most of the dates will stay the same or similar to last year. Unfortunately, we decided to temporarily cancel the MSSL monthly concerts for this year. This was a very difficult decision to make, but we felt was the best thing to do in our present unpredictable circumstances. Our annual Monster Concert was also canceled this year due to social distance restrictions.


Branch Festivals will be conducted virtually until public gatherings can safely resume. Please understand and support our festival chairs who are working hard to figure out how to convert these usually live events, to successful virtual ones. The registration is done online only. This is very important to know if you are a new member to our branch. In order to access our website you will need your own branch password and log-in name. Please contact Ann Tenney (astenney@gmail.com) to get help with this.

Meeting Attendance. Please plan to attend as many meetings as possible as per branch policy: our three times a year requirement will be enforced. In addition to being a great way to meet and communicate with your fellow music teachers, this is a great opportunity to grow professionally, with high quality master classes and lectures being presented.


For our first branch meeting we will be honored to have Adam Lavine give us a valuable and timely presentation, “Online Music Education.” We will have our first branch meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, September 23rd at 10:00 am. The login ID and password will be sent to you soon, before the meeting.

Thank you all for your support of our MTAC Irvine Branch. Looking forward to “seeing” you soon at the Branch Meeting on September 23rd.




Grace Hsu

MTAC Irvine Branch President.

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