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Young Artist Guild Recital

Pianist Karina Tseng will perform an all-Chopin recital on Sunday, August 25th, 2024, at 2 PM in the Community Room of the Central Library in downtown Santa Cruz.

From the SF Bay area, Ms. Tseng is a recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and has already performed with the Palo Alto Philharmonic and at Weill-Carnegie Hall in NYC. She is a member of the Music Teachers’ Assn of CA Young Artist Guild, and is being sponsored by the Santa Cruz County branch of MTAC.

During the recital Karina will be sharing her insights about the compositions she is performing.

The event is free and open to the public.

President’s Note


Serving our local music community for the past four years has been a pleasure. Our MTAC branch and foundation will be in good hands with our incoming President—cellist, educator, and long-time MTAC member Roger Emanuels. I look forward to continuing in a new board role as Vice President.

I encourage local music students to continue taking advantage of our local and state programs—including the Talent Bank Awards Festival (TBAF) and Certificate of Merit (CM). CM allows students Level 3 and above to apply for State Convention Recitals, which have been a fantastic experience for my participating students. It’s beneficial and important for young musicians to connect to their musical community, locally and across California!

Ben Dorfan, President
SCCMTAC Board of Directors
President’s Note

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.

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:
Carol Panofsky, Treasurer
131 Cave Gulch Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

SCC-MTAC Officers and Board of Directors (2023 – 2024)

President: Roger Emanuels
Vice-President: Ben Dorfan
Treasurer: Carol Panofsky
Recording Secretary: Kiefer Taylor
Membership Secretary: Carolyn Christian
Corresponding Secretary: Christine Bakalis
Publications: Carol Panofsky
Certificate of Merit: Heather Thompson Smits

Talent Bank Awards Festival: Susan Bruckner, chair
Celebrate Piano Ensemble: Nicki Kerns, co-ordinator
Opportunity Grants: Roger Emanuels, Barbara Jirsa,
Nancy Kvam, Charlotte McManus-Guthrie, Carol Panofsky
Newsletter: Carolyn Christian and Carol Panofsky
Branch website: managed by Lynn Kidder

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

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