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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.

CELEBRATE PIANO ENSEMBLE presents An Afternoon of Piano Ensembles

The Santa Cruz chapter of Music Teachers Association of CA will be presenting their annual scholarship fundraiser ‘Celebrate Piano Ensemble’ concert on Sunday, February 11th at 2:00pm at the UCSC Recital Hall. The concert is a benefit for youth music scholarships at MTAC’s annual Talent Bank competition in April. Pianists will be performing on the beautifully paired Steinway D’s, nicknamed Hansel and Gretel.


Selections are from both one-piano and two-piano repertoire. An eclectic group of composers will be featured ranging from Brahms, Saint-Saëns, Inghelbrecht, Nazareth, and Fina to a medley of dances from Bernstein’s West Side Story to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. Performers include Erica Arul, Mary Jane Cope, Roger Emanuels, Rose Georgi, Irene Hermann, Nicki Kerns, Lynn Kidder, Lavinia Livingston, Michael McGushin, Vlada Volkova Moran, Carol Panofsky, Barbara Ruzicka, Kumi Uyeda, and Leah Zumberge.


Suggested donation is $10 at the door. If you are not able to attend but would like to make a donation for scholarships please write a check to SCCMTAC and mail to Barbara Jirsa, Treasurer, Santa Cruz MTAC, 221 Nevada St, Santa Cruz CA 95060.


Refreshments will be available at intermission. Come enjoy a wonderful afternoon of duos and support our talented local youth at the same time!


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