Message From The President
It is a privilege to be your President this year, and to help oversee the many exciting events already in planning on the part of the Board and our membership. As always, our goal is to provide a variety of opportunities for collaboration aimed to enhance professional development and enjoyment of piano performance and teaching. Activities will include special guest artist visits (performances, master classes and lectures), as well as workshops and discussions, and opportunities to endow our young artists with financial support (the annual UH Scholarship Benefit Concert) as well as performance opportunities year ‘round through our special HPTA Recital Program at the University of Hawaii Music Department.
I hope that our members will take advantage of the wonderful comaraderie and prestige offered through being a part of the HPTA, and participate as much as possible all year long. Please feel free also to communicate ideas or suggestions at any time!
Deborah Weingard Lee
In 1949, Cecil Allison proposed the formation of a music teacher’s organization to serve all teachers in Honolulu. Plans were laid and the first meeting of the HONOLULU PIANO TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION was held in 1950 with nine teachers from the Honolulu area. Since then, membership has grown to approximately 70 teachers from the island of Oahu and Hawaii.
HPTA’s goals reach out to its members’, students, the members themselves, and the community. We aim to teach and seek good music, to create fellowship among colleagues, to maintain ethical standards in our profession, and to bring outstanding pedagogy to Hawaii. Accordingly, student recitals are held bi-monthly and workshops by members and visiting pedagogues are regularly scheduled. Each year, deserving piano students are awarded University of Hawaii applied music scholarships. The Association regularly sponsors social events in honor of visiting artists. These social gatherings allow members, students, and the community-at-large to meet informally with musicians such as the Van Cliburn competition winners, etc.
We are very proud of our Association, the goals we have achieved, and our growing membership. We strive to continue this success and growth in the coming year.