January/February 2024

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday full of warm memories and new adventures!  I spent some time in Texas last month, visiting my youngest son, his lovely wife and two little grandsons.  It was good to come home to beautiful Oregon!

We had our annual Christmas Luncheon in December at Magnolia on the Green with about ten teachers in attendance!  The food was delicious, the view was inspiring and the conversation was lively!

And what about this beautiful, crazy, icy weather we are having!?  Stay warm and safe!

Deborah Butler, President

1520 W. Brett Ct., Stayton, OR, 97383
(Please add this info to your Directory.)



February 17, 2024, St. Mark Lutheran Church, Salem.
Deadline:  February 3, 2024
Leggiero is open for this event. 

There is a new chair for the State Baroque Festival which will also be in Salem! Consider signing your students up for this marvelous celebration of Baroque music! Feel free to email me with any questions.

Thank you,  Kellene Goff
Baroque Festival District Chair


Mark Your Calendars for Friday, February 2 and Friday, March 1

February 2, 2024 - 10am-12pm
Location: Loucks Auditorium, Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. SE, Salem, OR.  (Free parking in the Library parkade for 3 hrs.)
Speaker:  Dr. Lark Powers
Program:  "Playing with Blocks:  The Importance of Keyboard  Harmony"

March 1, 2024 - 10am-12pm
Location: Loucks Auditorium, Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. SE, Salem, OR.  (Free parking in the Library parkade for 3 hrs.)
Speaker:  Dr. Thomas Otten
Program:  "How Can I Get My Student to Sound Artistic?"


It's not too early to start planning for Syllabus, May 17-19.
Please contact your Chair:  Kellene Goff - or Deborah Butler - 

November/December 2023

What a lovely autumn we are having!  I am always amazed and entertained by the beautiful colors that surround us this time of the year. We have so many things to be thankful for. Happy Autumn and Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! See you on Friday, December 1st!

CHRISTMAS BRUNCH, Friday, December 1 @ 11:30 am

Magnolia on the Green

2025 Golf Course Rd. S. Salem, OR

Our annual Christmas Luncheon is coming up in three weeks, on Friday, December 1st.

Magnolia on the Green is a very nice venue, and we will have a view of the golf course.  The food is delicious!  Be there!

RSVP to Marilyn Reischke


Music, Music, 2790 Market St. NE, Salem is offering 50% off Piano Town music books!

Drop in and check it out. Be sure to mention where you heard about this!


NEW MEMBER - Directory Update

Welcome to Gayle Bland, our newest New Member!


Looking Ahead:

Dec.    1   Christmas Brunch - Magnolia on the Green

Feb.    2   Dr. Lark Powers - Broadway Coffeehouse

Baroque Festival - TBA

September/October 2023

Welcome back to Salem District OMTA!

I hope everyone had a relaxing summer!  This is "Back-to-Teaching-Music" time!  This is a busy time of the year when we teachers may be found frantically--and happily--planning and scheduling our coming year! We have some great meetings planned again this year!

Oct.     6   Melody Morrison - Zoom

Dec.    1   Christmas Brunch - Magnolia on the Green 

Feb.    2   Dr. Lark Powers

March 1   Dr. Thomas Otten

June    2  Wrap-Up Brunch - Basil & Board


Baroque Festival - Kellene Goff

Art & Music Festival - Crystal Zimmerman


Fall Syllabus - October 19-21 - Shari Beals

Spring Syllabus - May 17-19 - Kellene Goff and Deborah Butler


Pamela Miller - Crystal Zimmerman

Iva Turner - Trinity Goff

See you on the 15th at Minto-Brown Park!

~Deborah Butler, President, Salem District, OMTA

Our first meeting - Minto-Brown Park

Friday, September 15, 2023 @ 11:00 am

Pick up your 2023-2024 Membership Directory.

Bring a chair and lunch or a snack to share!

Please welcome our New Members

Grace Taylor

(971) 715-9080

Dr. Asya Gula

Thank you to all our volunteers working on Salem District OMTA events and business!

Esther Fields

Debbie Smith

Jill Foster

Dr. Crystal Zimmerman

Kellene Goff

Trinity Goff

Holly Butler

Shari Beals

Marilyn Reischke

We need you to volunteer!  Please volunteer to help with an event this year. This is needed to keep our organization fresh and moving forward. We need you!!

Bring Refreshments to a meeting
Assemble Membership Directory
Contact Members

Chair or Co-Chair a Festival

Help organize our Christmas Brunch, speakers, and meetings

Help chair a festival

Board Member


Let us know if you have any questions or ideas.

Fall Syllabus Registration is OPEN!

Shari Beals has stepped up to chair this event

Fall Syllabus: October 19-21, 2023

Deadline: September 22, 2023

Chair: Shari Beals

Location: If you can offer your studio, please let Shari know.

The deadline for entries is September 22 and the exam dates are October 19-21 (Thurs, Fri, Sat). Webmaster

Benjamin Smith has agreed to be the Web Master this year! Thank you, Benjamin!

Syllabus Rebates Available again this year!



Presenter: Dr. Thomas Otten, NCTM

In Person: Yes   

Online: Yes

Short Program       

How Do I Get My Student to Sound Arsc? What makes for an arsc performance? This session will delve into issues of tone, rubato, 

rhythm, arculaon, pedal, tempo and how to use these elements to create arstry in student


Free Piano

Spinet piano, a Straube built in 1941

Please contact Marilyn Reischke:

Pianist Wanted
Paradise Island Chapel is looking for a pianist on Sunday mornings to play three hymns for congregational singing.  Their service begins at 10am, and they will pay $50 per Sunday.  Paradise Island Manufactured Home Park is located on Turner Road south of WalMart.

Please contact Marilyn Reischke at or 503-509-9326

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