Members Only Music Teachers Association of California, Santa Cruz County BranchMTAC Members Only

The Music Teachers’ Association of California®, incorporated in 1897, is a professional organization dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in music education. With over 4,700 members, there are 64 affiliated Branches throughout the state. MTAC serves over 100,000 students.

The mission of MTAC is to pursue excellence in music education and advance the music teaching profession through innovative programs that foster artistic growth and achievement.

2017 Fire Relief

Mary Jane Cope organized a November concert with pianist Lavinia Livingston, flutist Kathleen Purcell, and violinist Shannon Delaney D’Antonio to assist victims of the North Bay fires. The musicians created a program of introspective music designed to provide a cathartic experience for those affected by the fires. Entitled ‘Music for Healing’, the program included works by Bach, Brahms, Finzi, Janácek and others. Holy Cross Church provided the use of its beautiful sanctuary and piano as well as programs, flyers, and publicity. The Nov. 12 concert drew an appreciative audience and generated over $6000 in donations to the 2017 North Bay Fire Relief established by the RCU Community Fund in Santa Rosa.


Santa Cruz MTAC members (along with Bookmark Music) also collected donations of music, teaching supplies, and gift cards to distribute to teachers in Santa Rosa who lost their homes in the fires. These items were turned over to Gwen Churchill, state MTAC president, who attended the November 12 concert.


Our Foundation

Your tax-deductible donations support scholarships and other special Branch activities. You may specify a favorite project, or let us choose the fund most in need. Make checks payable to SCCMTAC.

Mail checks to:
Barbara Jirsa, Treasurer
221 Nevada Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060


SCC-MTAC Officers and Board of Directors (2015- 2017)

President: Carol Panofsky
Vice-President: Heather Thompson Smits
Treasurer: Barbara Jirsa
Recording Secretary: Michael Rindt
Membership Secretary: Carolyn Christian

Certificate of Merit: Ellen Khayat
Publications: Robin Murray
Directors at large: Laureen Herr and Pat Verheul



Our gratitude goes to Arts Council Santa Cruz County for the Develop Grant that helped pay for the creation of this site.

Website Manager: Lynn Kidder    *    Website Developer: Caroline Webster