Certificate of Merit Meeting

All teachers who are planning to enroll students in the Certificate of Merit program must attend the orientation meeting. There will be two orientation-meeting times offered.

The first is Wednesday, September 13 at 9:30 a.m.
The second is Sunday, September 17 at 4:00 p.m.
Meetings will be held at Lincoln Glen Church, 2700 Booksin Avenue, San Jose 95125.

October 1 – October 31 is the Enrollment period. Enrollment closes at 5PM on October 31.
Upon close of enrollment the parents of your students will be able to access the website and pay the CM fee directly.

November 1 – 10 is the period when a parent can go online and pay the CM enrollment fee. If the fee is NOT paid by November 10 at 5PM, they are automatically dropped from the program.

January 15 is the deadline for entering repertoire for ALL sections.

CM Informational Meetings

All teachers that will be entering students in Certificate of Merit this year must attend one of these two informational meetings:

Wednesday, September 14, 9:30 a.m. 
Lincoln Glen Church, 2700 Booksin Avenue, San Jose

Sunday, September 25, 4:00 p.m.
Lincoln Glen Church, 2700 Booksin Avenue, San Jose

There is a new online system for enrolling students in Certificate of Merit this year, including some new deadlines that have not existed in past years, so you will want to be informed and ready.

Click here to download or print notes from the meeting

2016 MTAC Santa Clara Luncheon-June 8 (Wed) at Ms. Sylvia Lee’s home Garden

2016 MTAC Santa Clara Luncheon-June 8 (Wed)

Let’s enjoy music,  delicious gourmet,  Ms. Sylvia’s home garden,  laugh and have fun together…

***RSVP click here — “http://goo.gl/forms/jGzghOQqC3F3z4OT2

(Or typing this web address.)***

 Date/Time: June 8 (Wednesday)- 11am.

Location: Ms. Sylvia Lee’s warm Home Garden

20899 Maureen Way, Saratoga, CA

———–special thanks to Ms. Sylvia’s generosity to host this event and open her home for us  ———–

Questions? Chrissy Huang at chuang@steinway.com

Limited only for 40 teachers attendance!  (Due to the space and food preparation )

First come first served.  Registration will be closed after 40 teachers registration.  Free for members!



You are cordially Invited to a Master Class & Short Performance with

Sean Chen

The winner of  Van Cliburn International Piano Competition


Location: Steinway & Sons at Los Altos

316 State St. Los Altos, CA 94022

Dates: Saturday,  February 13,  4PM

*Performer’s (Student) Application Form (Deadline at Feb. 10)

Please fill the form at http://goo.gl/forms/45cNNpv9jc

**Audience: Reservation for your Seats

(Limted Seats: first -come, first-served)

Please fill the form at http://goo.gl/forms/JF17yzZMbD

For further information about the master class,

please contact:

Chrissy Huang, chuang@steinway.com


Pianist Sean Chen is being hai led as a r i sing star with a “million-volt smile” and a “formidable set of f ingers” (Da l las

Morning News). In 2013 Chen won the American Pianists Association’s DeHaan Classical Fellowship, one of the most

lucrat ive and significant prizes avai lable to an American pianist. He also won Third Prize at the 14th Van Cliburn

International Piano Competition, becoming the f irst American to reach the f inal s since 1997. Highlights of Chen’s

2014-15 season include debuts with the Mi lwaukee Symphony Orchest ra, the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra at the

Kimmel Center, the symphony orchestras of Hartford, Tucson, Santa Fe, Carmel, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.






Jan 9 (Sat) 5PM RSVP-Prelude to a Concert: Paintings through Sound-

Title: Prelude to a Concert: Paintings through Sound
Artist: Sandra Wright Shen

Location: Steinway & Sons Los Altos
316 State St. Los Altos, CA 94022

Question: Chrissy Huang chuang@steinway.com

Time: Jan 9 (Sat) at 5PM, 2016
Must RSVP for your seat on http://goo.gl/forms/O3Kjk2itYx
(Limited seats-based on first come first served.)

You are welcomed to attend a sneak preview of Steinway Artist Sandra Wright Shen’s recital. Sandra will talk about some of Debussy preludes and a piece by Spanish composer Granados, which forms a sharp contrast between gentle vs. bold expressiveness, subtle implicit expression vs. passionate extroverted gestures. Interestingly, these pieces were inspired by paintings and images. Come hear how the composers paint with piano!

About Artist-
Sandra Wright Shen has been described as a classical “pianist of the first order” and a “heartstopping beauty”. With her passion, musicality, and inspiration, she aims to move hearts through music. She has appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Chicago Cultural Center, the Frankfurt Cultural Center in Germany, Granada Music Festival, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, and the Taiwan National Concert Hall.
Sandra Shen won first prizes in the France International Piano Competition, Hilton Head International Piano Competition, the Mieczyslaw Munz Piano Competition, the Taiwan National Piano Competition, and the Peabody Frances M. Wentz Memorial Prize. She has recorded three CDs, including her debut recording of Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto. Ms. Shen received her BM and MM in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory, under Ann Schein. Sandra Shen is a Steinway Artist and a resident of Los Altos.

December 9th Harp Ensemble Concert /Luncheon at Lincoln Glen Church


Come to the December 9th Harp Ensemble Concert /Luncheon at Lincoln Glen Church (2700 Booksin Avenue, San Jose) at 11:00 AM.

Listen to some lovely Christmas harp music performed by the  Harpers Hall ensemble led by Verlene Schermer. Verlene is  a 1997 prizewinner of the Lyon & Healy Pop & Jazz Harpfest and a sought after harp player and singer who gives concerts and workshops throughout the country and in Europe. The Harpers Hall have played regularly for Christmas concerts at St. Joseph’s Basilica in downtown San Jose, and at numerous celtic festivals in California.They have produced several CDs, including a Christmas CD with some of the pieces you will hear at the concert. (You may see some familiar MTAC faces playing with the group.)There will be an opportunity for you to play a harp afterwards, if you like. At 12:00 we will have  a luncheon at the church. Please email Susan Nguyen at susan@musikeys.com to let her know you would like to join us for lunch. The cost for the lunch is $10 per person  and it will be collected at the location for those staying for lunch. (A check made out to MTAC Santa Clara would be easiest.)  There is no charge for the concert, itself, as usual.

We look forward to seeing you for an enjoyable time of music and fellowship!