Message From The President
This year especially, I feel privileged to be President of the HPTA, since this is a landmark year for our organization. Many positive changes are on the horizon, even as we maintain the fine legacy of membership and activities that are targeted for piano teachers and their unique requirements. We will continue to offer workshops, for example, as we did this past year, on “How to Teach Rhythm”, which was presented by our long time active member, Camilla Yamamoto. We appreciate any offers to head seminars or workshops, and the HPTA Board will support anyone who desires to do so. Some topics over the years have been, “Improvisation”, “Favorite Teaching Repertoire”, “Round Robin Discussion” (various topics) as well, we sponsor special guest artist performances. This past year we enjoyed fine performances by the young Canadian pianist, Pierre Andre Doucett, and the famous recording artist, and editor, Joseph Banowetz, who also presented a Master Class and presentation on pedaling at UH, Orvis Auditorium.
Another very important HPTA offering, free of charge to teachers and their students, is the HPTA sponsored UH Recital Hour. These bi-monthly recital opportunities are conducted by Sam Adams, our Recital Chair. Sam works with UH to secure the recital hall and contacts teachers, prepares the program and then MCs each recital. We owe Sam a round of applause, as he has done this for many years, and on a totally voluntary basis.
On February 8th, 2015, the HPTA will sponsor the 8th Annual UH Scholarship Benefit Concert, to provide scholarships for chosen piano performance majors at UH Manoa and KCC. Guest Artists and Scholarship Winners will perform for the public, and we important event.
Finally, stay tuned for our new website, which is now in the birthing process. We now have a “Web Chair” person, Tammy Burks who, along with The HPTA Board, is working diligently to bring this tremendous project to fruition in the next few months. HPTA members will be contacted shortly with detailed information regarding the new site and first and foremost, to gather information each teacher desires to have posted on the website. We believe that the new web site will eventually become a mainstay for our organization and a tool that most teachers will find user friendly and extremely helpful on a daily basis. On this note, I wish to express deep appreciation to the HPTA Board. Without these dedicated individuals, the HPTA could not continue to develop.
Pianists and piano teachers offer a unique gift to the world. Those who choose this profession often work long hours, receive comparatively little monetary reward, and yet enjoy awe and respect from those they teach and from those for whom they perform. The HPTA exists to nurture the piano teacher. As president, I wish you all a successful year of teaching and performing, and hope that each one of you will find a way to become involved with HPTA activities throughout the coming year.
Please feel free to contact me personally at any time for anything related to the HPTA.
Deborah Weingard Lee