A Word from the President
Dear Members,
I would like to extend a special welcome to our new members and thank all members for their enthusiastic participation over the past year.

On Sunday 7th May Dr Jennifer MacRitchie has agreed to present to us on the effect on the brain of listening to and learning music from the earliest years. Dr MacRitchie is an accomplished musician (piano and viola) and research lecturer at the Music Cognition and Action Group of the MARCS Institute of Brain, Behaviour, and Development, Western Sydney University.  She has an academic backgound in both music and electrical engineering.

The Senior Masterclass is to be organized by the North Shore Branch but is of course open to all UMT and MTA observers.  A programme will be sent to all UMT members.

In June on Sunday the 18th the UMT and Roger Woodward Award Finals will be held.  These are competitions with a total of up to $1500 in prize money across a number of awards.

For the first time the President’s Award will take place on the same day. (For students 19 and above).
Please have the confidence to enter your students for these awards, as we will be looking for the most musical performances and not necessarily the most advanced.

At Pitt St Uniting Church (264 Pitt St, Sydney) the Junior Master Class will be open to students of roughly 5th, 6th and 7th Grade.  Bernadette Harvey has also agreed to take this session. Later that afternoon other students will be able to take part in a Performance Day Concert.  Contact Mariamma Mitchell on 95571310 or jmitchell2042@gmail.com or Fotini Stavridis on 95589023 or fotms@bigpond.com for details.

In closing I would like to thank our new committee for its work over the past year.

I am sure you will join me in looking forward to another great year for the UMT.

Felicity Martin