The Creston Valley Music Teachers’ Association (CVMTA) is a group of talented, hardworking, committed people whose mission is to see that the people of this valley, mainly children, are encouraged and promoted in the furtherance of musical education.
One way the CVMTA does this is by raising funds to provide music scholarships for the young people in the Creston Valley. And one way the CVMTA raises the money for these scholarships is by having an annual music teachers’ concert, a concert where the music teachers perform. This is a remarkable annual event — running this year on Oct. 4 and 6 — that provides probably some of the best musical entertainment this valley has to offer, from some of the most talented individuals and groups.
This year’s concert, the CVMTA’s 12th, is Tapestry: A Mosaic of Sound. The audience will not only hear the individual music teachers perform on their preferred instrument, but will hear them combine their talents in duets and trios, and various other combinations.
A lot of the music teachers are involved in other aspects of the music scene in this valley, so some of the groups that they are involved in have also been invited, such as the Creston Community Band, Key of She and even a group from the Blossom Valley Singers.
The audience will be treated to an eclectic profusion of sound. It will not just be the classics — although there will be those — but also jazz, big brass sound and musical theatre hits, and almost every genre of music you can think of — a true mosaic of sound.
Besides having an evening of talented musicians, the CVMTA also has a star-studded cast doing the grand finale — nearly every musician that is performing will return to the stage and back up Anita Stushnoff, who will be taking the lead in singing Climb Every Mountain from The Sound of Music, in which she played the Mother Abbess in 2011.
All profits from this venture go towards music scholarships for young people in the Creston Valley. Over the years these scholarship have benefited many of our young people. When children, young people and even adults — it is never too late — take the time to educate themselves to learn a musical discipline, their lives take on a whole new depth.
This year’s concerts run at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Prince Charles Theatre, hosted by Vern Gorham. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $7 for children under 12, available in advance at Black Bear Books or from CVMTA members Monte Anderson, Rhonda Barter, Laura From, Kalen Huscroft, Audrey Johnson, Anita Stushnoff and Bob van der Poel.
—CRESTON VALLEY MUSIC TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION