BAMTA Beat, January 2014

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BAMTA President’s Message:

Happy New Year!  I hope the holidays were fabulous for each and every one of you!
Thanks to all who attended the brunch on December 18.  The most important thing to come out of our gathering, for me, was a statement by one of our male members (wanna guess who?) who said something like “can’t we just do this every month instead of those meetings?”  Well, while I wouldn’t feel OK about foregoing opportunities for learning, I DO believe we need to also HAVE MORE FUN.  So, to start the year off right, please attend a wine and hors d’oeuvres MPF discussion on Friday, Jan. 17 from 7:00 p.m. till whenever at the home of Rebecca Martin, 2525 Otter Court, Lafayette, 80026.  The other event of the evening will be learning the cup dance in preparation for our upcoming “Cup Dance Flash Mob” sometime this spring. (Yes, really!)
I ‘m excited to announce that I WILL be attending the MTNA 2014 National Conference in Chicago during Spring Break.  If you or anybody you know is looking for a roommate, please let me know!
Lois Abbuhl  has graciously agreed to produce the addendum to our BAMTA Yearbook 2013-2014.  Please know that we are doing everything we can think of to get ALL your information included and/or corrected, BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP.  If any part of the information about you was incomplete or incorrect in the BAMTA Yearbook 2013-14 (yellow), email Lois at by Friday, Jan. 17 EVEN IF YOU’VE ALREADY TOLD SOMEONE ONCE.  We will then email a copy of the addendum to the membership for you to proof before the final copy is printed.  Thanks in advance for your help with this.
Please be sure to take a look at the information Shana Kirk sent to those of you whose students may be preparing college audition videos.
And finally, may 2014 bring you joy, happiness, and success beyond your wildest imaginings! Hope to see you on January 15 AND 17!
Carol Wickham-Revier, NCTM,
BAMTA President
Happy New Year from the Disklavier Education Network! 
The Disklavier Education Network (DEN) audition program makes it possible for college applicants to audition for multiple schools by recording their audition program just one time, on a Disklavier reproducing piano with synchronized video. This is a program I have personally advocated and worked on for a very long time and it’s really excited to get to roll it out nationwide! I am  especially pleased to let you know that Onofrio Piano in Denver is a participating recording site in Colorado! Here’s how it works: 
Recordings are made available to participating institutions, where they will be viewed on a large screen while each institution’s Disklavier PRO piano simultaneously reproduces the performance–as though the student was in the room.
While audio and video recordings have been accepted by many institutions for several years, faculty members have frequently commented on the inconsistent video and audio quality of the recordings, especially when the piano is out of tune!  Schools with Disklavier technology have often requested that students should be able to submit auditions by recording on a Disklavier as a preferred alternative.
Now, with organizations like the International Piano E-Competition having used Disklavier’s video-sync technology for over 10 years, we have independent confirmation that our recording procedure and the high-resolution playback of a Disklavier PRO will produce superior quality video-synchronized auditions. The limited number of audition sites and receiving institutions have been carefully chosen because they met stringent quality standards with respect to having large, well-maintained Disklavier pianos for this program.
Please note that Disklavier Video-Sync files include Disklavier data rather than audio. The result is a superior playback experience for the audition committee that is virtually as good as having the student perform in-person on the school’s piano.
Students who wish to create a traditional video recording with audio (that can be submitted to schools that do not yet have a Disklavier PRO for playback) are welcome to bring their own video camera in order to make a simultaneous recording, thus taking advantage of a premium in-tune piano in an optimal recording setting for auditions.
You can view a brief, 6-minute video that shows the recording and playback process on the DEN website:
This link also contains information for the student as well as information for the teacher who is preparing the student for admission or scholarship auditions.
You can see a list of the participating schools as well as a map of the audition recording sites on this page:
Students and teachers with questions are welcome to contact us directly, send an email to, or contact any of the recording sites directly to make an appointment.
Shana Kirk
Music Technology Solutions
Disklavier/Clavinova Consultant
Yamaha Corporation of America
Participating Schools
Brigham Young University
Casper College
Cleveland State University
Fullerton College
Indianapolis University-Perdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Metropolitan State College of Denver
Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Stephen F. Austin State University
The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
The University of Kansas
The University of Tampa
University of Central Florida
University of Georgia
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wayne State College
West Virginia Wesleyan
January 15th PROGRAM:  “Introducing Blues and Improvisation”  by Adam Revell

Adam Revell was trained classically from the age of 4, and competed and performed all throughout childhood. He has a bachelor of music degree in Piano Performance and a masters degree in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from CU Boulder, where he studied with Doris Lehnert, Robert Spillman, John “Chip” Stephens and Pat Bianchi.  Currently Revell works as a private piano instructor and regularly performs in the Denver/Boulder area.
Kate Smailer will begin taking requests for “recitals”
on Monday, January 20th, starting 9 AM.  You can
make a request via e-mail:
OR by phone:  303-530-4760    The fee is $45 for a 
3 hour block of time (set-up, recital, clean-up).
This is a wonderful opportunity for our students.

Chelsea Lovato, student of Rebecca Martin was chosen winner of All State Jazz Band, small school division. Chelsea is a Senior at Erie High School. She will be performing with the All State Jazz Band at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs on Jan. 25. 

BAMTA Coffee Klatch Contributors
(formerly known as “refreshment volunteers”)
Who are we kidding?  One of the strong benefits of our meetings is the fellowship we receive by coming together and taking a few moments to acknowledge and catch up on a personal and professional level.  We also have an obligation and commitment to support our new members by getting to know them.
This is an important cohesive element to our group and what greater way to achieve this than to set aside a few moments to linger and greet around the “refreshment table?”
Please show your support of this valuable element of our meetings by offering to contribute to one of the following:
1)   Bring coffee & juice and set up before the meeting
2)   Bring tea cake & fruit and take down after the meeting.
You may email me Nancy Sundal, at if you would like to contribute.
 JANUARY 15th, 2014.

Thank you so much.   Nancy Sundal

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