Megan Gilles is a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)/Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA) (local chapter-Willmar Music Teachers Association) Currently Megan serves as the Vice President of the WMTA. She serves as the Site Administrator for the Willmar site for Music Bridges, Piano Exam, and Theory Exam and also the MMTA Ensemble Festival. She is also the MMTA Vice President of Membership (2018-2020).
Megan is also a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) (local club-Great River Music Club).
These organizations provide the students with the opportunity to participate in many different performance options and workshops.
Adult students are welcome to participate in the NFMC Festival or the MMTA Ensemble Festival or Theory, Piano Exams or Music Bridges.
There are two studio recitals held throughout the year.
All students will participate in both Winter and Spring studio recitals.
Winter Recital-Vinje Lutheran Church, 1101 Willmar Ave. SW, Willmar
- Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 2:00PM
- Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 6:00PM
Spring Recital-Location TBD
- Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 2:00PM
- Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 6:00PM
Adult Student Social-Location Megan Gilles Music Studio
- October 15, 2019 at 5:45PM
Dennis Alexander Festival and Competition
Registration Deadline: October 21, 2019
Date: November 9, 2019
Where: St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN
Competition and repertoire workshops, at three levels, and Composer-Dennis Alexander will be presenting a Creative Workshop, mid-day. New for 2019, will be an Intro to Improvisation and Jazz Workshop (at all three levels) conducted by noted jazz musicians, John Harlander and Jeff Engholm.
National Federation of Music Clubs
NFMC Festival- Two pieces are performed on the piano and played for a judge (piano teacher) who provides comments to improve on and the positives of the musical performance. For hymn playing, students use their music. For Piano Solo, music is memorized. A certificate is awarded every year. Points are collected towards earning a festival cup. 15 points needed to earn a cup. 5 points for top score-Superior and 4 points for Excellent. 3 points, 2 points, and 1 point or disqualification/0 points are also possible.
What: Piano Solo and Hymn Playing
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Where: College of St. Benedict, Benedicta Arts Center, St. Joseph
Cost: Approx. $20.00
Minnesota Music Teachers Association
All MMTA events require registration at least six weeks prior to the event except for MMTA Finals and Honors Concert Registration which is due the week following Preliminaries/Finals respectively.
MMTA Challenge Award-Students who participate in MMTA programs will be able to take part in earning points towards the challenge awards. Awards are displayed in the studio.
- MMTA Logowear Design Contest
Students are invited to design a logo for MMTA. The winning design will be printed on MMTA t-shirts. “Logowear” items will be sold to thousands through the MMTA contest participants during the calendar year.
Deadline-October 1, 2019
- MMTA Ensemble Festival
Date: Sunday, November 3, 2019
Where: Bethel Lutheran Church, 411 Becker Ave. SW, Willmar
Time: TBD. There may be two recitals depending on the number of students participating.
Cost: $21.00 per ensemble (divided between players)
Family and friends are invited to attend the Ensemble Festival which is free.
- MMTA State Piano Contest
Date: Preliminaries are
Saturday, January, 25, 2020-College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph
Finals are Saturday/ Sunday- March 14/15, 2020 (students will choose the date)
Ferguson Hall, University of Minnesota
Honors Concert will be June 13, 2020-7:00PM at the Minneapolis Convention Center
rehearsals May 2, May 16, May 30, June 13
To encourage high performance standards, MMTA sponsors an annual State Piano Contest. Pianists with the highest scores in the Contest Finals are selected for ensemble performance in the State Honors Contest. This concert is a gala event involving 700 young performers playing on 20 grand pianos in ensemble groups. One piano piece is memorized and performed for this contest. A different piece is learned for the Honors Concert.
Cost: Preliminaries is $23.00
Finals is $23.00
Plus the cost of music
Preliminaries-100 Challenge Award Points
Finals-100 Challenge Award Points
Honors Concert-100 Challenge Award Points
- MMTA State Piano Festival
To encourage performance for all ages by using the State Contest repertoire, MMTA sponsors an annual State Piano Solo Festival. Students who cannot or do not wish to compete in Piano Contest may perform for written comments from a judge. Festival participants are not eligible for Finals, or the Honors Concert. There is no age or category requirement or restriction and there is no theory requirement for Piano Solo Festival.
Date: January 25, 2020
Location: College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph
100 Challenge Award Points Awarded
- MusicLink Foundation Playathon (100 Challenge Award Points)
February 8-9, 2020
Macy’s Court, Mall of America Bloomington
Registration deadline: January 29, 2020
- MMTA Theory Exam, Comprehensive Piano Exam, Sight Playing, Music Bridges
Spring Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 -Vinje Lutheran Church, 1101 Willmar Ave., Willmar
(Other dates and locations available around the state)
Costs range from $13.00-$57.00 depending on event, level, or length
Piano Exam-300 Challenge Award Points
Theory Exam-100 Challenge Award Points
Sight playing Exam-100 Challenge Award Points
Music Bridges-200 Challenge Award Points