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Portland District OMTA serves teachers and students in the Portland metro area by fostering excellence in music education. It promotes excellence for its teacher members through educational programs, workshops, conferences, journals and networking. And it promotes excellence in music education through the OMTA Syllabus program, competitive and non-competitive festivals, master classes and OMTA scholarship auditions.
Since 1876, Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) has existed to support music teaching and the art of music. Founded by Theodore Presser and sixty-two colleagues, MTNA is America's oldest professional music association. Today, MTNA is a nonprofit organization of 24,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to furthering the art of music through programs that encourage and support teaching, performance, composition and scholarly research.
ASCAP is the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, a membership association of over 100,000 composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. ASCAP's function is to protect the rights of its members by licensing and paying royalties for the public performances of their copyrighted works.
Cascadia Composers will promote the composition and performance of contemporary classical music by regional composers, stimulate national and international awareness of this music, and gather composers to disseminate information pertinent to its members and the community. Cascadia serves northern Oregon and southern Washington and was founded in 2008.
The women of Cascadia Composers adopted “Crazy Jane” as muse because her bold spirit and fearlessness in expressing herself can be an inspiration to women composers – a group that has been marginalized throughout Western musical history. Some of the older composers in our group grew up during a time when women were barred from playing in professional orchestras and what few female musicians, and especially composers and conductors, who had existed barely merited a footnote in traditional music education. While that atmosphere is increasingly a thing of the past, its traces linger. The image of “Crazy Jane” urges us on to take the risks necessary to create and share our music.
The Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and help build His kingdom by encouraging the work and witness of Christian composers of symphonic and chamber music, opera, and other serious concert works. We pray that believers will embrace our musical integrity because of our Christian witness, and that our commitment to musical excellence will allow us to bring our Christian witness to the serious art music world.
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