Megan Gilles Music Studio

Willmar, MN
Phone:  320-220-4006

2019-2020

Studio Opportunities

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.


Studio Recitals

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

Choose One

  • Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 2:00PM
  • Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 6:00PM

Spring Recital-Location TBD

Choose One

  • 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

Cost: $25.00

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.  

 https://www.csbsju.edu/music/dennis-alexander


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

Cost: $23.00

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