The Music Teachers' Association of California is a statewide network of professional music teachers
devoted to the pursuit of excellence in the field of music education. The Santa Cruz County Branch includes
over 50 qualified instrumental and vocal teachers who offer instruction at the University of California at Santa
Cruz, Cabrillo College, and at private studios throughout the county. Business affiliates represent local
businesses which recognize and support the activities of the Branch with their membership.
Branch special events include student recitals, guest lecturers and workshops on music topics, and master
classes which are presented for our membership and the general public. Membership offers participation in
these programs as well.
The Certificate of Merit program provides a graded standard of student advancement for all levels of instrument
and voice categories through the tenth year of study. It offers a teacher syllabus, state evaluation,
certificates of participation and opportunities for performance on regional and state convention programs.
The Talent Bank Awards Festival is a merit scholarship program and represents one of our branch's oldest
continuous projects. Funded by donations and endowments, the annual festival awards over $1500 to outstanding
county music students. This event of open auditions is held each spring at a selected college site. Students,
teachers, parents and friends are welcome to attend. See the Scholarship tab for more information.
The Barbara Call Memorial Scholarship was established in 1999 by Barbara Call and her friends for excellence
in performance for piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, or chamber music students from Santa Cruz County.
It is held in conjunction with the Talent Bank Awards Festival in April at the UCSC music center. Barbara Call
was a distinguished Santa Cruz County pianist, teacher, long time member of this branch and founder of the
Talent Bank program. See the Scholarship tab for more information.
The Opportunity Grant is a scholarship program that provides financial assistance to motivated county
students for private music instruction. Currently more than 20 young music students study with branch
keyboard, string and woodwind teachers. The program has grown steadily since it began in the mid
nineties. These scholarships are available to selected, qualifying students through fund raising and donations.
Applications are available in late spring and reviewed during summer. See the Scholarship tab for more information.
SCCMTAC Officers and Board of Directors (2011- 2013)
President: Barbara Jirsa Vice-President: Cheryl Dougan Treasurer: Carol Panofsky Recording Secretary: Kathleen Kasdorf Corresponding Secretary: Michael Rindt Membership Secretary: Carolyn Christian Directors: Certificate of Merit: Ellen Khayat Event Coordinator: (vacant) Publications: Robin Murray