DAMTA President’s Message

May 2018

Hello DAMTA!

It’s recital time!!  I’m sure most of you are in the throws of getting ready for a recital or recovering from one.

Mine is this Sat. April 28.  I have about 35 students performing, so I split it up into 2 halves.  Families are welcome to attend both, but most are happy to attend the half with their kids in it.  I found more than about 45 minutes is too long for families with small children.

I try to have mine in a nice venue, and I always play the first piece so no one else has to go first.  I sometimes play duets with my kids, and sometimes they accompany each other, but that’s about as crazy as it gets.

I have friends who have recital “themes” (like songs from movies), hire side musicians and put together whole bands.  Great big productions!  I am not generally that ambitious.

But I want to use our new website to start a discussion on this topic.  Go to this link:


There you will find this article as a blog-post.

Beneath there is a place for comments.  So please comment!!  Share your hard won recital wisdom, or ask for recital advice.  I want to turn the website into a space where we can interact with each other!

By the way, I wrote a song for my recital which I am going to perform at the teachers’ musicale on May 9.

You can get a preview here: https://soundcloud.com/vmplusone/storm-clouds


Vince Madison

DAMTA President


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