Christmas Concert Information

The students have three opportunities to share their musical gifts this holiday season!

1. Saturday, December 17, 10:15 - 10:50 AM at Immanuel Fontenelle Retirement Home

2. Saturday, December 17, 11 - 11:45 at Immanuel Fontenelle Retirement Home

3. Thursday, December 22, 3 - 4 PM at Lakeside Village Retirement Home

If your family has not signed up for a concert time, please take a moment to let Miss Jen know which day your child would like to perform. Thank you!

Congratulations, students!

I was so proud of all the students who played in our Spring Recital. Everyone performed with poise and confidence, and with a lot of musicality. You might have noticed that several of the retired Servants of Mary sisters who live in the convent next to Marian attended the recital. They were so impressed! Sister Karen, the sister who is in charge of their social calendar, told me that the ladies haven't stopped talking about the students musical accomplishments since the recital.  What a nice compliment! 

This is our last week of lessons before we begin our end of year break. I hope everyone's school year is closing on a positive note ;-) Happy Summer! 

Miss Jen

Trophy Festival

The information for the 2016 Trophy Festival has recently been published. If your child is interested in registering, please let Miss Jen know by March 10. This is a wonderful event for all voice and piano students!


The Trophy Festival will be on April 23, 2016 at St. Paul United Methodist Church; 5410 Corby Street; Omaha, NE 68104. Online Entry Deadline is March 19, 2016.

This non-competitive event for students of OMTA members is held in the spring and is for all instruments and voice. There is no age restriction. Pre-K through adult students may be entered.

The entry fee is $25.00 for a solo entry, $35.00 for a duet entry and $45 for trio entry. Fees are nonrefundable after the application due date.

Each student shall perform from memory two pieces of their choice, the scales in the tonalities of each piece and takes a theory test. There are no limitations on repertoire. Adult entrants are not required to memorize their pieces.

There are five general levels of performance:

Junior – pre-sonatina level

Intermediate – sonatina level

Advanced – sonata level



Each student will take a theory test. The teacher shall select to have the student take a test comparable to the OMTA Fun Fair Test, Levels 1-12 or the NMTA Festival Theory Test.

There will be three performance ratings possible, AAA, AA and A with the AAA being the highest rating. Every student who performs shall receive a trophy with the year and the performance rating on the engraved plate of the trophy. Trophies will be the same size for all three ratings in each level. However, the trophy size will be larger for each level of advancement from Elementary to Intermediate, to Advanced. The grade on the Trophy Theory Test will not affect the performance rating or the Trophy.

Parents will be allowed in the judging rooms for their child’s performance. NO VIDEO CAMERAS or TAPING EQUIPMENT WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE JUDGING ROOMS.

Students will receive their trophies at the Festival after they have performance and completed the Theory Test.

Fall Festival

The deadline for Fall Festival is quickly approaching. If your child would like to participate in this year's festival, please let Miss Jen know by Wednesday, October 7.  Here are the details regarding Fall Festival. It is a really fun event!

Omaha Festival Teachers Association 2015 Fall Festival

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015

Time: 9 AM-1:30 PM (Depending on number of entries)

Place: St Paul United Methodist, 5410 Corby St

Fees: Students pay $15 fee for a solo entry per instrument.

Postmark Deadline: OCTOBER 9, 2015

This Festival is for students of all ages, piano, voice, or guitar. Each student will perform two memorized selections. The two music selections must be of contrasting styles. 

The School Year is Right Around the Corner!

I can't believe today is the last day of July! Our school year schedule will resume in the middle of August. I will begin teaching again on August 10, which I believe is the first day of school for OPS. However, I know that some people are not going back to school until August 24. If you would prefer to delay the start of your child's school year lessons until August 24, that is totally fine. I know how crazy the last week of summer can be! 

Please contact me if you have not set up a time for your child's school year lessons. Thanks! Enjoy the last few weeks of summer!