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Welcome to WMTA

The Washington D.C. Area's Guide to Good Musicianship!


Welcome to the Washington Music Teachers Association (WMTA), a non-profit affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). Founded in 1934, over the years WMTA has become a prominent association of independent music teachers from the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland in the pursuit of the highest standards in music instruction.

WMTA includes more than 150 teachers of piano, voice, strings, music theory and composition. All members enjoy excellent opportunities for professional development through various activities available to them and their students. WMTA offers an outstanding range of competitions, recitals and festivals for instrumental, vocal and composition students, as well as a discussion group for teachers, Shop Talk.

Details (dates, venues, repertoire, eligibility) are available on the calendar page and events page or by contacting WMTA event chairs.

This website regularly updates event information, and the WMTA Newsletter reports about news in the organization, announces event results and introduces new members.

In accordance with the rules established by the Music Teachers National Association, WMTA holds MTNA National Competitions for students of different instruments and age groups.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, WMTA accepts tax-deductible donations to the full extent of the law. We owe much to the generosity of our sponsors, who support many of our featured events. If you would like make a donation to WMTA, checks may be sent payable to WMTA, c/o Dede Sweeney, 3304 Idaho Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016.

We invite you to explore this website to learn more about WMTA and the benefits it offers to its members.

Please contact me directly if you would like to join WMTA or learn more about our organization.

Lori McCarthy

President, Washington Music Teachers Association


WMTA is a 501(c)(3) organization. All contributions are deductible to the full extent of the law.
Checks may be sent payable to WMTA, c/o Dede Sweeney, 3304 Idaho Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016.


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Music at Ascension
David Kalhous

In a program of works by Janacek, Beethoven, Kurtag, and Liszt.

The Sanctuary, Saturday, November 25th, 2017, at 7 PM

Episcopal Church of the Ascension
630 Sligo Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland

Please join us for this extraordinary opportunity to hear one of today's foremost interpreters of contemporary piano music. Admission is free (free-will offerings accepted with gratitude). Park on street, circle, or the ESS school parking lot at the rear.

Czech-American pianist David Kalhous is increasingly gaining recognition and critical acclaim in Europe and the United States for his elegant musicianship, brilliant pianism, probing intelligence, and adventurous programming. With wide-ranging solo, chamber and concerto repertoire spanning three centuries, he is equally at home with music of Scarlatti and Bach, Beethoven and Chopin, and Ligeti and Feldman.
Professor Kalhous is a Professor of the College of Music, Florida State University. This is his third appearance at Ascension.

"Exceptional!" - The Music Review, Prague "Masterful!' - Lucid Culture, New York