MMTA Finals at the U of M Canceled

March 13, 2020

Dear MMTA Teachers,

As you know, our state piano contest finals have been scheduled this weekend at the U of MN Twin Cities campus in Ferguson Hall. MMTA takes the current virus situation very seriously, and the health of our students and their families is of utmost importance to us. 

We have spent the last 48 hours having many extended discussions about how to proceed during these challenging times in order to best serve our students, from the standpoints of both physical health and safety as well as musical development. 

After weighing the many pros and cons, and considering several contributing MMTA voices, we have decided to cancel the in-person contest at Ferguson Hall, out of an abundance of caution in the rapidly developing situation. 

Instead, we will offer a video submission option for students to participate in the final contest and receive comments from judges. 

As the video submission is a brand-new development, we do not yet have many details on this option, as they are currently being worked out by members of the MMTA Board of Directors, the Contest Committee, and the MMTA office staff.  
You'll receive more information about it in the coming days. 

Obviously, this situation presents some unusual challenges for us, so we thank you for your patience as we navigate it. We recognize that there might be some bumps along the way, but we hope that by changing to a video format that we can help to mitigate concerns of parents and teachers, and prevent any contagion passing. 

For now, please note:
- the deadline for the video submission will be extended beyond the last date of contest due to the extraordinary circumstances of the situation.
- if students will be leaving for break and won't have internet access/need to record this weekend before more specific details have been finalized:
- it's ok to have them send the video to the teacher for the teacher to submit. 
- there should be no speaking in the video
- the student's hands, arms, back, and feet should be visible in the video

Again, you'll receive more details as we work them out. MMTA thanks you for your gracious understanding as we work to find a solution for all of our students. We are hoping to make the best of these rather extraordinary circumstances! 

MMTA wishes you continued good health. We look forward to our future music making (and to healthier days ahead).

Best wishes,
Dr Ann DuHamel, NCTM
MMTA President