February 2023 Newsletter

Dear MMAMTA members,


Happy February! I hope you are enjoying the unusual warmer than usual weather! I don’t think I remember such a warm February since I came to Columbia in 2015.


February 17th will be the Odyssey’s Baroque Concerto which will have in the program the performances of the three winners of the MMAMTA/Odyssey Pre-Collegiate Aria & Concerto Competition. The concert will start at 7:00 PM and will be at the First Baptist Church of Columbia.


With a variety of music events happening in March, February is a busy month with lots of preparation. Beginning the end of this month, we will have Musicathon, Federation, besides MSHSAA music festival, so I’m keeping this newsletter short.


If there is anything you would like me to share in the next newsletter, please contact me by the end of February and I’ll be happy to include it.


For other upcoming events, visit:










Renan Leme

President of MMAMTA

Director of Orchestras, Hickman High School

Violinist, Missouri Symphony

Owner and Violinist at Leme Ensemble

2022-2023 MMAMTA Handbook

PDF Download from https://www.mmamta.org/members.html

Password is "MusicalEducation"

Sad News...

Professor Emeritus, Dr. Stanley E. Manahan, the husband of longtime MMAMTA member Anne Manahan, peacefully passed January 29, 2023.

To reach out to Anne:

Anne Manahan

2005 Woodlea Dr

Columbia, MO 65201

(573) 442-8564

About Stanley:

Stanley E. Manahan was Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he has been on the faculty since 1965. He received his A.B. in chemistry from Emporia State University in Kansas in 1960 and his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Kansas in 1965. Since 1968, his primary research and professional activities had been in environmental chemistry, with recent emphasis on hazardous waste treatment. His latest research involved gasification of wastes and gasification of sewage sludge and crop byproduct biomass for energy production. Professor Manahan taught courses on environmental chemistry, hazardous wastes, toxicological chemistry, and analytical chemistry and has lectured on these topics throughout the U.S. as an American Chemical Society Local Sections tour speaker and in a number of countries including France, Italy, Austria, Japan, Mexico, and Venezuela. He was the author or co-author of approximately 90 research articles.

More about Dr. Manahan

SUPPORT Musicathon 2023!

February 25 (Sat) 11am-5pm

Columbia: MU Whitmore Hall

Ayako Tsuruta, chair

Sign-Up Here:


March 4 (Sat)

Jefferson City: Capital Music Company

Contact Jan Houser, chair

COLUMBIA MUSICATHON, Feb 25 (Sat), 11am-5pm

This is the only fundraiser that helps fund music scholarships for our music students attending summer camps or colleges as music major/minor. Many students benefited greatly from the past summers! Let's keep supporting our community music students.

Musicathon doubles as a friendly run-through for your Federation program, and just overall sharing of the music. I encourage memorization for Federation music, but you are welcome to bring any additional music to just read or have fun making music. 

ALL instruments are welcome!

What to do:

1. Use this GoogleDoc to sign-up.

2. Let's do a bake sale: If you have (bags of) cookies you could donate, let me know.

3. Purchase a raffle ticket to win a gift basket including a $100 Amazon gift card! (More details of its content will be shared closer to the event.)

Cash/checks only, payable to "MMAMTA." *While MTNA is a non-profit, we regret MMAMTA cannot issue tax receipts.

Mail to:

Ayako Tsuruta, 2713 Burrwood Dr, Columbia, MO 65203.

Share-the-Rep: Part 1

This is a PDF compilation from the Fall 2022 Share-the-Rep. Nancy's list is not included, but it will be in Part 2!

MMATMA Share-the-Rep - Fall 2022

~ Audition Opportunities ~

Audition for Plowman Master Class will be held on March 5, Sunday 2-5pm at MU's Sinquefield Music Center, to identify one pre-collegiate instrumentalist in each master classes given by the three judges, for piano, cello, horn, and/or chamber group. The student must be available Friday, March 24, when the piano and cello master classes are scheduled to take place after noon. (Horn TBA)

More updates in the MMAMTA's March newsletter.

The 10th Plowman Chamber Music Competition in Columbia

  • $5000 Grand Prize and Odyssey Series Concert in 2023-2024 Season ($2000+)
  • At least two complete, contrasting works and 30-min of program on YouTube
  • Open to 3-6 ensemble members
  • Age limit: 39 inclusive, as of Mar 25, 2023
  • Live Audition: March 25, 2023 at the First Baptist Church of Columbia (FBC)
  • Finals: March 26, 2023 at the Missouri Theatre
  • Apply:  www.plowmancompetition.org/application.html

~ Concerts & Performances ~

Next Odyssey Chamber Music Series is Feb 17 (Fri) MMAMTA and Paul D. Higday Mozart Trust co-sponsored "Baroque Concerto" held at First Baptist Church of Columbia.

Admission is $20/$5 Students. Come support your friends in person, or watch our YouTube channel.

The 2023 Soloists are:

Sofia Heredia, violin (Student of Eva Szekely) - De Bériot, "Scène de ballet, op. 100

Ema Iwasaki, piano (Student of Ayako Tsuruta) - Saint-Saëns, Piano Concerto No. 2, I.

Hazel Keithahn, violin and Kristen Yu, viola (Students of Siri Geenen and Leslie Perna, coached by Scott Yoo) - Mozart, Sinfonia Concertant, III.

Also performing in the concert are many MMAMTA members:

Leslie Perna, viola - Wesley Warnhoff, clarinet - Ayako Tsuruta, piano, in Mozart's "Kegelstatt" Trio (postponed from Fall 2022)

Kirk Trevor, conductor for all three concerti

Odyssey Chamber Ensemble includes: Amy Appold, Siri Geenen, Leslie Perna, Wesley Warnhoff, Iskander Akhmadullin, and Tim Howe.

Livestream on YouTube!