At the state level, OMTA provides resources, grants, speakers, workshops, networking, adjudicators, and professional support for all members. But the heart and soul of our organization is to be found in the 12 Districts making up the larger body.
Central Oregon District, encompassing communities in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook Counties, is an active group of independent music teachers who meet monthly during the school year to discuss the challenges and rewards of teaching music, plan events for students, and listen to guest presenters. Our members live in Bend, Sisters, Redmond, Terrebonne, Madras, Prineville, Sunriver, and LaPine, and we are always looking for new ‘talent’.
2012 marked the 40th anniversary of the founding of Central Oregon District, and from the earliest years we have been known as one of the liveliest, most active districts in the state. Here is an early photo, showing members getting ready for a teachers’ recital:
We are still at it! If you are an independent music teacher in the Central Oregon area, please join us. Prospective members are welcome at all meetings and programs. We meet on the Second Friday of each month, September through June, usually in private homes. Business Meetings begin at 9:30 am, Programs begin at 10:45 am and run through 12:15 pm.
For directions or for more information, contact Gina Rosbrook, Program Chair: 541-593-2663
President Margaret Littlehales NCTM
President-Elect Gina Rosbrook
Secretary Helen Jones NCTM
Treasurer Jean Shrader
2017-2018 C.O. District Meeting Schedule
Friday, September 22, 2017 — ‘Contemporary Solo Piano Music: 20th-21st Century Solos for Elementary to Advanced Level Piano Students’ Presenter: Phyllis Pieffer NCTM. (Bend)
Friday, October 13, 2017 — ‘Spooky Improvisation: Fun for Your Fall Recital’ Presenter: Heidi Evans NCTM (Bend)
Friday, November 10, 2017 — ‘Share Your Favorite Contemporary Teaching Pieces’ Presenters: All C.O. District members. (Bend)
Friday, December 8, 2017 — ‘Christmas Partner Songs – a Carol Sing-Along ‘ It’s an ‘open mic’/jam session with holiday music, featuring creative, impromptu, improvised accompaniments. Presenters: Central Oregon District members led by Gina Rosbrook. Our annual Christmas Potluck will follow. (Bend)
Friday, January 12, 2018 — ‘Music and Architecture’ Presenter: Clyde Thompson (Bend)
Friday, February 9, 2018 — ‘The Canadian Royal Conservatory of Music Syllabus: Piano and Voice’ Presenter: Megan Lapp (Bend)
Friday, March 9, 2018 — ‘Pages from a Teacher’s Notebook’ Presenter: Mariann Slavkovsky NCTM (Bend)
Friday, April 13, 2018 — ‘The Oregon Young Composers Project’ Presenter: Jeffrey Payne (Bend)
Friday, May 11, 2018 — ‘Audition: Hearing with the Mind’s Ear’ Presenter: Mary Kogen e. (Nellie Tholen/OCF Grant Program)(Sunriver)
Friday, June 8, 2018 — ‘Duo Piano Recital’ Presenters: Darlene Cusick and Janet Smith. Followed by potluck luncheon . (Sunriver)