March/April 2023

It's already is March 1--who would've guessed we would still be enjoying snow!? A few weeks ago, when the sun came out, wouldn't you know some of my students hardly practiced?  So, I'm hoping the snow will help bring them back inside to visit their friend more--The Piano! :)


March 3 Meeting

Broadway Coffeehouse

1300 Broadway St, Salem, OR, Europe Room 403 4th floor (There are parking lots on 5th St.)

9:30 am  Business Meeting

10:00 am Program:  Dr. Steven Lewis

"Hearing, Sight, Touch and Proprioception: Engaging the Four Senses of Piano Playing"

Spring Syllabus 2023 - Deborah Butler, Chair

To register your students, please visit

Spring Syllabus registration will open on March 1, and the deadline is  April 21.

Art & Music Festival 2023 - Crystal Zimmerman, Chair

The Art & Music Festival will be held the morning of May 20, 2023 at Sunnyslope Christian Reformed Church 197 Hrubetz Rd SE, Salem.

Student Entry form must be received by: May 5, 2023

Artwork must be received by: May 17, 2023

Pamela Miller Scholarship Recital 2023 - Crystal Zimmerman, Chair

The competition will be held the afternoon of May 20, 2023 at Willamette University. Print and fill out the form on our website to apply for the Pamela Miller scholarship competition. 


Iva Turner Award - Chair TBA

Date and Location - TBA


Hope to see you Friday!

Deborah Snow Butler, President

Salem District OMTA


January/February 2023

Happy New Year!

I hope you had a restful, peaceful holiday season. And now onward to MUSIC…lots of it! Winter is a wonderful time to make music: Chilly Weather + Blustery + Dark = More Practice! :)


Our first meeting of the New Year will be Friday, February 3, 2023.

Broadway Coffeehouse

1300 Broadway St, Salem, OR, Europe Room, 4th floor (There are parking lots on 5th St.)

  9:30am - 10:00am    Business Meeting

10:00am - 12:00pm  Program:  Dr. Crystal Zimmerman

"Non-Verbal Teaching:  Identifying and Utilizing Learning Styles"


Website Announcement

The phone number and email of each member of Salem District OMTA has been published on our website in order to provide contact information for potential music students. In fact, our new website has already generated at least one new student!  If you would like your information removed or changed, please contact Deborah Butler. ~Debbie Smith, Secretary     


A note from Kellene Goff RE:  Baroque Festival

Hello Teachers, Our Baroque Festival will be held on February 11 at St Mark Lutheran Church in Salem. The deadline for entries will be January 28. Leggiero is open. Feel free to email with any questions, ~Kellene Goff


Spring Syllabus is coming up! 

May 19-21, 2023

Deadline for entries is April 21.

Start planning now.


Voice scholarships are available.

FYI - This is a special notice to let everyone know that Monday Musical Club of Portland is now accepting applications for the 2023 Scholarship Awards Program. The announcement and application are available at our website:

This year we will be awarding $16,000 to the top contestants following our auditions on April 15th. The competition is open to students of music, ages 14 through 22, who are studying and living in the state of Oregon or Clark County, Washington. We expect that we will meet the maximum number of applicants very quickly this month, so please disseminate this message quickly to as many eligible students and teachers as possible. We want to give everyone an equal opportunity to apply. Thank you for helping to spread the word. Grant Porter


As always, please let me know if you have any suggestions or ideas.


See you soon,

Deborah Snow Butler, President

Salem District OMTA

November/December 2022

Hope you are enjoying the crisp weather lately. It's perfect for cooking stews, soups and bread! It's also perfect for music! As the season of Thanksgiving approaches, I am thankful for each of you and your musical gifts! ~Deborah

Hope to see you at our November meeting next week!

♫ Friday, November 4

Jill Foster's Studio

855 McKinley St., Woodburn

9:30 Business Meeting

10:00 Program with Wendy Stevens

"Inside Out Rhythm"

This will be a fun meeting about teaching rhythmand playing some rhythm games.

Our last meeting of the year will be our annual Christmas Luncheon with our teachers-- Salem OFMC, SFMC, and the state presidents of OMTA and OFMC. Come and enjoy a lovely time of enjoying delicious food and visiting with local music teachers!

Christmas Luncheon

Friday, December 2

Marco Polo Restaurant, 300 Liberty St., Salem, OR

12pm Noon

Questions: Marilyn Reishke, (503) 509-9326 -


♫ Welcome, New Members! 

Gabriel Sternberg

Ron Bechtel

♫ Membership Directory Correction:

Melissa Terrall

♫ Mark your calendars for our 2023 Broadway Commons Meetings

February 3

March 3

We have some great speakers lined up! As always, please let me know if you have any suggestions or ideas.

See you soon,

Deborah Snow Butler, President

Salem District OMTA